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ESPM 50AC (Fall 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 78 87 52 79

Comment: Proffesor Spreyer is really chill. Lectures are a little boring but his class is interesting as a whole and the exams are not very difficult. Definately reccomend it for a breadth course.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 53 70 73 72

Comment: Kurt is a good professor. He is really knowledgeable about the subject. However, this class is a lot of work for a class of the same units. A lot of readings (although no one does them)

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
94 66 75 43 33

Comment: I personally thought this class was boring but it was doable if you did all the assignments and skimmed the readings. It was a pretty easy way to get the AC requirement out of the way. Kurt is also a really nice guy and pretty passionate about the subject.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 77 98 100 97

Comment: Probably one of the best, most enthusiastic and helpful professors out there. Spreyer really loves his subject and his enthusiasm is contagious. He enjoys leading discussions throughout his lectures and is always open to answer questions. If needed, he is more than willing to reschedule a paper or exam date to fit your schedule if you ask him. He offers a lot of extra credit, and the topics this course discusses have something for everyone. Basically the course is like the AP United States History class we've all taken in high school, but the topics are much more specific and engaging. A must take, manageable A, for the AC requirement in my opinion, where you will learn a lot along the way.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
88 97 96 88 83

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
98 100 100 100 100

Comment: really enthusiastic professor with relatively easy tests, a great class to enjoy while getting a good grade

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
75 75 84 69 86

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
75 47 50 80 84

Comment: He's definitely an enthusiastic lecturer, but he talks way too quickly and it's difficult to take notes at times (even with a laptop). Essays and short-answer exams, and one essay per week for homework. Lots of reading.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 84 98 100 98

Comment: Spreyer was a great teacher. Learned a lot from him and had a great time in ESPM 50AC. Definitely would recommend taking a class with him and trying to get involved and talk to him about different environmental topics.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
83 65 60 84 94

Comment: ridiculously enthusiastic, very helpful; exams follow simple format, but requires you to consolidate a lot of knowledge into limited space/tme

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
88 84 93 77 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 81 97 86 96

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2012)

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86 83 100 100 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Great professor and interesting class. Can be dry in lecture at times but overall is extremely helpful and personable. GSI's usually grade easy if some effort and knowledge is shown.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 89 72 74 73

Comment: Super helpful, super friendly. Definitely a good lecturer and his exams/assignments are all pretty simple. Very lenient as well.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
84 80 67 91 86

Comment: I really liked his lectures but the readings were extremely dry.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 76 73 84 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
71 49 57 50 97

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 50 81 50 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 70 76 73 99

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 74 100 51 100

Comment: Easy class. Reading are very reasonable. The first two sections of the class are really interesting, but the second two were not.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
77 65 69 73 71

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 64 72 77 79

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 71 76 100 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
93 82 76 83 87

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 78 72 77 77

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
93 92 75 86 91

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 42 40 17 73

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
88 74 100 75 76

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
55 71 83 42 76

Comment: really easy class, but very boring if you aren't interested in the subject

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
96 81 92 89 100

Comment: This was definitely the most upbeat class I took in the FPF program. Spreyer is passionate, excitable, and...a bit of a goofball. He can go off-topic quite a bit, so if you are interested in what he's talking about in the day's lecture, make sure he doesn't go swerving off the path. Lectures are usually easy to follow, though I do admit to skipping a lot of them. The reading is pretty heavy, and you should read at least a few of them pretty well for use on exams. Even though the rating sites say Spreyer has gotten tougher over the years, he's still really lenient. His exams still aren't that hard (I didn't study for the final, though I took Env. AP before). But it is an AC class, so if you're looking for something like high school EnviroSci, it's nothing like it. Not the most interesting class, but it does come with a great professor!

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 70 73 93 93

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
87 50 85 83 100

Comment: Spreyer is such an enthusiastic lecturer and really easy to approach. There's ALOT of reading for this course (then again, it is an AC breadth), but the exams and assignments are pretty easy.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
89 70 72 90 100

Comment: Spreyer is great. He is really passionate about the material and is great at making the seemingly boring historical material relevant to life in the modern today. He is easily approachable for all kinds of issues.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
94 85 80 77 100

Comment: This class was fun and interesting. There were one page papers due every week on the readings but they were easy to do and helped get you to study without actually studying. Kurt follows the readings so read as many as you can! It is a lot of reading but if you are interested in american history and the environment, take this course for AC credit. Plus, Kurt is super hyper and gets you pumped to learn about history. Midterms and final were a breeze!

