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POL SCI 179 (Spring 2015)

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71 100 69 71 77

Comment: I only echo some of the same sentiments mentioned earlier. Do not take the final exam lightly as if you do not review all the notes you take throughout the class well enough, you'll find the exam tough and wind up failing the class. The guest speakers are a hit-or-miss. Some are great, and others are dull and make you fall asleep. If you really want to find out what it's like, take the class!

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2015)

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91 100 100 70 100

Comment: It's true that there are good speakers and not-so-good speakers, but the good speakers are SO good you end up only thinking about them when you speak about the course. You really don't need to take notes if you go to lecture and pay attention to what's being said (pay attention when they're answering students' questions as well. The trick is to take notes whenever Ross does if you do take notes). I enjoyed the class very much, and appreciate the opportunity to hear from so many different points of view.

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2015)

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0 0 0 0 0

Comment: what the actual fuck. everyone says the exam is a breeze and not to worry. I went to every lecture and took notes! I failed the stupid 1 unit class. Granted, I wasnt always giving it laser focus, but he ends up making the final so fucking hard! Everyone says the final is just "oh basic stuff to make sure you showed up", that is not the case. If I saw a practice final at the beginning, I would have taken actual notes and would have been way more organized. fuck you alan ross.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2013)

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66 71 100 40 77

Comment: This class isn't taught by the professor, it is a bunch of guest lecturers. Sometimes they are interesting, other times they are not. It is kinda hit or miss, but usually overall I'm happy with the class.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2013)

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59 99 97 50 60

Comment: One of those professors that you may be worried will say something inappropriate at times. A handful of the speakers were thoroughly engaging or interesting, but many were very pointless and boring. Avoid this class if you hate filler-type material.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2013)

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100 100 100 70 70

Comment: Ross is really entertaining, but the class is definitely overrated. Some speakers were really good, others were incredibly boring. Really easy unit though--the final is a joke as long as you took a few notes. Definitely recommend it if you need an extra unit but don't want to put much time into it.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2013)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: If you know the general gist of each speaker's spiel, you'll pass the final. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHEN THE FINAL EXAM IS SCHEDULED!

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2013)

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50 100 99 49 70

Comment: Ross is rude and apparently hates technology so only hand written notes. You don't have to attend lecture but keep up with the speakers on itunesU. Take notes and the final is easy. No tests, midterms, nothing just a final so try to pass it. It's just a true or pass final. Not a bad class and you don't even have to go at that time. I'm taking it again this coming semester just in case I need an extra unit. Not bad.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2012)

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40 100 63 41 100

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2012)

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82 90 88 59 88

Comment: He's kind of rude, but please, for a pass/no pass class, it is a joke. Easiest unit ever. The final is multiple choice. I took minimal notes, but paid attention to the speakers, and walked away passing the class.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2012)

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75 100 80 100 100

Comment: Poly Sci 179 was super chill. Professor Ross was hilarious, although his jokes would occasionally cross the line. The speakers were mostly hits, with some misses. I'm still left wondering who the surprise guest was supposed to be at the end of the semester. The final was relatively easy, so long as you had paid attention to most of the lectures. It consisted of mostly of true and false, with a couple of multiple choice questions. Overall I would take the class again. I really had a good time.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2012)

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POL SCI 179 (Fall 2012)

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81 99 66 34 73

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2012)

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100 100 77 69 100

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2012)

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87 100 86 100 100

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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73 82 74 60 50

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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63 98 63 40 67

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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94 100 79 91 89

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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82 50 50 41 74

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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73 100 73 55 85

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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85 88 90 83 98

Comment: real nice little 1 unit class

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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86 100 77 50 74

Comment: Speakers this semester weren't as good as last semester, some seemed last minute. Otherwise, good as always.

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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93 100 100 79 100

Comment: Class is very easy albeit a bit boring. not much work for one unit though so good class overall

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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87 100 89 60 75

Comment: Easy class to pass. Ross is very sarcastic (although sometimes he goes overboard with his jokes). Some of the speakers were interesting, some weren't. I didn't care much for the format of the final, but it wasn't at all difficult if you attend the class and/or listen to podcasts.

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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71 100 73 50 50

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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80 79 67 74 82

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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92 100 51 58 92

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2012)

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83 79 80 77 82

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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66 98 66 34 68

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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74 91 71 52 77

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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95 100 88 78 81

Comment: easy 1 unit filler. go to lecture and take notes and that will help you on the final. he likes to make jokes and calls on students. interesting speakers test threw me off a little but you need a 70% to pass so it wasnt that hard

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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78 100 51 50 49

Comment: I suggest taking this class - it's very interesting, and even though the final is a bit challenging, you should pass if you attend all the lectures!

