I love this man! This class was truly a cakewalk. We had 3 short (3-4 page) essays and a final exam that i opted out of in order to write a longer (12 page) essay instead. The final paper replaced the last essay so for me this class consisted of 2 short essays and one long essay. We also had a collaborative project where we answered questions on a a google doc that the class would eventually use as review for the final. David truly is a sweetheart and makes himself available for help with additional office hours when needed! The class could be a bit stale if political economy isn't your thing but there is participation points so you should still go. Everything about this class is straight forward and doable if you read the readings you have to write about and go to class!
Professor Weiman is one of the best professors I've had here. I'm surprised there seem to be so many negative reviews actually, but I'll try to combat some of them! Firstly, he is so knowledgeable and clearly interested in the material he teaches. Although I think some reviewers have touched on some of the material as boring, I tend to think that's because some of the classes he teaches (economic history, etc.) don't really appeal to all audiences but are often taken to fulfill major requirements. I took his US Economic History and enjoyed it, but could get a little lost when we got into more quantitative discussions. On the other hand, there seemed to be many students in the class who were really into those components, so I began to sense that the class held different appeals for different students -- making certain lectures engaging for one and boring for another. (I guess that's the basis of having different academic interests.) In all of these topics Professor Weiman explained the information simply, and was happy to answer questions in a clear and educating manner. He clearly cared about student participation, and wanted everyone to find what it was within the subject that interested them the most. This was also evident in a very open-ended final paper, which allowed students to experiment with new interests and ideas within the field while he was supportive and happy to incline you in the right direction. The grading could be on the stringent side, but it never seemed unjustified, and when questioned about the grading conducted by a TA he always followed up on it. Overall, I think Professor Weiman offers something that isn't flashy necessarily, but is a dedicated, humorous (he is actually a pretty funny lecturer), and intelligent take to teaching Econ. I felt challenged in a way that I wanted -- it required me to think and to work -- but it never felt intimidating.
This man demonstrates intellect However, Professor Weiman was boring to such an extent that all of us lost interest in the class two weeks into the semester. If you find lecture meaningful, then you will dislike this class. Clarity was never an issue (the material is straightforward) but it is so plain of a course that you will likely feel reluctant to engage with the coursework aside for completion's sake. A snoozer! To cut the man slack, I will say that he is passionate -- it is just unfortunate that he cannot translate said passion into his lectures/the design of the course.
Proff. Weiman is a nice guy but honestly a pretty boring lecturer. I found his class quite difficult for an intro to economics class (that could be my personal opinion) but the problem sets were also very challenging for a lot of my fellow classmates. I enjoy economics but again the class was really boring you have to stay really focused to pay attention.
Weiman is a great lecturer if you are interested in the material. That being said, class can be a bore if Adam Smith doesn't do it for you. He assigns a fair amount of reading each night, however, his lectures hit the high points and basically cover everything you need to know. Everything else you might need to know can be found online since the texts are so famous. I didn't read a single text after the first week of class when I realized everything was online in summary form. The papers aren't too bad. The papers were graded by the TA's and Weiman. I suspect each TA graded 1 paper and Weiman graded the last. And it was pretty clear which one was graded by Weiman. He is very accessible and willing to help and even read through essays. However, when he says "this is a good paper" after reading a draft, he probably means it's a B, B-. Very harsh and can be condescending with his corrections (both in office hours and on the papers). I took the class for the econ major requirement and actually ended up enjoying it. It's interesting to learn the basis of modern economy. However, it is also the only writing intensive econ major requirement, which makes it outside my realm of expertise.
