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JSIS 201: The Making of the 21st Century
University of Washington

Average Class Rating

Rated 3.9/5

Average Class Difficulty

3.6/5

Rated hard

Average Grade

B

Grade recieved

JSIS 201 The Making of the 21st Century is an International Studies course at UW taught by the following professor: David Bachman.
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  • Class rating 5/5
    Great professor. Had such an interesting experience and fun time in Western Religions. Really goes out of his way to make sure his students are learning. In addition, his class discussions really expand your thinking on the topic. ...Continue reading

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    Wellman is a cool guy to talk to during office hours, he is very helpful too if you visit him. He is understanding, but is not a pushover. The research that he does is really cool. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Bachman is real nice guy, with a lot of knowledge on Asia. When it comes to teaching 201 though, he's not the most passionate. In general the lectures are just a historical review and if you're doing the readings you can probably skip. His voice also is kind of soothing which can be hard to handle in the afternoon. This class is a lot of work, but if you're interested in international studies its really fascinating. Bachman really knows what he's talking about and gives great insight. If you don't go to class, be sure to watch the screencast b/c lecture info is very important. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Definitely read the books because they like to see you use them on the final. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Bachman is a very knowledgeable professor who is passionate about his expertise in Asian relations. However, his lectures are very boring. His voice is monotone, and he has a tendency to ramble on about bullet points on his slides. There is a 6-8 page research paper it is not too bad though. Lots of reading, for sure! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    Glad the class is over. I only take his class as a requirement for my major to graduate. His class is one of the hardest class that I've ever taken. You are basically busy every week with response papers, research papers, readings, etc. TA grades you hard and study guides for his finals are long and tricky . I was an Asian Studies major and even I found it so hard taking this class. The finals will be closed note/book and you have a lot of terms to know/remember as well as written essays and the New York Times. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    super boring lectures and tons of tricky points to prepare for the final exam. Professor Bachman's lectures did not relate/contribute anything to help us prepare for our paper assignments or exams. Finals are SUPER hard! It's the hardest final exam that I've ever done and I'm not sure how I did on it. However, my only hope is that I can pass this class because I DO NOT want to have to retake it again. You MUST do the readings to pass this class, as that is where you learn most. It is a hard class, and don't expect it to be easy at all. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    Bachman is a great Professor, yet comes off as a bit dry when teaching JSIS 201. It was too late when I realized I have to drop this course. However, he is a wealth of knowledge and is well respected in the Jackson School. In regards to JSIS 201, it's the weed out class for the JSIS major. It's certainly a tough one. Would NOT recommend taking this class for fun. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    While the subject of the class itself is very interesting, Professor Bachman's lectures are extremely boring, and very minimal in terms of being useful for the final and four other papers you must write. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    Hardest class ever!!! You are basically forced to take this class if you are in the UW Jackson School, so I don't recommend taking it for fun. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    UGH!!!! Dr Bachman's lecture is so boring and unenthusiastic. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Lucero is a great lecturer, always keeps the material fun and throws in funny YouTube videos. His lectures are really fun and engaging, and I actually learned quite a bit from the class. He takes in the classes' feedback as well which is really nice. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Amazing professor. Definitely recommend taking a class of his while at UW. Super helpful, lectures don't get boring, great person overall. You learn a lot from the course. His expertise in Latin American studies lends the class a refreshing perspective on global phenomena, forcing students to question many of their preconceived notions of the relationship between the global north and south. I would recommend this course highly. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Lucero is really interesting and very thorough. Definitely recommend taking a class of his while at UW. