Hans Christian Andersen

Description: Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour. Study of works of Hans Christian Andersen, Danish novelist, dramatist, and writer of tales, including consideration of his literary background and of his times. Analysis of his works in terms of their structure, style, and meaning. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 4.0
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Overall Rating 3.4
Easiness 1.6/ 5
Clarity 3.6/ 5
Workload 1.4/ 5
Helpfulness 3.3/ 5
Most Helpful Review
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.
Overall Rating 4.5
Easiness 4.0/ 5
Clarity 4.0/ 5
Workload 3.5/ 5
Helpfulness 4.0/ 5
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