John Caldwell

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FILM TV 98TB
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FILM TV 110A
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Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.0 Workload 1.4 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.4

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You'd have a better chance taking the SAT blindfolded and having a fork as a writing utensil than passing one of Professor Caldwell's exams. Not to mention, there are three of them, each worse than the last.

Is this course interesting? Sure.
Is Professor Caldwell knowledgeable? Of course.
Is there proper power points, lectures, discussions that improve student's knowledge in order to pass the exams? Nope.

In my opinion, this course is terrible because of the his unorganized lectures, and over organized exams.

Even some of the TA's agree. Although, only one or two of them don't grade as harsh as the rest.

(July 1, 2014)
FILM TV 110C
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Overall 3.0 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.5 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 3.2

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110A, not 110C
Professor Caldwell is a great lecturer, and the course is enjoyable, especially because it follows general American History.
However, the course material is badly organized. There is a lot of information: lectures, screenings, textbook, PDF readings; and it all counts in the examinations.
The exams are not easy. Although he gave a good study-guide for the midterm, the grading was very hard--points off for anything omitted. Without the study-guide, there is no doubt, more than half the class would fail.
The Term-paper is nothing short of stressful. It requires you to articulate 4 specific articles into the paper even though some are not relevant to each other or the topic of your paper.
This a class I DO NOT recommend to take if you are not a film related major/minor.
To be fair I have to say that the course material is enjoyable. The lectures are not difficult to understand. The reading are straightforward.
If you are willing to put the time and work for this class, you will enjoy it. If you are taking this class hoping to be an easy GE and you have no prior experience to film, get ready for a rough ride.

(May 28, 2015)
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