Andrea S Goldman
Department of History
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4.0
Overall Rating
Based on 14 Users
Easiness 2.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.9 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.8 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

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

27.8%
23.1%
18.5%
13.9%
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4.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

25.9%
21.6%
17.3%
13.0%
8.6%
4.3%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
March 31, 2021

Know that in this class they really want you to get a good knowledge of Chinese history. The weekly readings, both textbook and for discussion, are a lot and take a lot of time to do. But if you do like history you will find the readings all pretty interesting and worth the time. If you don't then don't take the class. The two papers, the final, and discussion participation compose your grade. In the papers they really want you to be analytical. Professor Goldman holds office hour very regularly and she gives very insightful help for papers if you go to her. Because of COVID, the final is two 5-page papers, which is a lot. But if you work hard you will be fine. During the entire quarter there were never any recall quizzes or exams whatsoever, it's all about analyzing, which is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. I think an A is by no means easy, but I feel I've learned a lot. Professor is very good at lecturing, she is very clear.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
March 25, 2021

An extremely rewarding class to take if you are interested in learning about Chinese history! Professor Goldman is extremely passionate about the subject and is super thorough and organized in her lectures. This class is a LOT of work, upwards of 150+ pages of reading each week and I wrote about 23 pages worth of essays (two 5-7 page assigned papers with 2 weeks to complete each, final was a take-home test of two 5 page essay questions that we had 2 weeks to complete). Taking this class during a covid quarter online, each paper was worth 25% of your grade, the final 30%, and attending discussion was the last 20%. The papers and final were based on the primary source assigned readings, so make sure to understand those well—my TA, Mindi Zhang, was EXTREMELY helpful in analyzing the readings during discussions especially if I was unable to keep up with the reading that week. Prof. Goldman also requires you to attend her office hours at least once over zoom, but I came 3 times during each paper assignment as she was amazingly helpful in constructing my arguments each essay, and a genuinely pleasant person to get to know. So far this is the toughest class I have taken, but definitely worth it!

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: N/A
March 16, 2019

Selling all the textbooks for $20! Hmu at 310-463-3933 if interested.

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: N/A
April 2, 2018

Professor Goldman is very nice and helpful, but the class is a lot of work. I had Xiaowen as a TA and she was extremely caring. There is a ton of reading and two midterm papers along with a final. If you actually do the readings, it will take up a lot of time every week. However, if you work hard, you should do okay grade-wise. I got As on both papers. The study guide is very long and stressful to fill out but the terms/questions given on the final are reasonable.

Selling all books (and will provide printouts of online readings if you wish) for $20. Text 4257364548

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A-
Aug. 9, 2017

Selling all required books at low prices!
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Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A
April 20, 2017

The professor tries her best explaining her material and overall, her class is very doable as long as you do the readings. The readings are very important to make sure you get full credit for participation (20%) during discussion. It is also the main thing tested on the final exam questions, so definitely, don't procrastinate on those. But other than that, she is a friendly professor and nice person to get to know during office hours.

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Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A
March 26, 2017

The professor's a good lecturer, and she does a solid job covering the fairly broad swathe of material. The readings are interesting and relevant, and never felt like a waste of time. Your grade is determined by two essays, a final, and section participation. The essays prompts are pretty tough tbh, but the final's easy.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
April 3, 2013

Professor Goldman is GREAT! I earned an A in the class. Her class has lots of readings besides the textbook itself. If you go to every single lecture, take good notes, and have a familiar background of Chinese history, I don't see the need of buying a textbook. It's best to record her lecture if you can't take notes fast because she talks very fast and jump around the topics a lot. She has two 5 pages essays. The topics are narrow and both of them are based on your weekly non-textbook reading, so make sure to keep up with the readings. Also, since the TAs are grading the essays, it's best to write the draft and ask your TA for help before the due dates. On the exams, she really wants you to think critically. All you need to do for the final is to reread all the notes and study every single terms and question on her study guide (yes, 100 terms on her study guide, but only 10 will appear on the exam). I studied really hard the night before the exam and got a 96. Overall, she emphasizes much more on the cause and effect of the history instead of the fact of the history.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Feb. 4, 2011

History 11B is not a class that just hands out As
Professor Goldman is very passionate about Chinese history, and is very willing to open up and help you out in the class if you're willing to do the work. The professor is very available and very concerned for her students.

