Karen Orren

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POL SCI 145A
Public Law and Judicial Process: Anglo-American Legal System See Full Profile

Overall 2.2 Easiness 1.3 Workload 1.1 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 1.9

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For 145E course: Do not take this class. Save yourself the burden. There is alot of reading and unless you have a cool TA (Gilda) then you will not do well in the class. Don't try to approach her or raise your hand in class because she will belittle you and make you regret any question you have asked. The class is pretty funny at times, especially when she forgets something or just plainly, is her old granny self. She gets off tangent alot too in class. Bring you laptop, if you don't want all your notes to be scattered. Also, Wikipedia will be your best friend, since most of you will not have time to read all your cases. So, good luck if you are dying to take this course. Other than that, stay away.

(Feb. 21, 2010)
POL SCI 145E
Public Law and Judicial Process: Constitutional Law -- Rights of Accused See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 2.7

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I joined the class fairly late, in week three to find that the professor refused to record lectures since she felt it encouraged "laziness" and had no understanding for international students, let alone students that had work during her class times. I understand people should plan accordingly, but during the pandemic, most professors have recorded their lectures, so it was surprising to find that she refused to, especially her reason. Her lectures were often very confusing, she would have her notes out and would mostly talk at us and rarely wanted to be bothered with questions, towards the end of the quarter she was more open to them. She would go on tangents that rarely made sense, and loosely tied back into the actual text of the cases. Perhaps it was just her personality, but she sometimes came off rude and it was discouraging, at least for me. She requires cameras be on, if they are not, she will randomly call on you (this happened a few times). Participation in section is 25% of your grade, and its cold calling on five Supreme Court cases, this happens during section. The midterm is worth 25%, a written essay, two questions are offered, 75 minutes and on camera. The final is worth 50%, a written essay, two questions, and three-hours, on camera. We were assigned five Supreme Court cases (three would have been more reasonable) and had to know several details about the case to discuss in section. Our TA, Bradley, was spectacular. He was very helpful and straightforward, he gave meaningful feedback that would also challenge our intellect. He will be a great professor some day, I recommend taking him in section for Orren. Overall, I would not take this class again not because of the material, but because it granted me excessive stress and took away from the interesting aspects of the class. I give professor Orren the benefit of the doubt because of the format, I truly hope she has an easier time in spring 2021.

(Winter Quarter 2021)
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POL SCI 145E
Public Law and Judicial Process: Constitutional Law--Rights of Accused See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.3 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 4.0

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This is the first law class I've taken and it was really interesting! The workload is manageable, but exam prep is stressful. Like previous reviews mentioned, her lectures are unorganized and she just talks at you about cases and writes others on the board, but as long as you take notes, you'll do fine. She uploads 10-15 page case briefs for the weekly cases, but I typically organized my notes using Oyez (unless the opinions were really important to the case) and IRAC method. For the exams, it's best to prep by topics/subtopics imo because the midterm and final exam essay questions are pretty broad. My advice: create/join a groupchat for the class and study with one another!

(Winter Quarter 2020)
POL SCI 147B
American Political Development: Period Inquiry See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.3 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 2.7

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The comment here about her "f***ing up the grading scale" and causing everybody's grades to be lower is false. Complete nonsense. The grades ended up being within the range that the Professor wanted them to be in, and the TA over-shared about the behind-the-scenes process, confusing some students, apparently. Amazing class to take for students interested in the history of the Reconstruction Era or of the history of the treatment of Black Americans in US History generally.

(Spring Quarter 2020)
POL SCI 147C
American Political Development: Institutional Development See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

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POL SCI 149
Special Topics in American Government and Politics See Full Profile

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POL SCI 191A
Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Political Theory See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 1.1 Workload 1.3 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness 1.3

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Professor Orren's class was very disorganized and not a very pleasant experience. She made students sometimes stay over the allowed time. It was mostly rambling and very boring discussion. The good thing about it was the amount of work involved. It was not very intense but it was extremely boring. Since my class was a seminar and very small it also depended on the students who were also boring and devoid of any intelligent and entertaining argument. So I qualify the class as boring maybe Orren would have been more entertaining and appealing in a different setting.

(July 5, 2012)
POL SCI 191C
Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics See Full Profile

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POL SCI 191C
Media in Time of President Trump See Full Profile

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SOC WLF M203X
Special Topics in Public Affairs: Persuasion: Science and Art of Effective Influence See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

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