ENGL 90

Shakespeare

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Michael Allen See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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I took ENGL 90 in the summer with Professor Allen & TA Mark Gallagher. As an online course, we had to watch 2-3 video lectures each week about a late-Shakespearean play, plus 1-2 film adaptations of each play. We covered King Lear, Measure for Measure, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, and The Tempest. There were written one-page essays during Weeks 2-5 on the play being studied. We also had to post on the discussion boards about the play studied each week, and attend weekly discussion section via Zoom which lasted for about an hour each. There is a cumulative final in the end, which can be taken in person or online via ProctorU.

Grades are calculated as follows:
30% - Participation in Live Sections and Written Responses on Discussion Board
10% - Essay 1 (one page) on King Lear
10% - Essay 2 (one page) on Measure for Measure
10% - Essay 3 (one page) on Antony and Cleopatra
10% - Essay 4 (one page) on The Tempest
30% - Final Exam (cumulative)

Participation via discussion board posts and speaking during live sections are graded based on completion. The TA will go over what each student posted on the discussion board and ask for the student to add to his/her paragraphs.
The one-page analysis essays were easy to do, but the TA heavily emphasized following through with deep analysis over surface statements. I got an average of 88.5% on all four essays.
The final exam was difficult. It had 35 short sentence responses, 2 short paragraph summaries, and 2 long essay questions synthesizing the written play and the film adaptations. The short sentence responses ask for very minor details that I overlooked while studying the plays. The summaries were easy to do. The long essay questions were a little bit more challenging since you had to remember the film adaptations as well. I ended up with a 72% on the final, but I had chosen to take this class P/NP, and got a P on my transcript.

Overall, this class has a heavy but doable workload, as long as you are not taking any other classes during the summer session. The written assignments were easy to do and the course is very well-organized. The final might be challenging if you did not study enough or did not watch all of the lecture videos/film adaptations. Mark was a very intelligent TA who pushed us to analyse the text deeper, and the live sections were always engaging.

Summer Quarter 2019
Stephen Dickey See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.2 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.5

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One of the best professors I've ever had. His lectures were a real treat and I looked forward to going to class every time. Your grade is largely dependent on the TA, however, and I felt that the essays were graded a bit harshly. Although I am a south campus major, I do feel that writing is my strong suit, so I was a bit disappointed with my grades on the writing assignments and the paper. Admittedly, I did write most of them rather last minute, so maybe that's why I got the grades that I did. The final is pretty straightforward: you get about 10 passages and you analyze about 8 of them. If you've never taken Professor Dickey before though, I highly recommend taking him for this class. It's super fun and even though I've read some of the works before in high school, I learned so much more about them than I ever did then.

July 6, 2010
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Arthur Little See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.5

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favorite professor from last quarter, wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being my favorite ever! he's so engaging, and he brings something new to every lecture. if you're even remotely interested, go for it!!! you will get a lot out of this class

Fall Quarter 2018
Michael North See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.8 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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Actual Class: English 91c
He isn't amazing, but he isn't terrible.
This class wasn't that great to me, and in my opinion, a lot of the work fell on the shoulders of the TA's as the professor didn't do much other than give us a brief biography of each of the authors and point out a few passages he thought were interesting.

Dec. 3, 2014
Robert Watson See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Phenomenal professor, phenomenal class. By far the best course I've taken at UCLA. Professor Watson is one of those rare professors who can convey not only the content and knowledge he's gained from his research but the excitement it induces as well. You can tell from the first day that he legitimately cares about student learning and wants everyone to leave loving Shakespeare as much as he does. His lectures are always very interesting, as he teaches over a mix of more well-trodden plays (like Hamlet) as well as esoteric ones (like Measure for Measure). I think the selling point for me in this class was when we went over R&J; to be quite honest, I'm not a huge fan of it just because I've read it for so many different classes, but somehow he was able to provide a fresh new perspective on the play that was legitimately mindblowing. The midterm and final were both a piece of cake, and the two essays we wrote were also similarly easy. As long as you show up to class and discussion you don't really need to study. My TA, Misho, was also very good! Office hours are helpful, both for help on essays or just to discuss different plays with the TAs/professor. tldr; an absolutely fantastic class: interesting professor + great TAs + easy courseload = the best GE class at UCLA.

Winter Quarter 2018
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