Caroline Ford

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Easiness 3.8 / 5
Clarity 3.9 / 5
Workload 3.3 / 5
Helpfulness 3.8 / 5
Most Helpful Review
Fall 2021 - I had an overall okay experience with this course. The amount of reading is very heavy, expect 30-60 pages of textbook reading per week as well as one or two primary sources ranging between 15 pages and 40 pages (combined if multiple sources or individually). I would say if you know your European History or have taken AP Euro/World, it may be advisable to skim the textbook. Otherwise, the textbook contains a wealth of information that will be helpful for the examinations. Chase Caldwell was my TA. I really enjoyed section discussions with him, and he took a great amount of time and effort in responding to weekly responses (around 300-500 words) which counts towards the participation grade. Section was devoted entirely to primary source analysis. The lectures were pretty standard from Professor Ford. She often chooses to focus on specific events or topics from the assigned chapter, but I found the lectures to be helpful. They can be dry at times if you do not have an interest in European history. For the essay examinations, I would suggest choosing prompts a week ahead and focusing your efforts on material that answers the prompts you selected. The prompts are pretty standard, and we were given choices out of multiple prompts which I found to be helpful. I would advise against procrastination, especially in this course as the amount of material presented in this course is immense and sometimes relatively thick, so you will need the full length of time between the release of the prompts and the essay due date to not only do research, but also write/proofread the actual essays. The standard of citation for this course is the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), author-date in text citation preferred (no footnotes) and a bibliography at the end.
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