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M.P. Wattenberg
Professor in the Political Science department
at University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA
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Overall Quality
4.1
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3.9
Clarity
4.3
Easiness
3.8
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06/20/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PS 21A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

funny guy; shows a lot of snl videos in class. he doesn't post lectures online so class is important. read the book and go to discussion to help you out on exams. grade is based on 2 midterms & final- topic questions in syllabus are exactly what they're based on. doesn't curve

08/24/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PolSci 21 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This guy is pretty good. He's full of jokes and keeps class entertaining. Class isn't mandatory but he doesn't post notes online so you should go. Tests and reading assignments were nothing short of expected. Good guy, take him!

07/01/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
121C 121F Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Fun and entertaining professor. I highly recommend him, but don't expect an easy A. You need to go to class every day and read the textbooks. You will have to earn that A.

06/25/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Pol Sci 21A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is the man. Your grade is based on 3 exams (not cumulative). Attendance isn't mandatory for lecture or discussion but if you go to discussion regularly you will get a small boost to your final grade (B+ would become A-). Study the study guide to get an A.

05/28/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
plsci 121F 121C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Hands down THE best professor i have ever had. Just wow. Honestly you will never meet a more educated man on the subject. it was such an honor having him for 2 upper-div classes. the first thing i do now when i go to register for classes is look to see if he is teaching any new ones. made every penny spent on education worth it!

05/26/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PoliSci 21A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Loved this class! Knows what he is talking about and shows videos from Colbert and others a lot. Don't need the textbook as long as you take good notes in class or occasionally go to the library to check it out. Doesn't post lectures so make sure you go or get notes from a friend. Midterms were on exactly what he said they'd be- easy!

03/26/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PS 121F Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great Professor! Took 2 upper div classes with him and I enjoyed attending class that the "mandatory" rule on attendance was never a burden. The voting class doesn't require much reading but the Presidents class does so dont take the class unless you're willing to keep up with 1,500 pgs of reading (no exaggeration).

03/20/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Poli Sci 121C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Amazing professor. Took two of his upper division class and he knows his stuff. You will learn a lot about American Government just by talking to him for a few minutes.

08/04/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Poli21A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great Professor. Very funny and entertaining, but don't be on your cell phone during lecture or he will call you out on it. If you took AP Gov, this class will be extremely easy.

07/01/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL121C 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

Definitely a good class - Wattenberg is a bit eccentric, but entertaining and informative nonetheless. If you have any degree of interest in politics, he'll keep you awake with humorous commentary and videos. Exams are certainly reasonable too.

03/28/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL21A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Wattenberg is a little...different. He lectures off the cuff, the course grade was based off of the midterm and final, 50% each. I skipped 9/10 discussions and 1/3 of the lectures and got a B. Not a hard class, but somewhat annoying.

03/26/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL21A 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's very entertaining. I say he's a good professor and the TA are extremely helpful and they also grade your exams. I had Danvy le (GREAT & HELPFUL TA). The class consist of one midterm and one final.

03/26/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Govt21A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Loved the study guide questions on his syllabus, study those and you'll definitely get a good grade on the midterm and final. I also loved the fact that his lectures were entertaining, he plays clips from snl and the colbert report in the middle of each one! Passable class for sure!

04/04/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PolSc21A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Wattenberg is a funny guy. He plays gov-related clips halfway through lecture. His TAs are decent, too. Midterms and final consist of short answer definitions and longer essays. This is a very passable class. I read and worked hard and got an A! I took AP Gov, which helped a lot.

03/25/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PolSc21A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Wattenberg is a quirky guy and his lectures were interesting and informative. There were two midterms and one final, consisting of short answer questions and an essay. Everything on the test was material taught during lecture. The class is an easy B. If you want the A, you have to work a little harder and read the book. Discussion helps!

03/20/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PolSc21A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Lectures are very entertaining and informative. The tests are based soley on info given in the lecture, and are pretty easy. I didn't even buy the book, so you can save yourself some cash by just taking good notes in class.

03/08/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
polsc21a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Very funny teacher! take him!

02/20/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PolSc21A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very funny. Midterms are fairly easy and his lectures are funny. He always shows videos from the Daily Show or the Colbert Report. Take him.

01/31/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PS21A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

LOVE HIM....seriously a VERY interesting class. Make sure you go to lecture though, and i found that the book did help for the midterm. Love the videos he shows in class!

03/24/2009
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5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PS2A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

If you read the book or skim through it and study and focus on his lecture notes you are guaranteed a B+. Do this and you'll learn a lot. Good professor. He wrote the textbook oh and you can use ANY edition of the bk its the same.

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