Miriam A Golden
Department of Political Science
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Easiness 2.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 1.8 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.4 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 1.4 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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April 1, 2015

She's very nice. She tries to be available to students. Her midterms and finals are all take home. Sections are really important! because they teach you how to use the program you'll be using for the papers and they are the graders.

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Dec. 5, 2013

Students often expressed their concerns in class about the harshness of the grading and lack of explanation prior to homework submission but Golden did not care and simply defended her own stance.
She mentioned several times in her first few lectures that without a BASIC understanding of statistics (for example knowing what a histogram or line plot are) one will not succeed in this class but the work we were required to do was at an intermediate or advanced understanding of statistics and the statistical program "Stata".
I am a Global Studies major and I enrolled in this class thinking I would be learning about political institutions and economic development, little did I know I would be spending 6+ hours a week working on homework on Stata that consisted 75% of statistical coding and 25% on development.
The 3rd homework assignment was assigned before the feedback for the 1st assignment was posted online so for myself, as well as other students, we were failing the homework week after week with no direction for improvement. EACH HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT IS WORTH 10% OF OUR GRADE.
After students expressed these concerns to Golden, she did not change anything other than urging her T.A.'s to get the homework graded on time and explain what they want from the students in the future but that did not improve anything.
I am going to have to take this class again and I have never repeated a class in my life. I am very disappointed.

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April 24, 2011

This Eval is for 167D.

I have never written a review before, but this woman was so horrible I felt inclined to.

I will keep this short and simple because the students before me have already pretty much summed it up. I had a solid A going into the final exam, and then wham got a C+ for the final grade. WTF?!

I turned in every single HW assignment and the lowest grade i received was a mid 80, came to every lecture.

The grading in the class is a joke and bottom line is that Golden should be fired.

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March 2, 2011

I actually took 167D but it was not listed.

I came into this class expecting to have a very bad professor from all of the previous reviews. Don't be scared off by them. She is a fairly average professor. Lectures are a bit dry but sometimes we get into interesting discussions. She reads off of her slides with some elaboration so it's not hard to figure out what her main points are. Homework assignments are fairly easy, I haven't gotten below a B and have had an A on the last two. MIdterm and final are exactly the same as the homework so there are no surprises. A quiz or two pops up on the reading during the quarter, but they are very easy. Sometimes she has a bit of trouble understanding what students are asking/saying but she eventually figures it out. Can be a bit abrupt at time but I've never witnessed her being mean.

Overall, not an excellent professor or a poor professor. Very average.

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Dec. 21, 2010

This is for course 167D; it was not listed as an option. I have never taken the time to write an evaluation of a professor, given that I am easily pleased and disinclined to write negative reviews. Professor GOlden was not a particularly bad lecturer, nor were her homework or reading assignments unreasonable. I received nearly 100% on the 4 homework assignments and 97% on the midterm. Homework is worth 40% of the total grade and the midterm 20%. Participation accounts for 10% and the final 30%. I attended all the lectures and was present for both quizzes, although I scored poorly on the second one, but so did the rest of the class. And yet I received a B!!! FML! BY a conservative calculation, assuming I only received 5% of the participation points (although discussion and lecture attendance account for some of the grade)and that there was no curve, I would have had to have gotten a D on the final in order to get a B in the class. And by no means am I the only one to receive a grade lower than expected. The day grades came out 3 other people texted me complaining about their grade. All had A's going into the final, and ended up with a B-. The course was not particularly difficult, but the grading is whack! I got an A+ in my three other classes, and one of the upper division courses I was taking was much harder than this class.

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Dec. 8, 2010

This evaluation is for PS 167D, the option was not available. Anyhow, she is extremely rude to her TA, she is simplistic in her lectures and often times just plain mean to student that have comments that deviate from her position. Take her if you have to, and cross your finger that you get a good TA, that is the only thing that made this course worth it for most of us. Yes, I speak of in behalf of the class we all liked our TA (TC)

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Dec. 7, 2010

This woman is a complete jerk and a moron to her students. She could care less if they actually absorb the material she throws at them, and treats them as if she'd rather be doing something else. She is used to teaching graduate students, which means she expects students to be more independent, and refuses to realize that, as undergraduates, we are largely inexperienced in this field, and need clarification. If she can't do that, she needs to stop teaching all together.

As a lecturer, she is alright. She will listen to questions and try to explain them according to her premises. However, with one-on-one interaction with you as a student, she speaks in a reprimanding way. From personal experience, she refused to answer any of the questions I e-mailed her, telling me I should ask the TA, even though in class she publicly embarrassed him by announcing that he didn't know how to grade our work or what to expect from us. Not only is it highly unprofessional to call out on your colleague like that in front of others, she had no right to do so, seeing as she never expressed to us what exactly she wanted out of us from the homework she assigned. I just have one question: how do you expect us to deliver the type of work you expect when you do not communicate with neither your students or your TA? Sorry, Professor Golden, but we are not mind-readers, and just because you have decades of experience in this field does not mean everyone knows what you are talking about. I suggest you get off your high chair and actually attempt to teach your students instead of cracking a whip at us when we don't even know what you want.