The class itself is very intensive when it comes to reading.
The syllabus says to expect 100-150 pages of reading a week, but it's more like "above 200" range.
It does require a lot of studying and a lot of effort. Whether this is good or bad for you is up to your interpretation. I found the readings to be very interesting.

Only 2 papers (each 5 pgs) are assigned. TAs can sometimes be a bit incompetent, so I found myself actually asking the professor for help, and she was much more helpful.

The final exam requires a key term section, along with 2 essays.
For the key terms, you're given 10, and have to identify 6, however, these 10 come from a pool of 100.
Each essay comes from a choice of 2, but Goldman's study guides give you 8 possible prompt for each of the two essays. Her class however, is very straightforward. She throws no curve balls on her exams, and if you stay on top of things, you will survive.

All in all, I found the class to be VERY rewarding.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Jan. 6, 2011

This GE class is one you should take if you are EXTREMELY interested in Chinese History. She covers a very broad range of material and expects you to remember most if not all of it for the midterm and final.
Thankfully the Midterm and final focuses on the lessons of the first half and second half of the class respectively, but you still need to remember many key ideas from the first half of the course for the final. She is a newer teacher and is obviously very interested in this subject and is helpful during her office hours.

However, beware of the TA's because they grade very subjectively and after talking to most of my peers, getting an A on the 2 essays is a really difficult feat. Thankfully even if you are worried about your grade she does curve up a little at the end so it's not just a pure points system.

Be prepared to study hard for the tests and memorize her study guides and the vocab, for the final we had 100 key terms and 17 possible essay questions just to give an example of what you have to memorize.

Also as hint there probably will be an essay question about women on your tests.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 31, 2021

Know that in this class they really want you to get a good knowledge of Chinese history. The weekly readings, both textbook and for discussion, are a lot and take a lot of time to do. But if you do like history you will find the readings all pretty interesting and worth the time. If you don't then don't take the class. The two papers, the final, and discussion participation compose your grade. In the papers they really want you to be analytical. Professor Goldman holds office hour very regularly and she gives very insightful help for papers if you go to her. Because of COVID, the final is two 5-page papers, which is a lot. But if you work hard you will be fine. During the entire quarter there were never any recall quizzes or exams whatsoever, it's all about analyzing, which is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. I think an A is by no means easy, but I feel I've learned a lot. Professor is very good at lecturing, she is very clear.

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 25, 2021

An extremely rewarding class to take if you are interested in learning about Chinese history! Professor Goldman is extremely passionate about the subject and is super thorough and organized in her lectures. This class is a LOT of work, upwards of 150+ pages of reading each week and I wrote about 23 pages worth of essays (two 5-7 page assigned papers with 2 weeks to complete each, final was a take-home test of two 5 page essay questions that we had 2 weeks to complete). Taking this class during a covid quarter online, each paper was worth 25% of your grade, the final 30%, and attending discussion was the last 20%. The papers and final were based on the primary source assigned readings, so make sure to understand those well—my TA, Mindi Zhang, was EXTREMELY helpful in analyzing the readings during discussions especially if I was unable to keep up with the reading that week. Prof. Goldman also requires you to attend her office hours at least once over zoom, but I came 3 times during each paper assignment as she was amazingly helpful in constructing my arguments each essay, and a genuinely pleasant person to get to know. So far this is the toughest class I have taken, but definitely worth it!

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: N/A
March 16, 2019

Selling all the textbooks for $20! Hmu at 310-463-3933 if interested.

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: N/A
April 2, 2018

Professor Goldman is very nice and helpful, but the class is a lot of work. I had Xiaowen as a TA and she was extremely caring. There is a ton of reading and two midterm papers along with a final. If you actually do the readings, it will take up a lot of time every week. However, if you work hard, you should do okay grade-wise. I got As on both papers. The study guide is very long and stressful to fill out but the terms/questions given on the final are reasonable.

