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.
Easiness 2.9/ 5
Clarity 4.5/ 5
Workload 3.0/ 5
Helpfulness 3.7/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Fall 2022 - I was originally a bit worried to take this course because i had never taken an upper div history course and prof Ford did not have many reviews; now that I have finished the class, I am SO glad that I did! I found the material to be quite interesting, even though I originally had very little knowledge/interest in France, I now feel like a mini expert in the field and have been able to talk about the topic with others which is really cool lol. The class is structured pretty easy with this grading scheme: 15% attendance/ participation, 40% take home midterm + in class ID Quiz(2 900 word papers), and 45% take home final (2 900 word papers again). The paper prompts were nice because we were given multiple prompts to choose from, so you could choose your paper topics on things that you had more notes on/ knew the material better. I stressed out a lot about the In class ID Quiz, but that really was not bad either as prof Ford included like 10 different topics that we could choose from to ID, so if you didn't know some things, you could just choose a different topic. The painting ID wasn't too tough either cuz the paintings were shown on a ton of slides and you did not have to provide much information. The papers in general were not very difficult either, it was a bit tough to stay under 900 words, and the Prof's citation policy is kinda weird, but honestly nothing too difficult. The one thing I will say for this class though: GO TO ALL THE LECTURES. Prof. Ford DOES NOT upload any bruincast or recordings of lectures, and the slides have minimal to no information on them, so if you want to do well on the papers, you absolutely must go to lecture( plus attendance is 15% so you kinda have to anyways lol). The professor is a very good lecturer, gives me the "classic history professor" vibes, ngl at times the lectures were a tad bit boring, but definitely manageable since theyre only 50 min. Overall definitely recommend the course, pretty easy A if you show up to the lectures and do a bit of research for the papers.
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