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Roberto Alejandro
Professor in the Political Science department
at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
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Overall Quality
2.6
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Hotness
Helpfulness
2.7
Clarity
2.6
Easiness
2.4
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05/02/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
56366 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Do not take his Class he is completely unhelpful during lectures and gives you 5 days to write 6 page papers with about 10 hours of research behind it. The TA’s give no assistance in helping you understand the lectures and this class will just make you stressed.

03/31/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLISCI 171 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Completely disorganized professor, directions for midterm essay were no help what so ever. My TA, a female, was on a constant power trip the entire semester and provided little help with assignments. The lecture notes only help because they provide you with the specific quotes in readings which show you what's most important in the readings.

03/19/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Polisci171 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This class is the most disorganized course you will take at Umass. His slides are a bunch of quotes and he doesn't title them. Attendance is taken and he makes the class mandatory. He is very confusing and hard to understand as well. This class really goes nowhere. Don't take this class if you don't have to you'll just regret it

02/28/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PoliSci 171 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This professor is awful. He is very difficult to understand and he is incredibly boring in class. The class is so disorganized which is not helpful at all trying to keep everything together all semester. Don't take a class with this guy.

01/11/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
POLISCI 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The Professor is good at what he does, but it's extremely hard to understand him with his accent. His slides aren't very detailed and are not posted online. The best way to pass this class is to do your readings and pay attention in discussions. Your TA is your best friend.

11/13/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PoliSci203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

For an intro level theory class, this class was ridiculous. He talks in circles and barely addresses a point. Did I learn anything about American Political Thought? No. Did I learn a lot about the federalist/anti federalist? Yes. Is anything I learned in this class applicable? NO! Don't take this class. Don't take this class. Don't take this class

09/20/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLISCI 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Hard to understand between accent and pacing. WAY too much reading assigned for a ged-ed. Also, mandatory attendance, but poor check-in system.

05/01/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
21466 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 is perhaps the most intriguing class I have ever taken. Sure the course was difficult, but nothing should be too easy to learn. His confident enthusiasm strikes a pivotal chord within me that is essential for any speaker to have in order to peak interest. Everything I have learned will be vital to the overall sythesis of who I am to be.

12/04/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
polipol 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

A teacher whose quality cannot be judged independently of the complex subject matter taught. Political philosophy - by nature critical, challenging and normative - asks as much of the student as the teacher. In such cases the best a teacher can do, is ask you to bring the best of yourself - liberal and supportive Dr Alejandro is a true maestro

07/26/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
pol1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I'm a polisci major and even though i got an A in the class it had very little to do with the professor. His lectures are disorganized. I literally could only understand 1 out of every 10 words he said. I had a great TA who explained everything at Discussion. Be sure to sit near the front to try to understand him if you do take a class with him.

05/02/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Polsc171 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Unfortunately Political Theory was a bit of a disappointing class. Professor Alejandro knows a lot about the subject but does a terrible job teaching it. The class is highly unstructured, its difficult to tell what you're supposed to be reading and doing from class to class. Luckily the work is easy enough to do well on by itself.

03/30/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PolSc395H Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Amazing Professor, hands down. I would recommend waiting to take with Alejandro until you've had a year or so of PoliSci/College under your belt. This way, you'll get more out of the class. He is invigorating and truly loves what he is teaching. Don't leave UMass without taking with him!!

11/10/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ps171 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Roberto Alejandro is amazing! He is completely into what he teaches, and inspires students to care about political philosophy. His accent, personality and theatrics make the class fun and interesting. Do the readings, go to class, take notes, and you will do fine, and have fun!

04/06/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Alejandro is the most compelling, interesting teacher I've had at UMass. He makes lectures exciting...even if attendance wasn't mandatory I'd still have gone to class every day just to hear him speak.

03/12/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
polsc271 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

BEST TEACHER EVAAAAHH I WANT TO GIVE HIM A HUUUUUG

02/17/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PS270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

unclear, no pedagogical skills

01/30/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
polis395 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

One of the smartest men I've ever met. Go to lecture, take notes, learn to understand his accent. If you don't want to work - not just busy work, actual thought - stay away. If you do accept the challenge, his class could change your life - no joke! Changed the way I look at the world.

01/03/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Poli270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

As a junior Poli Sci major, I have taken classes with a good portion of the department. I am a 3.8 student who does his work. I did well in Prof Alejandro's class...but that does not mean that I recommend it. Steer clear of any of his classes! He lashes out at his students. Don't bring a laptop he will hold it against you. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!

07/11/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PolSc170 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Alejandro... He's a good teacher to have. Not the easiest to understand but he does crack a few jokes...50% of which are actually funny. All you have to do is read. Attendence is mandatory. Take notes on what he says and just stick with it. I was nervous but I came out of it all with a B and I acutally got something out of the reading.

06/01/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
POLSC121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Being smart and interested in what you're teaching does not make you a good professor! He was too focused on specifics and did not relate the reading to Political theory.Should be a classics/philosophy professor instead. Too focused on Nietzche and Plato and had no relevance to political theory. Bad time management and not willing to help students.

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