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Ethan Hollander
Professor in the Political Science department
at University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
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Overall Quality
4.2
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.9
Clarity
4.5
Easiness
3.3
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04/26/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSC374 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class was a bit scatter-brained at times, students were unsure of expectations and professor provided plenty of criticisms--both warranted and unwarranted. Not the best class I have taken at Wabash. Dr. Hollander is a good professor, and when he lectures in his survey courses he is good, but I left this class unimpressed.

05/04/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Hollander did a great job with political science 122 at Wabash College. The information was absolutely crystal clear, helped by real world examples, class interaction, and just overall good teaching.

04/29/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSC122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Hollander did a great job teaching our Comparative Politics class at Wabash College. I had no problem understand what he was trying to convey to the class as he is very thorough in his explanations. I would highly recommend any student to take one of his courses if you would like to be enlightened about the world of Political Science.

04/28/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSC122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Excellent powerpoints that really help bring clarity to his lectures. He sometimes has a tendency to drag on about subjects and has a hard time making it through his lectures, leaving things unsaid at the end of the class.

04/27/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSC122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He does a great job of using examples to make concepts clear, ie. collective action problems, mutually assured destruction. However, the clarity is sometimes overemphasized and drags on(see same examples as above). I enjoyed the class and feel like I have a much better understanding of politics in general, namely comparing governments.

04/27/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSC122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This really has been one of those classes that I have enjoyed attending. Lectures are extremely entertaining and Dr. Hollander never tries to over do it in terms of workload. Homework is fair, and consists mostly of reading for each class. Dr. Hollander is clearly liberal, but doesn't push a liberal agenda. I would highly recommend this course.

11/29/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSC122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

After having taken a few other Political Science courses at Wabash, I would have to say that Professor Hollander is the liveliest one. At times lectures become a little confusing because his humor takes him off task sometimes. There aren't many assignments, so if you don't do well on one of them it is hard to make it up. Less coverage more depth.

11/28/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I think he is a very good teacher that keeps his classes very interesting with his powerpoints and opinions on things. It takes a little while to get used to his style of testing, but once you have it down you should be fine. Overall, its a engaging class that you will really be able to get things out of.

11/18/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
pscbaba Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A decent prof. Explains things pretty well even though there's an obvious liberal bias that is expressed frequently. If you manage to ignore that then you should be able to get something out of his class. Grades kind of strictly but everything is covered in class or in the reading. So just do the work and you're fine

11/18/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSCAAA Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Overall I thought he was a pretty good teacher. I totally understood the concepts thoroughly, despite my grade. Which brings up the only real flaw in his teaching, which was his grading. It seemed to get full marks you had to be unnecessarily details, and if you had the core idea and went into detail, it wasn't always (or rarely) enough.

09/14/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSC122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is probably the worst professor I've had at Wabash College. He clearly strongly favors people in class. I don't like to have to kiss ass to have a chance in a class. My work should be able to be enough. He also uses eratic grading tactics, that aren't necessarily accurate to if the material was actually learned.

04/16/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSC122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

No longer teaching. Wallies don't rate!!!

04/16/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSC122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Ethan Hollander is a pretty cool guy and teaches very well. However, he has his "favorites" in his class so it is best to get on his good side early. His class is somewhat easy but this semester is much harder than the first. He is a little unorganized and grades subjectively, but what professor doesn't? He is a great for for Wabash College.

04/06/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Hollander knows how to party.

04/02/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSC122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

So far, he is my second-best professor I've learned from Wabash. He make students understand the logic of every lecture. This is important. Keep going ..Professor!

02/16/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Hollander is one of the funniest professors ever, even his long anecdotes and tangents have a point in class. He's really good at teaching and loves it.

01/14/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC372 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I'm a student were Prof. Hollander teaches now, Wabash College. He is really excited by his work and enjoys teaching, this much is evident from the very beginning of class. His tests are not very difficult, nor are papers, but they require active engagement in all class work and a desire to contemplate the material. The best comparative gov class.

09/19/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MMW6 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I wish Prof Hollander had taught all of my classes at UCSD, then maybe I wouldn't have hated this school so much. I would much rather attend his lectures than watch TV. He is fascinating and I miss this class. Took him for MMW5 and 6.

06/12/2008
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MMW6 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had this prof for MMW5 & 6. It is a real shame that is he leaving nxt yr for he was the best MMW I had. Topics were engaging and he really made a connection with modern events. I even had discussions about the things he talked about in class. Instead of regurgating history info, he actually shines light on themes. A+++++.

03/11/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MMW5 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Hollander is one of those rare professors who actually cares about teaching. He may seem to go slow, but in doing so he does an excellent job with analogies that really help you to understand the issue. Classes are fun/entertaining. Take him if you are interested in historical and political themes more so than details.

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