Visible Language: Study of Writing

Jeremy Smoak

Visible Language: Study of Writing

Asian department

Jeremy Smoak

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Overall 4.3
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Easiness of class 3.7
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Clarity of professor 4.3
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  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Has Group Projects
  • Issues PTEs
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Snazzy Dresser

Textbooks

The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs & Pictograms
Andrew Robinson
ISBN: 9780500286609
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Grades

Spring 2017
29.3%
24.4%
19.6%
14.7%
9.8%
4.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2016
44.1%
36.8%
29.4%
22.1%
14.7%
7.4%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2015
42.1%
35.1%
28.1%
21.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2014
35.6%
29.6%
23.7%
17.8%
11.9%
5.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted Oct. 21, 2018 Grade Received: A-

The professor was passionate. There were guest lecturers throughout the quarter (hit-or-miss). The midterm and final were doable, but study a few days before because there was a lot of material to cover.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted March 29, 2018 Grade Received: A

I thought some of the assignments (reading summaries in particular) were a little much, but the class was interesting and the workload wasn't too bad.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted March 26, 2018 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Smoak is a very intelligent and captivating lecturer. I enjoyed his class. There are two reading quizzes, a midterm and final. And a required visit to LACMA which was free and actually interesting. There is also a group project to invent a writing system. Sounds challenging and it is, but with the right group and ideas it can become fun. I’m selling the required textbook for $20. Text me if interested 2065049466.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted Nov. 29, 2017 Grade Received: B+

Somewhat more work than other G.E.'s, but definitely doable. Procrastinated pretty heavy in this class, which reflected in my final grade. Quizzes are free points, just read a day before and make sure to connect the ideas in the reading with points of emphasis during lecture, as he tends to put info like that on the quizzes. Midterm and final were fair as they each focused on the writing systems learned in the previous weeks. Group project was fun, although we got snubbed of extra credit tbh. Overall, class was ok and definitely loses steam towards the end of the quarter as lectures just drag in which you repeat random ancient alphabets.

SELLING THE ROBINSON TEXTBOOK- "The Story of Writing, 2nd Edition" for $10, basically new with no highlighting or writing inside. email me @ barrettobronson@gmail.com to purchase!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 14, 2017 Grade Received: A

This is a GE with a lot of work. We had 2 papers, a museum visit, weekly mandatory discussions with turned in summary, a project, midterm and final. In addition, this class was hard. Smoak is a great lecturer and the TA was awesome, but the material was still challenging due to the majority of it not being taught in any other classes. We had to memorize facts from 10+ different writing systems, and the difficulty showed on the averages of the quizzes which were quite low, despite a high midterm average. Final was quite difficult due to the need to recognize different artifacts, all which looked quite similar. Still, it was really enjoyable.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2016 Submitted June 15, 2016 Grade Received: A

Great Lecturer! all around awesome professor. Selling story of writing textbook email me if interested at Gisellemartinez@me.com

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Has Group Projects
  • Issues PTEs
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Snazzy Dresser

Textbooks

The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs & Pictograms
Andrew Robinson
ISBN: 9780500286609
View on Amazon
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