I highly discourage anyone from taking Professor Weiman's course. When one of my paper arguments clashed with his political views, I received the lowest mark I had (and have) received at Columbia. He claimed that the paper was "horribly written", and as writing is one of my stronger points, I sent the paper to various others (including a relative, who is a professor at Harvard). All of them claimed that it was well-written and reasonably well argued. It was not my strongest paper, but I would say it was B+ worthy. I received a C-. No one who read the paper could believe that I had received such a low grade. It was suggested that his comments and general distaste reflected personal biases, and though I was reluctant to believe that sort of thing actually happens here, it seems to be the case. While it is simply possible that I wrote a truly heinous paper, I do not think so. Also, constructive criticisms were severely under-developed and all others were unnecessarily biting. He was also, in my experience, extraordinarily unreliable. He cancelled several meetings at the last moment, and then later blamed those cancellations on me (which was incredibly frustrating). He granted me an extension, which he revoked on the mutually agreed upon due date. There was no way for me to prove this, as the extension was granted during an office hours meeting (therefore, I had no written evidence. I did not think I needed it). It is very possible that this was purely my own experience, but if he is like this with any other students, I strongly discourage anyone from taking his course. He takes himself far too seriously, which is not reflected in his lectures (in which he is often engaging and has some sense of humor). He also tends to go a little over-time, so if you're coming from Columbia (and need to head back to go to another class immediately after), you might be late.
Professor Weiman is probably one if the nicest people at Columbia. He truly wants his students to succeed, and will help you out with anything. Don't get me wrong, he's definitely going to push you on things and make you back up your argument (with an argument and not quotes -- remember that. No quotes.) but he'll work with you until you get your ideas straight. His lectures are always awesome and straightforward -- you know exactly what he's going to talk about in class, and even though he doesn't use slides or anything, it's always completely coherent and easy to follow. Also, he really knows his stuff. If you're interested in the philosphies behind the economics we study today, you NEED to take his class (and not just because it's required by the barnard econ department.) He literally knows everything. The man can quote passages from almost any known (and not-as-well-known) political economist. One of my favorite classes. Wish I could have taken more with him. And I wish I would have used more of his office hours. (Also - discussion section is optional, but GO! He teaches one of them, and it's so great to be able to talk to him in a smaller setting. That's where he shines.)
I've had Professor Weiman for three classes and he's my adviser, so I thought I'd offer a more balanced perspective since some of these reviews seem to really contradict each other. The intro to economic reasoning class isn't the best to take with Professor Weiman. He obviously understands the material and I felt that he could communicate it clearly (admittedly, I'd taken AP Econ in high school), so it won't be a disaster or anything, but this isn't one of the classes where he really shines. In the US History class and Theoretical Foundations, Professor Weiman is so much more engaging! He's obviously really passionate about the material for these courses, and it shows WAY more than in the intro class. His lecture style isn't much more dynamic than average, so you have to have at least some interest in the material to enjoy class, but he has a quirky sense of humor, encourages conversation and participation, and clearly has a ton of knowledge which he's happy to share. Professor Weiman is always happy to help with any question you have about the material, help you track down sources for research, and generally make sure you get as much as possible out of the class. One of Professor Weiman's main strengths as an instructor and an adviser is his level of organization. You'll never be confused about when things are due or what is expected of you. He keeps an easy to understand, regularly updated syllabus and courseworks site, and uses the calendar function on gbear and courseworks better than almost any professor I've had here to make sure everyone knows what's happening when. He's really helpful and kind without being too hands on â€“ he even helped me figure out what to do when I got a jury duty summons. Basically, if you're genuinely interested in economics (especially economic history or thought) and want to be an independent student who can count on your professor when it matters, Professor Weiman is awesome.
Weiman is awesome. I am very well aware that some people hate this class - it is philosophy-heavy, but really makes you more aware of the theoretical underpinnings of economics and its evolution as a science. Perhaps not a class for those who choose Economics due to its application to the business world, but definitely a class for the intellectual mind. Readings range from Smith to Marx, Keynes and Friedman. There is lots of room for exploring the issues you find interesting and Weiman is very open to questions. Make sure to attend office hours!
