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ES 380

Grade Received: B

posted 2018

Alpen is amazing. I looked forward to every single class because the content was so interesting. The reading is honestly not super required, as long as you do them every once in a while and participate you will pass because he genuinely wants you to do well. He is incredibly intelligent so sometimes what he says can get a little confusing because its hard to wrap your mind around it, but if you ask him to rephrase he will. The class is pretty easy, and the perspective and knowledge that you gain from it make it a no-brainer to take this class. You will not regret taking this course.

polyratings post

ES 242

Grade Received: A

posted 2017

Yes, mainly because the material is neutral for most people. For others, it will really resonate with them. Also, the professor is awesome. Really outgoing and is just an interesting guy overall. Not for the kid who wants an easy A. Take if you're actually interested in material, otherwise don't bother.

polyratings post

ES 320

Grade Received: A

posted 2017

This class was very intimidating at first but gradually became easier throughout the quarter - especially after the midterm was handed back. Overall I learned a lot and found the class to be very engaging and worthwhile. The only thing that bothered me was that I expected this class to be taught in the form of lectures but in fact it was more of a seminar-based class. This can be tough for those who have a hard time speaking up in class. Regardless, this class helped me to reach outside of my comfort zone and grow. For this reason, I would recommend it.

polyratings post

ES 112

Grade Received: B

posted 2016

without a doubt one of the best and most inspirational teachers i have ever had. amazing with words, great at clarifying what he’s trying to teach as well as showing great respect to all the students. i was thrilled to go to class every time and was never let down by his content and lectures

polyratings post

ES 112

Grade Received: A

posted 2016

Professor Razi plays chess while we play checkers. He is a god amongst men that honestly changed my entire world view. This man, while he comically struggles to operate technology, is probably one of the smartest people I have ever met. His mastery of history, philosophy, ethnic studies, and pretty much everything else in the universe definitely shows in everything he says. I feel like I am getting smarter just being around him. Every single day, I was more than excited to see how Razi would make us rethink everything we had ever known and question our place in society. Don't get turned off by his initial impression, he seems a bit disorganized, but I think it lends itself perfectly to a class that functions best as a discussion class. As for the structure of the class itself, there was a final, one midterm, two papers, and a participation grade. The midterm and final were very informal essays simply showing you had been paying attention and understand the material from lecture. The papers were a bit more difficult, but very short, only being two pages double spaced, with the intent to get you to critically think about the world around you. Even through all of this, I still do not think I have done Razi justice, as it becomes difficult to put into words how great of a professor he is. He is relatively new to Cal Poly, but taught better than any professor I had ever had and easily made this the best class I had ever taken. Please take him, and your world will be changed.

polyratings post

ES 112

Grade Received: A

posted 2016

Dr. Razi is by far the best professor at CalPoly hands down. If you want to get an A in class, do the reading, engage in the classroom and ask him questions. He is very clear on what he expects from his students. He uses big words, but I loved it because it got me thinking. Taking his classes challenged my thinking. I LOVE THIS MAN. Definitely, take him if you get a chance.

polyratings post

HNRS 112

Grade Received: B

posted 2016

Alpen is da man. He's hilarious and truly has no filter, which makes him very easy to talk to and relatable. He uses profanity in class and isn't afraid to bring up touchy subjects (like sex for example). Class discussions were always a lot of fun. He loves hearing his students talk, and always gives you feedback and respects your personal opinion, even if he doesn't share it. He gets to know his students on a personal level and gives great feedback that shows he really went through assignments, and didn't just graze over them. This class was a medium work load, considering it was a GE. We had to read many articles, some that were boring (like I personally hate politics) and long, but others that are short and interesting. Overall great class and AWESOME teacher.

polyratings post

ES 242

Grade Received: B

posted 2016

Such an incredibly inspirational human being. Apart from being a comedic genius, and connecting with the students on such a personal level, he just knows what people are thinking. He can take the simplest thought and elaborate it to exactly what you would have meant with bigger words. To me it just visualized all of his content perfectly, and always made me clarify and understand his points. Readings are a bit long, but he does not push students or penalize anyone in any way for not keeping up. It is up to you, but it makes class so much more interesting if you just try to understand the readings. Even if you don't he encourages you to always come to class as we will always state the points you needed to understand and take from the assignments so you won't miss out. Overall such a great person, amazing personality. So respectful. By far the best teacher I have ever had.

polyratings post

ES 242

Grade Received: A

posted 2016

As others have expressed, whatever I say won't do Professor Razi justice. He has inspired a curiosity and motivation in me as a student and citizen of the world to try and step back and look at things from a new perspective. I have been challenged to question the privilage I have grown up knowing and to see the racial, sexuality, and gender issues that surround our campus, country and world. I feel incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to have Razi as a professor and am so thankful for all that he has taught me.

polyratings post

ES 320

Grade Received: B

posted 2016

As someone who comes from a STEM major, Alpen is one of the most intelligent people I have had the pleasure of meeting at Cal Poly. His lectures are always so interesting and he always seems to keep his students engaged. Grading for this class is straight-forward; participation, midterm exam, research paper, and final exam. The participation is graded by how much you speak in class, but don't worry. If you are shy he offers online discussion forums where you can post to get credit. The midterm exam is just an in class essay where he basically gives you the prompt before hand. The research paper is an easy grade if you follow his directions very carefully and add some of your own opinions rather than stating facts and paraphrasing articles. Finally the final is another in class essay where he will coach you very well so that everyone can get an A. The only thing you need to know for the in class essays are the books and videos watched, which are easy if you go to class. While you do not have to read every book, because he does a good job in class of summarizing the main points, they are genuinely interesting. Overall, every Cal Poly student try and take a class with this guy.