American Political Development: Institutional Development

Scott C James

American Political Development: Institutional Development

Political Science department

Scott C James

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Overall 3.5
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Easiness of class 3.0
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Workload 2.5
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Clarity of professor 4.2
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Helpfulness of professor 4.0
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  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Tough Tests
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted

Grades

Winter 2017
29.4%
24.5%
19.6%
14.7%
9.8%
4.9%
0.0%
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A
A-
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B
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D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
23.6%
19.7%
15.8%
11.8%
7.9%
3.9%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
22.9%
19.0%
15.2%
11.4%
7.6%
3.8%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2014
18.4%
15.3%
12.2%
9.2%
6.1%
3.1%
0.0%
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A
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B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2013
30.3%
25.2%
20.2%
15.1%
10.1%
5.0%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 28, 2020 Grade Received: A

The title of this class is vague, so know that it's a survey of historical approaches to regulation (especially business regulation) in America, starting with the railroads, antitrust movement, moving through WW1, the Great Depression, and the New Deal, and going up through the modern day.

I personally found the material relatively interesting, but be forewarned that he really does just read off of cluttered slides.

Fortunately, both the midterm and final consist of IDs and essay questions that are posted at the beginning of the quarter, so you can start your study guide early. Keep in mind that, although the assigned readings are never, ever, ever discussed in lecture, some of the exam questions will reference concepts or expect examples given only in the books and not brought up in lecture. For those specific questions, make sure to crack open the relevant books before the test.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 26, 2020 Grade Received: A-

this is a doable class. a bit tedious since professor James literally just reads off his slides. the concepts are interesting but his class is not engaging and will often bore you. midterm is 40%, final is 50%, and participation 10%. the exams are easy if you study (a lot) since there is a lot of info to memorization. he gives study guides for them since day 1 so do them early!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 23, 2020 Grade Received: A+

Great class and professor. The only three grades are section participation, the midterm, and the final. For both the midterm and the final, Prof James gives the in-class test's essay prompts out ahead of time so it's super easy to get a good grade if you just have a good idea of what to write. Overall, this is a great class and I will be taking another class with Prof James in the future.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted March 9, 2016 Grade Received: A

Honestly a really TEDIOUS class. Super boring material, super boring lectures by a professor that just reads the slides and doesn't really engage with the audience (which very very quickly dwindles since everything you need is on the slides and the class is podcasted). The IDs and essays for the midterm are given to you ahead of time in study guides but they're a pain in the ass to memorize in the depth that some of the TAs require. Overall, an insanely boring, tedious, and horrific experience you really shouldn't put yourself through. Take another class that is more interesting and doesn't have such horrific time crunched exams.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Tough Tests
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
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