Hans Christian Andersen
I took Hans Christian Andersen (Scandinavian 147A) with Professor Andersen. Professor Andersen is very competent--and knowledgeable. He is highly intelligent--and sets the bar high in the class. This class requires A LOT of critical thinking and this enables students to grow, I feel. He is quite humorous and entertaining, and I enjoyed listening to his Danish accent. Every week you are assigned 2-3 fairy tales (read them twice to try to catch the symbolism/meaning) and some chapters of Hans Christian Andersen's biography (read this--you have to do a mini-paper on it and it will help you during class discussions!). I read every chapter of the biography and it was EXCELLENT. I loved all the readings and fairy tales (FABULOUS!). Professor Andersen requires A LOT of student participation so PARTICIPATE (20% of your grade). There is also an online forum in which you must post a response after every class. There is a take-home midterm and a final paper, all of which were not long (only 3 pages), but took me hours perfecting/refining it. You can go to office hours--he is very kind and helpful! You also have a chance to write your own fairy tale--which allowed me to utilize my creativity! :) I appreciated this class so much because it really allowed me to develop my critical thinking skills. It took a lot of dedication, work, and critical thinking but I thankfully earned an A. I enjoyed attending every lecture--he has beautiful PowerPoints and lectures well. I would heartily recommend this class to everyone! Why? The professor is fabulous, popular, and intelligent...and you learn so much! I am very happy to have taken this class and I am impressed with my mental maturation.
Spring 2020 - This was a pretty fun class. We met 3x a week and had readings due for each class, ranging from 2-5 stories or occasionally a movie. We also had to get a certain number of participation points to get an A in the category overall, and she was pretty fair about letting us either participate in class or write a 350 word response. You could not participate a good number of times and still get an A as long as you were careful to keep track of your points. We also had a short quiz each day but they were very easy if you did the readings. There were also 2 midterms and a final paper. I actually found the midterms to be sort of difficult and I wasn’t sure why I lost points on certain sections because she seemed to take off points for no reason. You’ll have to study the slides really carefully to do well on the short answer section of the test, she tests for memorization of random quotes that are on the slides which you might not know even having read all the stories. I have no idea how the paper was graded because she took so long grading everything that she ended up just posting our overall grades the day grades were due and didn’t record the paper grades. Overall the class was pretty interesting and I learned a lot about Hans Christian Andersen. It’s not a super easy A because there is a lot of work but if you’re at all interested in fairy tales it’s definitely worth taking.