HIST 161

Topics in Latin American History

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Robin Derby See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 1.8 Helpfulness 3.3

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I've taken derby for both History 8A and History 161. There is a really big difference in the way she teaches a huge lecture as opposed to a smaller class. I have to say that I really enjoy the way she brings in multimedia, films, music, art, to back up her lectures. While she can be disorganized, her lectures are not entirely the put you to sleep kind. Also if you go to her office hours, she will really help you with your papers. As with many professors, what you see is not always what you get. she is very intelligent and she can read through your bullshit.

Feb. 26, 2009
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Teishan Latner Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Valerie Matsumoto See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.2

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I really enjoyed Professor Matsumoto's Asians in American History class. She is extremely knowledgeable, well-organized, intellgent, and caring. I've found myself considering a minor in Asian American studies because of this class.

There are two exams (two midterms - one of which is the final, or "second midterm"), and she gives us a study guide a week before. She'll choose three out of the 6 questions on the day of the exams, and out of the three, you have to write 2 essays. Essays are not so hard. Make sure you pay attention to the lectures and do the readings, and you should be fine.

If there are any classes offered by Prof. Matsumoto in the coming quarters, I would definitely take her again.

Highly recommended!! :)

June 12, 2003
Doris Namala See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.4

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I absolutely adore dr. namala! shes is so passionate about what she teaches and really cares about her students. ignore other peoples' comments about her lectures being boring. if youre not interested in the course material then dont take the class! if you are interested in womens' rights in latin america, i would suggest for you to take this course! she is really informed and loves spreading her information to others!

June 18, 2009
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William Summerhill See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 4.0

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This class was harder than I expected for sure. Summerhill is clearly very knowledgeable on the subject, but I found his lectures to be somewhat confusing and hard to follow. He has slides for each lecture, but much of the needed information did not appear on them. However, if you can take good notes in class, familiarize yourself with the subject, and do all of the readings, you will do fine in the class.

Spring Quarter 2019
Maria Vazquez Semadeni See Full Profile

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Amazing professor. Amazing class. Take it.

Spring Quarter 2016
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