WOW! I must say those first two rating are 'right-on' about Claus. They're right on the dot in the splitting resemblance they bare to each another in structure, word choice and iconography. I only wish the third rating in what the total noted as FOUR would spring up and reflect those diversely stellar remarks!
I took Hans Christian Andersen (Scandinavian 147A) with Professor Andersen. Professor Andersen is very competent--and knowledgeable. He is highly intelligent--and sets the bar high in the class. This class requires A LOT of critical thinking and this enables students to grow, I feel. He is quite humorous and entertaining, and I enjoyed listening to his Danish accent. Every week you are assigned 2-3 fairy tales (read them twice to try to catch the symbolism/meaning) and some chapters of Hans Christian Andersen's biography (read this--you have to do a mini-paper on it and it will help you during class discussions!). I read every chapter of the biography and it was EXCELLENT. I loved all the readings and fairy tales (FABULOUS!). Professor Andersen requires A LOT of student participation so PARTICIPATE (20% of your grade). There is also an online forum in which you must post a response after every class. There is a take-home midterm and a final paper, all of which were not long (only 3 pages), but took me hours perfecting/refining it. You can go to office hours--he is very kind and helpful! You also have a chance to write your own fairy tale--which allowed me to utilize my creativity! :) I appreciated this class so much because it really allowed me to develop my critical thinking skills. It took a lot of dedication, work, and critical thinking but I thankfully earned an A. I enjoyed attending every lecture--he has beautiful PowerPoints and lectures well. I would heartily recommend this class to everyone! Why? The professor is fabulous, popular, and intelligent...and you learn so much! I am very happy to have taken this class and I am impressed with my mental maturation.