All Ratings and Reviews for John Heritage
This class is very unconventional. Its looking at "transcripts" of conversations and then analyzing them. Because its so different, i found the class pretty interesting. 8 am hurt and had me missing quite a few lectures, but i made it. The assignments are pretty chill. Minimal effort will get you a B.
Great professors, learned lots of valuable knowledge, best course I've taken at UCLA. Clayman's and Heritage's lecturing style is amusing, informative, and straight to the point. Grading is fair and TAs are excellent. Take the course, don't think about it a second more, just take the course.
Professor Heritage is a wonderful man with an impeccable ability to articulate nuances of conversation into understandable terms. When I took the Sociology 197C seminar with him, we had about 5 visiting students from foreign countries sitting in because the topic of Communication in Medical Care is so crucial to society. Professor Heritage was able to deftly explain course concepts to Italian and Danish students -- in basic English terms they could understand. I was astounded by this skill.
I especially enjoyed his seminar because of the small class size. His assignments are limited but deep and he provides students with ample time to complete their work. He is extremely helpful during his office hours. In general, he is kind and humorous and easy to like. I am usually very impatient with long lectures, but his 3-hour seminars were much easier to sit through than I had expected. I certainly plan to take another class with him and I highly recommend him.
Also, the research he is participating in is cutting-edge for its field. There is significant financial stake in dealing with Communication in Medical Care, so the course is valuable to students of multiple interests, not just medicine.
Prof. Heritage was very interesting. I loved his class. Although some lectures can get boring, if you find the subject matter interesting it doesn't matter. There are 2 in class quizes, a take home midterm and a take home final. I really learned a lot from the class and I would definitely recommend the class.
Prof. Heritage's class is very boring unless you love to do transcriptions. His lectures are long and it is hard to stay awake. He tries to make the class interesting but I think this topic cannot be made interesting. However, if you are looking for any easy class this is it. There are a couple of small assignments and an EASY take home midterm. The final is in class and pretty easy once you get passed all of his errors on the exam.
I thought Heritage was a great professor. He was entertaining in class (lots of little British jokes) but also really well organized, with Power Point slides for every lecture. He always answered all the students questions, and I felt like he was really approachable. Even though the lecture was in a big hall he made me feel like we were all in a small classroom, all involved in what was going on. As long as you think the info is semi-interesting, I think people will love this class.
This professor is horrible. Don't take him. Aside from the fact that his grading is totally arbitrary, his lectures are extremely boring. Also, he would make his TA correct all of our work, but not have any idea as to the content of what she was grading, and when we would go into office hours to ask hime questions about our work, he would have no idea what we were talking about. He would let the TA give someone a B- on the paper, and then just by talking to him, would increase the student's grade to an A-. He's a really sweet man, but just totally clueless.
His classes are BORING. I often caught myself falling asleep. In addition, I feel his research-- what he's conveying to the students-- is pretty useless.
Excellent Professor and great guy. Extremely knowledgeable, nice, interesting, funny, and really cares about students. His classes are definitely not easy though, he has 4-5 assignments that are difficult even though he posts all the lecture notes and explain the material very well. I recommend taking a class with him and really use your TA for help with the assignments because they are the ones who grade them and are pretty good about telling you what they are looking for.
I think that Prof. Heritage is very intelligent and conveys his research findings in an effective manner. For the people who wrote about the long lectures, I agree that they lag occassionally. However, if you do the readings (which I know many people did not), all the information in lecture is connected and relevant. I think it is a unique course, but would have preferred shorter lectures and TA's who could speak English.
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