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Allan Stam
Professor in the Political Science department
at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
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Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.2
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
2.6
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09/07/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POLSCI 160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Don't take notes in Stam's class. You'll absorb a lot more by listening closely and doing the readings. Tests are all based on the readings, so go to section. Stam's lectures were always really interesting. He makes sure to answer questions and has a very dry and sarcastic sense of humor. Highly recommend him.

05/07/2013
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Polsci 160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Interesting lectures, but basically of no importance to any of the exams. Very unorganized.

05/05/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
POLSCI 160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Stam is very knowledgable and has excellent lecturing skills. However, this class from an administrative aspect was a joke. The lectures consisted of random, highly specific information that wasn't on exams, he didn't cover the book but you still had to read it, section was worthless, he didnt follow the syllabus and exams were poorly written

12/10/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CICS301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Definitely one of my favorite professors I've had so far. Great lecturer. Enthusiastic and keeps things interesting. I even looked forward to going to class. Not sure what he's like in a smaller class setting, but great for a large lecture.

10/28/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CICS301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Probably my favorite teacher to ever exist. Lectures are actually enjoyable. Some topics can be a tad dry but he does a fantastic job of making them interesting. Had him for POLSCI 160 as well and did well. Definitely a prof that prepares you for the real world.

04/26/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
polsc005 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He was an interesting professor but honestly I did not like this class. Other GSI's were probably more helpful than mine but still it was a frustrating class. For one he doesn't post lecture slides and on top of the lecture is kinda all over the place. Also, my GSI was not helpful and I would say was even misleading on what we should study.

04/16/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
POLSC160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is an extremely bias professor. Refuses to post slides but goes through them way too fast in class to ever copy down all of the notes. Reading is absolutely necessary as you will be tested on things from the reading that you never talk about in class or section. Definitely not the best class to take.

11/20/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLSC389 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Stam seems intimidating but is secretly a really good teacher and shows real-world applications of his class. Very sarcastic and blunt. Not sure how many of us are getting A's, but if you make an effort you shouldn't fail. Go to lecture - they're really interesting and the readings are ignored. He has great personal stories.

04/29/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PS160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

One of the most interesting profs at umich. Would definitely take any class of his. Makes lectures easy to understand, only down fall is there's heavy use of the textbooks so you HAVE to read. Total badass though.

04/27/2011
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CICS301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Classes covered a wide range of topics-- kept it interesting. It definitely was a plus that he didn't do the grading! It is impossible to get a hold of him, but the GSI was more than helpful if we needed it. Good class (UMMA Auditorium didn't hurt either!!)

04/20/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
polsc160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Stam is awesome. He is extremely smart and accomplished yet humorous at the same time. I would take any course with him. He is willing to meet outside of office hours and if you are interested in the Political Science field he is totally there to help you. Also, very sexy man.

03/31/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
CICS301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Fun class to go to. Since he does none of the grading, it's relatively easy. However, there are a fair amount of assignments. Overall, interesting lectures and he's very funny.

02/08/2011
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PS389 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great prof. Makes some mistakes and generalizations about regions he doesn't know. However, he is entertaining and lectures go by fast.

01/17/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PS301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great.

11/25/2010
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CICS301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Entertaining and lecture very well. Provides power points and podcasts. At the same time, does not give a damn about his students. He just does not care, yet he is still one of the most fascinating professors I have ever had. I would take a class with him again. Make sure to come to lectures.

08/03/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
poli160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I loved professor Stam. He was really funny, and his knowledge of the subject seemed infinite. I didn't mind the 9 o'clock class because he was a great lecturer. His head GSI got better as the semester progressed.

07/08/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Pol160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I would take any class prof. stam teaches. He's funny/interesting and worth getting up for at 9:00am. GSI does make a big difference because they the grade essays

05/04/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PS160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Stam is a great; he makes waking up at 9AM (most of the times) worth it. He's pretty engaging and the material in the lectures is really interesting. However, I feel like what section/GSI you get is going to affect your experience in the class. I had a great GSI, so I loved the class, but some of my friends had the head GSI and had an awful time.

04/01/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
hist160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher, lectures are really funny. The tests are fairly easy, and the papers are really precise. There is a lot of reading, but if you know the main concepts it's not really mandatory to read everything in depth. He's really smart and makes you want to learn world politics.

03/30/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PS160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great lecturer, very strict grading, strict policy on cheating, reading is mandatory, exams are specific, lectures are very interesting and worth getting up at 9 am for.

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