Selling all books (and will provide printouts of online readings if you wish) for $20. Text 4257364548

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A-
Aug. 9, 2017

Selling all required books at low prices!
msg: 310-871-2878

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Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A
April 20, 2017

The professor tries her best explaining her material and overall, her class is very doable as long as you do the readings. The readings are very important to make sure you get full credit for participation (20%) during discussion. It is also the main thing tested on the final exam questions, so definitely, don't procrastinate on those. But other than that, she is a friendly professor and nice person to get to know during office hours.

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Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A
March 26, 2017

The professor's a good lecturer, and she does a solid job covering the fairly broad swathe of material. The readings are interesting and relevant, and never felt like a waste of time. Your grade is determined by two essays, a final, and section participation. The essays prompts are pretty tough tbh, but the final's easy.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
April 3, 2013

Professor Goldman is GREAT! I earned an A in the class. Her class has lots of readings besides the textbook itself. If you go to every single lecture, take good notes, and have a familiar background of Chinese history, I don't see the need of buying a textbook. It's best to record her lecture if you can't take notes fast because she talks very fast and jump around the topics a lot. She has two 5 pages essays. The topics are narrow and both of them are based on your weekly non-textbook reading, so make sure to keep up with the readings. Also, since the TAs are grading the essays, it's best to write the draft and ask your TA for help before the due dates. On the exams, she really wants you to think critically. All you need to do for the final is to reread all the notes and study every single terms and question on her study guide (yes, 100 terms on her study guide, but only 10 will appear on the exam). I studied really hard the night before the exam and got a 96. Overall, she emphasizes much more on the cause and effect of the history instead of the fact of the history.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Feb. 4, 2011

History 11B is not a class that just hands out As
Professor Goldman is very passionate about Chinese history, and is very willing to open up and help you out in the class if you're willing to do the work. The professor is very available and very concerned for her students.

The class itself is very intensive when it comes to reading.
The syllabus says to expect 100-150 pages of reading a week, but it's more like "above 200" range.
It does require a lot of studying and a lot of effort. Whether this is good or bad for you is up to your interpretation. I found the readings to be very interesting.

Only 2 papers (each 5 pgs) are assigned. TAs can sometimes be a bit incompetent, so I found myself actually asking the professor for help, and she was much more helpful.

The final exam requires a key term section, along with 2 essays.
For the key terms, you're given 10, and have to identify 6, however, these 10 come from a pool of 100.
Each essay comes from a choice of 2, but Goldman's study guides give you 8 possible prompt for each of the two essays. Her class however, is very straightforward. She throws no curve balls on her exams, and if you stay on top of things, you will survive.

All in all, I found the class to be VERY rewarding.

Helpful?

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Jan. 6, 2011

This GE class is one you should take if you are EXTREMELY interested in Chinese History. She covers a very broad range of material and expects you to remember most if not all of it for the midterm and final.
Thankfully the Midterm and final focuses on the lessons of the first half and second half of the class respectively, but you still need to remember many key ideas from the first half of the course for the final. She is a newer teacher and is obviously very interested in this subject and is helpful during her office hours.

However, beware of the TA's because they grade very subjectively and after talking to most of my peers, getting an A on the 2 essays is a really difficult feat. Thankfully even if you are worried about your grade she does curve up a little at the end so it's not just a pure points system.

Be prepared to study hard for the tests and memorize her study guides and the vocab, for the final we had 100 key terms and 17 possible essay questions just to give an example of what you have to memorize.

Also as hint there probably will be an essay question about women on your tests.

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4.0
Overall Rating
Based on 14 Users
Easiness 2.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.9 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.8 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (4)
  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (4)
  • Useful Textbooks
    (3)
  • Snazzy Dresser
    (1)
  • Participation Matters
    (4)
  • Would Take Again
    (3)
  • Needs Textbook
    (3)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (2)
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