All Ratings and Reviews for Anuradha Vikram
Anu Vikram is the only professor teaching this course at UCLA, and it’s required in our department. But this class is pretentious, and the professor can be unhelpful. Vikram wants to lecture and get out, and doesn’t care to answer your basic questions. If you ask, they will ignore you. It happened twice in my lecture series.
Don’t understand what modernity is? Don’t get what the homework assignment is? Ask your TA instead. Professor Anu will make you feel bad for asking.
I took this class all 3 quarters of my recent freshman year. This was the first time Anu was teaching this class with a whole new curriculum, so like mentioned before it was a bit disorganized and a little hard to follow but our grades were taken into account accordingly. Throughout the year the class became easier to follow and everything started becoming more coherent and the structure got better. I really enjoyed having Anu as a teacher, she’s very caring and engaged in the topic and I’m thankful i got to take this class with her.
This class was rather disorganized. The lecture slides consistently included 50+ images and she went really fast. My TA was also very unhelpful. The content of the class was very interesting and I enjoyed that. It's not a difficult class. I took all 3 quarters with Anu and she is a great professor. She takes our criticism of the class structure and made it significantly better Winter Quarter and Spring Quarter.
If you enjoy casual endorsements of neo-Marxism and shallow, logically fallacious analyses that somehow always arrive at the conclusion that the world’s ills can be blamed on “white people”, “capitalism”, “the west”, or “the patriarchy” – then this is the class for you.
If you value your time and care about your education – stay away.
An “easy A” is not worth subjecting yourself to this intellectually dishonest drivel.
I enjoyed this quarter's content. I believe in 31B we covered 19th century contemporary art. The class was much better structured this quarter and Anu was very good about giving extensions and clarifications. I had Alea as my TA and she was wonderful. Her section really made my class experience better.
I really enjoyed Art 31C. The lectures were engaging and interactive. We had guest lecturers that were cool too. The class consisted of a midterm, a paper and the final which was a creative project/presentation. It's not a difficult class and the content is really interesting! I definitely recommend it for anyone who is looking to take a diversity class or take this class as a GE.
Personally I'm an art major and is required to take the class, nonetheless I still love this class. The only thing I don't like about it is the length of the lecture--3 hours. Professor Anu talks about art very passionately and I love it. I just can't stop taking notes nor taking a break because her lectures are so engaging.
I met a few friends that were taking this class as an GE and they don't look like they enjoyed it that much. I think if you have no interest in art and are looking for a GE to take then this class would be a bit overwhelming.
Loved this class, you can tell Anu is really passionate about art history and while the subject is very eurocentric, they like to focus on indigenous art where applicable and includes a lot of engaging readings each week. The workload is very minimal, all we had to do is choose one of the readings each week and make a discussion post about them. Midterm is just writing about 2 pieces, and there is a short 1000-1500 word paper due week 9, and the final is just a reflection. Aside from that, the content of the class is extremely interesting and Anu does a great job of linking to a global scale.
Loved this class, you can tell Anu is really passionate about art history and while the subject is very eurocentric, they like to focus on indigenous art where applicable and includes a lot of engaging readings each week. The workload is very minimal, all we had to do is choose one of the readings each week and make a discussion post about them. Midterm is just writing about 2 pieces, and there is a short 1000-1500 word paper due week 9, and the final is just identifying 10 pieces and writing a personal reflection. Aside from that, the content of the class is extremely interesting and Anu does a great job of linking to a global scale.
This class is relatively simple to get through work-wise- there are weekly class discussions on the reading, followed by bi-weekly mini-quizzes, a midterm, and a final paper.
However, the lectures were painfully long and extremely unhelpful. Her slides feature only an image of artwork followed by her analyzing the piece for thirty minutes straight. She lectures by art period, but other than the paintings being done in the same time period there is no theme/understanding guidelines for what we're supposed to get out of the art. Essentially, you listen to her lecture for three hours only for the assignments/tests to have very little to do with the lecture. Not to mention, for a GE course meant for people of all majors and backgrounds, the readings were very complex and dense. I suggest referencing the textbook (which is actually pretty informative) and maybe 1-2 of the readings you understand best to get through the essays.
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