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Joseph Roman
Professor in the Political Science department
at University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
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88 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
01/23/2015
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CDN1101 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Terrible Prof. Very arrogant. Apparently there is no one smarter or better looking than him. He passes off his biased opinions as fact. I was a big fan of Roman until I realized that he is not helpful in office hours, condescending and rude to students. He takes a whole grade point off for small errors on assignments. Avoid at all costs.

01/20/2015
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL2103 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Lectures are long" "Tough Grader" "Get ready to read"

He knows a lot about his subject but unfortunately struggles to convey that to students in an interesting manner. Lectures consisted of 3 hour long power point presentations that I could have read at home in bed and done just as well. Thats if he had bothered to put them online, which he didn't, so you have to attend unfortunately. Can't recommend.

01/16/2015
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL 2103 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is very knowledgeable and has the potential to be a great professor but does not seem to care about teaching or his students. I recommend that he pays more attention to his students and speak slower during the lectures so the students can get a better grasp of the material. Powerpoint slides in his case would be helpful for students.

01/05/2015
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLI2101 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+
"Tests are tough" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Hilarious"

Roman's lectures are clear and interesting. He understands the subject matter really well. Treat this as a history class and you can do really well. (POLI2101) (ie understand the connections) If you want to be successful, utilize his office hours, but don't use it as a time to get answers from him, instead come prepared and exchange ideas.

01/02/2015
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL2101 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Get ready to read"

He's rough around the edges but once you get past that, Roman's a pretty cool guy. Having said that, his class is hard and he will make you work for it. But you will learn in his class. Like most professors, he tries to make jokes and sometimes they are in poor taste - if you are one of those people who gets offended at anything, go somewhere else.

12/31/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
pol2101B Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Lectures are long"

The class was okay, however the final exam was needlessly difficult.

12/16/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL 2101 2103 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Tests are tough" "Skip class? You won't pass."

Joseph is awful, i had him for 2 courses in 1 semester and his marks alone made my CGPA plummet. Im trying to do all of you who are debating taking his class a favour- DO NOT. His exams are complete trick questions (including one that stated it was a trick question) & dates and expects you to memorize essentially everything. NOT helpful or fair

12/10/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL2101 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Hilarious" "Tests are tough"

I enjoyed his character, but that's it. Final was BRUTAL. 120 trick questions(all right, but which one is the most). You HAVE to study a lot for his final. Essays were easy and easily graded. Again, fear the final, because i was never ready for such a hard and precise test on 50 pages of written notes. GO TO CLASS and READ THE BOOK!!

12/09/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL 2103 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Lectures are long"

Be ready to work for your grade. Attendance is mandatory as he does not use Blackboard. Syllabus is very detailed, familiarize yourself with it; all details for papers are in it. Got a mediocre grade on the first assignment, but no feedback for improvement. Went to office hours, not helpful at all. Makes uncomfortable jokes in attempt to be funny.

12/01/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL 2107 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tests are tough" "Papers? More like novels"

Honestly, worst teacher ever. Thinks he is god, does not want to see you succeed and takes off letter grades for anything on assignments and essays. All material on his slides, which are full of text and make you pretty much rush all class to get everything down before he switches. AVOID AT ALL COST P.S. Rips on Québec all the time....

11/23/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL 2103 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: B
"Get ready to read" "Lectures are long" "Tough Grader"

This professor is the worst at uOttawa. I went in for office hours and he was on the phone the whole time, he cut me off when I was trying to explain my rough draft and told me he'd only give me a C if he was feeling generous. He's horrible and mean!

09/12/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PAP1300 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A

Roman is one of the best professors in Canada. A lot people will complain that he doesn't hold your hand through the course, but it really helps you adapt for upper year classes IMO. Very knowledgeable. Roman is love. Roman is life.

09/03/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL2103 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Awesome prof, really enjoyed his lectures! Funny and covers everything that is needed. Slides are straight to the point and very clear on what is expected. Definitely recommend!

07/08/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PAP 1101 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

There are far more accomplished professors with more published material and influence than Roman. Many of them don't teach well. Roman will be honest, for better or worse, and he's able to deliver an EXTREMELY INFORMATIVE lecture. GO TO CLASS. It's not about him being a nice guy, it's about how much you stand to gain. Check your ego at the door.

05/08/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL2103 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

he takes some effort to understand, but once you do you will realize he knows a lot, try and go to his office hours, ask questions, and you should be fine

05/02/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL2104 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Not sure why all these reviews are so negative. Funny prof that makes lectures interesting and enjoyable. Highly recommend this prof! You must attend lectures as the questions are almost purely from them. Would definitely take a class from him again!

04/22/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL 2104 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's definitely a narcissist and has a tendency to pass off opinion as fact. But he has a lot of knowledge to impart and he can be funny at times (even if it is a little forced now and then). If he was teaching another class that I needed to take, I'd sign up based on his easy marking alone.

04/14/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL2103 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

While he is narcissistic he does know what he is talking about. He relates current events fairly well and his crude humor isn't exactly politically correct, but it's edgy and controversial which makes it more engaging. He doesn't put slides on Blackboard, so you have to take notes lecture style. Overall, good prof if you can handle his personality.

04/08/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL 2103 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

By far the worst prof I have ever had at uOttawa. Completely useless at giving feedback or helping, has a terrible attitude, belittles students and comes across as lacking knowledge and unable to answer any questions asked of him. Avoid at ALL costs.

03/09/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PAP1301 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

One of the worst professors I have had at uOttawa. Lectures were difficult to follow, and expectations were incredibly vague with regards to assignments and examinations. Professor was arrogant and unapproachable. Would not recommend.

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