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 78 75 77 87

Comment: He's a great lecturer and really enjoys what he teaches, but says "Um" and "Aah" way too much lol. He helped change my perspective on events such as Hurricane Katrina and the gold rush by explaining the role different cultures played. Easy class. I recommend it.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 50 50 50 50

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
95 100 92 88 100

Comment: Easy class even if you do the bare minimum amount of work he assigns

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
89 70 85 90 90

Comment: Professor Spreyer was great and the class was very manageable, but grades varies A LOT from GSIs. Some GSIs graded extremely easy and some the opposite.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
93 100 100 78 100

Comment: Spreyer rocks. He's extremely passionate about what he teaches and he wants to make sure that nobody gets left behind in the class. The exams are easy if you pay attention in class and the you have a lot of freedom with essays.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 70 50 71 70

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
87 81 73 78 90

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
87 73 100 51 100

Comment: Get the readers or go to lectures, you don't need to do both. Exams were very simple, and he goes over everything in review before the midterm.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 74 50 50 100

Comment: great lecture js crappy gsi

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 84 88 80 70

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 27 75 77 100

Comment: Too much work to do. However, professor S.K can really teach you a lot of things if you pay attention to class. And if you don't, then review section can be really helpful. Exams is fair and overally easy gradings.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
89 92 93 84 94

Comment: Fairly easy AC class. Didn't have much of an interest in the material, but as along as you read, do the homework and essays, and write competently on the exams, you should be able to get an A easily. Also Occupy Cal/Oakland/Whatever were discussed in the beginning of class a lot when it was picking up steam.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 72 78 71 76

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 35 100 100 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 100 85 80 77

Comment: Very enthusiastic and approachable.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 83 83 57 85

Comment: Tends to ramble but the class is overall easy if you pay attention in lecture and read his powerpoints

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 81 84 88 81

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
68 89 79 50 100

Comment: Easy class; Professor Spreyer was very enthusiastic and passionate about the subject but tends to ramble and say a lot of big words that don't mean anything. The review sessions before the midterms/final are very helpful as he basically goes over everything you need to know for the exam (which were pretty easy)

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
92 43 76 89 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
96 100 100 100 100

Comment: Easiest class ever! Kurt is pretty enthusiastic, which definitely helps, and I thought he was really cool too. When even the engineers are telling you that this is THE class, you can't go wrong.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
26 11 11 8 61

Comment: This class is not as easy as people told me. It still has a lot of paper to write although you get A for all your paper.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
96 40 88 100 100

Comment: Awesome instructor - passionate about the subject and knows his stuff. Far too much reading that doesn't matter though. Very helpful and down to earth. Exams are fair, and the class should be a fairly easy A as long as you pay attention about 2/3 of the time. Kurt's a good guy though, and really loves what he does.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
95 74 81 95 100

Comment: The professor is really helpful, especially for midterms and finals; he holds review sessions and posts the audio on bSpace too. He is also very approachable and helpful in class as well as during office hours. Although there is a lot of readings to do, sometimes you don't need to read them all that thoroughly to do well. The lectures and this class are totally worth it, especially if you're passionate about environmental issues!

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
94 68 100 100 100

Comment: very enthusiastic professor, lots of readings and writing assignments. make sure you attend the review lectures because he likes to drop hints for the exams. really interesting course but some parts were quite dry.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
89 100 100 100 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 71 80 100 100

Comment: Dr. Spreyer is a super enthusiastic teacher. He has really lengthy review sessions before the test which are very helpful. His lectures are not recorded, but the review are. I felt that the assignments were helpful to the contents of the test. I even enjoyed writing my final essay (be sure you chose a topic that is interesting to you, it'll make it easier to write). Only issue I had with assignments is that it is graded by your GSI's, and unfortunately, my GSI graded very harshly. On the midterms, however, it is fairly graded and lenient. The thing I struggled most with exams is that questions are sometimes worded really weird (FYI: Spreyer talks very convoluted). The readings are long, but this class taught me to skim. You will get the jist of it if you just glance over it quickly, and Spreyer will talk about the important points in class anyway.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 79 79 99 93

Comment: ESPM 50AC is an excellent course. Professor Spreyer is enthusiastic and incredibly helpful-he even holds extensive review sessions before midterms. The course requires a large amount of reading, with weekly writing assignments and a few papers, but it is by no means difficult. The lectures can be dry at times, but if you really pay attention then the exams are easy-they are graded leniently, but fairly.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 90 81 59 100

Comment: Very enthusiastic professor! This class is a very good introductory course to ESPM.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 76 86 90 100

Comment: Kurt was a great professor who clearly cared about and knew plenty about the topics in class. He was super willing to help students and work with them. Although he's made the class harder recently, it's still an easy class as long as you pay attention to lecture and do minimal readings.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 45 54 38 82

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 60 80 92 86

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
93 77 89 78 90

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
79 44 73 88 100

Comment: He is a really nice guy, pretty good lecturer. This class requires a lot of reading and quite a few writing, and exams are doable. He teaches with much enthusiasm, and knows what he is talking about. He actually cares to spare 3 hours on sunday to give us a thorough review for the midterm!

