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During much of this class I was confused and frustrated by the way lecture material was presented. In the end however, everything came together and I learned more than in most GE classes because of the way I was forced to synthesize the material. If you stick with the lectures and keep up with the reading you can get a lot out of this class. As others have mentioned, the TA is very important to your grade. Anjali was great.
GOD she's the most preachy professor ever. She's one of those people that is so liberal that she needs to spread it around. I got an A in this class, but i want all of those hours i sat in lecture listening to her crazy rantings back. I'm a liberal myself, but i keep my opinions to myself. She didn't teach anything so don't take this class for it's substance. Most of the class either didn't show up or fell asleep. Someone really needs to tell this woman to sell her crazy some where else.
very interesting with an ability to look at the world from a different perspective. highly caring, do stop by her office hours, even if only to chat. do the reading, take notes when necessary, and class should be good. grading depends more on ta than professor, so bond more with the ta
Overall, this prof is alright. She did spend a good deal of time time touting her political views, but her lectures were mildly interesting.
The TA's grade everything, so getting a good one is more important than the professor.
Our midterm had questions that were given to us in advance, and our final was take-home essays. Aside from that, we had two really short, really easy papers.
Aside from that, we read a few ethnographies and the textbook was pretty much only used for definitions.
I'd recommend this class if you're looking for an easy grade, but if you're serious about the subject material, this might not be the best class to give you an overview.
Prfessor Brodkin was VERY enlightening and helpful. The grade that you get in this class really depends on what kind of T.A's you have. (Anjali) was a great T.A. She knew the material well and was very helpful. I recommend this class to people even if it's just to fulfill a G.E. req.
Professor Brodkin was great. She was really concerned that students learned the material. You have to write 2 research papers which are pretty lenient and the midterm questions are given to you ahead of time so that you do well. I really recommend this class because it's interesting.
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