Ratings for Ansell, C K
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Comment: Professor Ansell is a wonderful lecturer. The subject matter of his lectures can be less than interesting sometimes, but he is able to present it in such a way as to make it comprehensible and engaging. Part of your grade is participation, which pretty much means that you need to speak during class about the readings that you're supposed to do. This can be kind of difficult unless you're one of those people who's always ready to say something (even if it is not germane to the discussion, which happened quite frequently when I took the class). Another part of your grade is to write 2 page analyses of every reading that is assigned (typically, 2 articles per week). That sounds like a lot, but from my experience, you'll actually wish you had more space to write more; they're actually somewhat difficult to write, since you have no example or firm criteria to follow. Also, the grading for these is a bit arbitrary. I did very well on one but not another, and I felt they were of the same caliber. A big part of this class is what Professor Ansell called a meta-analysis of the existing literature on organizational change in the public sector. This project, which requires you to gather articles, summarize them, and then write a 5 page paper on your findings, is essentially your midterm grade. It's a nice change of pace from midterms, but he didn't really have all the kinks worked out of this project before he assigned it, which made it slightly difficult to complete. By the time you're taking this class, he will hopefully have taken these flaws into account. Finally, your final is actually a case study that requires you to apply things you learned over the course of the semester. You will have to write a 5-7 page paper explaining how you would reform a public sector organization, which is surprisingly enjoyable and a worthwhile way to demonstrate your mastery of the material. Overall, I suggest taking this course as soon as you can. Not only is Professor Ansell interesting, but he's also helpful during office hours, jovial, and pretty funny. And this class can be used to satisfy one of the 5 courses necessary to complete the public policy minor, if that's the route you're taking.
Submitted May 27th, 2013