Introduction to Architectural Studies
Fall 2018 - This class was super easy; it consisted of an in-class midterm and final which were essays. Sometimes the lectures were boring and you had to participate in discussion, but the content was not hard, it's just a lot of memorization of buildings and dates. There were quite a few readings however and 5 weekly responses to the readings that were 1 page each, but other than that it's pretty easy.
Fall 2019 - Lucking is a terrible lecturer. She makes her class difficult to follow. Her slides include only pictures. To me, that is the most egregious offence. Without words, we don't follow her logic, see what points she wants to emphasize, and generally don't follow her. We listen to her drone on and on, but we see no point in her words. It turns into a garbled mess as we try to copy down what she says. There are no words in the slides to refer to in case we missed something she said, and we don't see all the important points of the lecture, making it very difficult to connect all the ideas together. In addition, she makes studying for her tests unnecessarily tedious. She makes us memorize about 50 slides with each including a name of piece, date, and name of artist. She tells us that she will pick 4 of those to be included on the exam. Those are way too many slides to memorize specific details about them. Lucking is clearly disconnected with the student.
Warning: his grading philosophy is strict. When you get your midterms back Osman will say that you shouldn't question the amount of points he's given you. If you decide to challenge for more points, he said "You are challenging my authority. By asking for a re-grade I'll be in a worse mood than when I was first grading your exam and therefore, you will receive a lower score." Just warning you all about this :(