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Tufts University: Jeffrey Berry - Political Science - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Jeffrey Berry | PS101 - Presidency & Executive Branch | Political Science2007-01-19

Review:
Professor Berry is one of my--if not singularly--favorite professors at Tufts. His lectures are approachable, sophisticated and informative. The books for this class, especially the more recent ones, are fantastic! Highly recommended!

Workload:
The reviews below are true: if you want little BS assignments and weekly evaluations, this course is not for you. Berry doesn't hold your hand. There were two essay examinations (take home midterm and in class final), but they're broad enough to be able to show you soaked up whatever knowledge you feel like displaying. Not an easy class. Not too difficult either, but you do read several books.


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Jeffrey Berry | PS101 - Presidency & Executive Branch | Political Science2006-03-30

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Professor Berry is great. He exudes intelligence in his, for the most party witty, lectures. The class is a good combination of lecture and class discussion. It can be intimidating becuase class participation is somewhat required (students get called on) but leads for a more interesting discussion. I wouldn't leave Tufts without taking a class with Berry, he's excpetionally smart, witty, and interesting: someone worth knowing.

Workload:
About a book a week, average for a PS major. Reading the books is necesary because class participation is required. A take home midterm and in class final. My only complaint is that the TA grades your work.


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Jeffrey Berry | PS101 - Presidency & Executive Branch | Political Science2006-01-15

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Professor Berry is clearly very intelligent, but he really didn't seem to care if we were learning anything. His lectures were dry and he had his TA do all the grading. The best stuff I learned was from the reading, not from lecture. It's really too bad, because the topic is really interesting, but Berry seemed so unenthusiastic about it. If you need a social science course or an American politics course for Poli sci majors, I recommend exhausting your options before you take this one.

Workload:
Our class was 40% midterm, 60% final, which was another indication of how much the professor cared. You read about 7 books over the course of the semester, but there are no quizzes or anything to enforce the reading.


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Jeffrey Berry | PS101 - Presidency & Executive Branch | Political Science2006-01-03

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This class was fine, but a waste of time. I didn't really learn anything I didn't get from a decent US history course and reading the newspaper. Berry?s alternately funny and incredibly dry and can be extremely arrogant. Not too hard, and I got an A without a huge amount of effort, but it was just a waste of everyone's time.

Workload:
A take home midterm (40%) and an in-class final (60%), but questions were incredibly broad and easy to answer. There were 8 or 9 books assigned throughout the semester, but except for some pop in class writing assignments, we never really discussed them. They?re necessary for the midterm and final though.


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Jeffrey Berry | PS102 - CONGRESS, BUREAUCRACY, AND PUBLIC POLICY | Political Science2005-12-25

Review:
Prof. Berry is a great, insightful teacher. He really pulls the class together and he started giving a mini history lesson at the beginning of class.

Workload:
Workload is heavy, but it's worth it and he really ties the material back to class. I highly recomend this class, but only to people who are legitimately interested in government.


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Jeffrey Berry | PS102 - CONGRESS, BUREAUCRACY, AND PUBLIC POLICY | Political Science2005-08-31

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This class is a great choice for american politics junkies. That's almost a direct quote of Professor Berry and it is a good reflection of what the course is like. The course was really interesting although Berry is a self-admitting terrible lecturer. I still haven't really decided whether going to class was worthwhile. Participation is 10% of the grade, but going to class probably wouldn't have made much of a difference on the final (the only test). I recommend this course for poli sci majors interested in american politics. Berry is a guy you need to get to know...

Workload:
The grading in the class is completely whack. completely. There is a paper that is 50% of your grade and it has nothing to do with the class except that it must be about public policy. There is a final that is 40% of your grade and consists of all the material from the semester. I felt pretty screwed at the end of the semester because I worked hard in the class and did not feel rewarded by the final. The final consisted of two broad essay questions that I answered well and aced, but my friend who I studied with (who rarely went to class and did very little of the reading) also aced it quite easily. Work hard on the paper, because it is basically your final grade.


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Jeffrey Berry | PS102 - CONGRESS, BUREAUCRACY, AND PUBLIC POLICY | Political Science2005-04-05

Review:
Classes have some lecture and a lot of discussion. Participation in these discussions is practically required. You read a whole book for every 2 weeks and in class, write a paragraph in answer to his question about the book. Then he randomly picks students to share what they've written. His style is slightly intimidating, and he makes it clear if he doesn't like your answer, even if it might not be clear why he doesn't. The course is slightly unorganized, since class is dominated by discussion, and he changes the syllabus unexpectedly. I don't feel like I've learned much from the class, although the readings can be interesting.

Workload:
Class participation: 10%

Reading: 7 books, policy cases, the Boston Globe (though most students don't seem to read the Globe). Pace the book reading; don't let the day by which you're supposed to finish reading sneak up on you.

15-20pg research paper: 50%, due early April.

Final exam: 40%, not on the syllabus. I have no idea what the format is or what material will be tested.


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