All Ratings and Reviews for Barry Sanders
It was not a horrible class but honestly, I didn't learn anything. The class would be better as a lecture in my opinion. Since it was a seminar we literally sat in a huge circle and talked about public diplomacy but literally nobody knew what they were talking about and Sanders (although a smart guy) was all over the place and didn't seem like he knew what was going on either. The "TA" was literally in my grade and transferred to UCLA when I did. The only reason he was the supposed TA was because he took Sanders other class the quarter before (meaning he had never taken a Public Diplomacy class!). There was a group project, final paper, and weekly discussions. Average class overall, if looking for an easy A I'd choose something else before this.
If this professor decide to hate you from day 1, you are doomed. He is brutal. You learn something about power hierarchy in America from this class.
Sanders was very nice and concerned about student learning. He is brutal when it comes to grading papers but it is worth it to take his classes. He is a nice guy and is passionate about his lectures. Discussions in class are always engaging and full of information.
I took two courses with him and there were some of my most challenging and engaging experiences at UCLA. Very knowledgeable, interesting, and caring but high standards--not easy! No multiple choice tests here, but in depth analyses and essays. Good writing and grammar are a must. One of the best professors I've had so far.
sanders really knows what he is talking about but can get carried away by his topic sometimes. The class has no tests, just papers. He really cares that you learn about architecture and makes sure that he hears everyone in the class during discussion. He actually took us on a field trip which is a rarity at ucla and it was great. Don't miss it if you are taking his class.
Professor Sanders is awesome! He is really interesting to listen to and engages the class in a wonderful way. Be ready to speak up though and conjure your thoughts on what the blue color of the side of a building means. The course was a substantial amount of work, but it was worth it, because Sanders is a really great professor. One of my best classes at UCLA!!!
Sanders is an architect and he sure as hell speaks like one. This class was not difficult in the sence of work load. only 3 papers (that he rips appart worse then modern architecture). all nighters 3 times is do able. his lectures include sitting in a dark room as he rants on and on about endless slides of buildings. If you have EVER taken any other architecture history class, you will recognize EVERYTHING he shows. This actually leads to great boredum because frankly, you don't need to know ANYTHING in the lectures to write the papers. he makes you go and look at buildings in LA for the papers. he does expect you to participate and attend lectures but zoning out is always an option. if you can bull shit papers with fluid writing, your set. just make sure not to use any contractions or you have an automatic B. weird, i know.
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