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Holocaust in Film and Literature

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Hi, I'm going to be going on an IN-DEPTH review of this course from the perspective of a student who is definitely a procrastinator and isn't very fond of reading, but arguably a decent test taker. If this sums you up, or hits even close to home, I would read this for an idea of whether or not you want to take this class. Also I took this course Fall of 2019, if that matters.

LECTURE:
First off, the professor says the lectures are mandatory, but she doesn't keep track so it's fine if you don't go to lecture. Most of her lectures are just her reading off the slide and is definitely not super useful for the only test in her class, the Final. Plus she BRUINCASTS all of her lectures, so bonus motivation to not go to lecture. By about week 3, half of the students stop attending lecture lol.

TA:
TAs are basically a massive chunk of your grade, so hopefully you get a good one. I had Erika Yagi, who was honestly amazing. If you do get a choice, I definitely do recommend her. I got lucky since our first TA dropped the course, so we got her.

DISCUSSION SECTIONS:
Discussion sections are a MUST as attendance is basically 10% of your overall course grade.

PAPERS:
There are 3 papers (Maybe 4 if you are unlucky). There are 2 response papers usually regarding books and movies you are SUPPOSED to read/ watch. PERSONALLY, I think you can get away with just reading sparknotes/ summaries of the book, because the prompts are usually based on broader themes and interrelations between multiple pieces of literature.
The only book I read was Maus I, which was a comic, and definitely an enjoyable short read.
The third paper is a memoir on a book by a specific Holocaust survivor, assigned by the professor. For this one I would recommend reading the book as I was unable to find any summaries online. However, based on your writing capabilities I would say you can still get by as I got a 100 on the paper by simply reading like 5 reviews about it (which was all that available lol)
AND if you ARE UNLUCKY, there is supposed to be a project which the TAs get to decide how it is going to work. It was supposed to be a paper for us, but the TAs changed it to a group presentation which definitely was much easier.

ALSO, The Prompts for the Essays don't come out till like week 7. So it's not like you can get ahead. The first one comes out in around week 7, the other two come out around Week 8/9.

BOOKS:
The books are marked Required, but honestly, just read the summaries if you are an above average writer. You should be fine. But otherwise, the books are necessary to do well on the final, so weigh your strengths (and how hard your TA grades too).

The book for the memoir is one I recommend you buy because there aren't any summaries online, at least for the book I had (All The Things I Never Told My Father)

MOVIES:
There are a good number of movies to watch, which are part of the final. They are PROVIDED on CCLE. Some of them are very interesting, while others not so much. Personally my favorite was Schindler's List by far. Rosenstrasse comes a close second. 1945 was also not too shabby if I remember correctly.

Triumph of the Will is very boring and is basically an hour long propaganda with almost no commentary. Shoah is by far the work, I couldn't even get through the first part of it (I believe there is 4?) It is a 9 hour long DOCUMENTARY.

MIDTERM:
There was no midterm for us. So YAY!

FINAL:
Honestly the single most hardest aspect of this class. The final single-handedly is the reason I did not get an A in this class because it dropped me practically 9.5% on its own, which effectively dropped me to the border between A- and B+. There is two long essay questions, you pick one to answer. Ten Paragraph length question, you pick 9 to answer. 5 One sentence answers, you do all. There are 2 Extra Credit questions, but they are VERY VERY Specific topic that I'm not even sure the professor goes over. Also not worth many points.
The questions are all analytical and require you to connect readings/movies throughout the course, as well as ideas covered in lecture/slides. There are some specific people you need to know about to a good degree. But again, the single most difficult aspect that keeps this course from being an "Easy A" class.

STUDY GUIDE: Yes. Provided a week before finals.

EXTRA CREDIT:
Yes. Upto 3% of your total class grade based on multiple different things you have to do.

GRADED ON A CURVE? No :( I know, I'm sad too.

PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION: ...yes? I mean workload-wise it was very easy. I'm not sure if I could've got more than A- though had I put in more effort. You weigh your ability based on how much you know yourself.

Hope this helped and that I covered all the necessary information regarding the course. Good luck to those who choose to take the course. ##

Fall Quarter 2019
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Professor Kim took a really interesting concept and completely ruined it. He is easily the worst lecturer I've had. Everything he says sounds like he's trying so hard to make things as complex and philosophical as possible. He doesn't curve and he doesn't give extra credit. Your grade is made up of 3 multiple choice quizzes, participation, two essays and one final. You have to get a natural 95 in the class to receive a solid A, which just became discouraging throughout the quarter. DO NOT take this class if you are looking for a GE. You will regret it.

Winter Quarter 2016
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Wow, this class was amazing. I learned so much. And, the great thing was that he related the subject matter to current day events. This really was an eye-opener. He is a great teacher and the methods he used were so varied that they kept our interest. The first hand testimonies were incredible, and the films and readings were all so interesting that it seemed easy because it kept my interest the entire time. He is passionate about the subject and really wants the students to learn and understand what led up to the Holocaust. Great class - I would highly recommend!

Fall Quarter 2020
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I thought that he was a great professor. This class was very interesting. I would say to just bring your computer, and type everything that he says about the book. There were five 2 page papers about analyzing the books that we read in class (my average grade for these was an A-). One take-home midterm, which was easy (I got an A on this). Depending on which TA you got, the amount of pages for it varied. My TA only required one page per essay prompt (there were 3), but some of the other TAs required at least a page and a half to two for each prompt. Final wasn't take home, and you had 3 hours to write 3 essays. They were easy, though. Again, analyzing the text. It was a little challenging, though, because towards the end I got pressed for time (I wasn't able to write conclusions for the essays). Easy and interesting professor. Easy class, easy A. Definitely recommend. If Kfir Mordechay is one of the TAs, GET HIM!!!!!! :)

May 7, 2015
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