Microeconomic Theory

Michael Sproul

Microeconomic Theory

Economics department

Michael Sproul

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Overall 3.6
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Easiness of class 2.0
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Clarity of professor 3.4
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Summer 2014
12.8%
10.6%
8.5%
6.4%
4.3%
2.1%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2014
13.5%
11.2%
9.0%
6.7%
4.5%
2.2%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2014
13.1%
10.9%
8.7%
6.6%
4.4%
2.2%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2013
16.8%
14.0%
11.2%
8.4%
5.6%
2.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 13, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Overall professor Sproul was a good instructor. However, the tests and quizzes might be a bit too easy, which means if you make 1 silly mistake or it you are in a horrible condition on the day of examination, you are screwed beyond redemption.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 16, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Sproul was hands down the worst professor I've had at UCLA. I have a 4.0, but getting an A in Sproul's Econ 101 class was the most stressful experience of my life. This is not because his class is difficult in the classic sense of requiring intellectual thought and hard work. Instead, Sproul's class is difficult because he teaches his nonsensical theories as gospel truth and expects his students to regurgitate these theories without any critical thinking whatsoever. To get an A in Sproul's class, you must ignore all modern economic understanding of how markets work, and instead accept Sproul's Doctrine with blind faith without even a shred of evidence. I hated this class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 21, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

I took Mazzocco for 11 and struggled to get an A, but getting an A in Sproul was much much much easier. Didn't really need to go to a single lecture. He podcasts the lectures, which makes understanding the graphs an easy cake-walk since you can pause and rewind. Didn't attend a single lecture besides the first one and the in-class exams. There wasn't really any need to nor any incentive to.

Personally, if you are taking other classes that are important for your major, you're able to focus on those classes with Sproul. His tests are reasonable, and I put in probably 2 hours tops in studying for each quiz (there are three total), and around 8 hours studying for the final. If you're taking him for 101, you've basically got yourself an easy A, maybe a B if you're unlucky.

You don't need to buy the book either. Win!

The only issue why someone wouldn't love Sproul is if they're pretty liberal. In the sense that Sproul demonstrates the logic behind conservative (or rather, libertarian) economics and at one points makes liberal theories (such as raising the minimum wage and supporting labor unions) as nonsensical and foolish. Some of my "student activist" classmates walked out of class at one point. But hey, don't kill the messenger by calling me a bigot. I'm just delivering the message about what he teaches.

All in all, I had a wonderful experience with Sproul, and would highly recommend him to anyone I come across.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 18, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Sproul is awesome. His classes are podcasted and you can get an A from memorizing the graphs. His lectures are not only clear and educational, but very very interesting. I took Econ 1, Econ 11, and Econ 101 with Sproul because I really liked his format. With Sproul you do not have to read the textbook, but instead, if you watch the lectures once or twice and make sure you can "walk and talk" your way through the graphs, there's no reason you shouldn't get an A. Good luck, I highly recommend Sproul.

Oh, and he also prepares you very well for Econ 102.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted May 8, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

If you think the Econ 101 in the summer is equivalent to the Econ 101 during the school year, you are mistaken. Sproul teaches no game theory and hardly anything resembling Econ 101 during the regular year. He goes off on how recycling is bad (which may be an economically sound argument, but kind of irrelevant). His quizzes are tricky, and if you screw up on one of them, kiss your chances of an A goodbye. Overall, to me Econ 101 in the Summer is a harder version of Econ 11, so if you want to learn the more useful and relevant game theory version of Econ 101, take it in the regular school year. Oh and about Sproul, he's okay. But his grading policy is all screwed up, and there's a high probability that you'll end up not doing as well as you want to.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Sept. 25, 2002 Grade Received: N/A

Overall a good, straightforward lecturer, I guess. However, I did expect a better grade in the class. And like the complaints listed below, his lecture notes, online textbooks, and online projects are only worth a couple of points (though it took me 6-7 hours to complete). He is always available at office hours to answer your questions, but when you do ask him a question, he mumbles the answers to you and never bothers to elaborate on it. His quizzes and tests are pretty tricky, so be sure to study your lecture notes well. If I had the chance to take him again...oh nevermind...why bother

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Aug. 3, 2001 Grade Received: N/A

It was an fairly straight forward class. Do the study guide and you will be set. His quizzes were
easy, the final knocked me on my a**. You don't have to agree with him, as long as you simply understand him.

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