PORTGSE 46

Brazilian Culture and Civilization

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Kristal Bivona See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 4.6 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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I feel like I learned a lot about Brazil through this class. It was very easy in terms of the content since we just watched movies, did a few readings, and wrote reviews about them. The class was very intersectional as it incorporated commentary on race, gender, sexuality, economic/social status, place of origin etc. Some films featured nudity, but the films were very entertaining. the textbook is free and available as a PDF through CCLE. The class was asynchronous online and we had optional 1 hour discussions on Wednesdays. These discussions allow you to interact with your classmates and Kristal in order to discuss the films and readings for that week. She also made lecture videos in which she discussed the movies and readings in depth in terms of that previously mentioned intersectionality. She followed everything that was on the syllabus and was always aware of the current situation facing out country/state at the moment, taking that into account in order to reduce the workload. The group presentation was probably the hardest assignment since you have to work around your other group members, which is harder to do online but it was nonetheless easy. You also self grade yourself for that presentation as well as for other "big" assignments that are relatively easy. You even self grade yourself for the class. This is by far the best class I have taken.

Spring Quarter 2020
Tomas Creus Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Randal Johnson See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Reasons this class is awesome:
1. It’s about the least boring historical analysis class you can take if you’re like me and you hate writing essays and learning history. I feel like it was even more of social than historical analysis.
2. We screened super interesting movies, saw a beautiful exhibit in a museum, and read a really good novella.
3. In general, readings were pretty short (except the novella, but it was interesting, so it was fine.)
4. The work load was so small. We only had to write five 3-page essays, two of which constituted the final. Plus, we had a significant amount of freedom to choose our essay topics. Also, the prompts were really interesting.
5. The class is basically four weeks of material stretched over ten weeks. Professor Johnson often repeated the same concepts, and we barely ever used the entire time for class.

Fall Quarter 2017
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Elizabeth Marchant See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.6

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Great professor. She actually cares about her students, and lets them learn at there own pace. She doesnt force the information so it is a very enjoyable class. The workload for the class is almost non-existant. She is very understanding. Overall anybody that can take a class for her should, because you will not regret it.

Jan. 4, 2005
José Passos See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 4.5 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.5

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This class was really amazing. You learn so much about the history of Brazil without the boring lectures and readings. The class consists of reading some short stories and watching films in class--they're easy to comprehend and honestly really interesting. There are only a few quizzes and essays throughout but the workload is light and they're super easy to complete. Attendance does matter though, so you have to go to class. I totally recommend this class as an easy GE or just to learn about different parts of the world.

Fall Quarter 2018
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Shoshanna Thomas See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.4 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.2

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Dr. Thomas was very professional, thorough, and informative. Her class was extremely interesting, and I learned a great deal about Brazilian culture from the excellent readings that she assigned and her good lectures. Definitely choose her for a class if you're interested in the subject material (or if you have to take it).

April 11, 2002
Theodore Young See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 3.3

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I also took this class as a GE and it was totally useless. There was no point in attending class because your whole grade was based on a term paper and summaries that you had to turn in at the end of the quarter. It took the professor until May 3 to turn in the grades for the Winter quarter. So you can see he wasn't exactly very quick about turning them in and he never actually gave anything back that was graded so you have no idea on how he is going to grade any of your stuff. Totally useless class, avoid if possible.

May 4, 2006
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