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Benjamin R Karney

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Psychology department

Benjamin R Karney

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Overall 4.6
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Easiness of class 2.7
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Workload 2.5
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Clarity of professor 4.7
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Helpfulness of professor 4.7
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Appropriately Priced Materials

Grades

Spring 2017
24.1%
20.1%
16.0%
12.0%
8.0%
4.0%
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A
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F

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

Spring 2015
22.5%
18.7%
15.0%
11.2%
7.5%
3.7%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
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C
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F

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

Spring 2014
23.8%
19.8%
15.8%
11.9%
7.9%
4.0%
0.0%
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A
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B
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F

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

Spring 2013
18.0%
15.0%
12.0%
9.0%
6.0%
3.0%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
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D
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F

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

Spring 2010
18.6%
15.5%
12.4%
9.3%
6.2%
3.1%
0.0%
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A
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B
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D
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F

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

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Summer 2020 Submitted Aug. 6, 2020 Grade Received: A

This review will not reflect in-person teaching as I had taken it during the pandemic. However, he used lectures from last spring which means there would be no captions available like most zoom lectures. Additionally, one of the lecture have last 15 minutes cut off due to battery issue at the time of recording. His recorded lectures are still funny and engaging, but I thought he could at least re-record that particular lecture. On his last lecture, he would take questions from students and answer them and I would have appreciated if he at least did that part either through discussion forum or zoom. I know that he used same lecture on last quarter (spring) so hopefully it will get better on the future.

The textbook is must for the course. The test questions are tricky, detail oriented, and contain a lot of information from the book which won't be covered on the lectures. You will have to know inside out of the book as test questions are tough. There is no extra credit opportunities for this class so it was based on 2 exam consisting of 50 MC questions. I think for summer quarter the written assignment was removed as due to fast pace of summer quarter.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2020 Submitted Aug. 4, 2020 Grade Received: A

Took this class for Summer Session A and overall, it was a great and engaging class to take. All the lectures are bruincasts from 2019 if I'm not mistaken but Professor Karney doesn't speak in a monotonous tone so his lectures were easy to follow and engaging. Best suggestion is to read the textbook religiously (like literally read everything -- tho it isn't hard, I often flew past a couple of chapters a day), and then watch lectures on 1.5x - 2x speed. Everything from the tests was from the textbook or lecture so it is all fair game but honestly, if you pay enough attention, it should be fine.
Would definitely take a class with professor Karney again (hopefully in person!)

Quarter Taken: Summer 2020 Submitted Aug. 2, 2020 Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Karney was one of the best lecturers that I have ever had the opportunity to have. I am so sad I wasn't able to take him personally and listen to his live lectures. The lectures were pre-recorded and even though he said the book was most important I still watched every single lecture that he uploaded because the way he would talk and explain the topics was extremely interesting. The exams are very fair if you read the book and listen to the lectures. Keep in mind that you HAVE to read EVERYTHING in the book because it will probably come up on the exam. I read the entire book at least 2 times. Overall, I am so so glad I took this class and I hope I can take another class with him.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 5, 2020
Grade Received: A-

I thought this class was super interesting, and Dr. Karney delivers it in a way that is very entertaining. Unfortunately, I took this class during quarantine, and instead of zoom he just posted old bruincast videos. I would have preferred zoom but there is a chance that that may have been worse. The exams are kinda tough. He says that no dates or names will be on the test, but a few of the questions do mention specific people and their definitions of things. Overall, I do recommend this class! It is definitely doable and worth it.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 16, 2020
Grade Received: A-

This class was very interesting and it's too bad that I wasn't able to take it in person. Professor Karney is very engaging and is clearly passionate about the material. The only downside was that he recylced his Bruincasted lectures from last spring so there was a bit of a disconnect there. Other than that, I found each topic within the course to be very relevant and applicable. The short paper was adjusted to involve discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected intimate relationships, nothing too bad. The exams are pretty tricky and were a bit specific so be sure to read the textbook bc there's almost no way to pass without having read it. Overall a great class and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to learn about a fascinating subject!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 1, 2020
Grade Received: A

Oh my gosh, where to start... I loved this class with all my heart. Karney is an AMAZING lecturer and you can tell he is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about intimate relationships, which is a topic that we all tackle with without even being aware of it! I wish a million times that I got to experience his lectures live rather than remotely... I just know they would've been even better in person. However, even through the screen, I was so engaged with his lectures as the topic genuinely interested me and I could apply it to my everyday life and make sense out of the intimate relationships that we will deal with until we die. Oh and I almost forgot to mention that he is absolutely HILARIOUS!

I will always use the information from this class for the rest of my life, and the textbook was very well written and incredibly fun to read! It was written by the professor himself, so it matches his teaching style which helps incorporate lectures and text. I read everything from beginning to end, and it was definitely worth it and I highly recommend that everyone read the book for a thorough, deeper understanding of their relationships. Great course, great professor, perfect way to end my journey at UCLA. Thank you, Professor Karney. Keep being you!

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Tough Tests
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