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IAS 45 (Spring 2014)

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95 79 59 51 68

Comment: Karras is a bit of a Luddite - won't allow laptops for notetaking and all that. I never went to his office hours but I heard from others that he's really helpful. I personally liked his style: his lectures are very clear, and well-structured. The content of this class is quite self-aware and self-criticizing too (which is good). People say that the exams are hard but really they're not, if you keep up with the readings and grasp key concepts. Most helpful thing to do is stay on top of readings, take lots of notes in lecture and for readings, and get a good study group.

IAS 45 (Fall 2011)

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73 72 78 100 89

IAS 45 (Fall 2011)

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66 35 41 50 63

Comment: Karras was a good professor and you could tell he really knew the material and cared about it. A little bit pretentious, but hey, we're at Berkeley. Most of the class will depend on your GSI. Reading is super necessary, and go to their office hours for sure, that's the surest way to do well in the class

IAS 45 (Fall 2011)

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27 73 2 0 35

Comment: One of those profs that teach undergrads but because he thinks he's a genius and intellectual superior to most around him he will condescend to you on one on one basis. He often has all the answers, and being this class a WORLD history one it is hard to swallow that his opinion is the absolute truth specially in light of the breadth of the course. Exams are easy, but the main problem with the class is the ridiculous amount of reading. The textbook is the most useful reading and you should focus on that and lecture to do well in this freshman course.

IAS 45 (Fall 2011)

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74 72 63 72 70

Comment: Assignments were doable, always enthusiastic about the subject, helps a lot during office hours, exams coverage is very broads.

IAS 45 (Fall 2011)

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IAS 45 (Fall 2011)

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100 100 93 100 100

Comment: Assignments: The GSI's pretty much dictate any smaller assignments, so it changes a lot depending on who you have. However, the major essay is really fun. Karras gives you nearly complete freedom in choosing what to write about, which can lead to something very insightful and enjoyable. Enthusiasm/Helpfulness: Karras totally knows what he's talking about and for good reason; he obviously loves what he's doing. Also, a surprisingly few number of people go to office hours, so he often has plenty of time to meet and talk about anything from class. I highly recommend going to office hours. Exams: The only reason I didn't give a higher score on the exams is because they are almost too focused on how well you can generalize knowledge. I found myself having no trouble generalizing knowledge and getting good scores on the test. The tests (and perhaps the class itself) doesn't do as good of a job as they could at testing theoretical concepts. But again, they might not be the aim of the course. The tests are essay format and if you did the readings, they should be fairly straightforward.

IAS 45 (Fall 2011)

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58 73 71 43 62

Comment: He knows what he's teaching and is capable for producing lectures that end on the dot of the class. However, he speaks very quickly and often goes into extended rants. Since he has a strict no laptop policy you'll be hand writing plenty of notes. The readings for this class are enjoyable from my view and not just dry lists of dates and events. His exams are very fair, due to his experience as a. AP World History test maker and as an IAS teacher. He's also quite conceited and it shows off in his tone during lecture. Those are also a hit and miss, its quite easy to fall asleep during them.

IAS 45 (Fall 2011)

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50 50 20 80 91

Comment: Great professor, super hard exams

IAS 45 (Fall 2011)

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54 44 46 58 38

Comment: talks REALLY slow...not the best lecturer.

IAS 45 (Fall 2011)

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70 72 70 50 70

Comment: He is very intelligent guy with high standard.

IAS 45 (Spring 2009)

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78 33 9 86 82

IAS 45 (Spring 2009)

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97 93 91 90 94

IAS 106 (Fall 2010)

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17 50 50 25 50

IAS 301 (Fall 2010)

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50 50 50 50 50

POLECON 24 (Fall 2013)

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100 85 100 100 100

Comment: The topic of the seminar was reading the news. It was a fantastic freshman seminar and professor Karras was awesome. We even had dinner with him at the end of the semester. It's definitely something that depends on who's in your class and how enthusiastic they are— but, well, it's 100% what you make it. Take this seminar!

POLECON 24 (Fall 2010)

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POLECON 24 (Fall 2010)

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POLECON 24 (Fall 2010)

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59 60 75 66 67

POLECON 24 (Fall 2010)

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70 65 50 77 99

POLECON 100 (Spring 2012)

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50 50 50 73 50

POLECON 100 (Spring 2012)

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100 71 80 65 100

POLECON 100 (Spring 2012)

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58 65 61 64 63

Comment: As for the reading, it's a lot to swallow. The lectures are helpful but the quality of it is often dictated by the discussion that is encouraged by Karras. I had no assignments with my GSI and the tests were not too bad. There is no study guide however and it can sometimes be overwhelming considering the massive amount of reading that is required.

POLECON 100 (Spring 2012)

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84 71 36 71 91

Comment: great professor. there is SO much reading but all very interesting

POLECON 100 (Spring 2011)

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