POL SCI 156A

Government and Politics of Post-Communist States: Russia

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Maxim Ananyev See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Such an easy class. Open book midterm and final. 10/10 would take again.

Fall Quarter 2018
Richard Anderson Full Profile > 2.6 Overall 2.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness
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Richard Anderson See Full Profile

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Mark Sawyer See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.5

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Very disappointing. Opinionated, arrogant, disrespectful, unprepared, unavailable. That's what my tuition dollars are going? Geesh.

Sept. 10, 2010
Daniel Treisman See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.1

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PS156 with Professor Treisman is one of the best classes I've taken at UCLA. His lectures are very engaging and he makes sure to pause frequently, allowing students to ask questions. The lectures are very well-paced and organized.

The course consists of a midterm, a final, and participation in the sections (occasional quizzes & traditional participation). The midterm and the final are both single essays that ask you to synthesize lecture and reading material to answer a broad question about Russian politics/government. The reading load can sometimes appear overwhelming, but the material is quite engaging and interesting, even though it tends to be quite dense and hefty.

I would highly recommend this class to anyone interested in Russian politics. It's a fascinating subject, and Professor Treisman's organized, well-paced lectures and the interesting readings he assigns are very conducive to student learning. Understanding of the subject and success in the class are dependent on engagement with the readings though, so reading everything assigned is absolutely critical in doing well on the exams.

Winter Quarter 2021
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