All Ratings and Reviews for Jeffrey B Lewis
Lewis is a fantastic professor. In general, he's an interesting guy and one of the most knowledgable professors I've come across at UCLA. He truly is brilliant, which is readily apparent in conversation with him. His classes are not too difficult either; he provides study materials in advance of exams and papers are manageable. More importantly, he's a genuinely nice guy. Though he can sometimes be difficult to track down outside of the classroom, he's always willing to help as long as you can find him. He cares a great deal about student learning and will offer assistance above and beyond what is necessary. Plus, a sarcastic sense of humor to boot.
Professor Lewis is a great instructor with a lot of regard for student learning. He taught the class in a unique and creative way and made great use of the class website. I also thought the lectures were very informative and injected with the right amount of humor. He is easy to listen to and carries himself in a respectable way. The class assignments were also very worthwhile. I enjoyed doing them. Highly recommended.
Talk about boring. If you ever want to take a nap, his "in a daze" lectures will put you right to bed. He stares off in a daze and just rambles on about nothing. Someone has to tell him that his class is not interesting whatsoever.
On a positive note, there is not that much work to do, easy data assignments, a 5-7 page paper, and a relatively simple midterm and final. Without even trying, you should be able to get out of this class with no worse than a B.
Its true he is pretty boring but I thought his class was good and he cares about student learning, hes one of the better ones.
Excellent professor who makes the course really student friendly. He gave out lecture notes everyday before class, and brought in a lot of guest speakers who really expanded on the material. You not only study the topics, but you hear from people who are involved in the things you are studying, and that really made the course unique. Be warned though, Prof. Lewis assigns a lot of reading, and the course tends to be more numbers oriented then many other PS classes. But as long as you have a basic grasp of Stats, you should be fine. From a grading standpoint, 30% of our grade was section and the data gathering assignment, and that = easy points. Make sure you do those, atleast skim the readings and get the lecture notes and you should be able to do really well in the class.
Lectures are a little on the dry side, but I like his sense of humor, which is dry as well. Course requirements were straightforward. Cannot stress STUDY GROUP enough. Write down names & phrases, will probably show up on final esp if lecture outline only says name or phrase but provides no other info.
The guest lectures were really great and Professor Lewis does all he can to give you a good grade. This was the easiest upper division poli sci class I've taken, partly because the information taught is the same old same old. He hands out study sheets which give you everything you need -- you don't really need to read any of the books if you have a good grasp of the material beforehand. If you're genuinely interested in the ins and outs of American politics, this probably isn't the class for you; however, guest speakers such as Dukakis and others, really made the class an enjoyable one. If you've taken Zaller or James beforehand, this class should be a total breeze.
Course: PS 149 Elections
TA was Stonegarden Grindlife.
this course was great. highly recommended to those who want to pursue a political career. The grading is very straightforward and the tests are really no surprises as long as you go to lectures and section.
Very doable to get an A
Excellent class....it was pretty straightforward...he gave us a study guide for both exams and the paper wasn't too painful (5-7 pages). We also had to complete a "data" assignment...talk about some easy points. The reading load was typical for an upper division poli sci course...about 100 pages per week. I actually liked Prof. Lewis's lectures....though my hand always hurt after class!
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