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This is by far the most engaging, interesting, and pertinent political science class I've taken at UCLA. "Professor" Sherrer is exceptionally talented and gives engaging and clear lectures (it's amazing to have a professor that actually speaks like a normal human being and not a robot programmed to spew out overcomplicated academic jargon, as do 90% of the tenured faculty here).
The readings for this class are fairly light and the vast majority of them were actually very interesting. I think there may have been only two or three that were boring (the majority were Washington Post or NYT articles, excerpts from a very recent/engaging book, and super cool voter psychology studies). None of the readings felt like filler or irrelevant to the course (again, credit to Sherrer for planning the class so well).
Grading is fair and is based on a midterm (30% of grade, was super easy), a short writing assignment (20%), an infographic (10%), and a final (40% of grade, very fair but marginally harder than the midterm).
Sherrer is very organized and uses very clear slides. He also recorded lecture and did not require attendance.
I highly, highly recommend this class and Prof. Sherrer in general. I wish UCLA's political science department offered more classes related to this topic.
15% essay 1
15% essay 2
Sherrer is pretty good he moved around assignments to be accommodating.
Covid-19 so tests were open book
however, he is a super slow grader(3+weeks) and graded stuff after p/np deadline so some people were concerned.
Did not give a ton of feedback on essays
overall he's a good professor to have
Do you ever have a professor who you think, "wow, I could probably play a nice game of connect four with this guy"? Well, Thomas is one of those professors (lecturer, he insists on not being called professor). He is super chill and has a great sense of blunt humor which I found hilarious. I would 100% take his class again. Granted, he is new and the material was at times a bit unnecessary and felt like common sense, but I'm sure he will get over that soon. The homework was super easy and was graded based on completion. The tests were a bit odd and felt unrelated to the course at times, but they weren't hard. Definitely my favorite covid-era class.
Professor Sherrer is such a cool dude and a great teacher. He is engaging and so passionate about American politics. He had great lecture slides and encouraged us to engage in breakout room discussions with our peers every class. This helped us feel a bit more connected to each other during online school. The class was made up of two homework assignments that were full credit if submitted on time, attendance and multiple choice and short answer midterm and final. There was no textbook required and instead, he provided really interesting chapters from books he enjoyed. I would highly recommend taking this class and any class he teaches at UCLA.
TAKE THIS CLASS, I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH BEST TEACHER IN UCLA, THIS CALSS WAS SO GOOD I CAME BACK TO MAKE A REVIEW, I HAVE NEVER DONE THIS.
Very interesting class. It was mainly focused on political polarization and less on actual campaigning. I feel like the course could have addressed the latter a bit more and maybe give insight on different campaign styles, successful ads, and more practical electoral campaign knowledge. Every lecture was recorded. Professor was very chill and overall the course is insightful without being stressful.
Midterm exam: 30%
Written assignment: 20%
Homework assignment: 10%
Final Exam: 40%
Sherrer is a funny, interesting guy and a great professor. This class has one midterm, one writing assignment (short), one homework assignment (very short), and one final. Both tests are multiple choice and short answer. No textbook, all readings are posted on the website. This class is so enjoyable, I wish I could take it again and would definitely recommend it to all.
Sherrer is one of those professors where their passion for the topic shines through their lectures.
Class is comprised of readings usually about 30 pages a week, and readings are due before class. They are a good primer for what the professor is going to be talking about that day. The readings are actually interesting and are helpful in understanding the course, so don't skip them.
The grade is comprised of a midterm, written assignment, infographic assignment, and the final. As long as you pay attention in class, take good notes, and do the readings accordingly you should have no problem getting A's on the tests. As for the written assignment, this is a time when you should meet with Sherrer during his office hours, in order to get the best grade possible.
Sherrer always tried to make his slides engaging, whether it be through memorable campaign ads or Taylor Swift quotes. This is a professor who cares about the material he teaches, and overall this is a wonderful class to take if you are a poli sci major.
He is a genuinely good person and very helpful. He wants you to think about your future after graduating and provides resources to help you find a career/next steps. I would definitely take a class with him again!
One of the best POL SCI classes I've taken at UCLA so far. The main thing for me was that the content was engaging and I learned a lot of interesting things in this course. My only qualm was that this class was too early in the morning... ha!