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I really enjoyed this class and Professor Amoresano is an amazing professor. The lectures were extremely interesting and it was obvious she was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about architecture. That being said, this class does have quite a bit of writing for a GE, though I don't think the workload is unmanageable by any means.
The homework primarily consisted of 9 weekly worksheets, which were a set of 2-3 short answer questions of about 200-300 words each. They normally asked you to refer to material from the lectures and readings. I thought these were very straightforward and never took me more than an hour to complete. They were also only graded on completion, so they didn't need to be perfect. A large portion of this class is the final essay project, which is broken up into stages throughout the semester (one due every other week). These also involved fair amounts of writing, but were very open ended as we got to pick our own topic to study. I HIGHLY recommend spending a lot of time researching/thinking of your topic and argument at the beginning of the quarter - this will make your life a lot easier later on when the assignments become more focused. I didn't think these were very difficult, though they were somewhat time consuming. The final paper itself is 8-10 pages 12pt which is quite a lot, though I ended up just reusing material I already wrote for the previous weeks. There is also one group presentation sometime during the quarter, which is very easy and straightforward. Bare in mind some grading details will depend on your TA, as the TA does the grading for all the assignments.
Overall, I liked this class. If you're interested in architecture and don't mind a bit of writing, I'd recommend it! I found the material very interesting and Professor Amoresano is extremely sweet and cares a lot about her students. If all you're looking for is an easy GE, then maybe consider another class though. It wasn't exceptionally difficult, but it is a fair amount of work
I took this class as an easy GE and it was pretty much just that. When I took this class it was broken. down under these components:
Attendance (5%) ; Participation (10%) --> for discussion
Review Presentation 5% ; Weekly Worksheets 20% ; Final Paper 60%
- If Im being honest you didnt really need to attend lectures, the only reason to attend lectures is to get information for the weekly worksheets but the worksheets are short and are graded on completion.
- You'll need to do a presentation during discussion the week of your choosing with other classmates just reviewing the material of that week. Its pretty easy and my TA actually preferred if you didnt go very in depth with the review.
- The class is centered around writing an 8-10 page paper about the long history of anything you choose but it has to be a site, artifact, building etc. The final paper itself is worth 25% of your grade, the rest is distributed to worksheets you will need to do while working on your final paper:
In-class Paper interest Workshop (Week 2) 5%
Space/Object ID Assignment (Week 4) 10%
Space/Object framing (Week 6) 10%
Paper Outline (Week 8) 10%
Final Paper (Week 10) 25%
Overall I found the class to be very manageable and easy. The professor was very sweet and open to suggestions on class structure. The content was also interesting at times but I stopped attending lectures after realizing you dont really need to. Your grade heavily depends on your TA but you can do fine regardless because the class is structured in a way that you can pass easily. I would recommend to those who want an easy GE and also to those who like architecture and history.
Alright course. Could get really boring but there is little to no work. I did lose a few points because I did not participate as much which is why I did not get an A. There are no exams just weekly worksheets of like 2-3 questions about 200 words each. A lot of extra credit and the final paper is super interesting and easy since you get to choose your own architectural study. I stopped going to lectures around week 7 since you really don't need them for the worksheets (as they are graded on completeness).
I took this class hoping it would be an easy GE and it turned out to be more work than I expected. Each week there was a shit ton of reading and 2-3 questions based on the reading that required about 200-300 word responses each due before discussion. These questions were based on completion though so it wasn't that big of a deal, just felt like busywork. She did offer extra credit every week which was also nice. During lectures, her slides only had images and no bullets so you have to really pay attention to what she says (they were recorded during Spring 2022 which was very helpful). However, she was a really sweet prof, very engaging, and always open to changing class based on student feedback. There are no midterms or finals, only an 8-10 page paper due at the end of the quarter based on your chosen architectural site. You work on the scaffolding of this paper throughout the quarter through various worksheets due every two weeks. Discussion is mandatory (5%) and participation is REQUIRED (10%) but if you get a good TA, they're usually pretty lenient with the grading. Your TA grades EVERYTHING so if you get a harsh TA you are fucked. My TA was pretty nitpicky with the worksheets but ended up grading the final papers leniently (not giving below a 92) so I still ended up with an A. TLDR; lots of work for a GE and very boring if you're not into history/architecture, but very possible to get an A depending on TA
Suuuuper heavy workload for a ge honestly. It was interesting don't get me wrong, I just wish I knew what I was signing up for before it was too late.
I took this class as a GE and because I honestly thought it would be like a museum tour or something, and for the most part, it was. However, the weekly workload for this class was extremely heavy, and as a class I expected to have been put on the back burner as I focused on other classes, I was disappointed. There were many occasions where I was spending more time weekly on this class than calc or other (arguably) more difficult courses.
Professor Amoresano was super sweet and an awesome lecturer! if you don't find architectural history interesting this class will be a bit of a bore though. the main grades of this class revolve around weekly worksheets and components of a final thesis paper on any architectural site of your choosing. The worksheet were initially difficult to answer despite the open-endedness of them, and she ended up doing a survey to see how we were doing and actually listened to our suggestions, which was awesome. My TA Carrie was also really helpful and clear with questions. Overall I recommend if you are interested in architecture
This class was well structured. A worksheet for the readings and lectures every week and every other week there would be another worksheet that helped you prepare for the 8-10 page final essay! The class was very interesting but sometimes the lectures can be longer than usual.