Raymond Rocco

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POL SCI 10
Introduction to Political Theory See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 1.7 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.7

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Definitely one of the worst professors I've taken at UCLA. He doesn't really care about you learning anything. I've attended every single lecture, took extensive notes and he gave me a C in the class. He doesn't have the notion of positive feedback, seeing as his criticism on the essays due were: "This concept is wrong" or "Not necessarily true". In addition, when asked if I could go over the grade of the paper in detail, he replied with: "I believe that students lack the expertise and the knowledge of the subject to discuss grades with me"
At the same time I was taking an upper division course, and putting in the same amount of work for each class, I received an A in the upper division course, and a C in the lower division course. How does that make sense?

(Sept. 12, 2011)
POL SCI 40
Introduction to American Politics See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.6

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I really enjoyed this class. It was a little difficult, but overall Rocco is a really nice guy and he's very willing to help you. He wants his students to do well.

(Nov. 17, 2008)
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POL SCI 113A
Problems in 20th-Century Political Theory See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 1.7 Workload 2.3 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.8

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Professor Rocco has a very structured lecture routine-ppt. slides that are setup purposively, something he doesn't stray far from. In lecture it is largely one sided communication, with inquiry limited to his limited office hours. He is very knowledgable about the material, which is really interesting on its own (Marcuse, Freire and Gramsci), and he gives a good explanation of their respective theories in layman terms. The reading isn't absolutely required for the class since he gives all the material he requires on the final in lecture, but it does help a lot (especially with Gramsci). This class is helpful for theory/philosophy of institutional power, political organizing, critical pedagogy, etc.
I would suggest this class for someone already interested in the subject, maybe not for someone who is bedazzled by the title and thinks it a glamour course: the final essays are not glamorous. But I would suggest opting in for the weekly page responses, comprising up to 25% of your grade. It takes a lot of pressure of your otherwise sole determinator of your grade-the final.
I also took Rocco for PS10, and I would suggest taking him for upperdiv rather than the lower- he cares more.

(Dec. 29, 2011)
POL SCI 116A
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POL SCI 116A
Marxism See Full Profile

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POL SCI 119
Special Studies in Political Theory See Full Profile

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POL SCI 144A
Ethnic Politics: Chicano/Latino Politics See Full Profile

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LBR&WS 179A
Neoliberalism, Social Justice, and Transformative Politics See Full Profile

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LBR STD 179B
Doing Democracy: Social Movements, Grassroots Politics, and Community Organizing See Full Profile

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LBR&WS 179B
Doing Democracy: Social Movements, Grassroots Politics, and Community Organizing See Full Profile

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POL SCI 181A
Politics of Latino Communities See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Professor Rocco is very nice and cares about learning.
He can be strict about tardiness and using your phone/laptop but its because he cares.
There are quizzes every two weeks but they're really easy: just do the readings and he gives you the questions before hand so you just have to look out for the answers.
the readings are really really good and interesting.
no exam - just a final paper that is worth like 60% of your grade.
pretty easy if you do the readings and attend class. straightforward.

(Winter Quarter 2017)
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