Michael Suman

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COMM 10
Introduction to Communication Studies See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.5

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Selling You Just Don't Understand by Tannen and Losing the New by Jones for $15 together.

I have really good typed up notes that saved me if I missed a lecture :) and notes for the readings that are really helpful to organize your thoughts for the test

send me text if you're interested or just have questions 5105413242 or email : lili.smile.112@gmail.com

(Fall Quarter 2019)
COMM ST 88S
Trial by Media: Criminal Justice and News See Full Profile

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COMM ST 89
Honors Seminars: Honors Seminar for Communication Studies 10, Lecture 1 See Full Profile

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COMM 89
Honors Seminars See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.6

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Due to the pandemic, this class was pretty different from its usual course. Nonetheless, I worked together with a group to complete the research paper. Suman was very helpful and we met with him every week on zoom to update him on our progress. Was very interesting and I learned a lot. Would highly recommend!

(Spring Quarter 2020)
COMM 89
Honors Seminars See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.6

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Due to the pandemic, this class was pretty different from its usual course. Nonetheless, I worked together with a group to complete the research paper. Suman was very helpful and we met with him every week on zoom to update him on our progress. Was very interesting and I learned a lot. Would highly recommend!

(Spring Quarter 2020)
COMM 114
Understanding Relationships See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.9 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.0

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I took this class over the summer, and thank god it was open notes, but not open book. Suman is a harsh grader, points are subtracted for no apparent reason. He teaches from a biological/evolutionary perspective, and one of the books he uses (Gender Gap) has the nerve to speculate men are better at math and more creative than women. Bottom-line, men are geniuses, while women are merely muses whose job is to applaud the men???!!! Wow,they actually allow this B.S. to be preached in CS classes where 80% is female? Evolutionary psychology reinforces gender stereotypes, promotes homophobia, and justifies the status Quo. This is a pretty disgusting pill to have to swallow being a feminist myself. Be prepared to spit out every insignificant detail on the exams, because just like CS 10, it is all about memorization. One might expect that upper-division classes are designed to stimulate our critical thinking skills, but alas, regurgitation it is.

(Aug. 29, 2011)
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COMM 136
Media Portrayals of Gays and Lesbians See Full Profile

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COMM ST 140
Theory of Persuasive Communication See Full Profile

Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 1.0

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COMM 140
Theory of Persuasive Communication See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.3

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RUN AWAY FROM THIS CLASS!!!!!

(Winter Quarter 2019)
COMM M144A
Conversational Structures I See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.3 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.4

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This review is for CS 145 (American Sitcom).

This class was a torture! The books assigned for this class are written by Feminists who are gender studies majors from who knows where. Instead of concentrating on Civil Rights movement and all related things of 60s-90s, these "authors" are taking their time to talk about Sexual life of women, female empowerment, many chapters about gays, and other irrelevant things. In one example, they devoted entire section to Sex and the City saying that it 100% reflects on female desires of today. Yeah right. In another instance, they do voted several chapters to talk about Gay culture in American sitcom. The worst part is that half of the midterm and the final are based on these books and ask for a specific answer: "What does Will's kissing of Grace tells you?" Note that Will is gay. It is not a written book but a compilation of different articles written in different styles and sometimes contradicting each other.

As for the TA, Juanita is an animal. She literally took off a point from every section of my essay and said that it had a bad structure. Really? Structure is one out of five criteria, each worth 5 points.

In conclusion it was a complete torture, unless you are fascinated about Sitcoms, feminism, gay culture, and learning about something that will not be useful in your life! Sum an seems to be a nice guy, but the subject stinks and grading is horrible and biased - check his grade distributions and you will see.

(July 6, 2013)
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