Caroline Ford

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HIST 1AH
Introduction to Western Civilization: Ancient Civilizations from Prehistory to Circa A.D. 843 See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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I took 1C with this professor. I know the person who wrote the previous evaluation who is a total jerk and egoist, who has no concern with learning. Professor Ford taught a serious and somewhat difficult course, not for jerks. It took us deep into modern European history, which is a complex subject. My TA Mr Zevin was great. I find it detestable that some creeps want to destroy everything with their own egos, rather than let other students understand what is out there. This is a good, serious, course for beginning students like me.

(Dec. 9, 2010)
HIST 1C
Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to the Present See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 3.8

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Our grades were basically just participation through weekly written responses (usually about a page long), our midterms and then our final. I had Jack as my TA, and he was pretty chill. I never really said anything during discussion, but I still managed to slide by. Grading for the weekly responses were extremely lenient and I got 100 on all of them. I did not buy the book and so, I never did the textbook readings. I just took notes on the lectures and did the primary readings for homework. So the workload is not too bad if you skip the textbook readings. It was confusing at the start of the class because no one really knew which primary reading we were supposed to do for the first reading response, but you can do either the previous week's reading or the current week's reading (for Jack at least). For midterms, we were required to do 2 900 word (max) essays with 3 prompts each to choose from. Honestly, I should have asked my TA what he was looking for in the essays and I ended up with a 87%. I later found this out and managed to save my grade on the final papers (3 900 word essays with 3 prompts to choose from each- I believe grading was 40% for the first two essays and then 20% on the last essay). I got a 92% on the final essays. Overall, there were some confusing moments and the Groupme was legit just a mass of confusion, but you get through it. There really aren't any guidelines on how to write your essays or what to do for the homework, but once you figure it out, it's alright.

(Fall Quarter 2021)
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HIST 1C
Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to Present See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

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HIST 124A
History of France: France, 1500 to 1715 See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 3.1

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Professor Ford is a mean woman. She graded my final exam SO harshly after making it take home (which was harder than the actual exam). When I asked her about my grade, she was pretty cruel in her response saying that the grade she gave me was "generous", in her words. I would not recommend taking this class to my worst enemy. It was SO boring, the textbook was stupid and her tests were just plain old annoying and she graded too harshly. I feel badly for anyone that has to have her as a teacher because it simply just isn't worth your money to enroll in one of her classes. I wish her all the best but seriously, if you care about your well being for 10 weeks, don't take her horribly boring class. Like history of France? come on. Could that be more boring?

(Winter Quarter 2020)
HIST 124B
History of France: France, 1715 to 1871 See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 3.7

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I really learned a lot in this class. Professor Ford is probably the most efficient and clear lecturer I've had. Honestly, just take constant notes when she talks and do some light reading and you'll be okay. She covers 90% of the test material in lecture. Only bad thing is both essays are in class so if you get test anxiety it may not be the best course to take.

(Winter Quarter 2019)
HIST 124C
History of France: Making of Modern France, 1871 to the Present See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.6 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.1

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Professor Ford is the bomb. She's well-dressed (seriously), articulate and clear, doesn't waste time. There is one midterm (40%) and one final (60%)-- both were very fair, no surprises. The readings were interesting, reinforced class material, and could be used in essays during the exams. One may complain that she takes attendance, but really-- you'll want to go everyday.

(June 15, 2010)
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HNRS 168
Mediterranean World since Roman Empire See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 3.7

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When I took it, this class was a seminar titled Paris: Biography of a City from 1715 to WWII.

Grades consisted of:
-A final research paper
-A midterm paper
-Discussion participation

The class was structured such that we would be assigned a lot of reading (150-300 pages) a week, which we would discuss during the three-hour seminar. It was a lot of work, but if you're interested in French history and culture, it isn't too bad. We read some interesting texts, including two novels and some guy's personal diary from the 18th century.

The midterm paper was fairly easy. All we had to do was write 8 pages based on class texts. The final research paper was...not at all easy. It's 12-15 pages on a topic of your choice as it relates to Parisian history. Some topics that people chose include the cholera epidemic of 1832, the history of bread, the birth of the Parisian fashion industry, etc. To find all the information I needed for my paper I had to use over a dozen books, journal articles, theses, etc. It was so much work, but in the end I wrote a paper that I'm very proud of. My advice: start early.

If you're really into French history, I recommend this class. You'll learn a lot.

(Fall Quarter 2015)
HIST C187O
Topics in Historiography: World History: Environmental History in Global Perspective See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Professor Ford was a great lecturer and I learned a lot in her class. I would 100% take another class of hers again. Instructions were clear and assignments were minimal. Had to lead a class discussion, write a one page reading a nayslis a week, and. final paper that seemed like it was graded very fairly. I highly recommend her class.

(Winter Quarter 2021)
HIST C187O
Topics in Historiography: World History: Environmental History in Global Perspective See Full Profile

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HIST 191C
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- Europe See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.3

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I just love this woman. Beautiful, articulate, kind, and helpful. Take any class with her, she's great!!

(Nov. 30, 2010)
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