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Professor Lucero is a wealth of knowledge and an engaging lecturer. Attendance to lecture is not all that important, and neither is quiz section besides a few NY Times pop quizzes. Honestly you only need the text book for a few short papers, Geeds will help with final essay topics. Finished class with 93% and a 3.3. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    He is an amazing professor. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Jeff is a great student. Took his econ class in Fall 2014, though English is not my first language, I enjoyed his class ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Hands down the best prof I've had. Lots of reading, but it worth it! You gonna learn a lot about the creation of the modern world. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    AMAZING PROFESSOR, classes are challenging, but don't be discouraged by the other reviews that talk about how much work there is. However, there were 0.4 GPA points of extra credit offered (some for seeing guest speakers, some for exemplary participation). Do well on the paper and its multiple drafts, do that extra credit, and study for the final in advance. You'll be fine. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    201 is a hard class, but making use of the study groups he assigns will prove extremely useful when studying for the final. World class researcher and it shows in his lectures. Also hang out with students after class, answering their questions and occasionally going to dinner with them. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Here's the deal: yes, there's a lot of reading and the subject matter is complex. Its manageable if you're disciplined and his teaching skills, amazing knowledge base, and quirky sense of humor more than make up for any difficulties you'll face. There is extra credit, take advantage of it. Another note, deep understanding of the books he assigns is not necessary. Know enough to ace the pop quizzes, then don't worry about it. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Very impressive class. Joel is the best professor I have ever have. He has a very good way to explain complicated world. Really enthusiastic and funny. The class is not easy, every week about 150 pages of reading. Though it is hard, but at the end you will definitely fall in love with it! It worth you to put effort on! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    He's a really good professor, and it is obvious he wants his students to do well. He even had optional discussion sessions after class every Friday and made sure to ask the names of everyone who raised their hands in lecture, every time. However, it was a HARD class :/ And your grade in it matters if you want to major in JSIS. But Prof Migdal is extremely helpful and talented, he knows what he's talking about and is one of the best professors I've had. Take it and work hard, it's worth it! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    I agree with all the previous comments, unless you are dedicated in this subject, it is a lot of work and reading. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Extremely helpful, down to earth, awesome in explaining complex issues. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Randy was an excellent TA, one of the best I have had. He is interesting, fun, and relateable, and is really one of the only nice TAs i've had that was never pandering, or not willing to provide criticism for the sake of making people like him. If you want to take a class that will change your perspective on global politics, Randy's your guy! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Randy is definitely my favorite TA I've had at UW. He had a great balance of lecture and group discussion. He was always clear, easy to understand and willing to explain as many times as necessary. Make sure to complete readings and come to class. Only complaints: slow grading turn around time, and unresponsive to emails. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Best TA I've had at UW. He gives great feedback, and quiz sections are extremely relevant to course material, yet he usually lets the class pick the topic. You don't want to miss a day of section, though. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Instead of just regurgitating the lectures, he had us give our views and opinions on the topics. I looked forward to this quiz section and the whole class would show up every time (which says a lot because they were on fridays). This quiz section kept me interested in the course. Tough grader though... ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I would recommend this professor. She was really helpful and knowledgeable. She even met with us to go over final paper. It helped me improve my grade. The topic is interesting. I was not really interested in it at first. I was just taking an elective. I got sick. It was hard to catch up. Prof met with me to help. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    Dr. Beyer has a nice attitude and is always in a good mood when a student asks her a question. However, she assigned us way too many articles to read that we didn't wind up discussing AT ALL in class. She's a fairly tough grader (although that doesn't mean that it's impossible to do well). She's not the worst out there, but she's not the best. ...Continue reading

