John Glassford
Department: Political Science
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The guy undoubtedly knows what he's talking about, but it's all based on opinion. Not very clear on some things, but he does have fascinating stories and occasionally shows movies. exams aren't too bad if you do the reading, but I would never take him again.
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He is really goofy sometimes but can also put you to sleep. If you take his class, try and take it online. It is the same material and everything you just don't have to go to class. He courses right out of his notes online.
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The prof. is very opinionated and I found a lot of his political courses turned into a formal debunking of Christian "myths." His class is to "develop more mature ways of thinking..." and "to have a deeper sense of YOUR own core values" - his syllabus. But the exams show that you have to have had understood what he teaches in class to be truth.
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I disliked this class. Although he gives you the courses they are difficult to follow. His exam are very opinion based and difficultly any of what is discussed in class in on the exam. A lot of the exam is from the book which is never discussed. Will not hesitate to make you feel stupid in class. Also expects that you are an expert on current politics.
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Glassford has opinions, which he has thoroughly considered, and he expects students to justify their opinions. If you expect to get a great grade for being difficultworking, he is not the prof for you. Glassford is all about substance. PROVE what you know, and PROVE your argument, and you will do well. Don't expect him to praise you for baseless work.
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I would highly recommend not taking him. He's very opinionated with ridiculously difficult exams that are only 30 questions. He seems friendly enough in class, but he's rude in his office when you ask for help.
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He's a friendly teacher and makes class fascinating and there is a lot of reading. You only are graded on 4 exams and he drops the lowest grade. The exam were difficult and the final exam was the worst because he added questions that weren't over what he originally said would be on the exam. He's very outspoken and sometimes picks on people.
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This prof. is terrible! He is VERY opinionated and grades alot on whether or not you agree with him. the things on the exam are not in lecture 9 times out of 10 and the exam are so short you have no room for error at all only 30 questions each so you basically have to be able to read his mind to pass one of them. I would NEVER take him again!!!

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