All Ratings and Reviews for John C Dagenais
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!!!!!
When I tell you this is the worst mistake I have made as a UCLA student, I am speaking nothing but the truth. This class is extremely difficult. If you are trying to take this class as a GE, DONT! It will ruin your life, I am a STEM major and I find my Pre Reqs easier than this class. This class covers so much information that I find it impossible to learn everything. Bi-weekly quizzes are given and they are graded extremely hard. The midterm covered SIX weeks of information that I felt like was impossible to learn everything. No study guide is given for any exam and the TA's are very stingy and inconsisent with the information about the exams. The professor is so boring, he lectures for the entire 1 hour and 50 minutes in a monotone voice that makes it impossible not to fall asleep in this class. The organization of his class is lacking in a lot of ways and I feel like he needs to restructure his whole lesson plan. Many of the information he makes us learn is unneccasary and to top it off it doesnt show up on exams. After reading this and you still decide to take the class, just remember week 6 before entering the midterm, you will remember this post and regret your decision.
This class is insanely difficult. Ask anyone taking this class Spring 2018, and I can assure 100% they will all say the same thing. The lectures are so incredibly boring and feel like they drag on for ages and the professor speaks in a severely monotonous voice so that doesn't help. The midterm was hell and I felt the essay was harshly graded. The exam consisted of: map identification, matching, short answer, essay, multiple choice, and free response. Do not take this class as a GE!! Everything is structured so that it is extremely difficult to pull through. Participation is a big part in grading but my TA would only give us about 5 minutes in discussion to actually participate and the same people would always get called on. I strongly dislike this class but was forced to take it as a spanish major.
This has to be the hardest class that I have ever taken at UCLA. First of all, the powerpoints are out of topic he goes out of line on dates. His exams are hard in remembering the geopraphic 25 multiple choice, an essay images, and dates to remember. There is so much you need to know by brain to pass this class. You have to study hard to earn a good grade, and the tas grade very hard on the essays. As a spanish major i have to retake this class because i didnt get it the first time.
Do yourself a favor and do not take this class, unless you need it for the Spanish major/minor (like I do). This class is extremely hard for a GE and trust me you will regret it if you take it. The professor is boring, rude and cocky. When it comes to lectures, half of the time, he just talks about his trips to Spain and the other half he talks in a monotonous voice that its easy for you to fall asleep. When students ask questions in lecture he makes them feel stupid for not knowing the answer or pretends he didn't hear your question. In fact, he makes the TAs round around with a microphone just so you could speak.
The TAs are harsh graders for both the quizzes and the exams. And both the quizzes and the exams are extremely hard especially when he doesn't provide you with a study guide. Plus the workload is somewhat heavy because you have to read about 8-12 articles a week that doesn't pertain with the information that you are learning in lecture. Those articles are just UNNECESSARY assignments (I suggest that if you decide to take the class, don't bother to read them, its a waste of time)
Just overall , the class is not worth taking unless you need it, but even then do NOT take this professor if there are others who are teaching it.
DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS AS A GE. This class is probably 95% Spanish majors/minors. It requires a ton of studying to absorb the information and the lectures themselves are not very engaging either. In addition, the lectures also go out of order and seem to drag on. In the end, I found it wasn't worth it to do the studying since getting an A was out of the question.
This class is a horrendous nightmare. Do not take this class- the TAs are as bad as the professor. They are arrogant, useless, and do not bother helping you. My TA took 1 whole week to reply to an email but simply said that "my email got lost in between many others". If you are a TA, and always remind us to email you during the discussion, then why be so useless when we actually do? The professor is arrogant, boring, and makes crude jokes at times- such as bringing up old email of prior students who disagree with his work. What is the intention of that? I learned nothing useful in this class, and for that reason, I know my GPA will suffer. I always studied so hard and spent days studying for the quizzes and exams, yet, I only did well on one. The TAs are ridiculous graders, and my TA would always bring my grade down because she could not read my writing! How is that allowable? If you take this class, please make sure you do the end of the quarter review survey! Be honest with everything. This professor does not deserve to teach this class. I learned nothing about culture, but just about the history of the Iberian Peninsula. I took a Latin American History class last quarter and I learned about so many things than this terrible class. I am a Spanish major and was forced to take this class and I am unsure as to my grade at this point. There was no possible resource of help available as the professor would take advantage of asking questions in class to humiliate you and make you feel stupid. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS UNLESS YOU HAVE TO !!! Please do not make yourself go through unnecessary troubles.
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.
Dagenais is a great professor. His tests are fair, his lectures are interesting, and he is a nice guy. He is one of the funniest professors I have had at UCLA. His class is entertaining and informative. He knows so much about Spain, and can relate practically anything you learn about to an interesting personal experience of his own. I would reccomend his class to anyone.
I think he is a nice, funny guy. Since he puts the lecture notes online, there is really no point in going to lecture. I've gone to lecture for Span M42 like 4 times, maybe, and got a 96% on the midterm. Just study hard and you'll ace the tests, since they're not that hard. But, I highly recommend him--he makes Spanish History really fun and interesting.
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