Review Comment

American Parties and Elections

January 20, 2003

Foust-Cummings, Heather Silver_nugget
American Parties and Elections

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I definitely agree that she is "warm and engaging". She knows her stuff and wants students to do well. I took the class during a midterm election so we spent a lot of class time discussing the current elections and personal observations/relating it to the course materials. You must do a decent amount of reading to do well on the midterm and final because she throws in fill in the blanks and IDs not discussed in class to make sure only students who read can get As. But the tests are fair. The material is interesting and she does a good job presenting the material- she writes notes on the board while lecturing to try to fit everyone's learning styles which is nice. The TA does the grading but she will go over the tests again and add points if she thinks it was too harsh. A good class- definitely take it if you are at all interested in domestic politics and especially if it is during an election period.

Workload:

a fair amount- you can get away with not reading every single assigned page. midterm and final exam and a 8-10 page paper on an election. the exams are fill in the blank, IDs and essay.

January 27, 2002

Fuchs, Ester
American Parties and Elections

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While I had been very excited about having Fuchs as a professor, I was very disappointed with her lack of interest in the class. Because of the combination of Jewish Holidays and her involvement in the mayoral campaign, she cancelled many classes and rescheduled them for Fridays--this happened on an almost weekly basis. She seemed to love the SIPA and PhD students and ignore the undergrads. Her phone would ring every single class. HOWEVER, she was a great lecturer. She is a very liberal woman and very outspoken and definitely interesting---in those rare moments when she gets into the class. Perhaps this particular class was just during a bad semester for her, but I was very disappointed in her, as was the rest of the class, perhaps b/c her reputation led us to have great expectations about her.

Workload:

Midterm and Final--fair sized amount of reading that most people did, but I didn't find it necessary until skimming it before the exams.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PLSB / POLS PLSB POLS W4311: American Parties and Elections Heather Foust-Cummings 2002 Fall MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
PLSB / POLS PLSB POLS W4311: American Parties and Elections Ester Fuchs 2001 Fall MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1