American Diplomatic History
IDS 100A Prof. Apter is the biggest disappointment to any IDS major. He is a conceited, very vocally biased anthropologist who has managed to say the words "Bush, Cheney, or Republicans" in every single lecture in a negative context. Biases and political rants aside, he is just simply ignorant; he couldn't draw a basic supply and demand curve and doesn't know a single thing about economics, despite his best attempts to sound educated in the subject He is incredibly disorganized in lecture, with no powerpoints, and regularly yelled at us for taking notes on our laptops. He speaks so fast and incoherently (with political rants spewed throughout) that it is impossible to understand just what the hell he is talking about. He loves talking about himself and his useless "research" concerning African sociology and anthropology; he has a lot to say about what aid programs fail to do, yet he himself has not done anything at all for the development world and makes you feel as if IDS is a total joke. In my four years at UCLA, Apter is by far the worst instructor I have ever had and I am actually ashamed to say he is a part of the IDS program. Not only is he a babbling idiot who contributes nothing to helping the world, he regularly hates on all others who dare to go against his socialist beliefs. One last note, he will call out students who are even 1 minute late and constantly remind us that "this is the most important class you'll ever take and also the hardest".
I actually took him for Hist 144 C and Asia Am 171D which are same classes about Philippine History. Not only are the amount of reading absurd, but not impossible, his grading is atrocious. Just like previous posts, he has a fixed opinion of what should be the main point of the essay midterms/finals and if they aren't in line with his view, he will give u a C. Please not I've taken 6 other history classes with A's in all of them, but this class is just bad. I understand he wants to exert power and seem important, but honestly all he is is a power freak with no care about under grad students' grades.