All Ratings and Reviews for Caroline Ford
Take this professor. She is a pretty easy A-/B+. Don't need to read any of the books, just need to go to lecture and take good notes. There is a paper, an in class midterm and a final which is very similar, in structure, to the in class midterm. The paper may require a little reading out of her books on the history of France, but all in all, it's pretty damn easy. For the midterm and final, take good notes, study them and make sure to know the words she writes on the marker board because she will emphasize those for the exams. Highly recommend her.
I am a history major, and Professor Ford is perhaps the best teacher in the department. Some students complain that her lectures are dry and boring, but I think it comes with the subject. Ford is very professional in regards to her course, and she is available in office hours or by appointment. Most of her exam questions come from her powerpoints or from the notes she writes on the board. I would highly recommend taking any class she teaches. Received an A in both Hist 1C and Hist 124C
Professor Ford is one of my favorite professors at UCLA. I took her History of France courses, both 19th and 20th century - History 124B and 124A - and received an A- and A respectively. She dresses extremely well and has a wonderfully soft spoken voice that is extremely soothing to listen to. Her lectures are extremely interesting (especially if you're into French or European history) and she is very, very straightforward.
A little bit of advice, write down every single word she writes on the board and know its meaning. These words WILL be on the midterm and final. As for her exams, they're relatively straightforward and mainly cover what she talks about in lecture. You do not necessarily have to read the primary documents and novels she assigns, but they will give you a better understanding of her lecture. I mention this because the primary documents mentions many terms, events, and figures that will never be assigned on the midterm. For instance, one week we had to read a 20 page article on how France became one of the greatest countries in terms of fashion. I mean, seriously? The questions on the midterm and final both dealt with political aspects of France. Nothing on fashion.
Her midterms and finals are like any other upper division history class. 40% midterm (IDs and 1 essay) and 60% (IDs and 1 long essay and 2 short essays). Again, her exams are primarily based off lecture. She will mainly, if not only, use the terms she wrote on the board for her IDs and her essays are generic questions that ask to summarize everything you learned prior to the exam. i.e. "Why was the French Revolution important and how did it affect France?"
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.
I took "History of France from 1799-1900" with Professor Ford and it was one of the best classes I ever took. If you really like France or are a francophile, you will definitely do well in this class. Professor Ford was a very pleasant and charming teacher and it was an absolute pleasure to go to her lectures. Planning to take more of her classes. Really enjoyable class.
i took french history from the Dreyfus affair to the modern period. she's pretty good, she's a bit dry, but o well, it's not too hard and if you like the subject matter take it.
I took her history of France 1799 to 1900
The reading assignments were excessive and dry.
Her lectures are pretty dry too - not a lot of visual aids to help you understand the lecture. She's very fast when she talks so notes were pretty hard to take...
I can only recommend this to people who are extremely interested in French History, or Social History.
I really enjoyed the History 1C with professor Ford. I found the course material enjoyable and the class fairly easy. To do well I would highly recommend actually doing the reading. I would say that the lectures are optional but they do reinforce the material. Discussions are mandatory so pick the time wisely. (I had 8am on Thursday lol) The class consists of a midterm, one short essay, and the final. The tests are quite easy, but the essay requires some time. I highly recommend this professor.
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