Politics and Strategy

Michael S Chwe

Politics and Strategy

Political Science department

Michael S Chwe

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Ratings

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Overall 3.8
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 2.5
Easy
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Workload 2.8
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.0
Clear
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Helpfulness of professor 4.3
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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Uses Slides
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Tough Tests
  • Issues PTEs

Grades

Fall 2018
13.7%
11.4%
9.1%
6.8%
4.6%
2.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
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B
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C
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F

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

Fall 2017
13.7%
11.4%
9.1%
6.8%
4.6%
2.3%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2016
13.3%
11.1%
8.9%
6.7%
4.4%
2.2%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2015
14.7%
12.3%
9.8%
7.4%
4.9%
2.5%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2013
12.7%
10.6%
8.5%
6.4%
4.2%
2.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2012
12.5%
10.4%
8.3%
6.3%
4.2%
2.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2009
12.1%
10.1%
8.1%
6.1%
4.0%
2.0%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2006
11.8%
9.8%
7.9%
5.9%
3.9%
2.0%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted March 21, 2019 Grade Received: A+

I love Chwe as a professor. I am taking another game theory class with him right now. That being said, PS30 is VERY hard if you are not a math person. It is entirely math. Having a good TA is crucial to your success in the class because with the large lecture hall, it was difficult to understand the material presented (I never ended up going to lectures because my section was more helpful.) Posting past midterms and finals is extremely helpful. Do every practice test 2-3 times and understand EVERYTHING. Even then, Chwe will throw in "trick" questions to help curve the class, making you come out of tests feeling like a complete failure (fear not, you likely did not fail.) There are much easier Political Science lower division classes. Nevertheless, I would still recommend PS30 because it is a course that will teach you concepts few other classes will teach you.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted March 27, 2018 Grade Received: A+

I really enjoyed this class with Professor Chwe. It was probably one of the best and most interesting classes I've ever taken. Chwe is a funny guy and I really enjoyed his lectures. It could get boring sometimes though. There was a midterm, a final, and 10 homework assignments for this class. The homework was a little hard but we barely got any homework in that class so it wasn't too bad. Unfortunately, the TAs weren't very helpful. It's really important to do/turn in your homework though because it really helps your grade if you do poorly on the exams. Chwe also has this policy where the top 30 percentile of students in the class get an A+ which i thought was pretty awesome. The lectures don't have attendance and are on Bruincast video so I used to skip all the time (he posts the slides online too). I personally thought the videos were more helpful than the lecture because the material is hard and it took me some time to process it so I could pause and rewind things on the video, instead of asking questions in front of the whole class lol. I really enjoyed this class and i would recommend it to others! Prof chwe is pretty awesome and I'd definitely take more classes with him.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Feb. 1, 2018 Grade Received: B

I honestly do not regret taking this class. I thought I would hate it and I took it because all the other lower div pol sci classes were full by the time I was able to enroll. With that being said, I can say that this has been one of the most rewarding classes I've taken. It wasn't easy and some of the concepts were a bit confusing to grasp but the professor definitely helped in clarifying various questions we had. Everything you need to succeed is accessible to you its just the matter of putting in the hard work. I had to practice on a lot of the past midterms and finals he posted online in order to pass with a satisfying grade.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Jan. 31, 2018 Grade Received: B-

Easy class in terms of homework, as well as Professor Chwe being a funny and easygoing guy. However, the tests are ridiculously hard. I did every homework assignment and actively paid attention in class, but he makes the tests purposefully terrible to make sure you know the material inside and out. Best part about the class was not having to buy a textbook.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Jan. 5, 2018 Grade Received: B-

I got a B- in this class and I could have very easily gotten an A if I had done my homework. The best advice I could give is DO THE HOMEWORK. Not only is it worth 20% if your grade, but it is also good practice for the midterm and final. The class is curved and the curve only helps you. Professor Chwe is entertaining and clear. He uploads all the midterms and finals of the previous years width their answers so you know exactly what the tests are going to be like. The class is also podcasted so you can watch all the lectures if you miss any or want to review what he said in class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 20, 2017 Grade Received: B+

Entering this class I was not sure how exactly it would go. I wouldn't say that the class is tough. But the professor knows how to teach it so its interesting. Once you grasp the material, everything else is a breeze. There's homework every week but you get credit simply by attempting it and it is not graded. The midterm and final are both difficult and Professor Chwe knows it; however he posts every final and midterm from previous years and they are all about the same stuff. He makes it difficult to make sure you actually know the material. The grade curve is very useful and ill bump up your grade if you don't do well on the final/midterm. I recommend this class to anyone interested in the topic and not just taking it for an Easy A

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 17, 2017 Grade Received: A+

I just don't understand why the rating is so low. I will definitely take class with Professor Chwe again (which is what I am doing right now). He is a very good lecturer and always tries to make the contents interesting using a lot of funny examples.
There is no textbook so it is very important to pay attention in class. Homework is not easy but not too hard. Discussion sections definitely help! To be honest, it is an easy class as long as you go to the class and do the homework.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 7, 2017 Grade Received: A-

I really enjoyed taking Poli Sci 30, and thought that Professor Chwe was an amazing professor. That being said, the class is tough. Definitely utilize office hours, Professor Chwe is willing to walk students through any homework problems they are struggling with-- he wants us to do well.
Also, he's pretty funny and overall a very nice person.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 4, 2017 Grade Received: B+

I agree with the person below me. Chwe's ratings are low, but that's mostly attributed to the material because it can get difficult if you don't go to class or don't pay attention. Weekly homework isn't too bad if you know how to get help and aren't afraid to get help. I struggled a lot with it in the beginning and even though a good number of my answers weren't correct, the T.A. still gave me the full point (0, 0.5, and 1 are the possible points) for every single homework I turned in. It sure helps your grade in the end, if you need a little boost. Chwe is very open to helping people and welcomes any question even in class. He's not bothered by having to go through the problem again and slower, which isn't the case for many professors. He makes jokes sometimes that I found funny and made lecture a little less tiresome. The midterm and final are structured to be difficult, but he literally has so many past midterms and finals posted dating back all the way to the early 2000's or mid 2000's, I forget. If you practice these, you should be well prepared. There's also a curve, depending on how the rest of the class did but honestly it can only benefit you. You have to be really, really lost and not giving any effort to get a bad grade because the grade distribution is really generous. The final was supposed to be 3 hours, but because 95% of the class wasn't finished, he gave us another hour and stayed. What other professor would even consider staying an extra hour to give students more time?? Anyways, Chwe is great in my opinion, the class is without a doubt challenging, but it helps that he's a good professor. Good luck! Go to class and start studying at least a week in advance for the midterm and final!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted May 31, 2016 Grade Received: A+

I get why other people are trashing Chwe, but that's probably more because the material is hard to grasp. I personally think he really explained everything well and is very open to helping students, he even answers personal questions in the middle of lecture. going to lecture is necessary to understanding the material. chwe is funny and does his best to make the dry subject engaging. game theory is certainly not for everyone - like math, it just clicks for some people and doesn't for others. i think the homework was extremely fucking difficult, but the tests were way easier. he has all his old midterm/finals on ccle, and if you do those for practice, i think you should be good. the class is not the easiest but if you have to take it chwe is great!

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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Uses Slides
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Tough Tests
  • Issues PTEs
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