All Ratings and Reviews for Greg J Rasmussen
I actually got a good grade in his arms control class, but don't ask me how, cuz I have no idea! The tests were 50 min. long and this doesn't necessarily mean that the content of the exam is any shorter, it just means that you only have 50 min. to complete it! I wrote my answers without thinking about them, because that would have cost me too much time, and I A's on both midterms. I must have done something right, what that something is I have no idea, but I am just glad I did it.
Overall, Professor Rasmussen's Arms Control class was a good class. I believe that we learned a lot of materials that are pertinent to what's going on in the world today. Based on my interactions with him throughout last quarter, he
is a nice and sincere person. He is willing to listen to students, go over exams and grading disputes and he also seems genuinely concerned about students' learning.
The areas that he could have improved upon are:
1. For the lectures, it could have been more
organized with a detailed lecture outline on a
2. For the exams, it would be really helpful if he
provided study guides or at least partial study
guides since there were a lot of materials
covered and they are somewhat difficult. In
addition, for the second exam, he could have
make it short or at least a bit more suitable
within a 50 minute time frame.
But overall, Rasmussen is a decent professor. He held question and answer sessions for the last two exams. In addition, the second part of the final exam and his grading policy also helped the students a lot. As long as you attend all lectures, do all the readings and understand the course materials, it will pay off in the end. If you truly know your stuff, you will be able to answer the second half of the final with specific examples from readings and lectures.
For me personally, I was struggling throughout the quarter getting C and C+ on the first two exams. But I held on. I attended all the lectures and review sessions, did all the readings and went to office hours to ask for advice. In addition, I also studied for all the
exams. My efforts had paid off. I got an A- on the final exam and ended-up with a solid B for the course. I felt that I truly knew my stuff and for the cumulative portion of the final, I was able to write a good essay using specific examples
from the readings and lectures.
My advice is to hang on and not give-up even if you don't do well throughout the quarter. As long as you did what I did, your efforts will pay off. Hope you folks will find my comments helpful.
The subject matter of this class will be very fascinating to you if you are a Political Science Major. Professor Rasumussen is very understanding and helpful if you speak with him, as I had a problem taking a midterm at the correct time and he assisted me in taking an alternative makeup. His lecutres can go to fast and be somewhat disorganized, and Professor Rasmussen sometimes debates with himself, which can be confusing. However, if you go to lecture and take very good notes you will be fine. Don't sweat it if you miss a couple of lectures, but be sure not to miss more than that. Reading assignments are interesting but quite excessive. However, he helps out by hinting what is the most important material to read. Also, the 10 page research paper must be started early; you'll do poorly if u start late. For the midterm and final, if you include most of the relevant points, and you have a good TA, as I did (Scott Hoaby) you should be fine. I did this and earned an A in this class. It's not as hard as some people would have you believe; do the reading on time and take good lecture notes and you should be fine.
reading all these postings, i suddenly felt a strong desire to express a bit of unbiased, straight forward truth to this
True, Professer Rasmussen gives tons of info in his lectures, and he sometimes speaks like one of those guys selling stuff at auctions - but i have to disagree that his lecture style is disorganized. Obviously, the ones who say that it is are biased because they prob. got a bad grade, or fall asleep in class. I actually paid attention to his lectures, and i felt they were very easy to follow (just a bit too fast) - but everthing follows logically, and he gives you the topic of the lecture and subtopics before he goes into them, so you totally know what to expect.
Readings can be a bit on the heavier side, but if you read the important ones only (that he hints at in class) you'll be just fine.
Also, i have to disagree that he is a disconcerned professor. I approached him more than once during the quarter, and all times, he was extremely healpful, and seemed eager to give insight to world politics - giving a practical appeal to world politics that can be applicable to real life.
With any class, there are always going to be TWO types of people that mainly post messages on here - ones that hated the prof for various reasons (seeking revenge or rage catharsis) and ones that did really well (hence, the comments starting with "i LOVED this professor!" BEfore you judge a professor by these postings, try to look past the emotions of people who post the messages and get down to the real complaint/compliment.
Oh, and his exams were fairly easy. The lecture and material can SEEM foreign (no pun intended), making one expect a hellish test, but both midterm and final were really straight forward. There's only one paper, and that took a lot of time - but deal with it. OTher classes assign papers too, and one is definitely not too much to ask.
Get the right TA, GO TO CLASS (MUST go to class and PAY attention to succeen), and read what he hints at. don't whine. you'll do fine.
This is the worst class offered at UCLA. This professor doesn\355t have the slightest idea how to administer a 50 minute test. You sit down and he starts the clock \361 and then passes out the tests \361 and expects everything but the kitchen sink. If you want to enjoy your quarter, don\355t take this course. Find something else, there are plenty of PS courses out there\326.This man is my nemesis.
Professor Rasmussen's class was one of the best I have taken so far! It is true that his teaching style might be perceived as a little disorganized, but therefore his lectures to actually think and participate mentally! His tests are rather challenging due to the time pressure but that is the great part of the class! If you want an easy A, don't take the class! If you want to actually be tested not on just retrieving info but on being able to apply and play around with the theories and models learned, take the class! Passionate poli sci majors should like it a lot!
He has a tendency to run through dates and other facts quickly, but will slow down when you ask him. Overall, I think he is a good professor, and his tests are reasonable. Just concentrate on the essays first, since they are worth the most. If you read and attend most of the lectures, you should get an A.
Lectures seem to be unorganized, but the important stuff he slows down for and usually repeats. As long as you do some of the work, usually show up to class, and stay awake there is no reason not to get an A.
Rasmussen is by far the worst professor I have ever had, and I am not picky. He has a very disorganized and confusing method in lecture, and he doesn't seem to care at all about his students. As far as grades are concerned, he is not extremely difficult, but slightly unpredictable. I wouldn't take his class again if you paid me!
I would not reccomend this class to anyone. his lectures are scattered and as class time winds down he begins to rush through the material so quickly that it becomes impossible to keep up. He seems to be open to question and debate during class but become rather condesending towards any challenges that come his way. He also quite often debates with himself which makes it a little difficult to follow and comprehend.
his tests are difficult and you will not have enough time to show all you have learned...do not take him.
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