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Overall Rating 2.2
Easiness 2.5/ 5
Clarity 2.4/ 5
Workload 2.6/ 5
Helpfulness 2.3/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Winter 2022 - I do not understand why people think this professor is boring. This guy is a rockstar. He dresses well, he really knows his stuff, he is interesting and explains things extremely well and thoroughly, and he doesn't waste time. The lectures are highly engaging and interesting. If you raise your hand during the lecture, he will stop to thoroughly answer your question. By the way, if you're absent, the slides don't really make sense if you don't request for a recording from your TA. Also, the class doesn't use the textbook at all, but I would personally recommend skimming through an online copy of it (The Sounds of Capitalism), as it covers a lot of what he talks about in class. The papers are almost completely conceptual, and it's unclear how the TA's grade them. There is no rubric given to the students, and we are given somewhat vague directions. My TA marked me down because he didn't personally like my word choice in one of the sentences of my five page paper, and I got an 89 for all of the papers. However, the final was weirdly memorization based. He said in a lecture that he would be making the final specifically to reward those who came to class and paid attention, and that the final would likely take 60-90 minutes of our provided 3 hours. I paid close attention in every class, and I was honestly surprised by the final's specificity. The final was ten short answer questions and one essay question which we knew the prompt of beforehand. It took me two and a half hours total. The class average for the final was a 77, and I got a 90. He curved the grade, I don't know if it was standardized, but I ended up with a 99 for the final. Also, there is a very very high volume of reading. You don't need to extensively read all of them, just skimming them for their ideas should be fine, but I would highly highly recommend taking notes of the main ideas for each of them, as they are helpful to cite in your papers and the questions refer to them by name in the final exam. Also, you only really need main ideas for the pre-discussion questions and the discussion sections. The only homework given is the papers and the readings. You get a week for each of them, which is more than enough time, if you use it well. Very enjoyable and intellectually stimulating class, great professor.
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