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
12 45 73 74 85

Comment: He is somewhat inarticulate but the class is definitely do-able!

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 79 89 91 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 71 80 73 92

Comment: ESPM50AC with Kurt Spreyer was great!!! The course was very evenly paced, not difficult at all, and overall very enjoyable. Kurt Spreyer is a professor who doesn't care who is in the audience and will often voice his own very strong opinions, that may or may not be on topic with the course. Still, his enthusiasm is quite infectious and he is a very solid professor. The essays were not bad at all and the exams were very fair. Some of the readings were a bit bland, if not just straight up put you to sleep.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
61 87 92 33 75

Comment: very easy. but really didn't like the class. unstructured, discussions werent helpful. made me suspicious of whole AC requirement. prof spreyer was enthusiastic though.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
77 99 100 75 100

Comment: Spreyer was a very enthusiastic and kind professor. He was very helpful during office hours and at review sessions before midterms and the final.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
84 74 72 83 89

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
98 57 98 97 98

Comment: Very enthusiastic!!

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
93 90 92 100 100

Comment: Professor Spreyer is really passionate about the ESPM topic, and he is very understanding to his students, which is very rare for a University Professor. The one page weekly reflections didn't take too much time, and the quizzes in section were easy as long as you did the readings. The exams were fair and graded leniently. Overall, I recommend taking this course with Spreyer.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
94 83 90 97 100

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
95 89 84 73 74

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 80 77 77 100

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 100 100 100 100

Comment: He makes sure you know what you need to know on his midterm/final review sessions, so if you attend those or download the podcasts you will be totally fine.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 69 60 77 87

Comment: He's really enthusiastic about the subject, fun professor. There's a lot of reading but you can just skim a lot of it. A fairly easy A if you do the work

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
88 93 94 92 95

Comment: It was an enjoyable class. During our last weeks he told us that the ESPM department wasn't going to be able to let him teach anymore :( Hopefully he does! The only con is that there is A LOT of reading.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 40 71 73 100

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 85 100 80 100

Comment: Spreyer loves teaching and helping students. I think he is more concerned about students actually taking in what he teaches than students' grades. As long as you attend the review sessions and understand the MAJOR concepts, plus a couple significant historical events, you would be able to do great on his very straightforward exams. Answer the questions directly and provide detailed examples (like on the SAT writing section). The weekly reflections are really easy, and you may need to skim the readings so you don't lose points from the quizzes. There is also easy extra credit available.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
88 86 80 79 78

Comment: If you want to takes this class, do it this semester. This is the best professor to take it with.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 93 66 72 100

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 50 50 50 50

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
75 63 77 70 77

Comment: Go to his review session before the exam and study off of that, they are very helpful.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 62 65 64 94

Comment: He was a really dynamic lecturer who obviously loved what he did. I enjoyed taking this class, though sometimes it felt like the exams were trick questions.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
75 65 69 66 90

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
37 63 71 43 50

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 81 100 98 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
97 81 100 100 100

Comment: He is so interested in the topic. The exams are easy if you attend the review sessions. Also, readings are assigned and they can seem a lot, but suck it up.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
88 79 100 73 100

Comment: Oh Kurt. Kurt tries very hard to make this class as entertaining as possible. He's a very happy and uppity guy, but the overall energy of the class was just too daunting for him to alleviate. He teaches the course with gusto, and makes the midterm reviews very helpful in their addressing everything you need to know. I went to lecture very often, never missed discussion, but didn't do ANY of the readings. I even missed the book-report essay, and still managed to get a b+ in the class. My advice: GO TO THE EXAM REVIEWS. (if you missed all the lectures, and are in it just for the easy grade just go to the exam reviews and study up on everything he goes over you'll be fine.)

