Judith Garber - University of Alberta

Professor: Judith Garber
Department: Political Science
College: University of Alberta
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: POLS332
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Garber is the best professor I have ever had at the UofA. I have formed such a strong bond with her and can not imagine anyone having a bad experience with her or in her class. She is an incredibly smart lady so you will need to work for your grade, but it is totally worth it. Judy loves a concise sentence and deep dive into a solid thesis!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: POLS390
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great Prof and great course. She is engaging, and ensures her lectures are on very interesting material. She can get a bit off topic but it is easy to direct the lecture back on course. Classes are never too content heavy as she would rather cover less but further in depth. Very understanding and kind prof, with a lot of knowledge. Would recommend
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: POLS484
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This is an interesting class with a lot of content, but it is fun and engaging. Good opportunity to discuss popular films and series for credit! Typical 400 lvl workload
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: POLS390
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Loved this class. Dr. Garber is very helpful & I love the format of the take home, essay exams. Very fair marking & interesting course material. I recommend taking a political science course with her if you can.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: POLS390
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This was a really interesting class. Dr. Garber is a good lecturer, a little bit scattered but very knowledgable. She's a tough marker, and the class is based on 2 take home exams and a term paper, so it's not a big work load but you definitely have to put in the effort.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: POLS390
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Judy is nice, helpful and caring, but her lectures sometimes feel disorganized and random.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: POLS390
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Course had a midterm, a paper and a final. Both the midterm and final are take home exams and are only a couple 100 words long. Judy's lectures were EVERYWHERE. She likes changing slides and telling unrelated stories. I didn't show up for majority of the classes but the coursework is forgiving.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: POLS332
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Judith is super nice and she makes classes very interesting. You do not need to attend to do well, however it will help. I found that she graded fairly and I did very well in the course. I liked that it was just a midterm, essay and final. Recommend taking her courses because the workload is very reasonable and grading is fair.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: POLS390
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
she is one of the nicest professors I have ever met, she really cares for her students. yes it is a hard class but if you work hard you can get an A
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: POLS484
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Judy is a bit scattered at times but an incredibly good professor. She cares a lot about her students and has some great stories. As long as you put in a decent amount of effort you will do fine! I'm in my 4th year and she has been one of my favourite profs.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: POLS332
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This class was co-taught by her and another professor. She was very accessible outside of class, however her lectures were very disorganized. I felt like I didnt learn a lot from the class which was a disappointment.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: POLS332
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This class was co-taught with another prof, but I found Dr. Garber's lectures to be difficult to follow and the slides were sparse. She's funny, accessible outside of class and keeps the class in touch, but I can't help but feel I did not learn very much outside of trivial facts.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: POL332
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures were unorganized and scattered. PowerPoints were the same. Willing to help outside of class. Very knowledgeable.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: POLS332
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class what taught by her and ryan anderson this semester and it was terrible. Probably the most disorganized course i have taken yet, they followed no set structure or notes and just rambled on for an hour leaving you with no idea what was just discussed. I was really looking forward to this course but was definitely disappointed by it
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: POLS390
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I love Judy! Though she can be scatterbrained at times, her passion & knowledge surrounding law and American politics makes up for it! Her class isn't an "easy A" but so long as you do the readings & put effort into your research papers you will do just fine. She cares a lot about her students & is easy to reach outside of class for help.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: POLS390
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I enjoyed Judy. She made a consistent effort to expose us to a variety of issues that were relevant to the topic we were studying. Her reputation for tough marking is undeserved. She puts a lot of effort into making sure that students understand assignments, and makes herself very available to answer questions pertaining to them.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: POLS390
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This prof is loud, disorganized, usually late and is erratic and inconsistent in her marking. If you want to take a chance with that then take her class. This was the worst course I have taken so far. Will not repeat the mistake.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: POLS332
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures were quite unorganized and she often rambles on but she's quite funny and lectures are very entertaining. You don't really need to take notes if you have some background knowledge about US politics, exams were fairly straight forward and she'll help you if you go to see her.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: POL332
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I love Judy, but I can easily see how people could dislike her. Her lecture style is erratic, but I'm fine with that when I'm getting a prof who is hilarious, cares about her students, is accessible to them, and most importantly, knows the content well. As long as your invested in doing well, and are interested in the material, she'll love you.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: POLSCI332
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Just very unfriendly. Made coming to class a chore. Felt like I wasted my time.
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