All Ratings and Reviews for Susanne Lohmann
EASY A. This class is designed for your success. It is so simple to do well.
Grade Distribution: A+: 33
The actual work for this class is a bit tedious and annoying, but work is only required for 7 weeks. You can choose which prompts you want to write or skip a report as long as you write 7. If you do more than 7, your highest graded reports are the ones selected for your grade. Even if you do not do well on reports, you can still get an A. The professor offers so many bonus opportunities and many of them are for completion. ADDITIONALLY, the other half of the class is on a gaming platform. Some games give you points solely for completion, while others give points based on performance. The secret to success is play every game. Your performance will determine what percentile of the class you are in and that determines the grade boost at the end of the quarter. Everyone wins in the end! Take this class because the professor is the kindest professor I have had and the TAs are great too!
Students, beware. I read about the heavy workload from other reviews prior to taking the class but it still stunned me especially in the first few weeks. If you're willing to devote most of your free time on this class, because trust me it'll demand most of your attention, then you can consider taking it. Not recommended for people who are slightly on the lazy side or just want to breeze through.
The content of the class itself was interesting, but the heavy workload often made it feel like the simulations were dull in comparison.
I dont know if it's just because our class was bigger (115A) than the students that took her in previous classes, or that lohmann has changed her teaching style, but she is the most uneffective professor i have every encountered. Never did this woman lecture ONCE in our class. We basically knew one sentence definitions of utilitarianism, rights, and justice/fairness, and applied them to random things throughout the entire class. You do not learn anything in this class. It consists of 1-2 hour long student presentations (lohmann goes to class and sits in the audience for the whole class period and listens) about COMPLETELY random things. This is the most outrageously pointless class I have ever taken (i'm a 4th year poli sci major). SO far, like all the other students in the class, i have not learned ANYTHING about political ethics and governance. Professor Lohmann: if i wanted to learn about random policy issues, happiness, and online video games, i'd research it on the internet. Thanks for a perfect waste of my time.
She is by far the nicest person you'll ever meet. The lady has nothing but knowledge about EVERYTHING (WOW)!!! Definitely would recommend her classes because you actually, unlike most other classes, are able to express your thoughts. She is fully open to discussion.
Ethics and Governance: First off, she is hilarious, really flexible and fair. Second, the workload is really light and third, the class content has nothing to do with governance. All in all, I LOVED THIS CLASS. She wont deny you a paper extension, she plays fun games with us and she makes you laugh. Fun, fun, fun. Oh and an easy B at least :)
Definitely one of the gems of the political science department. She is intelligent, funny, engaging, sweet, understanding, able to effectively convey the material to the students, and she seemingly knows everything there is to know about politics. Most importantly, though, she wholeheartedly encourages debate in her classes, which is the cornerstone of a good education. I had her for 142D, but I'm convinced she would be great for any class that she teaches.
DO NOT TAKE HER FOR PS 115 or HC M146!!!! She was unclear with directions for any project and paper she gave us. She may be nice but she cannot teach!
Professor Lohmann is by far the best Professor I have ever had. Her curriculum is very interdisciplinary and challenging. She knows a lot about everything. She pushes students to think in new, creative ways but also guides them to provide factual support. Her class is what all political science classes should be like\363research and testing new theories. I think some professors at UCLA sometimes do not provide students with enough individual learning room. Too often students are just like the drinking birds on the Simpsons; their heads just bob in unison to whatever the professor says.
This class was structured completely differently than most political science classes, so students were able to engage in intelligent discussion and learn from valuable peer input. The students in this class were by far the most intelligent and capable students in all UCLA. Professor Lohmann gave these students the opportunity to speak and learn from each other while providing feedback of her own. She made us question the assumptions we operate under every day and the influence of the media on public issues. She put a refreshing twist on everyday issues. She literally altered the way I conceptualize the world\363for the better.
She may be criticized as disorganized, but her thinking is really very structured; it must be so because she deals with incredibly complex, multi-faceted issues. The class organization for 142 D was flexible because Professor Lohmann believes in adapting to the students needs\363something that few professors at UCLA are open to. She is willing to adjust to circumstances and does as much as she can to foster a positive learning environment. Her teaching methods are open to being reworked and revised to provide for maximum learning.
Professor Lohmann is also the most open, warm-hearted, generous, and amiable professor in all UCLA. There are few professors who care as much as she does about students and their learning experiences. She is constantly offers students opportunities in research, participation in seminars, and so much more. As a person, she is one you want to know for the rest of your life. She has a radiating energy, which warms the whole room and makes for a positive learning environment. Her laughter is infectious and once she starts laughing the whole class laughs with her. She makes learning both challenging and fun, which is a difficult balance to achieve.
I think Professor Lohmann's teaching style works best with students who have a passion for learning, enjoy research, and like being challenged. Her classes are NOT for lazy students who want to breeze through their classes. Even if you are unable to take one of her classes (maybe because of scheduling conflicts or etc), I would still encourage you to talk to her. In having a ten-minute conversation with her, you can learn 101 new things. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to meet her and take her class. If you decide to take one her classes, I am sure you will agree (provided you are the right type of student). =)
Very unique teaching style, which is fun and extremely effective if you're open-minded. The only problem is the homework being graded at the end. Even so, highly recommended.
If you want to meet a professor that cares anymore for her students than Professor Lohmann, tell me! On the surface, she may seem disorganized and absentminded, but she's very organized and well put together. Some students like to be spoon fed and unwillingly to make any real effort and may not appreciate her contribution. She's a great person and professor. You would learn a lot taking her classes.
As for the PS 115 & HC M146 class, professor Lohmann is trying to construct the class in a way different from the usual. Not everybody may like it, but I don't think it's any reason to condemn her teaching methods...especially since she's obviously proved her worth by being a part of the UCLA political science department.
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