Ratings for Economics 100A
Based on 152 ratings for the instructor(s) that have taught this course.
Comment: Had her for fall 2016 and received an A. I understand that Professor Kamala can be seen somewhat arrogant and bossy (she sometimes holds OH at her cafe in Oaklan, it's mandatory to buy her textbook which costs around $70, she never responds back to students' emails, and she sometimes acts like "oh, idc"), but overall her lectures were straightforward and grading and exams were fair. If you lower your expectation about her attitude, everything will be great. Materials covered in this class is never hard although welfare analysis can be a bit tricky.
Submitted May 23rd, 2017
Comment: This is one of the most incompetent and careless professors I have ever had. The first day she told everyone that she does not care about their education as she mentioned she does not care enough to respond to emails. She is disorganized and sloppy with her lectures, assignments and practice installments. Lectures are often rushed through and have graphs that are thrown together without their importance explained or the formulae necessary to construct them defined. Nearly every handout and file with practice material ends up having incorrect answers and mistakes and she waits until the last minute to post study materials and answers which ends up wasting everyone's time and prevents them from studying to their potential. She told all of the students who requested an exam regrade that they will be done when she feels like doing them. She did not regrade the exams and students had to wait until finals week for her to grade them in person during her office hours. You can tell the material in the class is important but there is almost an entire lack of guidance toward defining that importance. Students end up blindly studying all of the material and unable to recognize and focus on the most important concepts due to this. If one goes to her looking for guidance she will simply state to study everything, reinforcing this lack of guidance. Her exams have material not included in lecture or discussion and there are True/False questions that are arguably one or the other. Her GSIs often contradicted her statements, questions and answers during discussions and reviews. If you can avoid her that would be most wise, perhaps with a summer course or during a semester she is absent from 100A. It is ridiculous that a professor this incompetent and who cares this little about her students is able to be here.
Submitted Dec. 23rd, 2016
Comment: Lectures are straightforward (albeit sometimes fast paced) and webcasted. There are also section worksheets, practice exams, problem sets, and extra practice that she posts with answer keys so that you can make sure you understand the concepts. Exams were also fair and grading was generous. My only complaint was that the answer keys to many worksheets often had mistakes in them, which sometimes made studying difficult.
Submitted Dec. 22nd, 2016
Comment: Had Dube for Econ 1 (over summer) and Econ 100A. I find her to be clear in lecture (once you move past the accent) and fair on tests. However, she doesn't answer questions well during lecture and will spend too long on theoretical segments and then zoom through mathematical examples (the part we are tested on). Overall an OK and safe choice.
Submitted Dec. 22nd, 2015
Comment: A lot of students have a terrible time and this might just be because I got a good grade, but she was at the very least competent at teaching for what she put on her tests. Her teaching style is definitely too fast and off putting to a lot but I felt like her tests are fair. In addition to that, the problem sets are totally not stressful because if you do them you get the points. Wouldn't give her a glowing recommendation but she's not the devil either.
Submitted July 21st, 2015
Comment: her teaching is bad considering the graphs she shows in class are wrong, the problem set answer keys are wrong because she just uses previous year's PSets and changes the numbers without changing the answer key! she messes up her graphs all the time and it just leads everyone to be confused. she literally hates all of us. beginnning of the semester she tells us that shes a bitch and u cant avoid her no matter what. what kind of professor admits that to their students? that just means they know themselves that they're terrible at teaching AND have a terrible attitude. always belittles students and hates when her authority is questioned. during my semester, she humiliated students in class for iclicker cheating and they all got 0's. aside from that though - she's not too bright of an econ professor, so her exams aren't too hard. wouldn't recommend her ever, but since you're stuck with her like she says so herself....just take tylenol every time you see her face.
Submitted March 2nd, 2015
Comment: Kamala is usually a hit or miss to people. For me, she's a hit. I LOVE her sense of humour. She makes a 300-student college lecture feels like a 24-kid high school classroom. She's willing to answer any question in class but you can feel that she's slightly annoyed at the more obvious ones. She loves her students and is pretty generous with the curving (10 points!). Her exams are fair. She usually pulls a trick in every exam. If you're careful, you'll do fine. Tips for this class: review the slides (esp. the ones she puts a star on) and section notes, practice problems that Kamala specifically selects and attend lecture. Econlab doesn't really help, don't waste your money there. I also didn't think the book help too much. If you can get it cheap, sure go ahead. But if not, then don't waste your money.
Submitted Jan. 25th, 2015