Good class, and an intelligent and kind professor. Professor Weiman starts class on time and has an organized approach to his teaching. He will discuss the topic at hand without rambling, and will encourage class participation throughout lecture (usually successful at getting students to speak up). He delivers a very thoughtful analysis when he speaks and has a charming humor that the class enjoyed. Weiman manages to keep the class focused, even if the topic is something like a random bank run from the 19th century. He keeps a tight, organized calendar on Courseworks, so the class is never really in the dark about anything. Looking forward to taking more classes with him in the future.
I know that a few of the more recent reviews label Weiman as a bad guy, and I wonder if it could be somewhat tied into the course. I took Econ. History of the US with Weiman, and not only thought that the class was relatively enjoyable, but that Prof. Weiman was a very kind man. As for the class, it was pretty light on work, especially for an econ class. There are 'required' readings every week, but seeing how the midterm is take-home you won't be hurt if you skip some/most of them. My interest level in the lectures varied based upon the topic that was being presented, with some eras/discussions less interesting than others. Only about 1/2 the class showed up for each lecture - which he laments - which is an indicator of how the class tended to feel about the presentations and how unnecessary they are to be successful in the class. The primary concern of the whole class revolves around the final paper and presentation which are tied into each other. The two add up to 55% of your overall grade, and both take place in the last month of the semester. Groups are formed early on based on 3 panic periods in American Economics, and within those groups, students assign themselves to a specific topic. This topic is directly reported on in a 15-20 minute class presentation (powerpoint). From the main topic, you select something a little more specific/researchable, and back it up with primary sources in a 10-12 page paper. This can create a daunting few weeks of work, but it isn't very hard and can be interesting enough if you select a good topic. Overall, I would recommend this course to any econ majors who want an escape from a lot of the graphs/equations/problem solving that is so familiar from the pre-req's/some electives. Not difficult and pretty stress free, save for a few weeks at the end.
David Weiman is a complete jerk. He only responds to emails to which he can respond condescendingly. If you express a legitimate concern in your email, especially with his grading or teaching, he will NEVER respond. Sure, he knows a lot about the topic, but he is completely unapproachable, cold, and unwilling to negotiate on any level- even when holidays are involved. This class, and this man, have been the single worst experiences I've had at this University thus far. Professor Weiman, I hope you read this, so that you'll know that you come off as a pretentious a-hole.
Intro to Economics with Professor David Weiman was THE WORST CLASS I HAVE EVER TAKEN. More than his boring lectures, insipid personality and copious home works, Professor Weiman is rude and unhelpful. He does not even bother to answer to an e-mail.If you go to his office hours, he'll make sure you understand that he wants you out of his office in the next 5 minutes and he'll do whatever he can to answer your questions in the most negative way possible. If your looking for an interesting, relatively easy or worthwhile class, this is not it. He assigns home works almost twice a week and they are unannounced. He does not care for you weekends, for he'll ruin them with a Saturday Night assignment. Moreover, he'll maybe give you a two day notice before he assigns one of his aplia nightmares. On top of his irrelevant aplia online home works that do not correlate to the class or notes, he gives 5 quizes a semester, which may or may not be scheduled. I recall him circulating a quiz with a two days notice on more than one occasion. Basically, do not take this class. This professor is not worth it.
I hated Professor Weiman, single worse class I have taken in my college career! He is unwilling to help students and his explanations are just plain confusing. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS WITH PROFESSOR WEIMAN, YOU WILL BE MISERABLE. The Aplia assignments were annoying and covered a lot of material that didn't show up on quizzes or the midterm/final. The quizzes were really hard and most students ended up failing them (the average for the last two were 14/20 and 14.3/20). The final exam which I just took today was really tedious and annoying.
