Kim Elsesser

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Work Behavior of Women and Men See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.3

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I took Work Environment with Men and Women and even though her lectures consisted of powepoint presentations and a reader + book...we can say it was pretty easy class...yet that doesn't mean that you will pass if you don't attend lecture. I was kinda upset I wasted an elective, but I learned important things about the work force which are not really taught in college. She's kind even though she doesn't quite look approachable. You 1 midterm and 1 final. Final is cumulative, MC, T/F and fill in the a small short answer. You really gotta know your stuff.

(Dec. 19, 2005)
Psychology of Gender See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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This is a fantastic class! I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Sex and Gender. The topics in the class range from differences between sex in the workplace, to benevolent sexism, to transphobia, it's an extremely interesting range.
Kim has slides that she does not post online, but you will have more than enough time to write everything down.
We watch videos in class and have guest speakers, which are pretty interesting.
You must read two novels: Becoming Nicole, and one of two other novels (you choose).
We do a Twitter assignment, where you tweet about Gender news 2 times a week.
There is a midterm and a final.
Midterm consists of lecture material, textbook material, and questions from Becoming Nicole.
Final: Lecture material and textbook.
You can get the textbook online for free.
The only thing that I didn't like is that everything from the book is fare game. And its a lot of material, but the tests are multiple choice, so you should do just fine.
Take this class!!!

(Spring Quarter 2016)
Psychology of Gender See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.9

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tl;dr: take this class.

Want a good grade? Take this class. There's a midterm (Week 5) and final exam (Week 10) that are INCREDIBLY easy if you go to lecture and even lightly skim the textbook. They are non-cumulative (55 points each), and not designed to trick you. On top of that, there's a book response paper, but you literally have to read like a 150-page book outside of class, write a 2-sentence summary about each chapter, and it's a free 30 points.

Want a helpful and compassionate professor? Take this class. Kim went through the corporate world, made a ton of money, and left to teach what she does now because she's so passionate about it and teaching students about it. She's literally only here because she wants to be here to help students learn, and that is so crazy rare. She wants you to succeed. It's that simple.

Worried about too much PC rhetoric? Take this class. I'm a straight white man who is semi-conservative but open-minded, and it was literally totally fine. Obviously, there are some terms and stuff you'll have to learn if you're not familiar with them. On the whole, however, the class is really about how gender impacts everyday life (sex in the workplace, communication between genders, etc.). It's not just an attack on men like you may expect (I kind of did). Kim has an agenda, but doesn't try to hide it and always presents multiple sides of an issue.

Really, the only reason I would recommend not taking this class is if you don't plan on attending lectures. She posts slides, but they don't have all the information you need; however, if you go to lecture, you can pick it all up pretty easily, and if you miss a lecture, you can just go to her office hours once and she'll tell you everything you need to know.

That's it. Take this class.

(Winter Quarter 2018)
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