Diversity and Disagreement: How to Succeed in Politics without Really Trying

Susanne Lohmann

Diversity and Disagreement: How to Succeed in Politics without Really Trying

Political Science department

Susanne Lohmann

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Overall 4.5
Good
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Easiness of class 3.9
Easy
Heavy
Workload 2.4
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Clarity of professor 3.8
Clear
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Helpfulness of professor 4.2
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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Has Group Projects
  • Issues PTEs
  • Uses Slides
  • Often Funny

Grades

Spring 2017
51.6%
43.0%
34.4%
25.8%
17.2%
8.6%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
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D+
D
D-
F

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

Spring 2016
50.9%
42.5%
34.0%
25.5%
17.0%
8.5%
0.0%
A+
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 2015
22.4%
18.7%
14.9%
11.2%
7.5%
3.7%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
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: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 23, 2020
Grade Received: A+

EASY A. This class is designed for your success. It is so simple to do well.
Grade Distribution: A+: 33
A: 8
A-: 5
B+: 7
B: 4
B-: 1
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!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted July 3, 2020
Grade Received: A+

Susanne Lohmann is arguably one of the best professors I've had at UCLA. This class is not only interesting but extremely relevant to the current socio-political climate. If you follow her instructions, you can easily get an A in the class. The TA's (course readers) both gave great feedback and there's an equalization factor added or subtracted from your final grade to ensure both sections were graded fairly. There is no lecture for this class, and the deadlines give you plenty of time to get your work done on the online gaming platform and subsequent reports. Professor Lohmann was completely empathetic to the current situation in Spring quarter as well. I would highly recommend this class.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 12, 2020
Grade Received: A

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.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted July 26, 2018 Grade Received: A+

to be honest the assignments are ridiculously confusing and time consuming, but if you do everyhting, play all the games, and do the extra credit that are super easy, you will get an a+. it is 100% worth it as a GE or as prereq.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted June 19, 2018 Grade Received: A

Class is interesting and Lohmann is really nice and helpful outside of the classroom. Looked on Bruinwalk and though this class was going to be a lot easier than it was but since it is all online, it was hard to get in the swing of things. But Lohmann knows this and gives extra credit and helps increase your grade at the end with your "survey" scores. Overall, would recommend but keep up with your work and do all of the extra credit!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted June 17, 2018 Grade Received: A+

This class is very straightforward and not very hard. With that being said, it is definitely time consuming.

This class is one report a week for the entire quarter (10 total) with the opportunity of skipping 2. You have to play weekly games that are then used to determine your "extra credit." Meaning if you do well on the games, you get a lot of extra credit.

The reports are 2 pages long and very doable if you take the time to do them. You have to analyze games and use the games to make an argument according to what the prompt says. The way she grades the reports is pretty stupid and can vary wildly week to week. But there is tons of extra credit, so getting an A is very doable.

The only annoying things about this class are the professor's love for overcomplicating things and making things so much harder than they have to be. She is super extra and thinks that giving out a 22 page prompt for a paper that is only 2 pages is long is "thorough." It is stupid and unnecessary, but its not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things. She is very detailed and I am pretty sure she has OCD because she is vey particular, but its not a huge deal.

As long as you play the games, do decently on the reports, do the bonus point activities, and set aside a couple of hours each week to do the reports, you should be getting an A minimum.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted June 13, 2018 Grade Received: A

This class has an INSANE workload. I know the grade distribution is very appealing, but please understand that you will have more work from this online class than any other class you're taking. Interesting topics, but to be quite honest, it was way too much work. There are a lot of pros to this class; however, beware of the workload!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted Jan. 6, 2018 Grade Received: A+

The workload is pretty insane, especially during the first few weeks when you don't know what is going on. The grading is very biased and incredibly skewed. Grading is all over the place. She makes up for this by giving tons of extra credit and designing the class in such a way that everyone who puts in effort gets an A.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted Sept. 19, 2017 Grade Received: A

Hands down one of the best Political Science classes I have taken. Everything is online, and you do not have to show up to the lectures, although they could be useful. Her honors class was amazing as well and she is not a strict grader. Every week there is an assignment that has a strict format and is strictly shown how to complete based off of surveys and games done the prier week. Overall a great class.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 28, 2017 Grade Received: A

This class was great. The class is all online and I never went to lecture and got an A. The class consists of surveys played that rank up points depending on your answers. After taking the surveys, you get a weekly assignment that corresponds with the data from the surveys. Two of the weekly assignments are optional group work. She drops two of the lowest scores and gives extra credit for doing some of the assignments. She also bumps your grade for having high scores in the Gaming Platform. Overall the class is interesting and exciting and I would love to take it again.

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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Has Group Projects
  • Issues PTEs
  • Uses Slides
  • Often Funny
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