Richard Anderson

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POL SCI 20
World Politics See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 2.8

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This class is really interesting and generally easy. I hardly read the book with the exception of the definitions outlined in the margins and did well on both the midterms and the final. You will write two papers for this class. The first one, where we picked a book out of YRL, read it, and wrote a report on it which addressed many of the topics discussed in class. I did well on this paper because I sort of planned it out as I was reading. The most daunting part of it, actually, was the 2500 word minimum requirement. The second paper was a lot more difficult because the prompt was so broad and unclear that I--and many other students, from what I could tell from the massive amounts of email that Anderson sent out--struggled to even start the paper, let alone fill up 8 pages. Professor Anderson is good at presenting sides of an argument that you may not have considered in order to force you to think. His exams are very fair, testing mainly broad concepts, but the wording tends to be the hard part. If you can access past exams somehow, do so!

(Dec. 27, 2008)
POL SCI 89
Honors Seminars Full Profile > 2.2 Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness
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POL SCI 89
Honors Seminars See Full Profile

Overall 2.2 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.0

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POL SCI 156A
Government and Politics of Post-Communist States: Russia See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 2.6

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POL SCI 163A
Discourse before Democracy See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.7 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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I would definitely avoid the class. The lectures are so obscure and you really don’t have a concrete idea about what you are supposed to be grasping

(Spring Quarter 2019)
POL SCI 163B
Colonialism, Discourse, and Democracy See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.5 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Dr. Anderson is absolutely my favorite professor in the whole political science department. I went into this class not expecting much, but it changed my perspective on so many political science topics. I really recommend going to class and reading the slides carefully when writing the paper (there is only one paper worth 100%). Anderson is the most intelligent and caring professor who is willing to help his students in any way that he can. He takes a really interdisciplinary approach to this class which is unique in the political science department. 100% recommend this class.

(Winter Quarter 2018)
POL SCI 168
Comparative Political Analysis See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.2

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I took 169, but it's not an option. Pompous, disrespectful, inappropriate, and egotistical. Fully regret taking his class. If you don't include his publications in your paper, prepare for a grade that will ruin your GPA.

(June 26, 2014)
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POL SCI 169
Special Studies in Comparative Politics See Full Profile

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POL SCI 171A
Applied Formal Models: Collective Action and Social Movements See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 2.9

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TAKE A CLASS WITH THIS PROFESSOR. He could probably beat out the most interesting man in the world for his title. I took him for two upper divs, and I loved his classes. The material is really interesting; he makes you think in ways that other professors can't (or don't care enough to). There is no midterm, and the final is a 20 page paper. Honestly I was really scared by that too, but as long as you have a pulse and go to class there's no way you won't pick up his argument along the way. Once you get the point down the rest of the paper isn't too time-consuming. Do the readings and speak up in class when you can cause it'll be to your benefit. He tells you exactly what he wants and expects from you, so listen when he talks! You won't regret it

(Aug. 4, 2012)
POL SCI 191A
Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Political Theory See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.3 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.7

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Took his class. Very informative. Liked it a lot. let me know if you want to buy the books.

(April 20, 2014)
POL SCI 191C
Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 1.0

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Professor Anderson really cares about his students, but goes about it in a pretty rude way. He is really blunt and laughs at students' responses to his questions. The class on the whole was easy, though. Each week you have to write a 500 word (usually less) response on the CCLE forum and respond to 3 classmates' posts, attend lecture, and at the end of the class you have to turn in a 5000 word essay. He never told us the breakdown of the grades, so I'm not sure of the percentages for each of those. He is really confusing when talking about the paper, but if you go to office hours he makes a lot more sense. He goes on a lot of tangents to his days in politics and they're interesting but not really applicable to the class. Update: the whole grade is your paper and he grades it incredibly arbitrarily. Do not take.
Also HE BRINGS HIS DOG TO CLASS :)

(Winter Quarter 2016)
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