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EASY GE. I went to like 5 lectures total including the midterm and the final. Lectures are usually very dry and you really dont need to go to do well.
I enjoyed Discussions (had Kyle) where he is very passionate about the subject and actually knows what he's talking about unlike Gary who rambles.
Overall, you just need to memorize to do well in this class.
Would recommend (just dont expect to learn anything)
Readings and weekly homework assignments were the only thing that posed a challenge. The midterm and final were straight forward, and if you spend a couple days studying, you can easily get A's on them.
The lectures are quite drab, and I was disappointed that the class focused more on history rather than architecture.
Get ready for 150 students madly typing every word the professor says lol
Personally, I enjoyed the class--but this is because I enjoy art and art history and find interest in this subject. What everyone else has said about Fox is true regarding grades and his quick speaking. However none of that should truly be a problem.
Regarding his lectures, they are a little dry. But they are incredibly straightforward. The themes Fox covers are repetitive in each building, making his lectures easy to follow if you pay attention and actually attend class! He is young, but it is obvious he finds great interest in what he teaches through the descriptions of the buildings he presents in class. Just try to keep up with what he is saying and you'll find the class follows a thematic structure.
The final and midterm I found were simple. Each test is not cumulative. Yes, there was an incredible amount of memorization. But honestly, that is so doable if you put time into studying (it only took me a full day to memorize the buildings). The major part of his exams though are the essay. He gives you 2 prompts on the test--2 out of the 12 he provides you on the study guide so you already have an idea on what he tests you on! I highly recommend taking the prompts, brainstorm a thesis and choose 5 buildings for each one--you'll be really prepared for the test that way.
The homework load is also light. You only have to read 1-2 readings a week and write a 250 word response.
If you are good at paying attention and taking notes efficiently AND are interested in art history, this is your class!
This is probably the worst professor I've had at UCLA so far. His lectures are very unorganized and the way he speaks makes it very hard to figure out what he is trying to say. It has been over 3 weeks since the final and 1 week since the deadlines for final grades and the final grades still have not been posted.
Very straightforward class and engaging topic if you're interested in art history and architectural history . He speaks a bit quickly, but he's very clear about what you need to know and what the important themes are (which is helpful for the midterm and final). The workload is very easy with readings and one reading response a week. I would highly recommend Professor Fox.
Terrible instructor. Class was dry and exams required a lot of memorization (names of architect, associated political body, dates). Also, he failed to post our final grades before the grade submission deadline, thus resulting in all our transcript showing an "NR" (not reported) for the final grade. This shows that he was an utter failure as an instructor and did not care to carry out even his simplest instructional duties.
Note: He wasn't the one actually grading the work for the class. The 5 TA's did the grading; he just had to report the grades but did not do so. He is emailing the class (2 weeks after the final) that this matter is out of his control, but the incident would not have happened if he was responsible enough to submit our grades on time in the first place.