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William Downs
Professor in the Political Science department
at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
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Overall Quality
3.7
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.5
Clarity
3.8
Easiness
3.4
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35 Student Ratings
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12/30/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLS8200 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The course curriculum was very good, (mandatory for me). But, some students were afraid to speak up in class (he is not personable at all), and he shows favoritism, a poor character trait for a Professor which concerns me as a new graduate student. Results: low student-Prof accessibility. Avoid this class if at possible and take another Prof.

09/27/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Polsc8200 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

huge challenge, but committed to helping the students succeed

08/23/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLS2401 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

The worst teacher I have had at gsu!

08/09/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
Phil 2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

i enjoyed this class a lot. he's pretty crazy and rambles on a lot but if you take notes, especially like on philosophers opinions, it shouldn't be that bad. i think my average was like 99 in the class so once you get the hang of how he asks questions and what to look for, it'll be riddiculously easy. plus the final will boost your grade a ton

05/18/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Phil 1010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He told us straight up that the dept. doesnt give many A's. He is the easiest Philosphy teacher and we didnt have the saturday final like everybody else! but he might change his mind. I got distracted b/c he's attractive (to me)but i got a B. It was confusing at first but got the hang of it and he's real young so a few curse words here and there

05/03/2006
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
phil 2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

laid back class and pretty easy

05/01/2006
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His class is fun and interesting

03/22/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
8240 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Arrogant, immature and offensive ... a real bore.

03/07/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
pols 8200 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

expects a lot, rewards those who worked hard, really opened my eyes to world of poly sci...SUPER!

03/03/2006
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
POLS Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Downs needs to adjust his teaching style for his Global Issues classes. He seems oblivious to the fact that many of the students in that class are not political science majors, hence the workload is outrageous. Easy, informative, thought-provoking class, but too much work for an elective class.

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