All Ratings and Reviews for Kirstie McClure
This class is horrible and so are the TA's Mark Kaswan in particular . I would not recommend her for PS10, her lectures are dull and boring and she draws out everything that would normally take 30 minutes to do she takes 1 hour and a half. Literally one of my worst nightmares!
This class sucked. It was by far the worst class I have taken at UCLA. The lectures are USELESS, and McClure really should not be teaching an Introductory PS class. I feel bad for those kids who took this class for their first PS class. It was a huge waste of time. The grading is ridiculously hard, and the TAs are smart asses about it. I'm not just saying this, but I have never really gotten so little out of one class. The PS Department needs to realize that this lady cannot teach
I feel that McClure did not make the first quarter of the cluster worth the effort. Her reviews of her texts were very complicated, way too complicated for a general freshman overview of a class. Her lecture style was also difficult, with her just speaking instead of presenting notes on the screen. McClure also assigned extremely long winded study questions that were difficult to answer. She really made first quarter unenjoyable, and after she left for second quarter, the class was much more understandable and doable.
I will say that she seemed like a very friendly and approachable woman, and I did enjoy how she tried to vary her lectures a little. Also, once you really examined her lectures, they did give a good understanding of the texts.
Her lectures are fascinating and well-prepared, not simply pontificating or rambling. She is highly intelligent and it shows. Now the bad part, the TAs associated with the class I took sucked major. They were incompetent at conducting discussions (instead of bringing up important points, they asked for individual opinions and failed to build the opinions into a real discussion) and incapable of helping students to develop their writings which is crucial to this course since it requires 3 papers. They were difficult graders and provided no guidance at all on how to write the papers with the excuse that they don't want to block your 'creative' thinking or give you easy answers.
This class is a good example of what college students need to learn to do - SUCK IT UP. I've taken far more dry and uninteresting professors; it's not like McClure is breathtaking but at least she's interested in the subject and takes time to attempt creative presentations. Yeah, the reading is hard, that's because it's theory. Still the reading load isn't too bad, and three 8 page papers is better than a multitude of useless exams and sketchy homework assignments. I'm not sure how most of the TA's are, but if you pay marginal attention and can write a decent paper you'll do fine.
Don't let wuss students keep you from taking classes like this one - there are so many worse classes at UCLA even in the poli sci department - if this is the worst class you can imagine, then wonder why you're attending a university to begin with.
Not only the WORST poli sci professor I have taken at UCLA, the absolute WORST class as well,and by a considerable margin. Do NOT take her class because it will be the bane of your existance for the entire quarter... from the snooty unhelpful TAs and the ridiculously lame lectures to the impossible grading. I have never written such a sensational review before... But this class sucks big big big time. Wait and take it with Walker or ANYONE else.
This is an extremely difficult class, owing primarily to the material which consists of one theoretical treatise and two collections of topical /applied essays. That said, McClure is very well-versed in Arendt as well as the greater canon of modern political philosophy. The grade is primarily two papers, and the student is expected not only to explicate Arendt (no short order in itself) in addition to critically thinking in the context of contemporary application. GPA caveats aside, the material itself is incredibly poignant to the modern polity and I highly recommend this course to any student interested in postmodern political philosophy / institutional analysis. Studying Arendt will give you a new understanding of political discourse and Prof. McClure will help.
Thank god I took her as my last polisci class otherwise I might have thought all PS classes are as BORING, horrible and painful as hers. She is monotonous that after 4 years at UCLA her class was the only one that I slept in. she is very dry. Grads based on only 3 papers and all is in the hands of the TAs who grade really, really hard. Subject is very boring and he thinks the students are Harvard graduate students and she just keeps piling on the crap. WORST CLASS EVER. She however is and extremely intelligent woman, very well spoken and knows a lot of hard vocab she likes to through at the students but she explains the hard words! Does not know how to dress and when she talks its as if she is reading from a book\326tries to be funny but in a philosophical way, thus she fails
McClure is a serious political theoretician in every sense of the term, and it shows through each lecture. Whether that's good or not entirely depends on if you enjoy listening to her thoughts on the material and then thinking about the material yourself. So these 2 classese i took with her were two of the most challenging and engaging, so rewarding, classes. Take her courses (and talk to her) if you're at all interested in broadening your mind on political theory and philosophy.
This was one of the most interesting classes I've had here at UCLA. Professor McClure is smart and her lectures are designed well. She assumes that you can think and that you've done the reading though so I'm sure many people don't appreciate that. I did and would recommend this class to anyone who actually wants to learn.
Did this review contain...
Thank you for the report!
We'll look into this shortly.