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April 1, 2015

She's very nice. She tries to be available to students. Her midterms and finals are all take home. Sections are really important! because they teach you how to use the program you'll be using for the papers and they are the graders.

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Dec. 5, 2013

Students often expressed their concerns in class about the harshness of the grading and lack of explanation prior to homework submission but Golden did not care and simply defended her own stance.
She mentioned several times in her first few lectures that without a BASIC understanding of statistics (for example knowing what a histogram or line plot are) one will not succeed in this class but the work we were required to do was at an intermediate or advanced understanding of statistics and the statistical program "Stata".
I am a Global Studies major and I enrolled in this class thinking I would be learning about political institutions and economic development, little did I know I would be spending 6+ hours a week working on homework on Stata that consisted 75% of statistical coding and 25% on development.
The 3rd homework assignment was assigned before the feedback for the 1st assignment was posted online so for myself, as well as other students, we were failing the homework week after week with no direction for improvement. EACH HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT IS WORTH 10% OF OUR GRADE.
After students expressed these concerns to Golden, she did not change anything other than urging her T.A.'s to get the homework graded on time and explain what they want from the students in the future but that did not improve anything.
I am going to have to take this class again and I have never repeated a class in my life. I am very disappointed.

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April 24, 2011

This Eval is for 167D.

I have never written a review before, but this woman was so horrible I felt inclined to.

I will keep this short and simple because the students before me have already pretty much summed it up. I had a solid A going into the final exam, and then wham got a C+ for the final grade. WTF?!

I turned in every single HW assignment and the lowest grade i received was a mid 80, came to every lecture.

The grading in the class is a joke and bottom line is that Golden should be fired.

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March 2, 2011

I actually took 167D but it was not listed.

I came into this class expecting to have a very bad professor from all of the previous reviews. Don't be scared off by them. She is a fairly average professor. Lectures are a bit dry but sometimes we get into interesting discussions. She reads off of her slides with some elaboration so it's not hard to figure out what her main points are. Homework assignments are fairly easy, I haven't gotten below a B and have had an A on the last two. MIdterm and final are exactly the same as the homework so there are no surprises. A quiz or two pops up on the reading during the quarter, but they are very easy. Sometimes she has a bit of trouble understanding what students are asking/saying but she eventually figures it out. Can be a bit abrupt at time but I've never witnessed her being mean.

Overall, not an excellent professor or a poor professor. Very average.

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Dec. 21, 2010

This is for course 167D; it was not listed as an option. I have never taken the time to write an evaluation of a professor, given that I am easily pleased and disinclined to write negative reviews. Professor GOlden was not a particularly bad lecturer, nor were her homework or reading assignments unreasonable. I received nearly 100% on the 4 homework assignments and 97% on the midterm. Homework is worth 40% of the total grade and the midterm 20%. Participation accounts for 10% and the final 30%. I attended all the lectures and was present for both quizzes, although I scored poorly on the second one, but so did the rest of the class. And yet I received a B!!! FML! BY a conservative calculation, assuming I only received 5% of the participation points (although discussion and lecture attendance account for some of the grade)and that there was no curve, I would have had to have gotten a D on the final in order to get a B in the class. And by no means am I the only one to receive a grade lower than expected. The day grades came out 3 other people texted me complaining about their grade. All had A's going into the final, and ended up with a B-. The course was not particularly difficult, but the grading is whack! I got an A+ in my three other classes, and one of the upper division courses I was taking was much harder than this class.

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Dec. 8, 2010

This evaluation is for PS 167D, the option was not available. Anyhow, she is extremely rude to her TA, she is simplistic in her lectures and often times just plain mean to student that have comments that deviate from her position. Take her if you have to, and cross your finger that you get a good TA, that is the only thing that made this course worth it for most of us. Yes, I speak of in behalf of the class we all liked our TA (TC)

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Dec. 7, 2010

This woman is a complete jerk and a moron to her students. She could care less if they actually absorb the material she throws at them, and treats them as if she'd rather be doing something else. She is used to teaching graduate students, which means she expects students to be more independent, and refuses to realize that, as undergraduates, we are largely inexperienced in this field, and need clarification. If she can't do that, she needs to stop teaching all together.

As a lecturer, she is alright. She will listen to questions and try to explain them according to her premises. However, with one-on-one interaction with you as a student, she speaks in a reprimanding way. From personal experience, she refused to answer any of the questions I e-mailed her, telling me I should ask the TA, even though in class she publicly embarrassed him by announcing that he didn't know how to grade our work or what to expect from us. Not only is it highly unprofessional to call out on your colleague like that in front of others, she had no right to do so, seeing as she never expressed to us what exactly she wanted out of us from the homework she assigned. I just have one question: how do you expect us to deliver the type of work you expect when you do not communicate with neither your students or your TA? Sorry, Professor Golden, but we are not mind-readers, and just because you have decades of experience in this field does not mean everyone knows what you are talking about. I suggest you get off your high chair and actually attempt to teach your students instead of cracking a whip at us when we don't even know what you want.

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Overall Rating
Based on 16 Users
Easiness 2.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 1.8 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.4 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 1.4 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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