All Ratings and Reviews for W E Peris
I took this during spring COVID quarter (online), so just keep that in mind.
Peris seems like a really nice guy, and was super accomodating through all the craziness going on in the world. He lessened our workload, and the midterm was really fair considering all the content we went over. He made the final optional and eased the grading scale a bunch, too. His lectures were engaging and funny at times, and he even connected his lectures to some current events, which was interesting. I really enjoyed his approach to the class.
PS he did get in trouble for saying the n-word while reading MLK's Birmingham letter during the George Floyd protests. He obviously shouldn't have done it, and it was hurtful people (esp BIPOC) even though he emphasized that he was saying it for historical context, and not to be malicious. His apology seemed genuine, and if it wasn't for that, I think he would really represent UCLA well as a full time prof.
Overall, Professor Peris did a solid job as the lecturer for Poli Sci 40. Although the lecture on systemic racism in which he read from MLK's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" (which contains the n-word), will likely overshadow other moments in this class, Professor Peris did a great job preparing a well-organized, interesting, and engaging course. I would welcome the opportunity to take another class with him in the future.
(CORONA REVIEW) Being made online, the class consisted of a midterm, weekly homework assignments (ended up being changed to only 4), a final, and optional weekly quizzes. Very easy to keep up with the weekly topics and attendance was required in discussion sections with participation being accounted for. Homework assignments were 2-3 pages of double spaced writing about a few guiding questions about the week's topic. Midterm had multiple choice, short answers, and an essay, but majority of the people I know didn't even end up getting to finish their essay completely. The final ended up becoming optional given a few different events that required correction from the Poli Sci department. Overall, a pretty easy class that allowed for conversation and study of modern American politics.
Lectures were clear and engaging. Peris wove in current events to explain political concepts, which made the content a lot easier for me to follow. There were 7 optional quizzes that were all multiple choice and could be used to help raise your grade. The midterm consisted of 25 multiple choice questions, 10 short answers (worth 5 points each), and an essay (worth 25 points). I think the average was 90 so everyone did pretty well. There were 7 homework assignments, but we could choose 4 to do. The assignments were essay responses to a prompt that tied in with the lectures. There was a two page minimum. We were given a "life happens" pass at the beginning of the quarter that could excuse any late assignment. The final ended up being an optional essay. For the most part, Peris was accommodating and understanding. He cares about his students and their learning.
Ajax definitely cared about his students and was always available to answer questions. Grading is based on participation/pop quizzes, midterm, final, and term paper. Be prepared for lots of reading each class.
Very fair professor and actually a very nice guy if you talk to him during office hours. The class is very interesting but there is a lot of reading. Study hard and you should be fine.
Pay very close attention to the first 3 chapters, as their themes show up extensively throughout the course and in later chapters (make those connections).
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