All Ratings and Reviews for George Dutton
TL;DR: It was tough but definitely worth
So we basically have to read a novel every week... its kinda a lot but the novels are all really enjoyable reads. It was nice to finally read fun books again since I haven't read novels since high school.
For me, the toughest part of this class was the essays. We had 4 book reviews throughout the quarter (3 short ones, 1 long one) and we had 3 essays for a take home final. The take home final was rough esp cuz it was due in finals week
SEAS 1: I have never read so much in my life. This guy requires you to do a TON of weekly readings (80-100 pages/week in pdf articles). We finished the entire textbook in like 3 weeks. There's also 2 papers that you have to do, one of which is an analysis of a novel (go figure). I've worked my ass off in this class and ended up with an A-. It seems like most students revert to a "pass or no pass" grading system halfway through the quarter. His exams aren't exactly easy either. There's a ton of fill ins, matching, and multiple choice questions and a couple essay questions at the end. What really pissed me off was the fact that he expects us to complete all of this in 50 minutes! If we had more time, I probably would have gotten an A in the class. Seriously, this guy is so inconsiderate and clueless about time. He also lectures really quickly to cram in as much material as he can so we'll be accountable for it on the exams.
My TA Dahlia was great though. She was really helpful and gave good exam reviews.
He seems like a really nice guy when I've talked to him and he's quite down to earth and straightforward in his lectures. He goes REALLY fast though. He is obviously very passionate about Vietnam and this shows in his lectures and he really knows his information well. Can't make a statement on difficulty because it was a team taught class.
Professor Dutton was an excellent teacher. His lectures closely matched the handouts distributed at the beginning of each class, and since he doesn't believe in exams, the workload was managable; 2 essays, a map quiz and a final. He is very knowledgable on the subject and is passionate about what he does. Go to office hours if you really want an A.
George Dutton is a very nice, friendly, and caring man. In lecture he always seems very eager and enthusiastic about what he is saying. And he is very easy to talk to; not intimidating at all. He was actually one of the professors I was not scared to go see during office hours =) For class, we have a short paper, a long research paper, and a take-home final. It's not too bad.
Prof. Dutton is nice, articulate, and is enthusiatic about Vietnamese culture and history. But be noticed that he talks really fast. You're recommended to bring a recorder to record the lecture. There is a fair amount of work for the course. In addition to a take-home mid-term, take-home final, and a research paper, students are required to write a 1-2 page weekly reponse on the readings.
Other than homework assignments, Prof. Dutton is a tough grader. He expects a lot from students because of his enthusiasm about the topic. So be prepared to work hard for his class, but it will be rewarding and you will learn a lot about Vietnam.
I enjoyed this class. Ended up with an A- and the class was really really easy for me. But you do have to do some of the readings for the essays and short answer questions. As long as you take notes in his class you will be FINE! He passes out outlines at the beginning but try to take notes and the Final will be really easy for you. There are 2 essays you need to write. One outside reading but nothing too difficult. His lectures can get long and boring but over all I RECOMMEND this class. Really easy A as long as you know some what about the reading and lectures.
I took prof. Dutton for SEA 135. To sum up this class it was a lot of reading each week that I'm not sure too many people did and some writing throughout the class. But at the end there is a long research paper and papers in the take home final, so I wouldn't wait until the last minute to get started on those. The class was moderately interesting, he is a very nice guy but you will have to do a lot of writing at the end of the class unless he changes the format, it was the first time he taught this course.
This is one of the best classes I've taken. The workload is bearable and the paper was only three pages long on fairly basic topics. There is also a book review, and Prof. Dutton chose some really good books for it. The midterm and final consist of multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blanks, short answers, and essays. Don't be intimidated by the exam essays: he releases the prompt beforehand so you can prepare for them, and if you took notes and paid attention in class you will ace everything. Overall I did not find the assigned readings necessary as everything you need to know is said in lecture. But do them anyways as they always help on your essays. I highly recommend this class/professor.
I really enjoyed his class. His lectures are very organized. He makes the material interesting with his enthusiasm. The papers and take home final wasn't hard at all. I would definitely recommend his class.
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