If you want to clear, concise, and non-tangential lectures with a professor who at least feigns that he has interest in his students or their understanding of the material -- then take this course with another professor. Weiman is probably the single worst professor I've had so far. He doesn't like questions, reviews, or additional heighten correlations in concepts. He acts as if you are bothering him if you try to contact him before/ after class. Forgets assignments all the time and goes into long explanations about examples or concepts we never see in homework, quizzes or midterms Also if you buy Aplia online (the textbook), you cannot easily print the pages from BC/CU printers
He is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! There were 4 empirical assignments in our class, two non-cumulative tests, weekly aplia assignments (online program), weekly quizzes and weekly readings. The empirical assignments were quite tedious. I did them with friends in the class, which helped drastically. The prof recommends that complete the assignments with friends because he is aware of how hard they can be. he does a great job explaining all the material and many people in his class by the end of the class loved him. econ can be difficult but, for me, he made it seem so simple. his office hours were beyond helpful for me. i went almost every week to discuss the material for the quizzes which led to an almost 100% quiz grade average for me. he is not boring at all despite some of these previous reviews. he is willing to help everyone and go over issues. there was a TA for the class and went over all empirical assignment related issues and reviews for quizzes and midterms. overall I LOVED THIS CLASS AND WEIMAN AND TAKE IT. i know people who were in andrews class and thought it was a beyond terrible and learned almost nothing and never want to take another econ class again so def take weiman, you will not regret it
Professor Weiman has been working hard to improve this course and I found that it gave me a good overview of economics. The Aplia website has readings that explain all the concepts and the assignments to test you. There are practice assignments and graded assignments. The tests are a mix of terms, true/false, short answer, and quantitative but there is choice on all sections which is really helpful. The readings aren't necessary to keep up with and I only did the Aplia readings when cramming for the exams. The quizzes were somewhat hard but he gave 6 and dropped your lowest two. The empirical assignments took a bunch of time but the TA was pretty helpful and as long as you work with someone you should do alright. Overall I would recommend this course as a good intro course but dont be prepared to sail through it. He curves and wants people do well but attending class is necessary.
Professor Weiman is clearly very passionate about this course and economic history in general. I would guess that this is usually a major class, and there were only about 25 of us in the class, but it was a great class. Weiman changed the syllabus this semester so that we could focus on panics and depressions in the United States over the past few centuries. His lectures tended to be pretty boring and all over the place, but after the first few weeks of class, the group-student presentations began, which tended to be pretty interesting, as long as the student speaking sounded semi-intelligent. Professor Weiman was extremely helpful whenever a student needed anything. I got very sick during the middle of the semester and he gave me a large extension on the take home midterm, allowing me to do it over spring break. He was also helpful to all students when it came to finding sources for our presentations and for our final papers. The presentations were based on different panic periods, and each student ranked the period that he/she wanted. The class was then split up into groups of 5 or 6 for each period. Each student was graded separately, specifically on his/her presentation. Overall, the class was interesting, not too work-heavy and Weiman was very understanding and encouraging when it came to doing work for his class. I would advise econ majors who need to fulfill their upper level electives to take this class!
The material is interesting (you will read Adam Smith, John Locke, Karl Marx, etc.) however, David Weiman is not a very good lecturer. He relies on boring powerpoints and it is not very stimulating. Many students chose not to attend class, which probably reflects the quality of the class. There is no class discussion whatsoever. Weiman is also not very accessible, he spent all of last semester worrying about his son transferring to a different school, so his office hours were very limited. Emailing him is also a joke, he will not respond most of the time (or it will take him weeks to get back to him). Your grade is based entirely on two essays and either the final exam or a longer essay. Many students did poorly on the longer essay, so they would have been better off taking the final exam instead. Weiman does not really help with the final assignment, he just kind of throws the idea at you (but it is your own choice if you decide to write the long essay instead of taking the final exam) and you kind of just have to do it on your own. I just got the feeling that he didn't really care about the quality of his lectures or his students. All in all, I would not recommend this class. I took this class because it is a required course for economics, but there are definitely better classes to take.
