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Carrie Russell
Professor in the Political Science department
at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
are you Carrie Russell?
Overall Quality
4.3
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.0
Clarity
4.6
Easiness
3.6
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
20 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/08/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
115f Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Gives good feedback" "Skip class? You won't pass."

Love her. Great professor, really sweet and cares about her students. There is a lot of time-intensive reading and you need to be ready for class discussion (which means good attendance), but it was worth it. Only 2 papers and a brief at the end of the semester. Easy grader. Really supportive and always helpful in class and in office hours.

12/07/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSCI 260 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Respected by students" "Gives good feedback"

I LOVE CARRIE! She knows her stuff! Class is fun! This class is easier than her others like Con Law but its not an easy A. You still have to read a lot. Also you need to brief 2-3 cases every night. We have 2 main assignments (a hypothetical and a trial). Other than that its the briefs and participatio in class. You need to read to do well!

12/02/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSCI 115f Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Inspirational" "Would take again" "Tests? Not many"

This class was literally my life this semester. Hands down my favorite class. Carrie Russell managed to take a very dry, complicated subject area (Constitutional Law) and present it in an interesting and clear manner to college freshman. I'm not going to lie- it's a lot of work if you want to really understand the subject. But I loved this class.

11/21/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSCI 115F Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A
"Would take again" "There for you" "Gives good feedback"

Great class, exceptional professor. Russell is helpful inside and outside of class, very accommodating. Her class was interesting and fun. Easy grader.

04/29/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSCI 260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A

This is probably my favorite class I have taken at Vanderbilt. Prof. R is fantastic and truly cares. I didn't fully read the textbook at all, since there aren't any quizzes. As long as you have a basic idea, and can answer at least vaguely a question she asks, you'll be fine. 3 assignments, all plainly laid out, and graded easily. Easy A.

05/06/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSCI 260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Russell is one of my favorite professors at Vanderbilt! I've had 3 classes with her. If you're interested in law school, take her class. Attendance is mandatory, participation is important, and there's a lot of reading. If you're willing to do all the reading you're fine. Her grading isn't bad; she's clear on what she wants.

04/15/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSCI115F Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Absolutely love her. She's harsh sometimes but she's a clear lecturer and she knows what she's doing. Make sure you do the reading-- it's essential. I'm looking forward to taking more classes with her!!!

12/17/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSCI265 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Main problem with class: it is essentially you reading the textbook; every class period is simply a recollection of the reading for that day, with no critical analysis. I got nothing from the actual class itself. She also often deflects questions she doesn't know the answer to by saying, "Well, what do you guys think?" Really nice lady, though.

12/12/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSCI265 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Russell is one of Vanderbilt's best. If you're interested in law - take her class. The class is a great way to see if you're actually interested in law school. Her grading is fair, and she's very clear about what she wants. The reading is required, so if you don't want to do it, don't take the class. If you do the work, you'll do well.

10/31/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSCI265 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great class! If you have any interest in Law School this is a Must take class! One of my favorite classes.

10/01/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSCI265 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Frustrating class. She runs class by Socratic method which means reading is essential. However, it also means class is just a resuscitation of the reading with no additional knowledge provided. Also you have to read all 672 pages of the Constitutional Law textbook which is exactly as fun as it sounds. More work than its worth, take another class.

04/30/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSCI262 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Russell is awesome! She is very clear and straightforward, and super nice and helpful. She also has guest judges and lawyers which is cool. However, the class is pretty reading intensive. Do the homework and show up and you'll be fine.

04/25/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSCI262 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Russell is one of the nicest professors I've had. She was very understanding and approachable. You shouldn't skip the readings because she may pick on you, and since participation is so heavily weighted, you probably don't want to get caught off guard. If you follow the directions, you will do well.

04/18/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSCI262 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Really sweet lady, and genuinely nice. Class was VERY reading intensive, though, which required a lot of time outside of class. Also offers lots of in-class guests who come in that are lawyers/judges in Nashville - pretty cool. Class wasn't too difficult, although certainly not a complete blowoff. She's beautiful, too.

12/20/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSCI115F Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She's a good professor, and the material is presented in an EXTREMELY interesting manner. However, I dislike her grading scale, which makes it virtually impossible to make an A even after much work. She is very nice however, and is willing to look over your papers when you have questions.

11/16/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSCI262 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She is a smart prof who still manages to be approachable and non-intimidating. Class expectations are reasonable and straightforward. Don't skip or half-a** the assignments, and you?ll do well. She is the clearest lecturer of the 7 PSCI profs I?ve taken. Some readings can be difficult (even if they?re 5 pages) but are explained well in class.

01/03/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSCI100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

she curves the grades down. not a difficult class but theres not reason for that

12/30/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSCI100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you pay attention and read the lecture notes you'll do fine. The midterm/final were VERY straightforward.. almost all of the multi choice questions were on previous quizzes. If you've taken a US history course you won't learn that much.. but its okay for a basic polisci class.

12/12/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSCI100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The class is pretty straightforward. Attendance is mandatory because she gives pop quizzes. If you scan the readings and pay attention in class, you'll do fine. However, if you're absent (even if you have an excuse), she won't help you. Lowest quiz grade dropped, fairly easy midterm. Good instructor, extra credit available if you work for it.

12/10/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Psci100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Class is book based. We discuss topics based on a book that explores current issues in the US. We use a text book for quizzes and exams. There is extra credit. There are pop quizzes. We do watch movies. She is fair and clear. She is willing to meet with you.

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