HIST 156

Topics in U.S. History

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Brian Copenhaver See Full Profile

Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.5 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.5

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I had him for Philosophy 100B.

I always have a great respect for my professors and often reason as to why they may have annoying habits or may be ineffective. Sadly, I can't understand why Copenhaver took a far too historical standpoint with 100B. The first text book was so painful; my TA couldn't even get through the work.

But, I do like him. Would I take him again? Probably not, UNLESS it was a smaller class. Our class was in Broade 2160E and not only was it freezing (during WINTER?!) but big and he couldn't even hear you. I think in a class of at most 40, Copenhaver will flourish.

Too much of an historical slant for my taste but I do understand where he is coming from. All in all, I felt like a learned quite a bit. Too many slides and way, way too fast.

Do not read on if you don't want to be incredibly annoyed for the rest of the quarter:

He coughs. A LOT. I didn't realize this until my friends pointed it out and now it bugs me like water torture.

March 12, 2009
Lynn Hunt See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.0

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Professors Hunt and Jacob worked wonderfully together. They are so sweet and really try to make the information relevant to today. I took the GE Cluster 21A and it was a wonderful experience. Although the readings were very intricate and difficult, they made you think (clearly Descartes, Hobbes, and Darwin evoke such difficult philosophies). The books we read were ones I wanted to read for awhile, books that you must read or know about in your lifetime, so I was very eager and happy to be able to experience all of these wonderful theories and read about them in one class at the same time. The midterm and final are pretty fair, I would recommend you go to lecture. That is where they really condense the information to you and give you tips on what will be on the midterm and final - they are mostly broad questions that are simple to write about if you attended lectures. There are two 5-6 pages papers that, depending on the TA, can be difficult. I would recommend this class, which requires a lot of thinking but very helpful and important material and readings. Professor Hunt was incredibly, both professors really showed how much they know and made the class look up to them.

Feb. 6, 2009
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Carrie Hyde Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Carrie Hyde See Full Profile

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Margaret Jacob See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.6 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Professors Hunt and Jacob worked wonderfully together. They are so sweet and really try to make the information relevant to today. I took the GE Cluster 21A and it was a wonderful experience. Although the readings were very intricate and difficult, they made you think (clearly Descartes, Hobbes, and Darwin evoke such difficult philosophies). The books we read were ones I wanted to read for awhile, books that you must read or know about in your lifetime, so I was very eager and happy to be able to experience all of these wonderful theories and read about them in one class at the same time. The midterm and final are pretty fair, I would recommend you go to lecture. That is where they really condense the information to you and give you tips on what will be on the midterm and final - they are mostly broad questions that are simple to write about if you attended lectures. There are two 5-6 pages papers that, depending on the TA, can be difficult. I would recommend this class, which requires a lot of thinking but very helpful and important material and readings. Professor Jacob was incredibly, both professors really showed how much they know and made the class look up to them.

Feb. 6, 2009
Robin Kelley Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Kathleen Lytle Hernandez See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.1 Clarity 3.1 Helpfulness 2.6

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I DIDN'T TAKE THE ABOVE COURSE; i took the GE CLST M24: Work, Labor, & Social Justice in the U.S...Professor Hernandez is interesting & funny. She was one of my favorite professors from the cluster. She made lectures alot more interactive & made alot of jokes too. Even though she did stick mainly to her power point slides, I still felt like she was able to expand on the material. She always encouraged participation & made you feel welcome in class. I highly recommend her!

March 21, 2009
Theodore Porter See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.7

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I took GE Cluster 21B with him in Winter 2008. He is a GREAT professor who not only knows the material very well, but who also sincerely cares for his students. It's true that he does have somewhat of a monotone voice, but if you actually listen to what he's saying he's actually really witty and entertaining. I have nothing but good things to say of this professor and I encourage you to take his class if you're interested in being presented with the material thoroughly by a funny, caring, and intelligent man!

Nov. 20, 2008
Janice Reiff See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.6

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Professor Reiff is really nice! She isn't SUPER exciting but you can tell she is a really nice lady and cares about her lectures and students. I had her for the LA Cluster and she definitely wanted students to learn about LA and all it has to offer. I would definitely recommend her!

March 12, 2009
T Toohey See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.8

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Toohey has an amazing sense of humor. Sure, its corny, dry and overly sarcastic- but I believe that is the best humor out there. Taking him during the 2008 elections was not only exciting but very relevant (especially due to proposition 8). He does lecture in a monotone manner but he often opens the floor to student input on different cases and truly makes you think critically. Not only is he very thorough with the material, but the slides he uses are very helpful when reviewing for the midterm. His exams aren't too hard if you do the document reading, review his slides and put some thought in your essays- I'm expecting a high A. All in all, if you're looking for an articulate and witty professor along with learning about significant constitutional cases that are actually pretty interesting, I would definitely recommend his class.

Nov. 10, 2008
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