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Sharman Babior See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 4.9

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All in all, a great GE course. Professor Babior is knowledgable, keeps lectures reasonably interesting, and gives fair tests. Both of the assignments (mini-papers with little extras)were fairly easy (started the night before on both and received high marks on both). The tests were very reasonable, especially if you had read the majority of the assigned reading and payed attention in class. I recommend this class and professor to anyone who needs a semi-interesting GE course that won't kill your GPA.

Dec. 25, 2002
Sharon Bays See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.2

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She is a good professor. People say she yells a lot, but she is only emphasizing important points of her lecture, and you better right it down because it will get you points on the test. Overall, she is an effective teacher and you will learn a lot. However, the discussion sections are pretty useless (15% of grade) and the TAs make it harder than its supposed to be. Also, be prepared to hear her feminist viewpoint all throughout the quarter.

March 31, 2009
Niko Besnier See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 2.7

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people who say that Prof. Besnier is a horrible teacher are just bitter jocks and frat boys who got their exams back, and didn't like what they saw. It's not the Prof.'s fault that you slept through class and didn't do the readings. and it's not the TA's fault that you can't write a decent paper to save your life. get over it. Personally, I found Besnier's lectures very interesting and engaging, which is extremely rare in my experience at UCLA. He mixed personal experience and knowledge with textual and researched data that created a well rounded lecture. I'm sure you could pass the class without attending lecture, but lecture was INTERESTING, although not completely mandatory for the average student. I would much rather go to an interesting lecture, than go to one where I have to furiously write EVERYTHING the professor says in order to even pass the course. everyone should stop whining, professor besnier is great.

Nov. 16, 2004
Karen Brodkin See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.0 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 3.2

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Overall, this prof is alright. She did spend a good deal of time time touting her political views, but her lectures were mildly interesting.

The TA's grade everything, so getting a good one is more important than the professor.

Our midterm had questions that were given to us in advance, and our final was take-home essays. Aside from that, we had two really short, really easy papers.

Aside from that, we read a few ethnographies and the textbook was pretty much only used for definitions.

I'd recommend this class if you're looking for an easy grade, but if you're serious about the subject material, this might not be the best class to give you an overview.

March 14, 2003
Jessica Cattelino See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 4.1

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Professor Cattelino is a great professor. However this class had a tougher workload than expected and a lot of my fellow classmates agreed with that. Past that the class was an overall enjoyable experience and I felt like this class actually mattered to professor Cattelino even though it was just a GE. Usually GEs aren't high on the professor's list. The essays are graded moderately, don't expect to get an A if you don't work rather hard on them. There is a lot of reading, my TA commented that professor cattelino goes through the readings and changes them each quarter so while it is a lot she cares about what she's teaching us and wants it to something that is relevant to us. The exams weren't too tough they were fair. Review the readings and notes, the concepts are really important. I loved Lives in Limbo, it was a great book and I loved a Latino relevant book being used at UCLA in a non-chicano studies class. Overall if you don't mind a rather heavy workload then take this class, I think it was worth it. I might not have gotten the grade I wanted but I actually really enjoyed a GE for once.

Winter Quarter 2016
Douglas Hollan See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.4 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.4

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This is one of my very favorite classes at UCLA. Hollan is excellent. You read the coolest books and actually write fun papers where you get to be an ethnographer and observe others and then write about what you saw. The papers were the easiest papers I have ever written, very straight-forward. The subject matter of the course is really good. Prof. Hollan is super nice and does an excellent job of preparing you for the exam. Just go to lecture and read and you will ace the class! If you want to bring up your GPA and are interested in learning about different cultures take this class with Hollan.

June 13, 2002
Orna Johnson See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 3.2 Workload 2.0 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.5

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this prof is insane when it comes to assigning work. i took this class in the summer and altogether we wrote 8 essays. the readings were too much and it was essays after essays. she expects so much. i would not recommend johnson. her tests were tricky also.

Aug. 16, 2004
Nancy Levine See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.4

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From my personal experience, Dr. Levine is very helpful. Why?

1) She responded to email and the discussion board the night before the final and midterm.

2) When I visited her during office hours, she spent plenty of time answering any and all questions-and then some, which truly helped me answer questions on the exams.

3) I never felt rushed when I asked her any questions, either after class or during office hours.

4) She answered all my questions during lecture. Others would also raise their hands and she didn't belittle them, from my experience.

Anyhow, please make your decision for yourself. If you were to ask me, I would highly recommend her, for the reasons stated above.

Nov. 9, 2001
Maureen Mahon See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.3 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.2

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Professor Mahon is a great lecturer. To me, she was hip and very lively with her lectures. The books we had to read were very interesting. The class overall teaches you about different cultures and just a way of living. I have learned so much from this class. I know I will use my new knowledge in the future for just life, in general. Take Mahon, she's good.

June 17, 2003
S Pelka See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.2

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I loved this class. Professor Pelka is amazing! You do have to read, but they are all interesting readings and the papers aren't bad, they are 2 pages in length. The tests are a breeze and the class is very cool!

Feb. 16, 2010
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