Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in European History
I could probably go on forever about how great I think Getty is. Had him for both 127C and my 97, and received A's in both fairly easily. Great and funny lecturer. Lots of relevant personal anecdotes. His lectures are organized, easy to take notes during, and enjoyable. He's tremendously helpful outside of class, and met with me several times about my 97 paper. Really knows his stuff (particularly Stalin), and made me love Russian history even more than I already did, so much so that I was inspired to actually take Russian. Great professor, great man, couldn't praise him more.
I took his 97 History of Modern Tolerance and 121E. His lectures can be entertaining, but his grading is rough. I have NEVER before, and never since, questioned a professor about my grade, but I had to question him on every test and paper. Comments would be made claiming I had not mentioned this or that, but sure enough I had. He blamed the bad grading in his 121E class on his readers and changed the grade, but it was an annoying process. Because I did sort of enjoy his lectures, and I was a new transfer student, I decided to take his 97 class (big mistake). Our syllabus stated that 50% of our grade would be based on attendance/participation and turning in a weekly paper (not graded), and the other half of our grade was our final paper. I did not miss one class and turned in EVERY paper and still received a B- in the class (I'm an honor student and this is the lowest grade I've ever received). That would have meant that he had given me a D on my final paper, which none of us ever got back. Most of our class (about 13 of us) received B's and B-'s and many challenged it. He is willing to re-read the paper and change your grade if you can get a hold of him and remain persistent. I just really don't think he's worth the hassle.
I really enjoyed this class. The subject was WWII and Langdon did a wonderful job of getting the class to cover it in depth. He lectured a few times, but most of the class each of us students took turns presenting an aspect/event of the war. It was great fun and we had a good time with each other. Our grades were based on our presentation and a final. The final was very thorough, so I would recommend studying in a group so you can best grasp the material, but he certainly did not set-out to trick us or anything. I ended up getting an A- without excessive effort, but even better I came away actually having learned something worthwhile from that class (unlike some of the other history classes I've taken at UCLA).