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prof steen is a very intelligent man...that much is obvious. he definitely knows his stuff. the only thing is that he doesn't know how to teach it well to UNDERGRADUATE students. he talked to us as if we were graduate students and even used material that graduate students were using. the material was extremely difficult and it literally took me hours to get through one reading...to understand it took me days! however, prof steen was ALWAYS willing to meet me and try to explain the concepts so that they were understandable. he was very accessible and always offered time out of his schedule to help his students. he responded to emails quickly and genuinely cared that we were not lost in the class. also, the ta's were very helpful and understood how difficult the material was, which helped a little during grading time. otherwise, a different comm 100 professor is recommended.
If you are a comm major and need to take comm 100 wait until this course is being offered by anyone other than Steen. He is a nice person and definitely means well but taking a class with him means hours of reading difficult and boring articles that seem to have nothing to do with each other. Steen does not help to clarify the information or bring it together into one cohesive point/argument/whatever. Thank God for my TA. Don't take Steen.
This class was torture. The readings were boring and incomprehensible (even the TAs were confused at times), the lectures were boring and often hard to follow, and the midterm was a nightmare. I read the readings over and over and still could not understand at times. Although the final was better and Steen seemed to realize that he had been too difficult during the first part of the quarter, the class was still the worst I have taken at UCLA. I don't think Steen was trying to be hard and incomprehensible on purpose, I just don't think he is meant to teach undergrads. Do not take Steen.
I have never hated a class more that Comm 100. Professor Steen was the most BORING person in the world and every Monday morning I would dread walking into class. The material he gives is so incredibly difficult!!! It was graduate student level reading and if it were not for my TA I would never have understood any of it. I truly hated this class and I know I'm not the only person. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS!
This was a terrible class. It's not entirely the professor's fault as it's a theory class that was scheduled for three hours on Monday mornings. The readings supplied to us on which both of the tests were almost entirely based were incredibly dry, hard to read, and even harder to absorb. The tests require indepth knowledge of these articles, which was difficult to retain. If he tells you to know the basics, know every little detail in every article. Professor Steen tries very hard to be accessible, but he's a better academic than teacher. He speaks as if he's speaking to his colleagues, rather than his students who are almost entirely not used to his academic jargon. Be ready for a lot of reading over and over again, and a lot of coffee to get you through the long long lectures.