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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89 100 89 77 66

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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47 100 100 46 89

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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72 50 70 50 75

Comment: Some of the speakers are better than others (Larry Lessig, for instance, put everyone else to shame-- he was phenomenal), and the final asks some surprisingly detailed questions. However, as long as you review the podcasts and take good notes, you should have no problem passing this class.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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33 100 90 70 68

Comment: Ross is a jerk but this class is about the guest speakers and not him. Definitely my favorite class this semester, found the majority of speakers very interesting. Pretty easy final at the end but don't underestimate it and make sure to study before.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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100 100 74 39 63

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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50 98 69 50 66

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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45 79 96 85 14

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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100 100 76 100 100

Comment: Most of the speakers were very interesting, though it seemed some were last minute finds. Exam was more difficult than expected, but overall not bad.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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83 72 72 71 100

Comment: Absolutely hilarious guy, really enthusiastic. Take PS179, it's awesome.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2011)

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POL SCI 179 (Spring 2011)

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71 79 84 50 85

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2011)

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POL SCI 179 (Spring 2011)

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71 67 72 50 76

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2011)

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74 93 70 49 79

Comment: I feel mixed about this class. A lot of the speakers are really interesting and inspiring, but the professor really irks me. He likes to make fun of his students and I don't find many of his jokes tasteful. The final exam at the end asks a fair amount of obscure questions and even though I studied it was pretty difficult. I found myself able to rationalize both sides for some of the true/false questions. It's a wonderfully interesting class, but I'm mostly happy that the class is based on the guest speakers (not all of them are good, but most are).

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2011)

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72 76 31 50 50

Comment: I failed this class because i didnt study for the final and underestimated the depth of the questions asked on it(epic fail right?) As everyone will say, this class is the easiest class you will ever take at Cal, but ONLY if you review all the speakers presentations on the webcasts. There is only one assignment the whole semester and its the final. If you fail the final, you fail the class. Boo hoo right? Don't make the mistake I did and underestimate anything the speakers say. BTW, Prof. Ross has a funky tan haha.

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2011)

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61 100 37 100 74

Comment: Interesting class but the test at the end has tricky questions that are really lecture specific.

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2011)

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50 100 74 100 72

Comment: NO JON STEWART >:O

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2011)

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68 99 100 99 98

Comment: awesome class!

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2010)

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50 100 50 50 50

Comment: easy 1 unit p/np class. 1 hour of lecture a week which is always a guest speaker and always podcast, so you don't even have to go except for the final. your entire grade is based on a multiple choice final. ours was particular hard this semester from what i've heard, but they are generally pretty easy. just know who each speaker is, their relative political affiliation/views, and if you don't go to lecture at least listen to the podcast every week, even if it's passive listening.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2010)

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85 85 60 62 88

Comment: Really nice 1 unit class. Some guests are really inspirational.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2010)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: All the hype you've heard is true. He always tries to bring at least one fairly famous person in to speak. This semester he had Kamala Harris and Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado. Last semester he brought Gavin Newsom. Next semester...who knows? Take the damn class and find out!

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2010)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Incredibly easy class. Really interesting. I would definitely recommend. I plan on taking it a few more times.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2010)

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72 50 50 50 50

Comment: Monitors the class which has guest lecturers each week. He is in charge of booking them, and I was pretty disappointed that he only got two good speakers. Class has a lot of potential but doesn't live up to it.

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2010)

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87 100 100 79 86

Comment: Class is extremely straightforward. Come to class or watch webcasts and pay attention. It's relatively easy to pass this 1 unit P/NP class if you do that, but I personally love this class because of the guest lecturers that come every week. The topic of the semester that I was about the upcoming elections of november 2010 and as I don't usually have personal time to stay on top of political issues, this one hour a week class helped.

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2010)

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100 100 90 100 100

Comment: Probably one of the easiest one unit seminars at Cal. Definitely keeps you informed about current events.

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2010)

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79 99 91 95 89

POL SCI 179 (Spring 2010)

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89 100 100 100 100

Comment: really easy one unit, webcasted.

POL SCI 179 (Fall 2009)

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60 50 84 33 50

Comment: Alan Ross organizes the class, but is kinda a jerk. However, some of the speakers can be Amazing. It really depends on the semester you take it. Definitely worth checking out if you need another unit

UGBA 107 (Spring 2015)

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82 86 71 13 79

Comment: Very funny professor, makes lecture enjoyable. Writing ability is crucial for success in this course. Understanding concepts is not difficult, and there aren't very many of them, but it is paramount that you are able to write about them well as all three big assignments (midterm, paper, final) are writing assignments.

UGBA 107 (Fall 2014)

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85 70 64 50 100

Comment: Professor is passionate about the topic and is well aware that most people take his class not because they really care, so tries to make it as painless as possible. Attendance for section is mandatory but lecture isn't. Reading material is mostly useless so either split the cost or if you realllly care about your grade since it might show up as a short answer on the final but otherwise never.

