John Dagenais

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SPAN 42
Iberian Culture See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 2.3

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I feel like the title of the class should not be Iberian culture. There is no discussion of culture, at all. Instead, it should be Spain's /Iberia's history. The professor is too much. This class is really difficult. Please do not take as a G.E. You might die.

There's a lot of information covered in a short amount of time. Bi-weekly quizzes and the professor is very boring. Grade distribution sucks, its not curved. His own wife falls asleep during his lectures (sad!). He is very rude and so cocky. I don't hate him but I don't like him. Class is easy the first two weeks, but after that it becomes hard. This should not be a G.E. Save yourselves!!!!!

(Spring Quarter 2018)
SPAN M42
Civilization of Spain and Portugal See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.5

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This is quite possibly one of the easiest classes that I've taken. The grading is consisted of: 25% midterm, 15 % quizzes during discussions (4 quizzes in total, but you get to drop the lowest one), 10 % film critique (kinda unnecessary IMO and does not necessarily pertain to the class), 15 % participation points during discussions, and 35 % final. Both the midterm and the final were very easy but I guess we had lenient TAs (I had Paula). Basically participation points are pretty easy to get as you only need to skim through the internet articles (which by the end gets really redundant. For example, there were articles about 'Laws of Historical Memory' or 'ETA' for three weeks but I guess that's good since you don't have to do the readings the second or third time around and the material really sinks in by the end).
Pro: So easy. Midterm asked the easy stuff for most part (the TAs wrote the midterm). Also for both the midterm and the final you have to identify some slides (15 slides out of about 30 slides that you have to study from) but this part is basically free points. The same thing goes for the final. There are some matching and multiple choice but were also fairly easy. The huge part is the short answer part (which is like half of your for the midterm/ final) but they are nothing tricky; it just requires minimal thinking. Also there is no textbook so that's definitely a huge plus.
Con: going to class is not necessary as the lecture notes are posted online and Prof. Dagenais basically just reads from his powerpoint presentation anyway. Also he does not seem to care much about students (after all, he is the chairman of the department what do you expect?)
Overall, I'd definitely recommend this class as a GPA booster. Plus Spanish History is actually quite fun and interesting.
Grade Received: A+ although I only got a B- on the paper (which is only 10% of your grade so it is okay to bomb the paper completely).

(Feb. 4, 2008)
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PORTGSE M42
Civilization of Spain and Portugal See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.2

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SPAN 120
History of Literature Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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SPAN 120
History of Literature See Full Profile

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SPAN 122
Medieval Literature: El Camino de Santiago See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.4

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SPAN 130
Post-Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism in Spain See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.3

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Enjoyed the class. Only 2 test and a participation grade.

Midterm 30%
Participation 30%
Final 40%

(June 6, 2015)
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SPAN 160
Topics in Spanish Linguistics Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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SPAN 160
Topics in Spanish Linguistics See Full Profile

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SPAN 170
Topics in Media, Interdisciplinary, and Transhistorical Studies See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

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SPAN 191B
Variable Topics in Spanish: Studies in Hispanic Culture and Civilization See Full Profile

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SPAN 197
Individual Studies in Spanish See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 4.0

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Took the travel study class in France and Spain otherwise known as "El Camino de Santiago"
Loved it. was so much fun. I feel like I learned a lot in every aspect even outside of the class.
I really recommend you take this course with this professor. He pretty much lets you pick your own project to do as long as its a credible one that will deserve a grade. He's really nice and helpful, wonderful guy.

(July 25, 2002)
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