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 73 93 50 71

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
83 60 85 82 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 86 78 89 85

Comment: Pretty good teacher and class. Pretty much had to regurgitate what Spreyer said in lectures on the exams to do well. GSI's graded very generously. Definitely an easy class to fulfill the AC req. since the material is not hard at all. Just pay attention in class and try not to sleep through lectures. Easier said than done...Spreyer really loves ESPM and tries his best to make sure his students learn the material. never went to office hours, so cant comment on that, but he was really helpful at the review sessions for midterms which were particularly helpful to those who didnt go to many lectures.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
84 66 85 87 79

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 77 85 70 74

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
67 70 73 62 85

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 50 64 50 70

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 50 50 65 100

Comment: Hes very enthusiastic but he doesnt tell you exactly what he wants. He always keeps you guessing, which is very stressful!

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
79 85 86 100 100

Comment: Really Easy, just know the bigger picture concepts, and use the case studies as examples...

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 41 81 76 86

Comment: Totally goes off track during lectures multiple times during the course of the semester. Read on ratemyprofessors.com that his class was super easy so tried to beef it up. Reading quizzes are a hassle but lots of extra credit to make up for it. Tests are fairly straightforward if you went to and studied from the information given in the review session. Study guides usually super broad but focus on the important stuff. Essay based midterms/final.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
63 50 71 66 74

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 74 75 100 84

Comment: will give you an extension for papers, if you need it. He can also accomadate you if you have a time conflict with any exam.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
99 50 100 100 97

Comment: He is very, very, very enthusiastic and very passionate about what he teaches. There is a quite a bit of reading, but it is very manageable.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 50 50

Comment: super chill

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 71 75 74 79

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 73 68 100 100

Comment: lecture material covered a lot more stuff than necessary for the exams, but Spreyer always holds review sessions before the exams, which are very very helpful for crammers. in this class you learn to look at history from many different perspectives that you might have never considered before. do not expect an A without effort.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
90 81 87 87 87

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 93 90 91 90

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 79 71 74 75

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 73 50 74 79

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 83 86 79 86

Comment: Easiest class I've taken at Berkeley. Attend his review sessions, fill out his review packets, and you're good to go. He's very accommodating and offers up to 50 points of extra credit. If anything, take ESPM50AC with Spreyer!

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 41 76 65 67

Comment: Professor Spreyer covers a lot of materials during the lectures and one might feel there's too much information to study. But, he holds review sessions before the exams that is very effective and helps prepare for exams.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 64 77 74 100

Comment: Contemporary study of different social groups that helps us to understand management structure in greater detail. Besides materials from the professor, one should carefully analyze the Reader thoroughly to fully enjoy this falsely quoted "easy" class.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 67 65 71 81

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 40 73 72 77

Comment: Really great professor... very enthusiastic and passionate about the material. Exams were easy but the readings were a little long.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
95 99 100 61 83

Comment: He really tries to make the class relevant and fun. He spends a lot of time preparing for the course. But the class content itself is a little dry at times, so it's not the fault of the professor. As a professor, he is great. He is funny at times, and boring at other times. He's very caring of his students and I often see him sitting by College of Chem reading and preparing for lectures. His test is pretty straightforward essays, so all is well.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 93 97 94 80

Comment: Easiest class I have yet to take at Berkeley. Lectures may be a bit dull, but as long as you participate in class, do the assignments and understand the concepts, you are basically guaranteed an 'A'. Do the extra credit though to boost your grade going into the final.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
53 44 77 70 73

Comment: I didn't enjoy the class - thought the topics were drawn out and over-exaggerated. Spreyer was alright though. Got fed up with our class by the end because we were so lazy.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 100 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
83 34 38 79 100

Comment: Very approachable, friendly, enthusiastic professor. Class is a little hard to follow, though

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
75 50 86 100 100

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
56 46 56 68 71

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 50 100 80 75

Comment: Spreyer is an awesome instructor. I would recommend this course for Freshman who want to get their AC req out of the way early. This is one of the easiest AC courses available.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
41 79 70 72 71

Comment: Easy when I took it. I heard he found out he was too easy and bumped it up a few notches.

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 74 84 72 88

ESPM 50AC (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
94 75 92 90 96

ESPM 98 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
65 19 50 50 100

Comment: we get to eat dinner in class! there's reading every week and have to write a short response paper. the class discussion is boring but it's not too bad

ESPM 102D (Spring 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 69 91 100 99

Comment: A very enthusiastic lecturer, even if it was at times difficult to follow his presentation. This mattered little, as Kurt was very open to students and frequently checked in on our comprehension of the material. There are a good bit of assignments, but they aren't overly taxing. The exams are very generous, especially because you get to choose 1 of a couple essay prompts to address. Last thing: GO TO HIS REVIEW SESSIONS. I can't stress this enough. Overall, an awesome and cheery instructor.

ESPM 198 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
83 85 87 83 80