This was a so-so class. The material itself is slightly interesting, if not the kind of basics everyone should know. There's very little math involved; instead, you learn about economic ideas. Weiman knows what he's talking about, but he relies heavily on powerpoints, which makes it boring and sometimes hard to keep up when he switches slides quickly. In retrospect, I'd say you should print out the powerpoints before class, since he posts them on courseworks (however, they aren't especially helpful for studying, since they consist of a lot of bulletpoints or questions that he answers in class, so good notes are more important). Also, you should at least skim the reading so you have a better idea of what's going on in class. There are three exams--the first two aren't cumulative, and the last one has a short section of questions from earlier in the semester, on top of a longer section of questions from the last third of the semester. He also gives out assignments every few weeks, which are much easier to do if you go to the help sessions. There were about 8 assignments, and he said something about only counting your top 4. All in all, the class was not extremely hard, but you have to pay attention and do some of the work.
This was a new course this semester, so I'll give him a break. Weiman's a really nice guy, and he knows his stuff; he just has trouble communicating a lot of the ideas. Even in office hours he's often unclear. He lectures from a powerpoint that often makes little sense to the students. The content is not especially difficult, and there is not a lot of work outside of class. There are some readings but most aren't really necessary. Read the Lindblom stuff and go to class and you're fine.
Professor Weiman is very approachable and will read drafts of essays. However, sometimes his comments are incredibly mysterious and unhelpful. I think that the TA, Jess, has been TAing for him for some time now. She's great--incredibly helpful, funny, really wants you to do well. However, she and Professor Weiman often disagreed on interpretations of readings (sometimes, she will tell you straight out that she thinks A, but professor Weiman thinks B).
I'm torn here. I absolutely love the guy because he's an extremely nice guy and genuinely cares about the students. But I fell asleep in most of his lectures, which means I didn't think his lectures were exactly fascinating. Even if you fall asleep in his lectures like many students to (including myself, of course) you'll manage to do okay if you do the reading (extra point if you can find cliff notes for them) and is a decent writer. He'll look over your rough drafts and tell you exactly what you should change in your essay, which makes the writing much easier. Despite the somewhat boring lectures, I'd still recommend this course. The concepts are quite interesting and it's much less painful compared to some of other econ courses I've taken.
This class was terribly boring. Although Weiman's interest in the class makes you feel bad for not doing the readings, it is still is not enough motivation to get you to go to class or do the readings. He speaks too quickly, uses unnecessarily long words and never changes his tone of voice, which make his lectures almost impossible to follow. I should mention that I have taken a course with Weiman before and I did not have the same experience. He has the potential to be a inertesting, just not in this subject. Take him for Theoretical Foundations. That was a great class.
The work for the class was unnecessarily annoying. By this, I mean there are Aplia assignments, and you have to subscribe to Aplia (this online economics course supplement) for a fee, and he assigns 3 annoying Excel spreadsheet assignments that you have to go to lab sessions for if you're not familiar with excel. For someone who isn't fond of math, this was not a fun thing to do. With that said, as someone who isn't even really all that interested in economics, I liked the course and I liked Weiman. Some may find him boring, his lectures to be sleep-inducing (not helped by the fact that the class was a Mon-Wed 9AM), but it is clear that Weiman knows his stuff. He's a clear lecturer, and if you stay awake in class to take notes you WILL feel better about the quizzes (which tend to be easy) and the midterm and final (which are not quite as easy). The textbook is expensive and boring, and not a whole lot of it is on the tests. I think he does a decent job of preparing students for the final, and if you go to all the classes and do the practice and graded aplia assignments, do your reading and all that, you should be fine. This isn't coming from someone who did exceptionally well in the class,. As a matter of fact i didn't do nearly as well as I could have. From my experience, just make it to the class, even though it's early. It'll pay off in the end.
In my opinion, Weiman is a haughty and arrogant professor. Yes, one can tell he loves what he's teaching, but he doesn't seem to love his students...or even respect his students. This is a problem. He's unapproachable and he's pretty boring. Do not take his class if you don't have to.
Overall, Professor Weiman is an INCREDIBLE teacher. I recommend taking intro to macro with him or any other course he teaches. After taking the course, I want to be an econ major. His lectures are interesting, clearly outlined and on courseworks. He answers questions in class and during office hours well. While the average grades are low, they are curved, so if you read the text and donÂ’t skip class you can be on the top of the curve and get an A.
