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Barry Shain
Professor in the Political Science department
at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
are you Barry Shain?
Overall Quality
2.8
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.8
Clarity
2.8
Easiness
2.5
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28 Student Ratings
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11/24/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
POSC151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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!

02/22/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
POSC151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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.

01/06/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
POSC151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

three and a half months of narcissism and buffoonery

01/03/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
POSC151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

12/17/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
POSC151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

04/04/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
POSC151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/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.

02/13/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
POSC151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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.

09/07/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POLI151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

No one else like him. He loves his subject.

01/20/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
POLY151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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.

12/31/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
POSC152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

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