Aaron Burke

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Jerusalem: Holy City Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Jerusalem: Holy City See Full Profile

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AN N EA 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
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AN N EA 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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NR EAST M20
Visible Language: Study of Writing See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.4

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I took M182 with Burke. He is a great professor and a great communicator. If someone was unable to do well in this class it simply means that the person did not take good enough notes. His tests are strait from the notes. So, if you take good notes and listen to the podcast-ed lectures online to review, you will get an A in the class.

(Jan. 3, 2011)
AN N EA M50A
First Civilizations See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 3.5 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.3

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SELLING TEXTBOOK required for the course! Epic of Gilgamesh by George (London: Penguin, 2003). Contact me at johntheghost@g.ucla.edu!

(Fall Quarter 2018)
M E STD M50A
First Civilizations See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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The class is really easy, but professor Burke is honestly a really boring guy. Throughout the quarter there is no work to be done because there are two writing assignments due at the end of the quarter, plus the midterm and final. Other than that, there are no quizzes or anything. He has a bunch of readings that aren't really necessary since I got a B. I got that B because I thought the midterm was the week following when it actually was so I consequently didn't study for it. The midterm and final are basically memorizing like 80 terms given to us in a study guide and understanding basic ideas. He repeats that this class is about culture but it is very much historical as we have to memorize names and periods and their associations.
Lecture isn't necessary in my opinion unless you want to bore yourself. He posts slides on his site but a lot of them just have pictures on them. I wouldn't really take this class if you're looking for something to enjoy yourself with, unless of course you are already interested in the subject.
tl/dr: boring class, easy pass
r/ucla

(Fall Quarter 2018)
NR EAST 99
Student Research Program See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.3

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Class: Jewish History

Overall: an effective teacher

Provides study guides before the midterm and the final, which help enormously in acing the exams. Exams can be challenging and involve detailed as well as general questions. Negative aspect: reading assignments are overwhelming. Advice: consult him to know which texts are more worth reading given your time constraint. His lectures can be very boring as you may feel like the lectures consists of writing down notes from his PowerPoint presentations without being able to interact with what he says.
He is better than the average UCLA teacher.

(Dec. 15, 2008)
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AN N EA 162
Archaeology, Identity, and Bible See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.5

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I really enjoyed taking this class with Professor Burke. He is really nice and approachable, extremely knowledgeable on the topics taught in this class, and made the topics interesting. Dr. Burke read the class climate quite well and tried to do his best to engage the south campus seniors trying to meet their GE requirements. The more you thought about the topics in class, the more interesting it became. I guess you get out of it what you put in - just like in any class. Professor Burke didn't require a textbook and instead posted short articles or PDFs instead. There was a weekly two to three page double-spaced writing reflection assignment on the topics taught that week. This was the only homework. The tests were fair if you studied a little bit and paid attention to dates and names. The TAs were incredibly helpful and were really welcoming during their office hours. This was a great class and I would take it again if I had the choice. In fact, I signed up for a study abroad for CS in Israel for summer 2020 hoping to learn and explore more (although this won't happen unfortunately due to COVID-19). Tip: if you (A) like history (B) want to learn more about stories of the bible or the true history behind them (C) stay engaged and listen during a history class - you should try ANNEA 162.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
AN N EA 162
Archaeology, Identity, and Bible See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.5

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I really enjoyed taking this class with Professor Burke. He is really nice and approachable, extremely knowledgeable on the topics taught in this class, and made the topics interesting. Dr. Burke read the class climate quite well and tried to do his best to engage the south campus seniors trying to meet their GE requirements. The more you thought about the topics in class, the more interesting it became. I guess you get out of it what you put in - just like in any class. Professor Burke didn't require a textbook and instead posted short articles or PDFs instead. There was a weekly two to three page double-spaced writing reflection assignment on the topics taught that week. This was the only homework. The tests were fair if you studied a little bit and paid attention to dates and names. The TAs were incredibly helpful and were really welcoming during their office hours. This was a great class and I would take it again if I had the choice. In fact, I signed up for a study abroad for CS in Israel for summer 2020 hoping to learn and explore more (although this won't happen unfortunately due to COVID-19). Tip: if you (A) like history (B) want to learn more about stories of the bible or the true history behind them (C) stay engaged and listen during a history class - you should try ANNEA 162.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
AN N EA CM169
Introduction to Archaeological Sciences See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

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AN N EA C177
Variable Topics in Ancient Near East See Full Profile

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