All Ratings and Reviews for Richard Anderson
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!
This class isn't the most difficult class; in fact, one could say it was easy.
I think the most difficult thing for this class is being able to shoot for the A rather than the A- ; in his class, it's a very thin line.
I didn't go to class because after about the 3rd lecture, I realized that he was going to read off his powerpoint slides, and just that. In a sense, it makes things easier, because you don't have to try to pick up every word he's trying to say, but at the same time, it makes his lectures extremely dry. If you are one of those students that like to deal with cold hard facts, and not the conversational gibberish that you WON'T be tested on, then it's going to be hard to stay awake in this class (seriously!). You could just study the powerpoint slides on your own time.
The goal of this class is being able to define and recognize various points of view (constructive, liberal, identity) and understand the levels of analysis. So, the midterm, the final and the papers-- that's what it's all about.
I'd love to give you some pointers on the midterm, but due to a computer failure, Prof. Anderson made the midterm the morning of. So it is probably different from what you'll be taking. Other than that, he's friendly and replies to e-mails fairly quickly. Good luck!
I took poli sci 20 with Anderson and I am a pre-med who ended up getting an A on the midterm and the first paper. We haven't found out about the second paper or the final yet, but the final wasn't too bad. I never read the textbook that he gave us and still scored second highest in the class on his first midterm. Just pay attention to his lecture slides and understand the ideas he is trying to convey and you will do fine.
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
contrary to what most people say about him, professor anderson is probably my favorite teacher at UCLA so far. He is EXTREMELY fair. fair to the point where he allowed us to turn in our final papers late because he never actually made a late policy in his syllubus. Definitely an easy A, especially if you're familiar with poly sci. He is a very adorable old man with a funny laugh and has some interesting stories from his CIA days. The final and midterm were short multiple choice tests that didnt take more than 20 or 30 minutes. The only thing that was annoying was the long essays (2500 words) which I actually didnt completely reach with either but still got an A. no discussion eiether which i thaught was cool. Dont read and you dont necessarily have to go to class either. just make sure you read his slides and you're fine.
Professor Anderson is an excellent professor because he actually CARES about his students. This is such a new concept for UCLA professors--in Anderson's class the student is not the lowest rung of his priority ladder. Rather, he is almost always available to answer questions or to chat, and he makes students feel welcome by keeping his office door open. It is already intimidating (at times) to go and speak to a professor, especially when you know they'd rather be working on their "important and relevant" research as opposed to speaking to an insignificant UCLA student. Not the case with Anderson.
Oh, his class? Kind of hard to pull out the class material from his stories, but at least he knows what he's talkng about-- the guy was in the USSR/Russia, not to mention the CIA (which is pretty cool). Also, he puts his lecture notes on the web, which makes things pretty clear
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.
to the previous post, IT IS UNTRUE that you must conform to his beliefs, in fact, you must have not paid attention in class because he is constantly telling his students that what he teaches he does not necessarily preach......and that we all can have our own opinions...he said this NUMEROUS times in class.....anderson is a funny guy, i wish more people would laugh at his jokes.
Professor Anderson is great. I just took Political Science 156a (the politics of post Communist Russia) with him, and actually learned an amazing amount. The only assignment was a 20-page research paper due at the end of the quarter, so many people didn't come to class. If you want a good grade, it seems that you don't necessarily have to attend; however, if you do go to class, you'll definitely learn a lot.
I participated in the Study Abroad program for summer 2001 which was run by Professor Anderson, and i've gotten to know him pretty well. He truly cares for his students well-being. Make sure you understand the big picture in his lectures, he doesn't expect you to know details, just understanding the material is enough. He is creative and has his own interesting theories regarding politics, really makes you think. i recommend him
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