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I enjoyed taking PS20 with Mr. Perry! He is very knowledgeable and grades papers very quickly, which is very nice. This class was not really too hard so as long as you do the work, its almost certain that youll get an A.
I took Dr. Perry for PS 137A but there's no option for that so here's my review here!
Dr. Perry is very nice and understanding. Very straightforward class, just 5 2-3 page papers, 1 research precis and one final paper (which can be an extension of the precis!)
Easy A, IR Theory is a weakness of mine and this class was very doable!
I am using this to review Professor Perry's POL SCI 129 class. I will say that although I am fairly uninterested in the material discussed in this class, it is very clear that Professor Perry cares deeply about his students and he is incredibly passionate. He went through various familial and personal emergencies during the quarter, but he still came to class with a smile on his face. I would absolutely take a class with him again. Do not take this class with anybody else!
As for grading: section attendance-15%, section quizzes-10%, research precis-25%, research paper-50%. Section Attendance depends on the TA: my TA never took attendance and gave everyone full points, while the other TA for the course took attendance every section. Next, the Section Quizzes were supposed to be given out every section except for 2, but due to the TA strike and other issues, we were only given two quizzes. Lowest is dropped. They were fairly easy but that was only because my TA, Bruce, was absolutely amazing and would give us a little breakdown of potential questions. The quizzes are based entirely on the readings. The Research Precis is an 8-10 "roadmap" for your final research paper. You are asked to apply one of the theories discussed in class to an international development/event. It seemed difficult at first, but once you settle on a theory that you like, it is pretty much smooth sailing from there since Professor Perry gives you a complete breakdown of how he wants it to be structured and written. As long as you do the readings, you're good. Lastly, the Research Paper. This paper was canceled because of the TA strike, so I cannot discuss grading or anything like that, but I do know the page count is 12-15 pages. You are also allowed to use portions of your Research Precis within the final paper. Overall, the grading for the course was very understandable, but take this review with a grain of salt because the TA strike greatly affected the course and the material.