Paddy Smith - Simon Fraser University

Professor: Paddy Smith
Department: Political Science
College: Simon Fraser University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: POL454
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Very good class on the specifics of urban public policy in Vancouver. With guest lecturers and lots of class discussion. Great 4th year seminar class!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Took this class online. Unclear guidelines on all assignments. Was difficult to reach regarding questions. Course was unclear and dense. There were no lectures, discussions or guideance of any type. Truly dissapointing.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
do not take this class online - unclear criteria for all assignments, very very little feedback which provides little to no help on future assignments, outdated and seemingly irrelevant readings that are dense and a very "do-it-yourself" structure for the course. Very little is done to aid your understanding, just take pol100
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Textbook was dry, his lectures were dry, and his power points were poorly organized (some were in document form). However, the professor was nice and he tried to make jokes. Overall, not a difficult class (it is an introductory course after all) but could have been made easier with better study material.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Textbook was very difficult to read. Assignments were fair. Final wasn't that bad, lots of essays
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Paddy was an amazing prof! His lectures were a bit confusing as he'd go off topic quite a bit, but the content's all available on his powerpoints (posted online) and his textbook. His exams were just essays and he'd give you the questions to study prior. Homework was really easy - 1 group presentation + 1 memorandum (paper). You can do well easily.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His lectures are really long and dry. Tutorials help a lot, so don't skip those. His grading for the midterm, memo, and final is rather easy. You just have to study and you should be able to do alright.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Extremely nice. Very passionate and generally funny. Not a difficult class, but the content can be a bit dry at time. Converse shoes are a must.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a very nice person but quite difficult to understand in class because he mumbles. He had a lot of guest speakers which are hit and miss. The textbook is essential but it needs a few rereadings for you to get everything.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
A very nice man and a good professor. Read the textbook several times until you really understand and listen to his examples in lecture and you will do well. He's a fair marker and very funny. Also does a great job bringing in guest speakers.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: POLI151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The textbook material is twenty years old. Kind of felt ripped off paying so much for a course that was so outdated. Update the text book AND the study guide, otherwise, students aren't really learning anything relevant.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Took this class Distence Education. Textbook is absolutely horrid and dry...material is boring as hell. Also, no communication with the prof at all, and assignment questions were vague. Take this class only if it's mandatory.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
DE - TEXTBOOK SUCKED. ONLY TAKE THIS CLASS IF IT IS MANDATORY. ITS SIMPLE WORK BUT THE TEXTBOOK SUCKED AND HE ISN'T VERY CLEAR WHEN U ASK HIM QUESTIONS!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I found Paddy Smith to be a very engaging and approachable professor. and because of his passion for the subject matter he was able to give that back to his students. He has a great sense of humor ( always wearing hightops and shorts). his textbook could use some editing however.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Fabulous professor, and extremely helpful. Great with students who actually seek him out in office hours. Nice guy.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Took this class DE. Marks based on 5 500 word and 1 1500 word papers. The essay questions were often confusing and unclear. He was non-existent. However, his TA Agnes was very helpful and sent out an outline of EXACTLY what she wanted. His text is horrendous to read and outdated. If you listen to Agnes, you should do fine. I ended up with an A+.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: POL8817
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His handwriting is terrible and he does not make sense when he comments back on your work. For an intro course his grading is difficult and he doesn't like too much detail in his essays which doesn't make sense. I would rate this teacher from a scale of A-F, a C.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The text IS a pain to read. But you need it to succeed. Take key facts from each chapter and memorize it. He is a very fair and kind prof.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: POLI151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PADDY, PLEASE CHANGE THE TEXTBOOK. Clearer handwriting wouldn't hurt either.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: POL151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Man this class was bad. Seems like a great guy but as a prof he's terrible. Textbook is confusing as hell as are his lectures. Not necessarily because of the material but because of the way each (the text and lectures) have been laid out.
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