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Jeffrey Kopstein
Professor in the Political Science department
at University of Toronto - St. George Campus, Toronto, ON
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Overall Quality
4.0
Average Grade
C+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.7
Clarity
4.2
Easiness
3.0
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11/19/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL324 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Hilarious" "Respected by students" "Participation matters"

I had Kopstein for POL101 but you really get to know him well in the smaller 3rd year classes he teaches. Lectures are engaging and his interpretation of politics is quite humorous, though his views might offend some. His tests draw heavily from lectures, and his teaching style is very clear. Be prepared to participate.

09/10/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
POL101Y Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

LOVED KOPSTEIN!!! Amazing professor, really knowledgeable, has Q&A sessions during lectures to clear up any confusions. His lectures are really clear and interesting, and he also gives a lot of current modern day examples to tie it to the lectures. Loved loved loved his lectures! One of the best profs at U of T.

05/02/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A-

Just paces around during lecture for 2 hours, opening question periods in a class of 1200 people. He says some things that about half the class laughs hysterically at, while the other class contemplates suicide. I guess he's a love-him or a hate-him kind of guy. Greatly preferred Wong over him.

04/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL101Y Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Best prof at U of T! Makes class interesting and engages the students. Really funny too!

01/24/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL101Y1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Hilarious and brilliant Prof. His lectures are clear, and he makes the content really interesting. He always breaks for 15 minutes to take questions from students, and provide further insight. His sense of humour is often mistaken for arrogance, but he's really just having fun with lecture and his students.

08/20/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Loved his lectures. They are straightforward and helpful. It would be more helpful if he could upload the lecture slides.

09/21/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

One of 2 lecturers in the course. Early on asked the class of 1500 "who here is a communist?" One poor sap put his hand up and Kopstein replied "Your responsible for x million deaths" Besides that strange interaction,a prof whose lectures I looked forward to. Clips form Failsafe and Dr. Strangelove, a unique analysis of the pogroms, and civil war.

08/11/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Kopstein may come off as arrogant, but he's a really fun professor. Totally enthusiastic and has a great sense of humour. While I'm not much of a politics person and sucked at the class, I was still so engaged during his lectures. DO YOUR READINGS!

07/24/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Did a great job of explaining the materials. He is a brilliant speaker but can very easily be mistaken for being arrogant. Doing the readings (all online, no textbook) will do you great service as the exam is mostly based on it. Marking can be harsh b/c of the number of students in the class. Attend tutorials and take advantage of your TA!

05/24/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Great prof; funny and passionate lectures; makes politics interesting. His attempt at a Canadian accent = definitely a highlight of first year. Signed up for the class thinking I'd drop it and ended up majoring in Political Science instead.

05/10/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

his lectures do not have much to do with the essays and midterm. he talks alot, and seems arrogant.

04/22/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Took this class a couple of years ago before POL101 was created. He is the reason I am a Poli sci major; easily one of the best profs at UofT. Pulling an A- wasn't that difficult.

02/04/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's interesting and good looking but I got no real knowledge out of him. He keeps on talking but you don't really take notes or anything. Nevertheless, he's quite interesting and funny.

10/24/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Excellent lecturer. Engaging, charismatic, intelligent. Initially, he came across as rather arrogant and intimidating, but overall, challenging and compelling prof.

09/13/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had him a few years ago for POL103 - now he teaches POL101 with another Prof. Kopstein is very smart, knowledgeable, and one of the best Profs at U of T. He is not easy. Jumping into Marx and Weber in 100 level course is tough. However they new course POL101 maybe easier?

09/10/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Charismatic. If you don't care for politics, he'll still keep you enthralled. It was a thrill and a pleasure to listen to him lecture for 2 hours.

07/07/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

A decent presenter but his thinking is too black/white, and the lectures were too dumbed down. He likes to be dramatic and spends alot of time explaining the moral failings of the Soviet Union rather than describing their organization, and telling us how we do not understand what it is like to "live in fear" (like in the cold war).

06/13/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He seemed arrogant at first, but hey, that's Kopstein, he's the same with other profs. Enlivened the Weber & Marx material. His tests are essentially lecture based, so pay attn! With a little effort & attn, an 80% is in your future. Caution: TAs may mark hard on 1st essay, but are easy on the 2nd.

04/08/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLI101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is very engaging and charismatic. His enthusiasm made me feel like I was in a church and he was the preacher. Overall a good teacher. Though, sometimes, at the end of the lecture I was not quite sure I grasped the concepts as our T.A. would summarize it a whole different way

04/06/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Kopstein was an excellent lecture. He took readings that would otherwise be dry (i.e. Weber), and made them relevant and interesting. Also, his humour, wit, and dry sarcasm made the class memorable.

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