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Spike Peterson
Professor in the Political Science department
at University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
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Overall Quality
3.7
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3.7
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
3.2
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10/30/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
GWS 335 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Would take again" "Participation matters"

Spike Peterson is a Great professor. Like all professors she will only help you if you ask for it. She grades the test not against her answer but against your class mates which helps your grade. She might also add 1 point to your reading quizzes at the beginning of every class. Take this class you won't regret it.

12/09/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Class dependent on homework readings. Short quizzes on the readings every class. Spike is a great professor who is very knowledgeable and willing to help.

12/29/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Spike is very passionate about her teaching and gender studies. If you are not willing to be open minded you all have a tough time with this course. As long as you do well on each quiz everyday and actually read her required books you will do OK on the exams.

05/12/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Honestly, one of the best teachers I have ever had. She really cares about the subject. It's more of a concept class compared to a lecture where you take boring notes. I had no interest in gender issues until now.She doesn't baby her students to do all this work. its Manageable. Do not miss the chance to have her as your instructor.

05/07/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Pol433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I recommend Spike to all of my poli sci friends. Her teaching style makes complex concepts easy, interesting and applicable to the real world. Also, her passion for the subject is contagious. Seriously, my UA experience would have been missing something if I had skipped out on this course.

12/27/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
INDV101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Good class that brings up a lot of relevent topics. She wasn't the most scientifically minded person, which was frustrating at times when she couldn't reference her data, but ultimately the class is relevent. Be careful taking this class if you are at all conservative. Just do most of the readings and get to know the TAs, and you should be fine.

12/25/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
INDV101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Politics of Difference: Good class. Biased, feminist teacher, but very interesting. There's a LOT of reading, but it's easy to understand. She tries to sell the textbook new every year, but you should look for last semester's book online or something, because it's pretty much the same thing. Search ISBN: 0077389859

12/14/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
GWS335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I can't say enough good things about V. Spike Peterson & this class. I wish I could bring the entire world with me to GWS335, I want to share it with everyone. Being a GWS student, most of the material was not new to me, but it was all so much clearer than it ever had been, before. Peterson has a gift, & I think I'd like to be her when I grow up.

11/07/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
INVD101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She is an amazing Professor who knows what is she talking about. Lots of reading thou but really helpful, her exams are essay questions not hard at all. Take this course, it will really helps!!!

05/12/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

A great, eye opening course. Yes, she does have a bit of a bias, but the course is GENDER AND POLITICS! Quizzes every class on the readings, so you have to do them. Take home essay tests were not bad at all. She is a very nice and helpful professor.

04/14/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
INDV101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Politics of difference was a good class. Essay exams, so know all of the readings. Pop quizes become a little tedious, so just stay on top of the reading assignments! But as a teacher, she was good.

04/06/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
INDV101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Sign in for attendance lectures r boring cannot bring laptop bc she complains u r not paying attention easy exams 4 essay Qs pick 3 to answer n she gives it to u before lots of readings n memorizing tons authors n their main arguments must cite them ALL in essays quizzes bombhard curves overall grade lots of EC 12pts possible 5 journals easy A tho

02/10/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Indiv101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Extremely biased/Extremely opinionated.. I would recommend any other gender class over this one/primarily aimed at girls who are uncomfortable with their image and want any excuse to blame men for it/ 30-40 pages of reading for every class which she hardly goes over/ DON't Take the Class!!!

01/13/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
indv101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

this class will change your life. but being on the far right will be a disadvantage. i changed my major to poli sci because i was so inspired to make change after taking this class. it should be mandatory.

12/20/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
INDV101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

She is a very biased teacher....so if you are on the far right you probably will not enjoy the class. It was an easy class, very repetitive, but is probably a good gen ed compared to the rest!

12/19/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
INDV101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

her lectures sometimes bored me to sleep but it wasnt that bad. make sure you come to class or else you might miss a pop-quiz which are 25 points btw. midterms and final arent hard, just make sure u do the reading. although having to memorize which author said what out of like 15 or so authors was a little ridiculous on the midterm and final....

12/15/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
INDV101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Spike Peterson is a badass :) Just look at her name! SPIKE. Total badass. Seriously though, this lady is passionate about what she teaches, and whether or not you agree with what she preaches, it's nice to have a teacher so dedicated to her class. Take it, I don't think you'll regret it.

07/13/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
INDV101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class is amazing. Please take any of her classes that you possibly can. She opened my eyes to the world around me and I will take her lessons with me for the rest of my life. Highly recommended.

01/25/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

You must take her class. She is one of the best teachers I have had. She doesn't baby her students instead she treats everyone like her peers. This class will change your life which is what school is all about. Go in with an open mind and be ready to work hard but she grades appropriately.

01/03/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Spike Peterson is probably the best professor i have had and will have. She is extremely passionate and that is so refreshing. She makes class interesting and enjoyable. The best part is that she expands your mind and opens your eyes to things you never considered before. Be prepared for a lot of reading, but the class is worth it! Loved it!!

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