Contemporary World History, 1760 to the Present

J. A. Getty

Contemporary World History, 1760 to the Present

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J. A. Getty

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Overall 4.2
Easiness of class 2.8
Workload 2.4
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Fall 2012

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted May 29, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

sorry, I forgot to put my contact in the previous evaluation for selling course reader.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted May 29, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Selling my course reader for $10.
If you're a south campus major and need a history GE, take him. It's a really easy class.
I took History 22 on fall 2012. He's a really good professor and he has humor. it's a world history class whose material has already appeared in high school history class. I stopped going to lecture from week 4 or 5. He posts his slides online so even if you don't go to his lecture you know what's going on.
No homework except reading. About the reading assignment, it's really fair for a history class, about 10 pages a week. You don't have to read all of them since you only need to use it in the discussion to talk in groups. So read and remember a few points and that's enough.
There's a quiz for every two week, but it's easy, even for a south campus person.
There's an midterm in which there're 50 multiple choices(without any difficulties) and a 5 page paper. The grade of paper depends on your TA. We're supposed to have a final but professor changed it to another 5 page essay. Anyway it worked against me as I am not a good writer and I prefer a real final. I got a A- as my first paper was below 90.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 9, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

professor Getty was great. i really enjoyed is class. his lectures are pretty interesting and the sound effects are even better! this was the easiest class i have ever taken. i definitely recommend this class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 9, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

This was the easiest class I've taken. Professor Getty is a great, engaging lecturer that fills his powerpoints with sound effects and videos to keep you awake. His midterm seriously took me like 20 minutes to finish and I got a 96. There was a midterm essay and for the final we have a take-home essay, but those really depend on your TA. He was a great professor. I would love to take a class he taught again. Definitely recommended for those of you trying to find an easy, interesting GE.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 25, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

I wasn't interested in the subject at all, but Getty still managed to make the class interesting. A great experience learning about Russian history from someone who lived through much of it himself. His slides are packed with info, but he manages to slip in a personal story that makes it interesting every once in a while. If you know how to write and speak (in discussion), you'll do fine in this course.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 14, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

I really loved Professor Getty. He has a passion for what he is lecturing which makes the material interesting. However, he has a narrator's voice which can put you to sleep. He doesn't put his slides up but he podcasts his lectures. The class consists of a midterm (multiple choice and 1 short answer), a weekly quiz in discussion, a 5-7 page term paper, and a 7-9 page take home final. It's kind of a lot of work but not too difficult. I'm sure there are easier GE's out there, but I would still recommend taking a class with Professor Getty.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 13, 2007 Grade Received: N/A

Getty has a great voice and is a good lecturer. There's a midterm (in class essay), a take home essay, and a take home final. Discussion sections are mandatory and a big factor in your grade. My T.A. was somewhat condescending and I dreaded going to discussion. Make sure you get a good T.A. because they grade everything.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 20, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

Getty is a great lecturer and a nice guy. I'm not a history person and I was NEVER bored. He can be a little opinionated, but I definitely learned historical facts as opposed to his points of view. Midterm was multiple choice with a crossword puzzle. Go to discussion and participate, do the easy quizzes/writeups. I got a C on the midterm (crossword puzzle screwed me up), but got like 95 on both participation and the final (which is TAKE HOME!!), ended up with an A-. Even if I would have gotten a B or B+, I still learned a lot with a great lecturer, and this was definitely an enjoyable class. If you take history, take classes with Getty!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 25, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

I have never liked a class in UCLA the way I enjoy History 22 with Professor Getty. He is an unbelievably awesome history lecturer and he never fails to challenge his students to think further into various controversial issues in the modern history. The workload for this class is very reasonable - one midterm, one final, one essay and participation. The tests are not hard at all and are very fair to students who go to lectures. Getty is teaching for the sake of teaching and not trying to trick students. I love this class dearly and recommend all to take a class with Professor Getty.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 24, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

This is probably the easiest history class you can take at UCLA. There is no way in the world that you should not get an A if you print out and look over his lecture notes. His lectures are real clear, he does them all on powerpoint, however his point of view on issues really comes through and he is incredibly biased. Its like listening to a person's opinion on events instead of learning about the actual history.

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