What a nightmare this class was! Had I known that econ majors consider Weiman to be one of the most boring lecturers ever, I probably would not have taken this class...and now that I've experienced Weiman for myself, I KNOW that would not take this class again or any other that is taught by him. Please bear in mind that this class is called "INTRO" and there are no prerequisites; however, I often felt unable to comprehend Weiman's lectures because he seems to assume that his audience follows him. He often abbreviates terms without clarifying what he's abbreviating and likes to give major assignments that have no immediate basis in the textbook. Weiman also likes to hear himself talk and he does a lot of it, and aside from random moments of humorous sarcasm, you'll want to tune out his whiny monotone voice. While he's extremely organized, his lack of clarity is an issue. All I can say is that thanks to a bunch of outgoing question-askers in the class, some things were clarified; but in general, I felt like I was sinking in quicksand. Do not take this class if you have no interest in econ or if you do not have the time to camp outside Weiman's office for his weekly office hours. Another thing, expect there to be major curves in his class to make up for the lack of teaching. In my opinion, curves are only necessary (especially on his grandiose scale) when professors are not getting through to students. As a side note, if for whatever reason you choose to take Weiman's class, make sure that you know how to use Excel!
Weiman is an awful professor. He spends his class going over the textbook reading. Asking him questions is like getting teeth pulled; he lets you know that you are wasting his valuable time. The lecture doesn't break up into sections, though, so if you do have questions you're kind of screwed. My class had one TA, she was literally 70 years old. While she was very nice, she wasn't exactly accessible...plus, she couldnt hear anything you said. Also, the few assignments that we did have were returned about 3 weeks after their due date, since there was no one to grade them except Weiman and the old lady. Weiman is very whiny. He'll walk into the classroom and find his desk out of place, or a piano in front of his lectern (the room is used for music classes as well), and he'll moan, "This is NOT in my contract." Then he'll call the custodian and bitch to him. Needless to say, I did not enjoy Weiman's class.
If you are an English major hoping to learn a little about money and the economy, I don't recommend taking Weinstein's class. He is very intelligent and his lectures always follow an outline (which is posted on courseworks). However, he leaves most of the work, including all grading, up to the T.A. and I don't think he knows anyone's name in the class (this is probably due to the fact that he has a "second" job as a financial consultant). Nonetheless, if you know a thing or two about economics and you are good at excel spreadsheets, you will probably enjoy David.
This course is fantastic. An education in economics, American history, or political science would not be complete without it. As an economics student, I recommend taking this class after your core courses. If you really want to get the most out of it, take a course in money and banking beforehand, too. The class is rich with information, both in terms of historical facts and in seeing how economic theory is realized through events in American history. From a history/political science perspective, the course offers Dr. Weiman's excellent insights into the growth and development of America and a "new economic view" of the events we've all heard of or studied before. Dr. Weiman himself is a gem. For students who pay the least bit of attention, his excitement about the subject easily inspires their own. The readings he selects reinforce the text and delve deeper into the more important topics. Overall, they're extremely interesting, though a few may be a little dry and empirical for the non-econ students. Most importantly, he's a good teacher (and a nice guy to boot). If you have the slightest interest in economics (in general) or American history, I cannot recommend this class highly enough. It is easily the best overall class I've taken.
Awesome professor. I took 2 classes with this guy, and loved both of them. I would highly recommend his US Econ Hist class-- the readings are great and the lectures are interesting and engaging. Prof. Weiman is a really nice guy and is great in office hours.
Professor Weiman is one of the nicest professors I have met so far. He is very approachable and always willing to help you outside of the class room. I most definitely disagree that his lectures are boring. Granted that it's hard to pay attention in a 9am class, his lectures were able to stimulate my mind. However, what is key, is to do the reading. If you don't do the reading, you will have no idea what's going on in the class, and hence you will be bored to death. However, if you do the reading, he asks some very insightful questions that really make you think. Also, this overview of the very foundations of economics that I have learned in intermediate micro and macro elucidate some important key points that you might have missed while just studying some graph. Also, the essay questions are often linked to some of the questions that we debate at this very present. If you had to take theoreticals, why not take it with the best professor who teaches it?
