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Easy and fun GE to take. Light readings that don't demand much time. Class has three quizzes for a total of 30%. There are also two essays for a total of 30%. Discussions count for 10%. Final counts for 30%. Exams are quite easy, and essays are graded leniently.
Fun lectures with entertaining professor, but not mandatory attendance. Good choice if you want an easy GE for an easy A.
I have mixed feelings about Andrea. I love him and I love his personality, but his style of teaching makes it difficult to do well even if you really do know the material. This is because on the 5 quizzes, he asks you to identify quotes by the person who said it, which canto (like chapter) it is in, and the context of the quote. I knew the material VERY well I mean like I spent a lot of time studying and I knew everything BUT when it came to identifying which canto it is from, it was difficult for me and for other students too. We did not see the relevance of understanding which canto it is from and we felt like we're not really learning the material or the bigger picture of everything Dante teaches us but we're actually just memorizing and cramming material.
Other than that, Andrea also grades pretty harshly on his essays. You really should work on them weeks in advance and ask for help in his office. He grades on things like style of your essay as well. The essays are only 4 pages but actually I would rather have a larger limit because I felt like I could not articulate my thoughts enough in only 4 pages.
i felt like the class was a memorization. It got interesting at times but it just stressed me out way more than I expected it to. It is not a lot of reading, as each canto is like 5 pages and he usually asks you to read 3 or 4 cantos for each class, but I feel like for what I learned in the class, I could not write a thorough essay. A lot of times he went over little things in the text in class but we never fully reached a point where it was like the meaning of all of these little things. I felt like we were going over all these things in the text but never reached a deeper understanding of theme in Dante. Only at the very last 2 weeks of the class did I feel I was understanding the theme.
Overall, Andrea is a tougher grader, but he is a really nice guy OH and he is extremely good looking lol (the italian accent and knowledge of everything adds). I would recommend this class to people, but only if they are willing to work hard. It is not insanely difficult, but it does require effort, especially for the essays and passage identifications. You do not have to really read the material thoroughly to do well in the class, this is because everything he goes over in class is on the quizzes only. He will not surprise you with something he never talked about. Anyway, I ended up with an A.
Professor Moudarres is a great professor. Italian 42A has been my favorite class since I started UCLA. He made everything so clear and was so dedicated to Italian history. We only had 3 "quizzes" which were 50% of our grade and a final which was 50%. They were so easy if you knew the material and he also provided study guides for every quiz, which you could then use to study for the final.
Moudarres is a great professor and a really nice guy. He is very passionate about what he does. Every time I walk into his office he's working very hard. This class was really good, not too difficult but you definitely have to put in work. The reading can be tough for people who aren't English majors but it is very interesting. In terms of your grade, you get what you put in.
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Moudarres is so nice! His lectures were great too! Make sure to go to lecture because honestly, you can't get by if you don't. The amount of readings he assigned were crazy and I didn't do most of them lol. He gives study guides for all the quizzes (which were VERY easy, factual, multiple choice). If you have friends that help you answer the study guide you'll be fine even if you don't do all the readings. The 2 papers for this class were quite manageable and my TA was such a sweetheart and a fairly easy grader. The final was 25 multiple choice questions and 3 one page essay questions so make sure to know the material he spends a lot of time on! Also, I'm selling the course reader! Text me 424 223 4462
Moudarres is very nice! Although the reading is quite heavy, you can skip most of them! I only read some interesting topics and still get an A. Take this as an easy GE.
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Moudarres is such a sweetheart and is clearly very interested and knowledgeable in Italian history. This class is focused on the relationship between the church and society during the early modern period, which was not what I was expecting from the course description but was still a good class nonetheless. He puts his lectures slides online but to fully understand attending lectures is a must. He also notices students who come to lecture and who do not (I never went to office hours and he recognized me and said hello when I saw him on campus, and my friends in the class experienced the same thing, again what a nice guy!) The readings are long but can be helpful, however they are not entirely necessary. I didn't buy the course reader and only did a few of the readings that I could find online and still ended up with an A in the class. If you attend lecture and discussion and take good notes the readings aren't imperative. The class had 3 quizzes each worth 10%, 2 papers each worth 15%, a final worth 30% and 10% for discussion attendance and participation. He gives thorough study guides for the quizzes which are fairly easy and based mostly on facts, and the papers weren't hard but grading depended on the TA, (mine required quite a bit of effort to give you an A). The final was straight forward and not overly difficult if you understood the overarching concepts if the class. Overall this class was fairly interesting and quite easy, a good choice for a GE.