Damon Woods

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Introduction to Southeast Asian Studies See Full Profile

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I took Hist. 9E with this prof after looking at the grade distributions on bruinwalk. I expected somewhat of an easy A, but I had to work my ass off just to get an A- in the class. If you get Steve Rodriguez as your TA, you are fucked- he's the worst TA ever. During discussion he talks about things irrelevant to the class, and only started talking about our readings beginning week 8 -_-. The professor and TA's scam you on the midterm; for the identification terms you will need to have at least a half page of information on each term to get full credit on the term (they tell you you only need 2-3 sentences describing the term's location, significance, and definition). I would've got a B, but luckily for me I got some guidance from the OTHER TAs' review sessions. Overall, my TA gave maybe 4 A's and the other TA's gave about 20+ A's. Don't take this class, i'm not even kidding.

(Dec. 22, 2009)
Introduction to Western Civilization: Ancient Civilizations from Prehistory to Circa A.D. 843 See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.4

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I took Intro to Southeast Asian Studies with Prof. Woods - not History: 1A. There was no SEA course option.

Great professor! His lectures are very easy to follow, and he's extremely friendly. If you have a question, don't be afraid to ask because I'm sure he'd love to help. The class consists of a map test, 10 page paper, the midterm, and the final. The midterm and final are quite easy because he gives you a study guide, and the questions will only come from there. The only thing that you have to be aware of are the TONS of weekly reading that you'll have to do. BUT, if you use your time wisely and read the articles in advance, it is not very difficult to finish. Take this class! It's a really easy GE, and I found some of the readings very interesting.

(Dec. 4, 2008)
Introduction to Asian Civilizations: Southeast Asian Crossroads See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.7

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Prof. Woods is a really nice guy with a lot of experience in the Asian History department. There is no text book required, but all of the reading is online, so it gets tiresome on the eyes. I probably spent $20 printing out all the readings (which is pretty cheap compared to the price of the text books). The readings were boring, lengthy, and sometimes hard to follow. My TA was really good at breaking down the readings though, so it wasn't completely necessary to fully understand the readings going into your discussion class.

This is a pretty straightforward class. One thing I suggest is to take your laptop to class. You will need to write down EVERY WORD he says in order to have the right amount of resources to do well on the midterm & final.

Major Tests/Papers for History 9E: Southeast Asian Crossroads:
-Map Test: you're given a map of Southeast Asia and you must be able to identify the major countries, cities, oceans, and rivers. Super easy if you study it

-Midterm: 5 identifications, 1 essay (they give you the word, you write Who, What, When, Where, & Why it was significant)

-Research Paper: 10 page research paper on anything related to Southeast Asian History

-Final: 10 identifications, 2 essays

BASICALLY: straightforward class. I had no interest at all in Southeast Asian History, but I have to say it wound up being the only class I could stay awake in. He's a nice guy with funny stories to tell. Be sure to take really good notes, and just pray you get a good TA that is nice enough to break down the readings for you.

(Jan. 13, 2010)
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Introduction to Southeast Asia See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Dr. Woods have so many interesting to teach us about the region, and you can tell he loves what he teaches a lot! There are tons of writing and be careful with diction and grammar as he can take points off those. Still this is the hardest GE I have had as you have to read a lot to do well on your final paper.

(Summer Quarter 2019)
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Southeast Asian History See Full Profile

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Excellent professor. I also took 176E. I agree with the other poster - he's actually the antithesis of whatever that poster wrote. He's organized, his lectures are clear, and he is actually very approachable. There isn't much to say except to rely on lecture materials - a high percentage of IDs are from lecture. Readings are important only as much as needed for citing. He works closely with Sardesai and Dutton I believe - so if you had had either Woods would be a great choice.

(Oct. 28, 2008)
HIST 101
Topics in World History See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.5

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***TOOK SEA ST 1***

The option for Southeast Asian Studies 1 wasn't available but that's the class I took with Professor Woods. I took it during the summer.

One word: wow. I absolutely loved this class with Professor Woods. I went into the class knowing little and had no special interest in the subject matter. However not only was he a great lecturer, but he was one of those professors that you knew truly cared about student learning. He was extremely kind in and out of the classroom. He made the extra mile to ensure that his students understood the subject material.

The way he lectures is that he talks the whole time with very little visual aids. He will sometimes use the board to spell out certain names or draw diagrams but that's about it. I never was bored during his class and really enjoyed every lecture. He is very clear and concise but also adds a bit of humor here and there to lighten the mood.

The workload was manageable. There was a map test (multiple choice), cultural paper (4-5 pages), research paper (8-10 pages), and a final exam (3 essays of 1000 words each) as well as weekly readings. Although it may seem like a lot of work for a 6 week summer session, it was very rewarding in the end. This isn't just some other GE class where you do as little as possible to get the A. Professor Woods motivates his students to really connect and to be passionate about the material. I found the research paper and final exam essays to not be too challenging but others probably thought it was too much writing. However, this class is a must-take. Professor Woods certainly makes all the difference.

He only teaches this class during the summer so don't give up the chance!

(Aug. 7, 2012)
Religion and Society in Southeast Asia See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 3.6

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the class is really interesting, if you're into S.E.A. he's from the phillipines with a filipina wife, so sometimes he forgets what country he's referring himself to (because he identifies himself as an american and filipino) and refers to both. just bring it up, and he'll correct himself.

the class was pretty good. i turned in my paper late so i got a B in the class. it's relatively easy, but so interesting! you gotta be into the subject though, or you're be bored. i wish he taught more upp div seasian classes, but then i would have to wish for more seasian classes in general. the downside to small departments, i guess.

(March 17, 2007)
HIST 156
Topics in U.S. History See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.2

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I took SE A ST 1 with Professor Woods and, although I had no connection the topic and no real interest, he was wonderful in giving information. His lectures are pretty simple, he tells funny stories and they end early very often. The midterm and final are fair, and he gives you study guides so you know exactly what you need to study which is extremely helpful. The readings are interesting, but not necessary at all since you simply are recommended to state them in your exams but not required. There is one 10 pages paper which is a little rough, but it is about any topic of your choice. the TA's are amazing and very fair, and Professor Woods was a very fun and sweet professor. I would recommend his class, a pretty easy A.

(Feb. 6, 2009)
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