First Civilizations

Aaron Burke

First Civilizations

Ancient Near East department

Aaron Burke

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Overall 3.3
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 3.8
Easy
Heavy
Workload 2.5
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 3.4
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 3.1
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Needs Textbook

Grades

Fall 2018
31.3%
26.0%
20.8%
15.6%
10.4%
5.2%
0.0%
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A
A-
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B
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C
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D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
22.4%
18.7%
14.9%
11.2%
7.5%
3.7%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
24.7%
20.5%
16.4%
12.3%
8.2%
4.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
26.4%
22.0%
17.6%
13.2%
8.8%
4.4%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
21.2%
17.6%
14.1%
10.6%
7.1%
3.5%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted March 16, 2019 Grade Received: A

For a GE, this class had a pretty heavy workload: a midterm, a final, and two papers. There was a lot of reading assignments but they weren't necessary to do well in the class. The midterm and final both had a lot of terms to memorize, but creating a group and dividing the terms up made it much more manageable. As long as you were familiar with all the terms and their connections to one another, the tests were not difficult. It did require a lot of memorization. The papers were rather long and did require reading multiple books. I wasn't extremely intrigued in the topic but still found it to be interesting, although lectures could get a bit boring. I would like to sell the book needed for this class, The Epic of Gilgamesh, at a low price, contact me at (951) 534-4969 if you're interested.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 20, 2019 Grade Received: C-

This was a class where despite trying to follow along with lectures and getting extra help, the tests could screw you over really easily. The study guides had 90 terms and suggested knowing the who, what, when, where of all of them - but the midterm and final focused on 20 of the terms at most in depth. The tests included key terms, short answers, and a short essay (no multiple choice) so in the end I knew a little about all 90 terms but not enough to write a substantial amount about any of them. Also two papers due within a week of each other at the end of the quarter. The only reason I passed was because of the help from my TA, and I'm not sure whether the others help in the same way.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Nov. 29, 2017 Grade Received: A+

As someone who is interested in anthropology and history I figured this class would be cool. I was sorely mistaken though, and honestly have a lot of disdain for this course. The lectures feel super disjointed/underdeveloped. Prof Burke definitely cares about the subject but class is not a very engaging experience. There are a whole lot of readings assigned, most of which are difficult to interpret and analyze because of the language/style used. The readings are not discussed thoroughly during section; section also kinda feels random. I read a very minimal amount of the readings and got an A+ on the midterm, which sort of begs the question of how necessary it is to assign so many. Overall, I would not suggest this course to anyone unless you already have a deep and abiding love for ANE/Mesopotamia/Gilgamesh/incoherent lectures.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 13, 2017 Grade Received: B+

I took this class because the ancient near east is a pretty interesting subject to me and I wanted to learn more about it. Burke is cool and you can tell he's passionate about the subject but I feel like the lectures sort of dragged on sometimes. The workload kind of sucked as we had to write two three-page papers (one on an art piece from LACMA and one on a lecture attended outside of class) and a seven page paper comparing the perception of kingship in two out of three ancient texts, in addition to a midterm and final. Those papers were all due towards the end of the quarter so it's definitely easy to procrastinate and feel overwhelmed. I felt like the midterm and final were really easy if you just studied the study guide. It was a lot of names to remember but it's really not that bad. Having Danielle Candelora as a TA was awesome. She was super chill, approachable, and willing to help with whatever you need. Overall it was a decent class but if you're looking for a super easy GE, I'm not sure this would be it.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 28, 2016 Grade Received: C

Burke is very passionate about history and especially the Ancient Near East, but he is absolutely terrible when it comes to spreading that passion among his students. He is a very dry and boring lecturer, and if you are not a history buff you will not enjoy this class. I could hardly keep my eyes open and eventually stopped attending lecture completely. The papers are relatively easy, but the 7 page one can be a bit tedious especially if you don't read the books. The midterm isn't too bad since it's a mix of multiple choice, fill in the blank, map, and short answer. However the final was completely multiple choice, with TONS of names that all sound the same. If you aren't prepared to study your ass off for the final just make sure you get good grades on everything else and you'll walk out with at least a C.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 15, 2016 Grade Received: A

Professor Burke is very engaged with what he's teaching. At times it can be tough to follow due to the large amount of information thrown at you, but all the slideshows are posted online, so it's okay. Burke is always willing to take questions and help you if you ask. Additionally, he's very interested in making you interested in the subject field. The workload was somewhat heavy, especially toward the end of the quarter with the amount of essays due (the essays also require a visit to LACMA and a visit to an outside lecture), but the material is genuinely interesting and engaging, as well as pretty straightforward and simple. The tests are also very easy. Overall, I really enjoyed both this class and this professor. If you take it in the 2016-2017 school year, try to get Jacob Damm as a TA. He was great, can't rave enough about that guy!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 11, 2016 Grade Received: A

While the class was easy to accomplish, I don't know how much I accredit to the professor or to the TA. I felt like I best understood the material given by my TA and not Professor Burke. He seems like a decent guy and his lectures weren't boring or monotone... Just not for me I suppose

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted June 11, 2016 Grade Received: A

This class was pretty easy as long as you took the time to remember everything! Its really just about names, dates, and time periods/empires. There is a lot of information in class but the TA's kinda give you the main points during discussion so that was really helpful. There was one essay and it was pretty easy! Make sure to ask your TAs for feedback because it shows youre interested and thats what GE's are all about.

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Needs Textbook
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