UGBA 107 (Fall 2014)

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57 50 75 72 72

UGBA 107 (Spring 2014)

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11 50 34 26 14

UGBA 107 (Fall 2013)

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98 78 90 100 100

Comment: Don't let yourself be intimidated by him. He makes sure people are engaged by cold calling on people in lecture. Some people don't like him for this, but he is an incredibly nice guy who truly cares about his students. This is a professor to go to office hours and just talk about anything. His exams are relatively easy and if someone has payed attention and attended every class they should only need a short review session. Overall, he is an incredibly intelligent and successful man who knows how to teach and genuinely cares.

UGBA 107 (Fall 2013)

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81 66 31 49 81

Comment: Just because a course is kind of BS doesn't mean it's an easy A, and UGBA 107 illustrates this perfectly. Your experience in lecture completely depends on whether or not you like his humor. He calls on people and relentlessly and is very blunt and sarcastic. If you don't enjoy this style of humor, there's no need to go. Concepts are all understood by common sense and he almost lectures directly from the readings when he's not making fun of certain students. Your experience (and grade) in section depends on who you have. I had a GSI who didn't give us half the assignments we were supposed to do and was completely unhelpful and borderline rude. His grading was easy though. This class is nothing special, but if you like Ross' sense of humor, you'll find yourself going to lecture just to hear his jokes. Don't really think 107 made me more ethical...

UGBA 107 (Fall 2012)

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41 68 5 27 76

UGBA 107 (Fall 2012)

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5 50 3 1 3

Comment: Why not laid off yet? That is a question. Everything he says is in the reading. Don't go to class. His sense of humor will make you embarrassed as well. One of his GSI from Germany was a racist. Hated the experience bearing him for a semester.

UGBA 107 (Fall 2012)

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100 100 100 100 100

UGBA 107 (Spring 2012)

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77 61 67 68 91

UGBA 107 (Spring 2012)

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74 64 65 76 82

UGBA 107 (Spring 2012)

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72 66 60 80 100

Comment: Ross is funny and always enthusiastic in lecture. The course is just not a very useful course.

UGBA 107 (Spring 2012)

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71 71 43 58 81

UGBA 107 (Spring 2012)

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82 92 73 81 100

UGBA 107 (Fall 2011)

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71 73 100 50 100

Comment: Interesting class....but Ross is good at what he does.... ;-)

UGBA 107 (Fall 2011)

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90 75 80 78 95

Comment: Ross is mean, but also one of the funniest professors I've had. 107 lectures can get dull since they are 2 hours long, but it's only once a week and it's really applicable to real life situations. Even though he might not act like it, he's pretty passionate about this class and you definitely learn a lot about the interesting ethical aspects of business. Workload is constant but not too difficult (short weekly journals, 1 final research paper) and exams (MT and final essays) are not hard at all. I took this class for breadth requirement P/NP and overall I enjoyed it!

UGBA 107 (Fall 2011)

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70 97 90 59 70

UGBA 107 (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

Comment: :)

UGBA 107 (Spring 2011)

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95 94 79 82 94

Comment: Very light course load.

UGBA 107 (Fall 2010)

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30 59 73 62 100

UGBA 107 (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 74 58 60 83

Comment: subjective grading, but great lecturer.

UGBA 107 (Fall 2008)

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93 89 90 77 92

Comment: One of my favorite classes. Ross can be a little intense, and he likes to insult the students, but you can tell he's really passionate about his subject, and that makes lectures really interesting.

UGBA 175 (Fall 2013)

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81 50 38 21 50

Comment: This is not an easy A, but it is a very worthwhile course. The things you learn about contracts will be helpful later in life. Ross does not care much about how you do in the class, but he is always giving life-advice about how to deal with certain situations. He does not create a review or offer a review session during RRR week. He is constantly making jokes (many of which are inappropriate), but it helped make the class more enjoyable. This is the only class I have ever really enjoyed and actively participated in. I took it pass/fail and am very happy with the class.

UGBA 175 (Fall 2012)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: One of the best professors you will have at Berkeley.

UGBA 175 (Fall 2012)

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100 100 100 65 100

Comment: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. (if you don't like Ross, don't take class) If you want to go into Law, or are wondering about it, take this class. Ross is awesome, and you learn a lot about Business Law & how law school classes are taught. This class is reaffirming my interest in going to law school.

UGBA 175 (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

Comment: :)

UGBA 177 (Spring 2012)

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50 50 50 100 100

UGBA 177 (Spring 2010)

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100 100 85 100 100

Comment: Great course for non-business majors to learn about corporate social responsibility