Barry Shain at Colgate University

Barry Shain

  • 2.8Overall Quality
  • 2.8Helpfulness
  • 2.8Clarity
  • 2.5Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
11/24/12

POSC151

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Difficult class with lots of reading but learned a lot. Shain made hard material accessible and was extremely helpful if you showed you tried and cared about his class. open note final was still hard but i found the class very rewarding. Made me think in a different way. Recommended even if theory is not your strong suit!

2/22/12

POSC151

Average Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Easy A if you spend time with him during office hours. If you're a guy, act impressed by his macho posturing and be buddy buddy with him. If you're a girl, laugh at his jokes and don't act creeped out by him. Easy A.

1/6/12

POSC151

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

three and a half months of narcissism and buffoonery

1/3/12

POSC151

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Shain totally hyped himself the first couple weeks of class as he talked about what a great professor he is and how his class teaches crtitical thinking as well as political theory. Unfortunately, he never did any actual teaching. Instead, he would just shoot his mouth off about random stuff with no intellectual underpinnings. Total fraud.

12/17/11

POSC151

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He could care less about actually teaching- he would rather stand in front of the class and indulgently ramble on and make non-sensical remarks for the sake of shock value. The material is not easy (Hobbes, Rousseau, etc.) but Shain makes no effort to break it down and teach it- as someone intereseted in political theory, I felt very cheated.

4/4/11

POSC151

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

Professor Shain is the most frustrating and offensive professor i have ever had. His POSC 151 is without a doubt the worst i have ever taken at Colgate. He really should not be a professor.

2/13/10

POSC151

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Favors girls, fails guys. Doesn't care about anything besides his views and his views only. Don't bother trying to convince him of anything because he isn't going to listen. Grading doesn't feel objective.

9/7/09

POLI151

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

No one else like him. He loves his subject.

1/20/09

POLY151

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

He makes some outrageous comments and can come across as cold in class, but he does seem like a nice enough guy when you meet with him during office hours. Reading was unnecessary, there were 2 papers and 1 final, for which we had the questions beforehand.

12/31/08

POSC152

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Easy B, if you attend class. Final is 50% of final grade. But it is open note and based off study guide questions given through out the semester. If you attend lecture and take decent notes it is not necessary to do the vast majority of the reading. However, grades hard on the two short papers.

10/16/08

POSC352

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Worth taking. Passionate about what he's into and wants to hear what you think. Can be controversial, but mostly to get you to talk. Very approachable outside of class, and seems to care. Tough paper grader, but gives you what you deserve for the most part. Not sure how he is in low level, big classes, but awesome in upper, small courses. The man.

1/20/08

POSC152

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Professor Shain is very passionate and inspiring. His views are thought-provoking and he challenges you to think differently. Outside the classroom, Professor Shain is a most helpful and understanding person. I started this class with very little interest but ended up loving it so much even though political theory is not one of my fortes.

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12/11/07

PolSc1

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

I took a class with Barry Shain back in 1986 at Yale and he was amazing. Life changing. He didn't turn me into a conservative, but he really made me think!

11/8/07

POSC152

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is a fascinating professor. He loses direction at times which can be frustrating but as a whole i enjoy his class. He makes inflammatory comments that could offend some people but they keep me amused. He is lenient with deadlines

11/7/07

POSC150

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

5/3/07

POSC151

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Terrible teacher. He has no talent and is extremely full of himself. He rarely does any of the grading himself, and is unreasonably harsh when he does. He is boring, obnoxious and ineffective as a professor inside and outside of the classroom. Avoid his class.

2/1/07

posc151

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

10/22/06

POSC152

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Shain is the best professor I have had at Colgate. He challenges his students to think on a completely theoretical level and the things I learned in his class have been useful in other classes.

4/4/06

POSC151

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

obnoxious, full of himself, ****, a TA grades papers and tests (and is a very hard grader), rambles in lectures so it's hard to tell what you need to know, tries to be inappropriate (and is)

4/3/06

poli & moralvis

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

very hard to follow in a big lecture class, end up sleeping or just not going. hard grader on papers, test fairly easy. can be funny but i really just dont like the class

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