In my opinion, Prof. Weiman might just be the most boring person to ever teach in an american university. avoid him like the plague. not only are his classes painful to sit through (and impossible to stay awake in) but he is an unforgiving grader and straight up mean.
I took this course when it was at Columbia -- about 80 people in the class. Nonetheless, it was incredible. Truly, one of my best experiences during my 4 years at Columbia. Its true, he can SEEM boring --- IF YOU HAVEN'T DONE THE READING and CAN'T FOLLOW. Otherwise, this class is extremely interesting. moves at a fast pace -- addresses students questions. has papers, midterms, and exams that are all extremely relevant to the reading and subject. approaches economics in an extremely interesting manner. he will spend endless amounts of time with you outside of class -- discussing the readings, answering questions, helping on papers, reviewing midterms. he is extremely accessible. also, a VERY FAIR grader. I got back my midterm and was surprised by the grade (it had been done by a TA) so I brought it to Prof. Weiman. He read over it -- gave it extreme praise and changed the grade to an A+, with a strong apology to me. quite a nice guy.
Prof Weiman is an awesome professor. No econ major should graduate without having taken a class with this guy. He is not the easiest grader ever, but he is very approachable, and with a reasonable amount of effort, an A is def. feasible. Contrary to what some others have said, he is not boring if you actually do the assigned reading-- he can actually be quite amusing and funny at times.
Very, very, very boring. The reading is boring, the professor is boring, studying for the final is so boring you consider shooting yourself. Agreed, it's tough to make Smith, Marx, Ricardo, etc. interesting but there has to be someone out there who's able to make the stuff a little more bearable than Weiman. He drones on and on in the most awful monitone while he sketches confusing little diagrams on the board. When it comes time to write your three papers you'll have no idea where to begin...even if you can stand to pay attention in class the books are so opaque that you'll have no idea what the authors are getting at. To his credit, however, Weiman makes a real effort to make himself accessible to students. He'll spend hours helping you with your papers. He's also pretty reasonable about the material covered on the final.
In terms of subject material, this is probably one of the most underrated courses in the economics department at Barnard or Columbia. Prof. Weiman, although not as scintillating as the esteemed Â“Xavier,Â” presents US History from the colonial era to post-WWII, in a meticulously organized, comprehensively detailed, and sometimes incredibly insightful manner. ItÂ’s clear that the guy likes teaching, talking, and discussing economic history. Moreover, he actually seems to care that students take the time to understand the importance of various economic trends in US History. Submission of questions about the weekly readings is mandatory as he uses some of them for class discussion. Although coverage of the material seems superficial and sometimes simplistic, itÂ’s trying to cover 250 years of history in one semester. Plus itÂ’s a Barnard course. Given these restrictions, however, itÂ’s a great course to actually see how all the things one learned in microeconomics and macroeconomics are relevant to the USÂ’s past, present, and future economic development.
Excellent course, excellent professor. Weiman is the head of the Barnard econ department, and his specialty is economic history. He *really* knows his stuff - he is even cited in the textbook. He's very available to students, and the best part is this class is relatively small - about 25 students - so that you can actually get to know your econ professor ( a rarity at columbia). the class is incredibly interesting - taking all the major historic events and seeking an economic analysis. Sometimes the topics seem a bit random, but it's nice to see stuff you learn in micro, macro, and e-metrix actually applied in real life.
he's a nice guy. but he's really boring. he talks in a monotone voice. it makes the lecture seem much longer than it really is. he drones on quickly and note taking is tedious. the material is pretty tough to chew on and he doesn't make it easier. only thing is that he's so nice, if you get the class to gang up against him and ask if he'll give you five final questions and he chooses like two out of the five to do, he'll do it. also added plus, there's no midterm.