James Glass

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Average rating: 3.92




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GVPT241

Anonymous 05/01/2019
Easy A, but my god. This man can't keep a train of thought tot save his life. His TA's taught the class and even they were clueless on what was next. Very unorganized and confusing, but easy A nonetheless.


Expecting an A
umdalum 12/21/2012
I've taken two classes with Professor Glass and couldn't have enjoyed them more. Each was a film class (one on terror and one on the Holocaust) and was really as involved as you wanted to make it. I found that actually doing the readings was helpful to my participation and understanding in the class. But really they were basically optional. His standards aren't high enough as far as participation and reading but he really knows his subject. He's just a really cool and interesting older dude and worth taking a class with.


Expecting an A-
Anonymous 01/02/2012
Professor Glass is like a nice, old, hippie grandfather (he sometimes will wear sunglasses due to some health condition, but it's a nice touch). I will admit I fell asleep in his lectures and didn't come to alot of the classes in the first couple weeks, but once you hear Professor Glass out, he and his muses are quite enjoyable to listen to. In the end, I found myself reading the books, and going to all his lectures. It makes me a little sad that the class is done now. The down sides to this class though is the grading method and exam style. There are only 3 exams + final. All of them are in-class essays. I suck at timed writing so it was difficult for me to whip a good paper in 50 mins. Also importantly, the TA grades them, not Professor Glass. Overall, if you like to think and write well under time constraint, you should be fine. If you don't, you may need to try harder to get an A.


Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/09/2011
This course is easy if you read the books (or sparknote them, or skim). You must always attend discussion though. It's really helpful. Lectures were often tangents that seemed unrelated to the books. That being said, professor Glass is extremely insightful and intelligent! He seems to be an endless pit of knowledge and facts. His lectures are always relatable and interesting. His voice is a bit monotone, though. Try to take a quick nap before classes; it will keep you from falling asleep. Lectures are unnecessary to attend, but I ALWAYS did just because I really enjoyed them. Can't wait to take more classes with Professor Glass!


Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/03/2011
There is no reason you should not get an A in this class. Professor Glass is a nice old man. He drones on and on and on about nothing interesting. I get summaries off the internet.
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Expecting a B
I<3Testudo 10/27/2011
Truly brilliant. He kind of reminds me of a real-life Dumbledore. His lectures weren't incredibly easy to follow because he tended to go off on tangents, but I really enjoyed just going to class and listening to him. I did none of the readings and managed an A-, but I am also incredibly gifted in the art of BS. If you go to lecture and do the readings, an A is expected, if you don't do the readings a high B or low A are possible.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 07/27/2011
Professor Glass is a trip. He is a very liberal guy who went to Berkeley in the 1960s and sometimes offers up funny little anecdotes about his time there. His lectures can sometimes be hard to follow but this could be due to many factors. 1)He is prone to going off topic and rambling. Even though he tangents are sometimes funny/insightful they are often random. So watch out for that. 2)Even though I am a government major, philosophy is not my forte so I often found the reading boring. But really I don't blame Glass for that. It's a requirement to learn about the past so we can study the future. And Glass tries his best to make it interesting. More than anything, this class was entertaining. I learned a lot and even though some people think he is a crazy old coot, you have to appreciate him for who he is: a brilliant (if kooky) man who knows a lot about government, history, and philosophy. Grades consisted of three written exams (two midterms and a final). Even if you don't read, attending lectures and discussions should get you at least a B. Make sure you attend discussion (TAs are extremely helpful at clarifying confusing topics) and you will do well.
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Expecting an A-
thejaybird2013 06/01/2011
Professor Glass will take you on a journey with his lectures and please be assured that you will probably get lost somewhere in the midst of it all. Hopefully your TA will be good so be sure to attend ALL discussion sections so they cn explain things to you better and tell you what to include in your exams. The exams are 2 in-class timed essays. They are a bit stressful to write in only 50 minutes but do your best. Be sure that you know each philosophers' personal views, experiences, and theories so that you can support things you say and compare their views. Your TA grades your exams so try to understand their style and want they look for in a good response. Know your stuff!


Expecting a B
Anonymous 05/21/2010
While Dr. Glass is an amazing professor, who clearly knows the books well, he is NOT the one who grades the class' papers. Rather, it is the TA who does so...rather harshly.


Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/03/2010
I loved this class, the lectures were always interesting and he manages to connect the texts together very meaningfully. If you are looking for a professor to summarize your assigned readings in lecture, you will not like Glass's teaching style. But if you are looking for a professor that treats you like an adult who can get the literal meaning of the text from reading the book, you will appreciate the anecdotes and background that Glass gives you during lecture. The honors section is a bonus because Glass leads the discussion section himself, which is great when you need to clarify points about the readings for the essays.


Expecting a a
Anonymous 12/14/2008
he is a genius. his lectures are very profound and even though it gets repetitive some days, he never fails to have an interesting story.
GVPT241

Expecting a B
efitz86 02/26/2008
This man really is a genius. His lectures at first may seem to ramble, but he always ends each one making some profound point about the text.