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James Morrow
Professor in the Political Science department
at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
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Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.2
Clarity
3.8
Easiness
3.0
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
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0
106 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/18/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Polisci 160 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A-
"Get ready to read" "Tough Grader" "Respected by students"

The class was pretty straightforward and you could get a good grade if you put in the work. His textbook is super boring and he wrote it himself so its kind of unnecessary. Grading is super subjective and your class grade is mainly based on what your GSI thinks. Professor Morrow is a good lecturer though and knows what hes talking about

12/10/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
PolSci 160 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A
"Clear grading criteria"

Same material in the book as is covered in lecture, so you don't have to do both. Tests are easy and based on review questions in the book. Not a hard class, but it's pretty boring unless you're super into the theoretical side of political science.

12/09/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLSCI 160 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B

Great lecturer. Class is very theoretical and packed with content. 2 fat tests, 2 papers and 3 policy memos.

12/08/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
POLI SCI 160 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Morrow is a solid lecturer, but one who presents information which gets rather dull after the first month of class. Lectures are all online, material is relatively boring to your average student who pays attention to world news and in history class. Papers are easy, really just depend on your GSI.

12/03/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
POLYSCI 160 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A

This class is easy, but it offers ZERO transferable skills. Lectures are painfully boring and elementary. The exams are tight for time but easy. He presents topics in a very compartmentalized way that bears no resemblance to reality. If you're looking for an interesting class and want to learn about how the world works, look elsewhere. Dissapointed

11/18/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PoliSci Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Respected by students" "Get ready to read" "Amazing lectures"

Professor Morrow really knows what he is talking about and is great at his job. He explains in full detail all concepts during lecture.

04/19/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PolSci 160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

great professor, loved this class

01/20/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PS 160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Really great prof. Great personality and actually knows how to teach. Lecture did a good job of explaining any confusion from readings. GSI's were also really awesome. Went to see him for Office Hours and he gave me a lot of insight in the Poli Sci field. One of the best professors I've dealt with in my time at Michigan.

01/08/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
POLSCI 160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Just read the textbook and take lots of notes. After reading a chapter go back and type up answers to the chapter end questions. The tests are almost 100% based on those chapter end questions. Stay awake and pay attention in class. If you do all of that getting an A+ is easy. The essays are so easy if you actually pay attention in class.

12/22/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
POLSCI 160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He was a somewhat engaging lecturer. However, the majority of the stuff he discusses in class is directly from his textbook. Grades on papers and exams are arguably arbitrary, and he does not seem that interested in actually helping students on an individual basis.

12/10/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 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

He genuinely cares about his students and their success. Although the material is a bit dry and repetitive, it's a relatively good course. Morrow also has a sense of humor and is very helpful in office hours. If you want a relatively easy course with a low workload and a good professor, this course is for you.

12/09/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POLSCI 160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Morrow is a great lecturer and really knows his stuff. The textbook used in class was written by Morrow and is very important in class. Lecture is not mandatory but is very helpful in reinforcing the materials from readings and is sometimes enjoyable. Great professor overall.

12/07/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Polsci 160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great lecturer with a sense of humor. Level of engagement depends on GSI, as they each have their own requirements for assignments. Overall really interesting class, although mostly based on theory instead of current events.

11/17/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POLSCI 160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great lectures and usage of the textbook (that he wrote himself). Very clear and passionate, covers a wide range of topics within World Politics. Assignments are moderately challenging and grading usually reflects efforts.

03/18/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PolSci160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Such a great lecturer. Highly recommend his class.

12/21/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
POLSC160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Overall this was an average class. Morrow's lectures were not boring, but they also were not interesting. I did most of my learning in the discussion classes. The book was totally unnecessary, as the material was taught in lecture and in discussion. Papers are graded somewhat harshly. Professor Morrow is a nice and sometimes funny guy.

12/11/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POLSC160 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

I loved this class! He is an awesome professor who really explains all of the material with clarity! There is two papers and two exams! It is not a class about current world events. If you aren't interested in political science and the theories behind it then don' take it! I went to lecture a lot but i never read book!

12/08/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POLSI160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Professor Morrow is not the best of lecturers, however, he runs a very good class. He is very clear with directions and clearly has a ton of knowledge on the subject. The class is interesting, and if you read, you'll do well.

12/07/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PolSc160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His lectures are packed full of information, but he makes all of his PPTS accessible and really tries to give you resources on Ctools. He shouldn't be the reason you don't take this class! I hate reading a bad review on here, and second guessing whether to take it or not... TAKE IT

05/09/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POLI160 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

Easy class. Two papers and two exams. Lecture is the same as the book, so I stopped going to lecture after a while.

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