John Gavin Branstetter
Department of Political Science
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5.0
Overall Rating
Based on 3 User s
Easiness 5.0 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 5.0 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 5.0 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 5.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Has Group Projects

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

41.8%
34.8%
27.9%
20.9%
13.9%
7.0%
0.0%
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A
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C
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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July 1, 2020

Branstetter is my absolute favorite educator in the Political Science department. He's a really fun(ny) professor, genuinely cares about his students' success, and prioritizes learning over grades. There is no hw, exams, or participation credit, just two 10-page group papers with the most lenient grading scale you can think of. The prompts are relatively easy to answer as long as you pay attention to lectures and communicate with your group. Because the lectures took place over Zoom, he recorded them and uploaded them shortly after class along with the slides. Some of the readings (which are free and uploaded online as PDFs) can be difficult, especially if you're new to socialist theory, but he does an amazing job of breaking it all down. Lastly, he was very understanding about the news of police violence/BLM protests towards the end of the quarter and adjusted the final paper so that it was optional AND extended the due date. I definitely recommend taking at least one class with him (any of them, honestly) during your time at UCLA because he really is the best!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 8, 2020

This class was so interesting. It prioritizes learning over grades, and I felt so connected to the materials and my classmates because I didn't have to constantly freak out over getting good scores. Such a great class and professor!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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July 6, 2020

Branstetter is simply the best. If you have the chance to take a class with him, do it.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
July 1, 2020

Branstetter is my absolute favorite educator in the Political Science department. He's a really fun(ny) professor, genuinely cares about his students' success, and prioritizes learning over grades. There is no hw, exams, or participation credit, just two 10-page group papers with the most lenient grading scale you can think of. The prompts are relatively easy to answer as long as you pay attention to lectures and communicate with your group. Because the lectures took place over Zoom, he recorded them and uploaded them shortly after class along with the slides. Some of the readings (which are free and uploaded online as PDFs) can be difficult, especially if you're new to socialist theory, but he does an amazing job of breaking it all down. Lastly, he was very understanding about the news of police violence/BLM protests towards the end of the quarter and adjusted the final paper so that it was optional AND extended the due date. I definitely recommend taking at least one class with him (any of them, honestly) during your time at UCLA because he really is the best!

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 8, 2020

This class was so interesting. It prioritizes learning over grades, and I felt so connected to the materials and my classmates because I didn't have to constantly freak out over getting good scores. Such a great class and professor!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
July 6, 2020

Branstetter is simply the best. If you have the chance to take a class with him, do it.

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5.0
Overall Rating
Based on 3 Users
Easiness 5.0 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 5.0 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 5.0 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 5.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (3)
  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (1)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (3)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (3)
  • Often Funny
    (3)
  • Would Take Again
    (3)
  • Has Group Projects
    (3)
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