All Ratings and Reviews for Richard L Sklar
Inspirational, informative class, best professor i've had at ucla. He's a great resource for anyone interested in modern African politics and conflicts.
Prof. Sklar is among my absolute favorite professors at UCLA. I toook Development and Ideology in World Politics with him, and am very glad that I had the experience of being in one of his classes. He is amazingly knowledgable, and his own ideas on postimperialism are really compelling. Great lecturer, very nice person, amazing mind.
There is no better professor at UCLA than Richard Sklar. His honors collegium is the best class that I have taken at UCLA. Professor Sklar gave everyone of his lectures off the top of his head. Besides the fact that Sklar is one of the most influential Africanists alive, many other experts from places such as Sierra Leonne and Angola came in to give guest lectures. If you want to actually learn, take this class.
Prof. Sklar is an amazing resource to students here on this campus. His Honors Collegium 123 course is great, and really widens your views about many things. War and Peace in Africa is a huge topic, but Sklar covers it well. It also doesn't get much media attention here in the U.S., but he raises your awareness. The readings are interesting, full of first-person accounts and experiences of war and nation-building. Sklar also adds to the readings his own experiences, having studied, lived, and taught in Africa. He has personal friendships with many of the political leaders discussed in the readings, and brings in guest lecturers from all subjects related to class topics. He lectures with out notes, and though at first it may not all seem to make sense or be connected, by the end of the course you can tie everything together. He is a fair grader. Sklar also really gets you to think critically about conflicts in Africa by giving every member of the class a role in a conference at the end of the quarter. You portray a real political leader involved in the conflict in Central Africa, and you must discuss with other students possible options for lasting peace in the region. This forces you to learn the facts of the debate, as well as take to heart the human side of the conflict. Overall, Prof. Sklar gives an interesting course for any student, and it is particularly suited to those studying political science, development, geography and resource allocation, economics, and history.
professor sklar is by far my favorite professor at ucla. i don't even know what grade i got in his class yet, but the rewards i got from being his student were even more meaningful. he is absolutely brillant and knows everything! even more admirable, is his incredible passion and zeal as a peofessor and the compassion he has for people. all the knowledge he espouses is backed by his first-hand experience from teaching in africa. you must take his class!
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