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Pradeep Chhibber
Professor in the Political Science department
at University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
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Overall Quality
2.8
Average Grade
A+
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.9
Clarity
2.8
Easiness
2.8
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04/22/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Poli 145A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: A+

Great Class! He actually openly admitted that his designed the class very poorly last time. He improved the class. 25% of your class is participation in section alone! another 30% is a weekly question you ask based on the readings, which are easy after the second week or when he gives you an example. Don't fear, he fixed the class. Very interesting

07/14/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PS 145 A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Terrible class. Professor Chhibber is great and I actually enjoyed his lectures. But he tried out this new "flip" style of doing things where lecture was eliminated and so we were left to our own wits. Throw in a useless GSI and failure ensues. At the end Professor Chhibber said he will never do the "flip" course again..I wonder freaking why.

12/02/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLIPOLI Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Chhibber's PS2 course is very interesting and challenging. Chhibber is very approachable, remembers your name, and makes the effort of helping you as much he can. There is a lot of reading, but that is expected, and the midterm and final are heavily weighted. The class definitely challenges you, so I wouldn't say its for everyone.

12/24/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PS2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

i strongly recommend avoiding this class. It was incredibly stupid; lectures went nowhere, and there was incredible disparity between GSIs. if you do decide to take the class, avoid GSI Tara Buss. She was completely unhelpful, almost never discussed the readings, and spent the duration of almost every section rambling about nothing.

12/15/2010
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PStwoKim Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I was not a fan of Prof. Chhibber. I found that it was incredibly difficult to understand him through his thick accent, which made an already dry subject matter even harder to get excited about. To his credit, he is a very nice, laid back, approachable guy who attempts to make lectures interesting. If you can understand him.

12/04/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
PS2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

chhibber is an awesome teacher. granted, his lectures are completely useless, and the tests are based completely on the readings. however, he is a funny guy and extremely personable. lecture definitely isn't necessary to get a good grade but i like listening to him. and i dont like poli sci or anything.

10/16/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PS149 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I took his South Asian politics class over the summer. It was very intense. You can't simply regurgitate information on the exams. He wants you to THINK and formulate your own opinions and thesis based on what you've read. Also, get Vasundhara as a GSI, if you can. She's a tough grader but also incredibly intelligent. Discussion sections were fun.

08/17/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PS145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor his accent is no problem at all and his stories and comments are really humorous and keep you interested on lecture :)

02/18/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ps2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Absolutely one of the best professors UCB has to offer. He actually makes you THINK and not just write down what he says and spit it back on exams. All the comments on his accent? Join the Tea Party movement or get serious about college.

12/14/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PS190 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Pradeep Chhibber is one of the foremost experts on Indian politics in the country. While his PS 2 class may not be the most interesting, anyone with an interest should take any class he teaches on Indian politics. He is charming, well-spoken, incredibly intelligent, and willing to help so long as you make an effort to see him in OH.

09/11/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PS2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I almost never knew what he was talking about! Super boring GSI. Can only take class if you have a real interest in what he says...

08/04/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PoliS2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

?honkeedori?! In this class you have to read everything! The reading was pretty dense+tedious. I didn?t particularly enjoy this class. It was boring and long?but it?s not a tough class as long as you do all the work ALL the time and keep a close contact with your GSI. It?s relatively simple to get a B. Getting an A is a bit of a challenge.

08/04/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PS2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Chhibber's not THAT bad. I'll admit that his lectures have almost nothing to do with the quizzes/exams, but I found his style to be pretty clear and entertaining. As long as you keep up with the reading and take good notes you should be fine.

06/23/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PS2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Chhibber doesn't deserve the bad reviews. Accent wasnt a problem. He took lots of time in lecture to make everything so clear. In both lec and @ OH he is very personable.Even remembers peoples names in lecture!I wish I had the time to do all the reading but I split it with 2 classmates and we wrote outlines for each other.Interesting, not too hard

05/28/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PS2 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

Chhibber comes off as a friendly, aproachable instructor. However, the class is EXTREMELY dense and he piles on ridiculous amounts of academic reading in which specific examples are hidden for you to call to memory on the midterm/final. His lectures clarify points but do not influence quizzes/tests at all. Bottom line: better author than professor.

05/26/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PS2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Horrible professor, something just doesn't connect between his teaching and the material that is covered on exams. Quizzes worth a lot of your grade - 5% per quiz makes a big difference and they were quite tough. Get a good GSI and then you'll learn something. Gives questions to midterm and final out beforehand

05/19/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PolSc2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Horrible, just like everyone said, but what's worse are the GSIs. My GSI was completely USELESS and we did absolutely NOTHING in class, he even canceled the 2 sections before Midterm and the section before finals. Worst class I've had so far.

11/19/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PS3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Chhibber is NOT as bad as everyone claims. After the first week, you get past the accent and everything else is fine from there. He is a decent lecturer and very approachable in person. I learned a lot from this course and really enjoyed the way he formatted the class. DO sign up for Ben Oppenheim's section. He really cares for his students!

08/05/2008
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ps2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Good Teacher. Hard to understand because of accent. Readings are a must to pass the class.

07/07/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Polips Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Chhibber is a slave to his GSI's. Martha constantly undermined him in class, questioning his material. he repeats himself a lot, which gets dull. Class is made up of quizzes, a midterm and final. Both the final and midterm are questions to be prepared beforehand. GSI's strongly vary on grading, avoid Jason Purcell, he is a horribly unfair grader.

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