Global Pop

Jesse Ruskin

Global Pop

Ethnomusicology department

Jesse Ruskin

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Overall 3.4
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Easiness of class 3.7
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Workload 3.6
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Clarity of professor 2.7
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Grades

Summer 2016
41.2%
34.3%
27.5%
20.6%
13.7%
6.9%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
36.9%
30.8%
24.6%
18.5%
12.3%
6.2%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2015
33.3%
27.8%
22.2%
16.7%
11.1%
5.6%
0.0%
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A
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B
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
44.7%
37.3%
29.8%
22.4%
14.9%
7.5%
0.0%
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A
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B+
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2014
35.5%
29.6%
23.7%
17.8%
11.8%
5.9%
0.0%
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A
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B
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C
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D+
D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2014
33.3%
27.8%
22.2%
16.7%
11.1%
5.6%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
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C-
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D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Oct. 14, 2017 Grade Received: A

This is definitely one of the easiest GE's that I've taken. Professor Ruskin is not a super engaging lecturer, but if you are into music then you'll enjoy the material. There are a lot of assigned readings, but you don't need to read them thoroughly as long as you understand the main points. The papers are not graded toughly and the quizzes and tests are not difficult either as long as you've prepared. He also had a lot of cool guest lecturers, which kept the class more interesting. If you've never taken a music class at UCLA and are looking for a GE, I highly recommend this class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted July 11, 2017 Grade Received: A

I loved this class and would highly recommend it!! I have a musical background (played piano for ten years and had music history as part of my high school curriculum), which I think was beneficial for the quizzes/tests, but you can still ace the class without it. I really appreciate the breadth of material Professor Ruskin tried to cover with time constraints, and his lectures give you the opportunity to meet some stellar artists. He's also pretty flexible in letting you go outside of the provided topics for the final project. The papers are not difficult, the most important thing is that you write and convey your ideas well, and format everything (including citations) correctly.
Workload: a few quizzes (maybe 2-4?) which are just listening to clips of songs and writing down the artist, genre and country of origin, two papers (~5 pages each), a final exam (which is formatted like the listening quizzes + more detailed knowledge of the artists, individual songs, genres, instruments, and history within countries of origin), and a final project (where you make a playlist of songs from a chosen country and with information on each piece).

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted June 18, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

This class really is not a lot of work. There are two papers and one playlist assignment, which are all worth a heavy part of your grade. I honestly think lecture was light because there would be occasional performances and listening to different types of music was really fun. I did not appreciate how much your grade depended on the papers which were graded by your TA. Do not let the grade distribution fool you as the majority of your grade depends on how your TA grades the papers your write. The final is a multiple choice but it is stressful if your paper grades were bad and rely on it to boost your grade. My advice would be to do well on the papers and your basically set.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted April 1, 2017 Grade Received: B+

The most boring class I've ever taken. If you aren't good at remembering obscure, unimportant facts and aren't a good audio learner (you have to memorize song artists, titles, and genres based on listening), don't take this class. I fell asleep in almost every lecture. Really not worth it.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 24, 2016 Grade Received: A-

I found this course, a purportedly easy GE, to be more difficult than expected. Professor Ruskin is undoubtedly an expert in ethnomusicology, but his lectures do not quite display his expertise. The lectures were often extremely boring, and I frequently observed that the fraction of students who actually showed up to the 9 am often fell asleep within the first thirty minutes. He uses slides, but he uses them to mostly display photos and video clips, so there was not much to take notes on, and he does not post the slides as some other professors do. Ruskin did often have guest lecturers and performers come in place of his lectures, and these were actually interesting and exciting and became my favorite part of the course. If you're bold enough you could volunteer to go up on stage and learn to play instruments or how to do certain dances. I did so, and that's what made this class feel more fun and worthwhile instead of agonizing and unnecessary.

As far as the workload goes, there were three papers, evenly spaced throughout the quarter, and two quizzes held in discussion. As long as you put in some effort, and depending on your TA, the papers were not all that bad. However, the directions and expectations for them usually required clarification from a TA or from Ruskin himself. The quizzes were simple and based off of the listening examples required as homework. Those were simply memorization. Ruskin also posted readings each week, but these were wholly unnecessary and students do not need to complete them in order to pass the class. There is no midterm, just a final. It is 100 points of multiple choice, which I expected to be easy, but was actually rather frustrating and harder than warranted. The listening section was easy, but the other multiple choice questions were formatted in a way that were difficult to answer with confidence. As one of the most engaged students in the class, I expected it to be a cake walk, but I left feeling irritated and unsure of myself.

