All Ratings and Reviews for Jacco Dieleman
Professor Dieleman is a great professor. He knows SO much, not just about Egyptian history and religion, but also about Greek/Roman/other European philosophers and history. Its fascinating how he manages to integrate all these different people and time periods together in a cohesive way. However, he never tests on that or other specific details so that way you can absorb the knowledge without feeling pressured to memorize every trivial detail. Whoever wrote that Dieleman doesn't know how to interact with the class is completely wrong. He is the NICEST man and goes out of his way to answer questions and keeps going until the student completely understands. He will even stop in the middle of everything if he sees a hand raised, and will clarify things for the student. He cares so much about student learning that when people started complaining about the TA, he came to discussion sections and started teaching there himself out of his own time. At a school like UCLA finding such a genuinely caring, considerate and sweet professor is really hard. I would take another class w/ him any day.
Oh and props to the student who said he was hot.. I agree completely!
Professor Dieleman is a very knowledgeable, nice and respectful professor. His class, overall, was very easy. The midterm was harder than the final. The final just consisted of really really easy multiple choice questions. It's not hard to get an A in this class; just study his notes, pay attention in class, and ask questions. The only negative thing about this class, though, is that lectures were sometimes quite boring; I found it hard to stay awake sometimes. But overall, I highly recommend Professor Dieleman. He is, by far, one of the best professors I've had at UCLA.
Dieleman is one of the most knowledgeable professors here, but his downfall lies in his lack of communication skills. Beware that he is absolutely in love with PowerPoint slides, and while this might be beneficial to people who don't go to class, they make the lectures incredibly boring. Unless specifically prompted to do so by a student, he has trouble interacting with the class during his regular lectures. Over 3/4 of the class will pay attention only to the slides during the lecture with the result that Dieleman does not have to be a very good speaker. The tests and the "essays" (1-2 pages) are ridiculously simple, almost to the point of being frustrating. He can be vague with his questions (the English words he uses are not always as precise as he thinks), so be sure to ask for clarification, especially during tests. Overall, I did not enjoy the class because it was not very engaging on any level. It was truly an upper-division "north campus" class taught like a lower-division "south campus" class: tons of uninterested students, little critical thinking, way too much "technology in the classroom," and a general lack of communication from both parties.
I really loved Dieleman's class. Some people found the material (Ancient Egyptian Religion) boring, and therefore found the whole class stupid, but if you are actually INTERESTED in Ancient Egypt then you should enjoy the class. He knows his stuff, presents the material very well, and teaches directly to the midterm/final while still giving lots of extra, interesting info. He'll answer his e-mail very promptly and give advice about [relevant] your academic path as well.
He never graded my paper, but I have heard that he is a tougher grader than the TAs. However, the class was still overall fairly easy to comprehend. It actually helped me prepare for the Egyptian Civ class, rather than the other way around.
I'm a first-year, and all in all, he has been one of my favorite teachers between high school and the beginnings of college.
Ignore the course at the top, I had Jacco for AN N EA 130, Ancient Egyptian Religion, Winter 2010. It's always a plus to have a prof who loves his subject and Jacco LOVES egyptology. He's really nice, has a cool dutch accent and he explains things pretty well. Lecture was kindaaa boring though, and it felt pretty long cuz it's an hr 20 and sometimes he'll run over 10 min! Egyptian religion is pretty interesting, some of the concepts are a little difficult but its fine for the most part. The tests are kinda long. Maybe it feels longer because its made up of a bunch of small parts like identifications (one sentence definitions or just naming a god), short essays (describing an image or a concept) and then longer essays. Theres a lot of material to know, he gives you study guides for the midterm and final. They look really intimidating but as long as you go to lecture and take notes, you will be fine. You need the course reader. Its kind of a lot of reading. More so in the very beginning of the class, after that the pace is pretty fair. Reading before lecture is def better because Jacco elaborates on what is said in the articles so the reading and lecture is much more comprehensive if you read before. If you don't keep up with the reading, dont worry just read before the tests and the study guide or section will point out which ones you actually need to read. ALWAYS use his slide galleries on the course website to study for the tests, they are excellent and give a lot of info. There are 3 incredibly easy online quizzes the first half of the quarter. No papers.
*** I TOOK HISTM103A (NOT near east 599) WITH DIELEMAN ***
I LOVE this professor!
He is clearly passionate about the material, so lectures were detailed but he would also make jokes and show his own photos from his travel and work. He would sometimes go off on tangents or spend a lot of a lecture on one small detail - if you're not interested in ancient Egypt, you won't find this class interesting, but if you are, he is a wealth of knowledge!
Exams are easy - IDs, labeling a map, and essays. There are two textbooks - one is easy to read and necessary for tests, the other is dense and theoretical, but you only need to use it for the papers. The assignments for this class were fair but spaced out poorly. We had a midterm, a final 10th week, and two papers due finals week. He definitely should have assigned one of the papers for earlier in the quarter.
Great Professor! He gices you the final questions beforehand, so there's no excuse not to do well. The TA was wothless, but if you go to Dieleman's OH he'll help you with your paper! The class was super interesting! My favorite so far. Highy recommend!
Jacco was great. His lectures were well prepared and informative, and he always made sure to drive home the big picture rather than focusing on the minutiae. He was also extremely helpful, readily providing extra office hours, appointments, and reading materials upon request. When I first read the syllabus I was a little nervous that he only gives A's to those students with over a 92% (counter to the standard 90%), but he is such an effective teacher and understanding grader that if you just go to lecture you should do very well. Take him before you leave UCLA!
this professor is also involved with religion of ancient egypt so his lectures would often go off on interesting tangents. he is a very knowledgable of the material and you should go to class because he is hot!
Professor Dieleman is extremely knowledgeable about the material and is a very nice man. He is soft spoken and poised in the classroom. The material is very interesting and worthwhile to learn because it deals with religions-- I find myself comparing the similarities of this religion to modern-day Christianity. I would recommend this class to my friends.
There isn't a large amount of reading, but some of the articles in the reader are dense and hard to sort through during the first reading. Go to lecture because the professor talks about things that aren't in the reader but are on the midterm. This class has philosophical undertones, but not so much that it gets too confusing. One of the good things about this class is that he isn't looking for only specific details, but he wants us to learn the concepts and get a feel for what Ancient Egyptian Religion is really about.
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