Paul Kingston - University of Toronto - St. George Campus

Professor: Paul Kingston
Department: Political Science
College: University of Toronto - St. George Campus
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: POLC90
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I found his comments on assignments to be antagonistic, tactless, and unacceptable for a professor representing the University of Toronto. I believe in criticism, but I do not believe in tearing students self esteem down through the guise of criticism. During a pandemic, his behaviour as a person was very distasteful to say the least.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: POL479H1
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I don't think the comments give prof kingston enough credit. If you do the readings and actively participate, and put in effort for the papers, you can definitely get an A. I loved going to his office hours and I found the readings genuinely interesting. The course isn't easy but if you put in the work and effort, it's worth it.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: POL2418
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Materials are interesting and stimulating, but cant say the same about professor. Academia suppose to be about learning and hearing others, while he takes teaching as an opportunity to indoctrinate and prove himself right. Classes were toxic. Those who didnt drop it - felt miserable. I'd avoid this professor.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: POLS479
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Taking a course with this guy is like stepping back into 1975. He has the usual older white guy attitude towards Middle East politics, and in fact, he has no idea what he's talking about when he lectures on it. The University would be best to let him retire and bring in a qualified Middle East academic.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: POL479H1
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Grad students should avoid Prof Kingston in my opinion. He is shallow in his academic views and is doesn't understand the Middle East enough to be called an expert. Although a tough grader, it was not clear most of the time why I received specific grades. He does not take constructive criticism at all. Tread lightly.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: POLD94
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Kingston is smart as hell and always so critical on your opinions. He is definitely my favourite favourite prof in poli sci cuz he has helped me so much on research and finding the right graduate school. He is very tough and his course is always heavily loaded with readings, but it worths taking if you are interested in middle east and theories
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: POL479H1
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is an amazing seminar tutor! He will make you work hard and his seminars are demanding, but if you put effort in your work he is extremely helpful and rewarding! He knows his area and is an inspirational tutor!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: POL2418
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
To all graduate students!!!Avoid Kingston at all cost.If you want an snobby and unfriendly professor with a B in your transcript go ahead and take his course.He is not literate enough in the Middle Eastern politics (all he knows is social movements in Lebanon, Egypt)yet he pretends to be expert.He plays favorites and he is horrible in grading.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: P479
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
First he is charming but once he gains your trust, he will do everything in his power to make your life a complete nightmare, despite not having any reasons to do so because you never did anything Good thing wrong. He definitely pays favourites, good thing I graduated already!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: MIDDLEEASTPOL
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I completely agree with all the previous comments. He is such a snob, and yet he is definitely not the hottest, and he is not the most attractive man in U of T, and in the world for that matter! Seriously! LoL
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MIDEASTPOL
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He plays favorites. and yeah it's true, he thinks he is hot**** on some level for sure. Otherwise he just would not act the way he does inthe classroom or if you come to talk to him.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: POL479
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
What I was going to say was: what a nightmare of a prof he is! I refuse to have any classes with him, no doubt about that.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: POL479
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I completely agree with the previous person! Its ironic that he teaches middle eastern politics because he is very closed minded, arrogant and he has an attitude that if you happen to be interested in middle eastern politics and if you are a female student, he’ll think you are interested in him! How pathetic is that! What a nightmare of a prof he
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: POL479
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Kingston is smart but he is such an ASS! If you don't suck up, then your doomed. It's like you have to have a phD in poli sci before he looks at you. I don't know why he's teaching, bcs be is definately does not care about his students. Totally not open to knew ideas...ironically he teaches mid-east politics!!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: POL429
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Advice to all studetns: Please avoid him at all costs.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: POL429
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Kingston totally plays favorites and if you are not one of them then forget it. He is arrogant and thinks hjighly of himself without totally realizing it. He knows stuff about the region, but others at this university are much better. Anyone who thinks he's hot must be into the Victorian era.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MIDEASTPOL
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Can certainly be arrogant at times. Basically a nice person, very smart, and a good teacher. Sort of old fashioned about things. He's an interesting combination of things theorectically and politically speaking. It is a good over view course to learn about Mid East issues.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: POL479
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Kingston is smart as hell and makes a genuine effort to make students feel comfortable in his course. He knows his stuff cold and has really made the material "his own" - he's excellent. Everyone who doesn't think so has some sort of a stupid grunge. Get over it and take advantage of this prof.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: POLA90
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
No Comments
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: POL479
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Tends to indoctrinate students. Exposes us only to views with which he is ideologically comfortable. If you are not a hard core critic of neo-liberalism or you advocate a cultural perspective, you will find it difficult to do well in this course.
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