Overall, this was an easy course that does not even require the student to attend lectures. However, the lectures were extremely boring, and if I did not have friends in the class with me, I would have hated it. I can't decide whether or not I would recommend that others take it, so if you do, good luck.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 20, 2016 Grade Received: A-

I went into this class interested enough by the course description to think that I was actually going to get myself up to willingly go to a 9 AM and go to lecture. Boy, was I wrong. I ended up showing up a total of three times. One of those times I fell asleep and another one of those times, I spent the entire two hours online shopping. It takes a special kind of talent to make an exciting subject look dull, but Professor Ruskin somehow managed to do it. Props to him.

The lecture slides aren't posted online, and good luck trying to get notes from anyone else in the class, because chances are, they didn't go either. And even if they did, the Internet connection in that building sucks. The readings are, though, and it definitely helps to do them when you're studying for the final. The final is multiple choice and there's a study guide for it, but the questions got pretty specific and were mostly in "which of the following are true?" format where every question seemed like a trick question. There's no midterm, though, and the quizzes you have before it are just based on identifying the listenings, so you go in without really knowing what to anticipate. Because of that, even actually going to lecture couldn't save you.

As far as assigned work goes, you get two papers and a playlist project where you just write a few notes on each of the songs. These are pretty easy, but different TAs do have different ways of grading that can work for or against you. I don't have complaints there, as I did very well on them and my GPA thanks me and the people behind the grading of my work for that. The only other thing I enjoyed about this class is, aside from still pulling an A- having gone to so few of the lectures, the ability to wow your friends with how cultured you are with all the playlists you'll have amassed of obscure music in languages you don't speak and countries you have no connection to.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 20, 2016 Grade Received: P

After reading previous reviews of this class, i thought it would be fun class. Boy i was wrong, probably one of the most boring classes i have taken at ucla. grades depend on your TA as they are the ones reading your papers. Overall, i would say that i would not take it again

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 24, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

This class was really fun! Professor Ruskin always brought in guest speakers/artists to perform and discuss the music of the region we are studying. He uses powerpoint slides during the lecture and does not post them online, so I recommend going to every lecture. Ruskin seems like a genuinely nice person, and his passion for music really shows during lecture. For this class, we need to write 3 essays (which were relatively easy with the help of my TA) and finish the final worth 30% of our grade. We also get points for going to discussion, so make sure you attend!

The final had some confusing questions that he did not thoroughly review, but most of the questions were easy to answer. It was a 100 question final, and 40 of them had to do with the required listening. To do well on the final, review the listening notes Ruskin provides you with and focus on the study guide!

Overall, I recommend this class to any student! It was interesting and pretty easy.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 12, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

I loved this class. It was honestly one of my favorite classes at UCLA. I took it as a GE my senior year over the summer, hoping that it would be interesting and not too difficult. I found both to be true.

Reading through the previous comments, it states that Professor Ruskin has a monotonous voice, but I did not find this to be true in class. I felt that he was both passionate and knowledgeable about the subject matter. He even played live music for some of the sections! He opened up the floor to many debates and discussions that were very interesting. It was cool to see the other students' perspective on the same material that you had just heard and read about, especially when it was drastically different than what you had interpreted.

I often went to office hours, which I felt were very helpful in clarifying the direction of my essays and how to structure them. At first it was a bit overwhelming as a South Campus major to get back into writing, however Professor Ruskin helped make that transition easy. He is a great mentor and very easy to talk to about any questions or concerns that you have. He is the type of professor that you can have an open dialogue with, without being intimidated or making it seem as though you are wasting his time.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this class to anybody. If you put in the work, it is very simple to receive an A+. You also might just find that you now listen to music from around the world that you never would have known existed! :)

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 23, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Global Pop:

This class is a very easy GE, but only if you find a good TA. I had Deonte and he was very lax with grading. Both essays were rather easy and relatively short. Participation was 100% if you just show up. The playlist assignment was also an easy A. The final was 50 multiple choice questions, very easy.

I only went to class 2 times and still got an A. Ruskin is incredibly boring and nothing he says in class is really necessary for your grade, except for the final. The papers are all independent of lecture, as is the playlist. For the final, all I did was memorize all of the assigned listening, which applied to most of the exam.

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