All Ratings and Reviews for John B Londregan
i took PS6 with prof. londregan. i just read the review above (or below?), the one posted on 3/6/2001 at 4:26:11 PM. i am AMAZED that ANYONE who took PS6 would write such an enthusiastic review. or is it that professors themselves are writing reviews here? funny, they never have time for us students, but they DO have time to write high praise for themselves. only at UCLA.
Professor Londregan is a brillant person. I took PS102 and he amazed me with his knowledge and understanding of econometrics. Granted, he's kind of all over the place and he's not that effective in his teaching, just because I think he knows the material so well it's difficult for him to understand the difficulty novices may have with this topic. Nonetheless, he is a great guy. He went out of his way to explain theories to me and would even go down with me to the social sciences computing lab to help me use Stata even though he didn't have to. I found myself getting really excited about the topic, not because it was inherently interesting, but because he himself was so excited to teach it. I would recommend this class to anyone who is SERIOUSLY considering graduate school and wants a strong quantitative background.
PS6 was a miserable and confusing experience, though I earned an A. Londregan's coverage of the material only was poignant where he discussed the presidential election and the statistical probabilities associated with the Florida recount. Otherwise, it was a bore. As a person, he's an extremely nice, wonderful guy. But the class...
I took PS6 with him, and it was a very unsatisfying experience. He obviously never prepared for class. Yes, he knows the material. But no, he didn't have a clue as to the last topic we had covered. Spent AGES in probability theory. And we were not able to cover the most interesting part of the syllabus (regression). Friends claim that Zaller is much better than Londregan. At least much more interested in students learning.
Professor Londregan was an interesting professor, dealing with a quite less interesting subject (PS6). He tried to have his students participate and he is definitely a dedicated teacher! I would recommend one of his classes if you are already interested in the topics.
South American politics with him was very interesting, lots of reading, fast pace, and mainly focus on model theories that try to place different players in different "games" and see what variables change how players act in these "games". Our job was to look at Brazil, Chile, and Argentina and see how each countries "players", played so to speak "authoritarianism" and then we were asked to compare and apply the differences and specualte on what the changes would be. He is welcoming and sympathetic to those who do poorly on the midterm. When I took the class he allowed those who did very poorly to drop the midternm and just keep the final. If you are intereted in south american politics its an informative class.
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