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  • Class rating 5/5
    Great professor. Had such an interesting experience and fun time in Western Religions. Really goes out of his way to make sure his students are learning. In addition, his class discussions really expand your thinking on the topic. ...Continue reading

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  • Class rating 3/5
    Bachman is real nice guy, with a lot of knowledge on Asia. When it comes to teaching 201 though, he's not the most passionate. In general the lectures are just a historical review and if you're doing the readings you can probably skip. His voice also is kind of soothing which can be hard to handle in the afternoon. This class is a lot of work, but if you're interested in international studies its really fascinating. Bachman really knows what he's talking about and gives great insight. If you don't go to class, be sure to watch the screencast b/c lecture info is very important. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Definitely read the books because they like to see you use them on the final. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Bachman is a very knowledgeable professor who is passionate about his expertise in Asian relations. However, his lectures are very boring. His voice is monotone, and he has a tendency to ramble on about bullet points on his slides. There is a 6-8 page research paper it is not too bad though. Lots of reading, for sure! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    Glad the class is over. I only take his class as a requirement for my major to graduate. His class is one of the hardest class that I've ever taken. You are basically busy every week with response papers, research papers, readings, etc. TA grades you hard and study guides for his finals are long and tricky . I was an Asian Studies major and even I found it so hard taking this class. The finals will be closed note/book and you have a lot of terms to know/remember as well as written essays and the New York Times. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    super boring lectures and tons of tricky points to prepare for the final exam. Professor Bachman's lectures did not relate/contribute anything to help us prepare for our paper assignments or exams. Finals are SUPER hard! It's the hardest final exam that I've ever done and I'm not sure how I did on it. However, my only hope is that I can pass this class because I DO NOT want to have to retake it again. You MUST do the readings to pass this class, as that is where you learn most. It is a hard class, and don't expect it to be easy at all. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    Bachman is a great Professor, yet comes off as a bit dry when teaching JSIS 201. It was too late when I realized I have to drop this course. However, he is a wealth of knowledge and is well respected in the Jackson School. In regards to JSIS 201, it's the weed out class for the JSIS major. It's certainly a tough one. Would NOT recommend taking this class for fun. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    While the subject of the class itself is very interesting, Professor Bachman's lectures are extremely boring, and very minimal in terms of being useful for the final and four other papers you must write. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    Hardest class ever!!! You are basically forced to take this class if you are in the UW Jackson School, so I don't recommend taking it for fun. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    UGH!!!! Dr Bachman's lecture is so boring and unenthusiastic. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Lucero is a great lecturer, always keeps the material fun and throws in funny YouTube videos. His lectures are really fun and engaging, and I actually learned quite a bit from the class. He takes in the classes' feedback as well which is really nice. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Amazing professor. Definitely recommend taking a class of his while at UW. Super helpful, lectures don't get boring, great person overall. You learn a lot from the course. His expertise in Latin American studies lends the class a refreshing perspective on global phenomena, forcing students to question many of their preconceived notions of the relationship between the global north and south. I would recommend this course highly. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Lucero is really interesting and very thorough. Definitely recommend taking a class of his while at UW. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Professor Lucero is a wealth of knowledge and an engaging lecturer. Attendance to lecture is not all that important, and neither is quiz section besides a few NY Times pop quizzes. Honestly you only need the text book for a few short papers, Geeds will help with final essay topics. Finished class with 93% and a 3.3. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    He is an amazing professor. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Jeff is a great student. Took his econ class in Fall 2014, though English is not my first language, I enjoyed his class ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Hands down the best prof I've had. Lots of reading, but it worth it! You gonna learn a lot about the creation of the modern world. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    AMAZING PROFESSOR, classes are challenging, but don't be discouraged by the other reviews that talk about how much work there is. However, there were 0.4 GPA points of extra credit offered (some for seeing guest speakers, some for exemplary participation). Do well on the paper and its multiple drafts, do that extra credit, and study for the final in advance. You'll be fine. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    201 is a hard class, but making use of the study groups he assigns will prove extremely useful when studying for the final. World class researcher and it shows in his lectures. Also hang out with students after class, answering their questions and occasionally going to dinner with them. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Here's the deal: yes, there's a lot of reading and the subject matter is complex. Its manageable if you're disciplined and his teaching skills, amazing knowledge base, and quirky sense of humor more than make up for any difficulties you'll face. There is extra credit, take advantage of it. Another note, deep understanding of the books he assigns is not necessary. Know enough to ace the pop quizzes, then don't worry about it. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Very impressive class. Joel is the best professor I have ever have. He has a very good way to explain complicated world. Really enthusiastic and funny. The class is not easy, every week about 150 pages of reading. Though it is hard, but at the end you will definitely fall in love with it! It worth you to put effort on! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    He's a really good professor, and it is obvious he wants his students to do well. He even had optional discussion sessions after class every Friday and made sure to ask the names of everyone who raised their hands in lecture, every time. However, it was a HARD class :/ And your grade in it matters if you want to major in JSIS. But Prof Migdal is extremely helpful and talented, he knows what he's talking about and is one of the best professors I've had. Take it and work hard, it's worth it! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    I agree with all the previous comments, unless you are dedicated in this subject, it is a lot of work and reading. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Extremely helpful, down to earth, awesome in explaining complex issues. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Randy was an excellent TA, one of the best I have had. He is interesting, fun, and relateable, and is really one of the only nice TAs i've had that was never pandering, or not willing to provide criticism for the sake of making people like him. If you want to take a class that will change your perspective on global politics, Randy's your guy! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Randy is definitely my favorite TA I've had at UW. He had a great balance of lecture and group discussion. He was always clear, easy to understand and willing to explain as many times as necessary. Make sure to complete readings and come to class. Only complaints: slow grading turn around time, and unresponsive to emails. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Best TA I've had at UW. He gives great feedback, and quiz sections are extremely relevant to course material, yet he usually lets the class pick the topic. You don't want to miss a day of section, though. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Instead of just regurgitating the lectures, he had us give our views and opinions on the topics. I looked forward to this quiz section and the whole class would show up every time (which says a lot because they were on fridays). This quiz section kept me interested in the course. Tough grader though... ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I would recommend this professor. She was really helpful and knowledgeable. She even met with us to go over final paper. It helped me improve my grade. The topic is interesting. I was not really interested in it at first. I was just taking an elective. I got sick. It was hard to catch up. Prof met with me to help. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    Dr. Beyer has a nice attitude and is always in a good mood when a student asks her a question. However, she assigned us way too many articles to read that we didn't wind up discussing AT ALL in class. She's a fairly tough grader (although that doesn't mean that it's impossible to do well). She's not the worst out there, but she's not the best. ...Continue reading