Macroeconomic Theory

Chris Surro

Macroeconomic Theory

Economics department

Chris Surro

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Overall 4.8
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Easiness of class 3.3
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Workload 3.3
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Clarity of professor 5.0
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Helpfulness of professor 5.0
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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tough Tests
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Often Funny

Grades

Summer 2019
16.7%
13.9%
11.1%
8.3%
5.6%
2.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2019
21.6%
18.0%
14.4%
10.8%
7.2%
3.6%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 23, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Chris is an example of what every economics professor should be at UCLA. Not only does he explain everything very thoroughly and clearly, but he also cares so much about his students. He really wants every student to learn the concepts well and his tests are very fair. He did a great job of incorporating how everything we learned connected to the real world and also explained the different economic schools of thought and economists that backed the models we learned which many Econ classes fail to do. He also gives many additional opportunities to cushion your grade if you don’t do well on exams which is pretty rare for an Econ class. You can get bonus points by going to lecture and section, completing quizzes after lecture, etc. There were also 2 problem sets in the class that were decently long but really prepared you for the midterm and final exam. Also, all quizzes and problem sets were only graded for completion. Chris always made sure that he was available to answer any questions students had through a site called CampusWire which really helped me out with last minute questions before exams. He held review sessions before exams as well. All in all, I thought I didn’t like macro but this class made me love it and I really enjoyed taking it. Definitely gonna try to take another class with him. 100% recommend taking 102 with him if you still need to take it. Chris is the man!!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted July 29, 2021
Grade Received: A+

I highly recommend taking Professor Surro for Econ 102. Lectures were pre-recoded and 45 minutes, with a 30 minute live portion during class time. The live portion consisted of doing practice problems related to the lecture, plus office hours at the end. There were 2 open note exams (30% and 45%, or 75% for the final if you improve), an Excel project (15%), HW (10%), and optional quizzes. The optional quizzes added points to the numerator and denominator of the total number of points in the class, which helped pad grades. Professor Surro is a clear lecturer with good slides, exams were tough but fair, and office hours and the Campuswire forum helped a lot with the Excel project, HW questions, and understanding the material in general. Overall I would definitely take this class again, or any other Econ class, with Professor Surro.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 30, 2021
Grade Received: A+

If you want to take a core econ course (2,11,102) take it with Professor Surro. He's just the best professor in the department when it comes to teaching. Yes, his assignments and exams are a little tricky, but this guy cares about student learning and wants people to succeed. I've learned so much from Chris and thanks to him I think I've become a better student. Great lecturer and great guy to reach out to. He's just an absolute beast!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 22, 2021
Grade Received: B+

I took Surro for 11 and 102. He is consistently clear and helpful. He is THE best econ professor at UCLA. Tests are tough but there is more than enough opportunity for extra credit. I recommend doing ALL of the extra credit he offers. Campuswire is also a helpful tool he uses to quickly respond to questions/concerns. The Solow Excel Assignment is rather tedious, but if you start early and do the bare minimum, you are guaranteed at least a B. Would recommend!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 18, 2021
Grade Received: A

Professor Surro is great. His slides are well-prepared, and he explains everything super clear via Campuswire. I would take this class again with him.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted Jan. 24, 2020 Grade Received: A-

Professor Surro is the best professor to take a core Economics class with! He genuinely cares about learning and tries to show students how theoretical economics concept apply to the real world. He also gives out a lot of extra credit and it always willing to help. While most Economics class grades are based solely on exams, Surro encourages and awards participation, attendance and an effort to learn. He is also very open to feedback and does his level best to improve and help his students. Consider yourself lucky if you are able to get into one of his classes.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted July 29, 2019 Grade Received: NR

Definitely take a class with Chris Surro. One of the best Econ profs, he makes you realize that Econ isn’t just graphs and memorization but actually something people use in the real world.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 30, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Extra credits. Very helpful. It ready for long exams.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 25, 2019 Grade Received: B

Chris Surro is probably the best professor I've had in the Economics department, maybe even at UCLA. I think what sets Chris apart is his willingness to improve. After our first midterm, he gave us a survey asking for feedback on how to become a better professor. He gives very clear lectures and always answers questions. On top of that, he always tries to connect the concepts to ideas outside of class, allowing the material we learn to be a lot more applicable to real-world scenarios.

The class is out out of 400 points, and there are no curves (up or down), but class participation is rewarded with an additional 100/100 points. It isn't extra credit in the traditional sense, but this means that if you participated a lot in class, you have a bit more room to get the grade you want. 25% of the class is homework and participation in online discussions, 30% is the midterm and 45% is the final, though he'll let you replace your midterm grade if your final grade is higher.

Personally, I believe that Econ 102 is one of the more easy classes in the major, at least compared to Econ 101, 11, 41, and 103, and Chris does a good job of helping you out. I would definitely recommend taking him again if possible, as all of the work he assigned us was reasonable and helped a lot.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tough Tests
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Often Funny
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