Kathlyn Cooney

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AN N EA 15
Women and Power in Ancient World See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.4

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This class has good reviews, but Professor Cooney probably writes them herself. This is genuinely the worst class I've ever taken in my entire life. I am a south campus major and this class caused me more stress than my other classes.
My TA, @Dani Candelora, was absolutely horrible. She accused me of academic dishonesty and was very impolite and rude to her students. That being said, the grade you get depends entirely on your TA.
Cooney is very pretentious and only talks about her own experiences, not what we need to know for the midterm and final. Pretty much half the class is pointless because very few of the lectures pertain to what she actually tests you on.
There were a lot of students who tried to kiss up to Cooney and talk about their own views on feminism, which none of the other students actually care about.
The lectures are incredibly boring and truly pointless to attend. The final paper is ridiculous because no one teaches you how to do it, it's extremely long, and the process of choosing a topic is difficult. The topic she suggests are too specific and obscure, and the TAs claim most topics are too broad.
She doesn't know much about India, China, and Persia but still tried to lecture about it. It looked extremely unprofessional.
No matter what any of the other reviews say, I promise you will regret taking this class. It is absolutely horrible.

(Winter Quarter 2017)
AN N EA 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 5.0

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Ane 15

Sell all books(brand new) for $40. Text 310-993-0750.

(March 2, 2015)
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AN N EA 99
Student Research Program See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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Actual class taken: Ancient Near East 15

Amazing professor! She made the class really fun and engaging. The workload is very light, and your grade is made up of a midterm, final, and 10 page paper. Professor Cooney makes boring material lively, and I know I am leaving this class with valuable information in my brain!

(March 19, 2014)
AN N EA CM101A
Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt, Predynastic Period to New Kingdom See Full Profile

Overall 1.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 1.0

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Grading is handled by the T.A.s and for the reason that TAs often change, my review is mostly for Professor Cooney. Her lectures were interesting, although she unnecessarily injects her own political views into the discussion. This is a bit hypocritical, for when students asked about whether or not ancient Egyptians were 'black' or darker toned skin, she told us to stop "obsessing" about these types of issues and projecting our own ideas of 21st century race relations onto the ancient past. True, but she should also do the same.
What really disappointed me about Cooney was our after-class discussion. I approached her with questions about other Egyptologist's, like John Anthony West. She was very closed minded about new findings & research. She even told me to rely on wikipedia rather than on books I mentioned regarding these topics. When I told her wikipedia is unreliable for anything other then hard facts/general reference, due to biased/anonymous editing, she scoffed at me. I thought professors, esp. those at UCLA, would have better suggestions for research than wikipedia? What we had discussed must have angered her, because over the weekend, she had added a slide to the following class lecture. I know she added it because it had nothing to do with the day's subject, instead it had a photo regarding a topic I had mentioned to her. Specifically, it was a picture of a book, alongside a picture of a UFO. I could not believe how petty this was! The book doesnt mention anything about aliens, it was about dating the pyramids as older then 2000BCE, and written by a geologist. If she took the time to skim through its contents she would have known this. But instead, she tried to humiliate me in front of the class by associating new research to unrelated alien theories in order to defend her own dogmas. Not ok and very unprofessional. She is not a supportive professor, and if you disagree with her, she will use her status to try and demean you. Beware.

(Fall Quarter 2018)
ART HIS M101A
Egyptian Art and Archaeology Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ART HIS M101A
Egyptian Art and Archaeology See Full Profile

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ART HIS M101B
Egyptian Art and Archaeology of Middle and New Kingdoms See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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Professor Cooney is by far my most favorite professor EVER! She is very entertaining and makes each class a joy to look forward to. She really does not have much of a structure to her class it is very flexible and fluid. She is hilarious and simplifies the information for everyone so that it is easy to remember.
There is only one midterm and final. Her tests are not necessarily hard, but it is a challenge because there is not enough time to write down everything. If you attend lecture you are golden because everything is comprehensible. I did study a lot for her tests but her encouragement helps in pushing oneself to do their best. She is helpful and easy to approach and will answer ANY questions you have. I highly recommend her, even if the class is not in your major just take it for the fun of it!

(Nov. 7, 2012)
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AN N EA CM101B
Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom to Greco-Roman Period See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.7 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.7

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Professor Cooney is an EXCELLENT professor. Her lectures are interesting and enjoyable. She really cares for her students. One of the very best classes I have taken at UCLA and I highly recommend her courses.

(March 29, 2012)
HIST M103A
Ancient Egyptian Civilization Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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HIST M103A
Ancient Egyptian Civilization See Full Profile

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AN N EA M103A
Ancient Egyptian Civilization See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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Professor Cooney was an excellent professor. She is a great lecturer, and also has a very cool, down to earth vibe about her. She does not take herself too seriously and was constantly cracking jokes about Egypt and especially its themes of sexuality. As for difficulty, I can't comment on her grading expectations since all of that was handled by her TA's (who were awesome and incredibly helpful). Her class format was not easy, however. Grades consisted partialy of a midterm and final, both essay format in which two prompts would be selected for in-class responses. The midterm pool of potential essays was 6 which was subsequently narrowed to 5, and the final pool was 4 narrowed to 3. The list of prompts came out 2 weeks in advance which was generous. The process of researching and memorizing up to 5 essays was tedious, but the test day selection process didn't appear to be entirely random, and I would suggest putting more time into the prompts which cover the most significant points of the course material. On top of these exams we also had a 12 page research paper which could be on virtualy any topic regarding the Middle and Old Kingdom of Egypt. Definitely dedicate a sufficient amount of time to this assignment. Many people in the class put it off until the the weekend before its due date (which was Wednesday of finals week), and I'm sure the necessity of finals study combined with the research paper brought them poor grades. A nice boost comes from 10% of your grade being participation and attendance, so definitely show up to compensate for any exam or paper shortcomings. A tip for sucess in this class is to take advantage of the TA's copious office hours. Check in with them frequently, as they will tell you straight up if your paper is up to snuff. I haven't recieved my grade yet, but I am expecting a hard earned A.

(Dec. 17, 2011)
ART HIS M110A
Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt, Predynastic Period to New Kingdom See Full Profile

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