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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.

02/20/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Moral Problems Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

E-A-S-Y~!! This is the easiest class I've ever taken . Tests average is always in the 90's. Will has a mohawk. Take him to get an easy A. You will still need a book though.

02/19/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Comp Pol. Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is the worst professor at GSU's political science department. He should pay more attention to his students and stop playing favorites with certain students. The most arrogant professor I have ever had!! Question to you Down? Since you are so arrogant and better than everyone else how come you are not teaching at Harvard or Yale?

01/20/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
pols8200 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

outstanding!

01/11/2006
average
5 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
Phil 2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He puts tricky, fancy words on the test just to screw you. You should study a dictionary instead of the book so that you understand his word usage.

12/15/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
philosophy 2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This is an easy class, but Wil can be a little disorganized...okay a lot. The test are easy just don't take them for granted, know the philoserphers and what they talk about and you should do just fine.

12/13/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Phil 2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I did not want to like this guy at first, for reasons outlined by others (ie. faux hawk, disorganization, etc.) However, while his Amateur Stand-Up Comic routine wears painfully thin, he does present the material in a coherent manner, and he does an excellent job of making sense of a notoriously dense subject. Recommended.

11/11/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
phil 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 pretty easy if you pay attention and actually show up. The materials on his test match what he covers in class. Test questions are never surprising. You don't even really have to read to do well on the tests, however, it helps for his occassional quizzes. Classes are never boring and you usually get out early.

11/04/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
POLS 8200 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

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10/13/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
philosophy Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

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09/10/2005
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Philosophy Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

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