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Joseph Roman
Professor in the Political Science department
at University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
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83 Student Ratings
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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
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tests are tough" "Get ready to read"

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

12/11/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CDN1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B
"Skip class? You won't pass."

Doesn't put notes online. Makes unreasonable claims- said he would allow cheat sheet for the exam but changed his mind last minute. He puts no effort into his lectures. He reads off slides, becomes exhausted and takes a break in a 1.5 hr class. Extremely rude to some students but will flirt with girls (offered a student use of his personal laptop).

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
"Tests are tough" "Hilarious" "Skip class? You won't pass."

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
"Lectures are long" "Skip class? You won't pass."

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
"Papers? More like novels" "Tests are tough" "Skip class? You won't pass."

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
"Tough Grader" "Lectures are long" "Get ready to read"

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.

03/03/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL4171 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Really fun seminar and really interesting readings. Prof was knowledgeable and interactive had really great discussions. No problems with arrogance, was open and respected well back up ideas, and also actively engaged in responding to them.

03/03/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL4176 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Can be difficult to handle at times but he is a very knowledgeable and fair prof. It's very much a give and take relationship, you will have no problem if you work hard and are honest. Guaranteed to learn lots in this course.

02/03/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL 2103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

took his globalization class, he is arrogant and provides unrelated and untrue information as a fact. Memorize his opinion and you will do well, which is not to difficult. bad prof worst person

01/23/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PAP1301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you go to class and DGDs, and hand in the essay you will do well. Class attendance isn't mandatory, but you have to go because he doesn't post any slides/notes whatsoever. Clear about what would be on the exams. Prof is pretty arrogant and narcissistic, but the content of the class is okay.

01/17/2014
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PAP 1301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The one good thing I'll say about Roman's class is that he knows his stuff. Having said that, I hated going to his class. His essay topics hardly related to the course and he actually lied about what would be on the exam - he told us to study things that ended up not being on the exam. Avoid him like the plague

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