Karen Orren
Department of Political Science
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Based on 5 User s
Easiness 2.8 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.2 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.8 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.4 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: I
Oct. 11, 2022

Selling 3 required textbooks for this class all for lower prices than retail:

- Belated Feudalism by Karen Oren [brand new]

- The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch

- American Abolitionism by Stanley Harrold

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 20, 2022

Hi, this is a review for her 147A class taken Spring 2022. Honestly, Professor Orren is not as bad as some of the many past reviews suggest. She can be convoluted at some points, and a bit stubborn with her material, but she also has some very intriguing hypotheses of American political development that other classes do not seem to offer. Her main idea is that American political development comes from very ancient, "feudal" social structures that trickle down into American political life.

The trick to this class is to take detailed notes, as she does not use power point slides. Also with readings, try to get an overview but don't invest too much time because the test prompts are general enough where you only need the gist of the book and class material. Your TA is your best bet, as Orren is not always super open to questions (but she can be). Overall, I think the previous reviews are a bit harsh. She's just your traditional loving grandma that doesn't put up with attitude well. If you try with this class, you will get a good grade and learn some interesting things along the way. You will be fine.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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March 17, 2021

The comment here about her "f***ing up the grading scale" and causing everybody's grades to be lower is false. Complete nonsense. The grades ended up being within the range that the Professor wanted them to be in, and the TA over-shared about the behind-the-scenes process, confusing some students, apparently. Amazing class to take for students interested in the history of the Reconstruction Era or of the history of the treatment of Black Americans in US History generally.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 17, 2020

Prof Orren has very unstructured lectures (over zoom) and she doesn't use powerpoint slides or record the class. Her lectures are literally her just trying to figure out technology or reading off a textbook we aren't required to read or yelling at our TA. The readings are tedious and she doesn't connect them well to lecture materials. She gets frustrated with students for asking questions, and when you do, she doesn't answer them. She didn't provide reasonable accommodations for finals and fucked up the grading scale so that the class average dropped. The only reason I got a decent grade was because of the TA. A shame considering how relevant this course COULD BE in our current political and social climate.
She literally lives up to her name. take at your own risk lol

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A-
Jan. 9, 2017

Selling all three required readings!

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Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: I
Oct. 11, 2022

Selling 3 required textbooks for this class all for lower prices than retail:

- Belated Feudalism by Karen Oren [brand new]

- The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch

- American Abolitionism by Stanley Harrold

Email me: jailinvo13@gmail.com

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 20, 2022

Hi, this is a review for her 147A class taken Spring 2022. Honestly, Professor Orren is not as bad as some of the many past reviews suggest. She can be convoluted at some points, and a bit stubborn with her material, but she also has some very intriguing hypotheses of American political development that other classes do not seem to offer. Her main idea is that American political development comes from very ancient, "feudal" social structures that trickle down into American political life.

The trick to this class is to take detailed notes, as she does not use power point slides. Also with readings, try to get an overview but don't invest too much time because the test prompts are general enough where you only need the gist of the book and class material. Your TA is your best bet, as Orren is not always super open to questions (but she can be). Overall, I think the previous reviews are a bit harsh. She's just your traditional loving grandma that doesn't put up with attitude well. If you try with this class, you will get a good grade and learn some interesting things along the way. You will be fine.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
March 17, 2021

The comment here about her "f***ing up the grading scale" and causing everybody's grades to be lower is false. Complete nonsense. The grades ended up being within the range that the Professor wanted them to be in, and the TA over-shared about the behind-the-scenes process, confusing some students, apparently. Amazing class to take for students interested in the history of the Reconstruction Era or of the history of the treatment of Black Americans in US History generally.

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 17, 2020

Prof Orren has very unstructured lectures (over zoom) and she doesn't use powerpoint slides or record the class. Her lectures are literally her just trying to figure out technology or reading off a textbook we aren't required to read or yelling at our TA. The readings are tedious and she doesn't connect them well to lecture materials. She gets frustrated with students for asking questions, and when you do, she doesn't answer them. She didn't provide reasonable accommodations for finals and fucked up the grading scale so that the class average dropped. The only reason I got a decent grade was because of the TA. A shame considering how relevant this course COULD BE in our current political and social climate.
She literally lives up to her name. take at your own risk lol

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A-
Jan. 9, 2017

Selling all three required readings!

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3.0
Overall Rating
Based on 5 User s
Easiness 2.8 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.2 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.8 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.4 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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