Special Studies in International Relations

Leslie Johns

Special Studies in International Relations

Political Science department

Leslie Johns

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Overall 3.4
Easiness of class 2.1
Workload 2.5
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Clarity of professor 3.5
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Helpfulness of professor 3.5


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Winter 2010

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 25, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Johns initially comes across as a hard ass. That said, she is a great professor. Unlike many professors, her lectures, quizes and tests reflect the assigned reading. The grade is comprised of a midterm, final, discussion participation and seven quizes (with the two bottom grades dropped). You will leard a lot in her class. As so far as easiness, I wouldn't say it's easy, but I would agree with the post before mine, in that is a very manageable A. I managed to get an A by only reading the discussion section reading. I would absolutely recommend her and I would take another class with her.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 25, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Straight forward class. Quizzes and participation were a very easy 30% buffer.

The tests were short answer and were reasonable. Attending lecture is pretty much all you need to do in order to do well (although I feel like the final included some more in depth reading questions). She outlines the reading well.

I didn't learn a great deal, but some aspects were interesting. Very manageable A.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 22, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

This class was pretty much straight forward. It consisted of a final, midterm, discussion grade and weekly quizzes. The midterm and final weren't easy but they were doable. The key to her exams is to attend lecture and take good notes. All of the ideas she lists on her study guides are fully explained in the notes. She doesen't put her lectures online and she goes through the material pretty quickly during lecture, so attending class and being attentive is key. A positive aspect of the exams is that they are made up of short answer questions. No multiple choice or long essays. The first midterm was 12 short answers and the final had 17. She makes the exams extremely difficult, but curves very very generously. The quizzes in discussion were very easy. She assigns weekly discussion readings, that are usually anywhere from 15-25 pages, and then there are three questions from the reading that are on the quiz. She also drops your two lowest scores from the quizzes. The class is designed to have you learn and not to kill you. It's fair and great choice for Poli sci and IDS majors.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted May 5, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

I am taking Prof Johns' Intl Organizations class this quarter and I love it. I may be biased because IOs are my specific area of interest, but Professor Johns is a great professor, especially for being brand new!!
She's incredibly organized, clear and thorough. The class has a discussion where weekly quizzes on the reading are given. The two lowest quiz grades are dropped. These make up a small portion of the grade and so does participation. The rest is comprised of a mid-term and final, which are actual tests of short-answer questions, not essays. I think the final may have an essay component, but the mid-term did not. The testing is also straightforward. Basically, I feel like the grading components and the questions on them are really crafted to ensure that you're learning, comprehending and actually retaining the material. I feel like this rarely happens at UCLA, it's so easy to just get the grade and then immediately forget everything you've learned. That's not the case in this course with Johns, she gets it. She seems to really understand how to select readings, structure the class and the flow of the subject matter, as well as grade students in a manner that effectively teaches.
I really appreciate how well-organized and well-thought out the course is and I highly recommend Professor Johns. She's incredibly fair and approachable.

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