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Benjamin R Karney

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Benjamin R Karney

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Overall 4.6
Good
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Easiness of class 2.7
Easy
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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%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
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D
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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
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
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%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
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
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
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
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted Dec. 6, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Amazing professor, although I never came to class (it was my only class on the days I had it, and I didn't see a point in going when it was Bruincasted) I genuinely looked forward to hearing his lectures. He can make 1 hour and 15 mins feel like it's going way faster just because he is so enthusiastic, and is a funny guy. I wasn't that particularly interested in the topic before coming into this class, but he made me interested in it, and relationships are obviously something that are relevant to everyone's life.
So the biggest thing about this class is you have to be a good exam taker to succeed. There is no extra credit offered, and 80% of your grade is based on exams (one midterm, one non-cumulative final). You also have to read the book, and absorb most of the material from it. There's a lot of stuff but he wrote the book in a way that is interesting, so it doesn't read like a traditional psych textbook. I was able to get a 100 on both exams w/o taking any notes, I just read the chapters over and over again about a week before the exams, and rehearsed material that I thought was gonna be on the exam. Prioritize on things mentioned in lecture, use that as a guide to know what to focus on when reading the book. There's gonna be stuff that isn't mentioned in lecture that is in the text, but I'd say at least 80% (probably more) of the exam questions were based on material that was mentioned in lecture + the book. Some reviewers say you have to know obscure details in the readings, but I did not find that to be the case. There wasn't one question about something he briefly mentioned, almost all the questions had to do w/ a large section in the book.
Also, he warns you the exams are hard but I did not find that to be the case. I found very few questions where I needed to take a 50/50 guess on, if you just memorized most of the important concepts for each chapter you should do well on the exams. The questions aren't even close to the level of psych 100b difficulty, very few trick questions, if any.
The essay is very easy, pretty much easy points. Consult the TA if you have any questions, but honestly if you put any effort into it you should be able to get full or near full credit on it. You really wanna make sure you do well on the paper since there is no extra credit, so if you're shooting for an A you don't have much room for error.
Overall, I wish Karney taught more classes because I found his class to be entertaining. The only downside is you have to read a lot, and I've never been much of a reader. Also you can only miss a handful of questions on the exams to get an A, so that was another downside. But the pros outweigh the cons imo. If you need a psych class you should take his class, if it's available. But if you're looking for an elective, this may not be the class for you, since you're certainly going to have to work for that A

Quarter Taken: Summer 2019 Submitted Aug. 7, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Professor Karney is extremely nice and an amazing, passionate lecturer who is very knowledgeable about Intimate Relationships. He is also very willing to help others for those who come to office hours. However, the exams (two multiple choice exams in the Summer) are very hard and require a lot of reading and studying (worth 45 percent and 55 percent). I messed up a bit in my first exam and studied my ass off for the final to get my A-. I recommend taking the class just for Professor Karney and his charisma and personality but would raise caution about grading as the average grade for the class was a B- to B and requires a lot of reading and studying.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 4, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Karney was one of the best professors ive ever had in my life. Classes were podcasted but lecture was so much better. The lectures were engaging and karney always had enriching anecdotes to add to the topics we were discussing. The textbook that was required was written by karney himself and its a very easy read. it is as interesting and fun as karney himself. The textbook is also extremely useful, karney often says if you want to pass the class then read the book, and hes right. All his slides basically sum up key concepts in the book. so the book is very beneficial and worth the money, I ended up splitting the price to rent a book with a friend of mine so it was pretty affordable. The tests are very straightforward. The questions aren't meant to be trick questions, so if you know the answer you know the answer. Really study the slides and the parts in the book not discussed in class. The grade for the class is not curved and it consists of the first midterm, the second midterm, and a short paper. The paper is very easy and interesting to do. Most people get A's on the paper, as long as you follow the directions. All in all this was one of the best classes i have ever taken. the topic is extremely interesting and reveling. Plus its a complicated topic that everyone has thought of at least once. Karney leaves you excited for next lecture, and also makes you feel heard. If you ask a question in class, he'll ask for your name and then memorize it. That way he can call on you by name next time you have a question. I highly recommend everyone take this class

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted Sept. 16, 2018 Grade Received: A-

This was the best class I’ve taken at UCLA. I wish every professor was as passionate and animated as Karney. His lectures are easy to follow because he’s so engaging. If you want to get an A, you will definitely have to read since the lectures supplement the textbook and help reinforce the material. If you find a friend and split the readings and share notes, you can still do well though.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted Aug. 21, 2018 Grade Received: A+

loves it

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted July 14, 2018 Grade Received: A+

I absolutely loved Professor Karney and the way that he taught this class. Be forewarned: if you don't read the textbook, you won't do well on his tests. Still, the textbook is written so well that I'm going to keep it for years to come.
Karney is all around amazing. He remembers the name of every student, encourages questions, and his lectures are so engaging that you won't even notice the time passing. I would highly recommend this class.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted June 24, 2018 Grade Received: A

Karney is dope, and definitely the best lecturer I've had. He's very engaging and presents the material very well and is incredibly charismatic and lively. Personally, I didn't find the exams too hard - he provides a study guide and I just used that and did fine. The paper is simple, just follow the format. If you have the chance to take this class you should.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted June 23, 2018 Grade Received: A+

This class is LIFECHANGING! Karney has more charisma than any professor I have ever known, and he deeply cares about understanding relationships. His lectures provide clarity, advice, and introspection for anyone who is in/will enter an intimate relationship!! I've read that people think his exams are very tough, but honestly, the book is an easy read and as long as you read it once -- you will be more than fine! There will be a link in the syllabus which provides textbook summary/quizzes for each chapter and they are HUGELY helpful (seriously, do them). The paper is really easy too, nearly everyone gets full credit. I highly recommend this class :)

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 30, 2017 Grade Received: C+

I'm going to prime this review by saying that I'm a terrible student but that shouldn't be a reflection of Karney's teachings.

Karney is probably one of the most engaging teachers I've had at UCLA. He's loud, articulate, and clear, so even if the lecture is bruincasted, I highly recommend going to class, mainly because bruincast's audio quality is somewhat mercurial. The course material is very fun and not terribly hard/easy so I highly recommend it for those looking for a fun psych upper div.

Grading wise, it is very similar to most Psych classes – a paper project outside of class and in class multiple choice questions. If you like memorization, this is your jam. There are some outside videos you should watch/pages in the textbook you should read, but the workload is still relatively low.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 30, 2017 Grade Received: B+

Professor Karney is a really helpful professor. He cares about his students and even goes as far to learn each person's name in a 200-300 student lecture hall. His lectures are also very enjoyable and offer you a general sense of what you need to know. All that being said, you MUST read the book, and not just read, you MUST take good notes. And even if you do take notes, you may still get 4-5 questions wrong on the tests as he nit picks from some minor, obscure detail from the book. He says to know the applications of the theory, but when I asked him what I should focus on while reading the book, he said "I think everything is important". Thanks. So basically, you need to know 250 pages worth of material for each test. He also offers no extra credit FYI. Overall, Karney is a sincere, caring professor who gives engaging lectures, even though you could get a good grade just by reading the book and not showing up to lecture. If you care about the subject and having a quality experience, take him. If you care about your GPA, not so much.

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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
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