Introduction to Theater

David Gorshein

Introduction to Theater

Theater department

David Gorshein

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Overall 4.6
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Easiness of class 4.2
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Workload 3.7
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Clarity of professor 4.3
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Helpfulness of professor 4.4
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Tags

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters

Grades

Spring 2019
36.7%
30.6%
24.5%
18.4%
12.2%
6.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2017
27.8%
23.2%
18.6%
13.9%
9.3%
4.6%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2016
29.7%
24.7%
19.8%
14.8%
9.9%
4.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2015
27.3%
22.8%
18.2%
13.7%
9.1%
4.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2014
38.1%
31.8%
25.4%
19.1%
12.7%
6.4%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2014
49.1%
40.9%
32.7%
24.5%
16.4%
8.2%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2013
38.1%
31.7%
25.4%
19.0%
12.7%
6.3%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2013
37.7%
31.4%
25.1%
18.8%
12.6%
6.3%
0.0%
A+
A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Summer 2019 Submitted Aug. 7, 2019 Grade Received: A+

EXTREMELY easy class. Like, this is the way to go for a GE

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020 Submitted July 2, 2020 Grade Received: A+

Super easy class. It's normally online, so the structure wasn't any different because of COVID-19. The lectures are professionally pre-recorded so the atmosphere is a little different, but I found that it wasn't necessary to fully watch all of the lectures. Most of your grade is weekly quizzes, so as long as you do the readings you should be fine (they're open book). We had a midterm paper that I believe was graded very leniently, and there's supposed to be a final paper but ours was cancelled due to the current situation. Overall, probably the easiest class you can take for your performing arts ge and the readings are pretty fun/interesting!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020 Submitted June 15, 2020 Grade Received: A+

I almost regretted holding off on taking my VPA GE for my last quarter as a senior, since it meant that I was taking 20 units. When I got into this class, it became no problem. The material was actually pretty interesting most of the time but rather intuitive so it was a nice break from my other classes. From what I gather, the structure of the class has been changing but has remained very chill.

For Spring 2020, there were 9 quizzes, with the lowest score being dropped. The quizzes were worth 55% of the grade, so the best 8 were worth up to 6.875% each of the grade. The midterm paper was worth 20% of the grade. The final paper was waived and everyone got 100% for this portion, worth 25%.

The quizzes would consist of mostly quick multiple choice questions and then 1-2 short essay questions, with a very clear rubric on how points were assigned for the short essays. I never lost any points on the written questions and they don't leave feedback, but am assuming they don't grade very harshly. The multiple choice and especially the T/F questions could be almost annoyingly simple - to the degree that it oversimplified the work. Just never overthink the questions. Overall, straightforward though.

The midterm paper was very flexible, as he gave us three different options to choose from when deciding on a general topic. It gives you a ton of freedom to write about whatever the hell you want. I decided to compare video games to theater. I got a 97/100, zero comments once again. Literally got zero feedback from this class, but it was fun, and I didn't even have to take the last quiz which was great because some of the quizzes are double the length of others and it was nice to be able to drop the one quiz.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020 Submitted June 13, 2020 Grade Received: A

I took this class as it was offered as an online GE, and it was super chill. There were weekly quizzes, a midterm (which was an essay that you could write on whatever you want), and a final paper (which in our case was cancelled due to all of the COVID-19/protest concerns throughout the quarter). The quizzes are slightly annoying as they get quite detailed, but just try to skim the lectures and readings, and you should be fine.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted May 23, 2020 Grade Received: A+

Easy GE class with a fair amount of reading assignments. Selling course reader for 30 dollars text 3103080058

Quarter Taken: Summer 2019 Submitted Feb. 9, 2020 Grade Received: A

I enjoyed this class a lot. Professor Gorshein is passionate about Theater and it wears off on his students. Taking it online made this a very easy class and taking it with friends makes it easier and less stressful. Overall a very easy GE and highly recommend it.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2019 Submitted Aug. 23, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

Do the readings for the quizes, which makes up a good portion of your grade. Reading is not so heavy even for summer. I enjoyed most of the play script and readings. The prof is very passionate about what the materials, and he cares about the students. Overall easy and fun course to take. Text me at 858-371-4307 for course reader.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 17, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

I agree with everyone saying this class is easy, but not as easy as I think it used to be. Definitely still would recommend Theater 10 as an easy GE, but make sure to do the readings because they are tested on in the quizzes. If you do the readings, you will get an A.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2018 Submitted Dec. 29, 2018 Grade Received: A

This class was a JOKE. Would highly recommend if you're looking for an easy A, tests were very basic and were based on a few of the readings. I just read the sparknotes of a few of the plays and that was sufficient. Good GE to take if you have a busy workload.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2018 Submitted Aug. 12, 2018 Grade Received: A+

What is not required of this class:
1. The lecture videos- not tested on, not required for any of the weekly assignments
2. 80% the readings- wait till he comes out with the study guide and just do those readings. The final is all from them and the questions are super easy. Some discussion board posts will require you to reference a reading and the papers will ask for that too, but its super easy readings that you could literally just find one quote to use that is perfect.
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I only watched 10 minutes of the first lecture, that's it. You literally don't need to watch the lectures at all. The final exam is multiple choice or true or false, it took me all of 4 minutes to finish, I probably could've gotten a 90% even without the class. The questions are that easy (what is an actor?, true/false a play has this character in it). There's weekly discussion board posts that, in my case were graded super leniently, I would put like 2-3 really basic sentences down and get full credit (possibly graded on completion). All in all, this class is super easy and super low workload. The plays are cool and some of the readings are genuinely interesting. Don't worry about the super long historical and factual readings, you won't be tested on them. We tested on 3 plays (all very easy reads), vocab, and like 2 articles.

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Tags

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
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