James Glaser - Tufts University

Professor: James Glaser
Department: Political Science
College: Tufts University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PS0011
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His lectures are very engaging and he would always include funny/personal anecdotes. He assigns lots of reading and you might be able to get away with not doing them that week, BUT you definitely need them for the exams/papers. Stay current on the readings and try to link them to what he talks about in class- will be super helpful for the exams.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PS0011
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Glaser is really passionate about his teaching. The most frustrating part of the class was that his lectures did not really provide opportunities for questions (we were in an intro class). If you are someone who needs an interactive education rather than just someone who will basically just lecture, then he is probably not for you.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PS11
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dean Glaser is a solid professor with a sense of humor and lots of personal experiences to share on the subject he teaches. His lectures get better and better as the semester goes on. He's clearly passionate about what he teaches and gives very clear instructions on what he expects from the assignments.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PS0011
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dean Glaser was excellent. His lectures were engaging, interesting, and even funny. You are only graded on 2 papers and 2 exams, all of which are very specific in what they ask of you. An A is definitely possible, but you need to work for it. Participation in recitations gets you extra credit. You DO need to keep up with the readings, though.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PS11
  • 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:
Good lectures, good readings, easy first exam, ridiculous final with very specific identifications that had been mentioned offhandedly in class (not featured on powerpoints). Learned a lot but final grade did not feel dependent on work put in/ time spent studying for final/ knowledge of class material. If you're concerned about GPA be careful
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PS11
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Glaser is really nice and knowledgeable about his subject. He does post the slides from class, but they have almost no words on them, so it's really important to go to lecture. He's a good lecturer and accessible in office hours. One of his tests was really fair, and the other was very challenging. Overall a good teacher.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PS0011
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Glaser is a great lecturer and clearly cares about students. The lectures are sometimes dry and there is a lot of reading. Readings are very important for the exams and the IDs can be tricky, which makes it harder to do well in the class.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PS11
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof. Glaser is an absolutely great teacher. His lectures are interesting and enjoyable to attend, and he inserts funny stories here and there to help students better understand his points. A lot of the reading is important, but if you're behind schedule it's no big deal, just have it done for the final. Great course, even better professor.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PS11
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Something about his class is very soothing and enjoyable. He's very clear and approachable, and just a very nice guy. He's a centrist and even then does not inject own politics into the class. Organizes powerpoints well & does a killer Reagan. Not that much reading, and you can skip it occasionally. But you'll feel bad since he's so darn nice.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PSE
  • 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:
He's a great professor. He lectures in a very easy-to-understand way, and he's quite knowledgeable in his field. The lectures are enjoyable to go to, and the class is easy enough to do well in if you go to lecture. He assigns reading, but it's not crucial (although quite helpful).
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PSAA
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very interesting lecturer. His lectures will keep you engaged. Exams are hard, and you have to study all of the material. Paper is difficult but interesting. Good amount of reading, back-loaded towards end of semester.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PS10
  • 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:
Excellent lectures. I actually looked forward to going to class.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PS0011
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Fantastic teacher, fantastic guy. I wish he taught more classes. One of my favorites that I've had at Tufts.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PS11
  • 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:
He is an excellent professor. His lectures engage you, he's a very good public speaker. On the personal side, he's a very helpful, nice fatherly figure. His class is, however, quite challenging b. Unlike what other people said, the readings are absolutely crucial to getting a good grade in the class. Recitations are pretty useless though.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: POL11
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a wonderful, wonderful teacher who knows so much about the inside of politics, congress, and especially the supreme court that every class is bound to be filled with at least two or three anecdotes. Class is hard even if you know your stuff, due to infrequency of tests (mid+final) and how they concentrate on only a few specific areas.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PS11
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great class, Glaser is a good prof and will tell you what you need to know for the class. Eager to help people, always free to help.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PS11
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Glaser is meh. He's not fabulous and he's not horrible. I dont understand the people who say he is amazing. He's just a pretty average teacher with a few interesting stories. A lot of reading assigned but basically none of it is really required. Recitation is lame. I wouldn't highly recommend this teacher but i wouldnt diss him either...
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PS11
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Glaser is witty and interesting, I really enjoyed going to class. There are way too many readings and most of them are pretty boring, but you can get away with only doing a few of them. Going to lectures was helpful, but I have mixed feelings about the recitations and TAs. Fortunately, almost all of the classes are lectures.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PS11
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very good, clear lecturer. Makes it very clear what he wants out of you and how to get a good grade. Go to class or get notes from someone else, tests based MOSTLY on lecture. I got away without doing much reading, even though he assigns a lot.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: AMPOL
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a great lecturer but also the most arrogant man I have ever met. I mean the guy thinks he is God. Also the TA's are horrible and don't know anything. Glaser doesn't know most of his students either.
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