All Ratings and Reviews for Nasrin Hakami
I thought Prof. Hakami's grading was particularly tough and random. I took her Soc 187 class. You have to do a lot of memorization for her tests and I mean A LOT - almost word by word. A typical question would be "name all the European occupiers in every Arab country" or "construct a pyramid listing all the social groups in Iran during each of it's 4 modern time periods." In other words, she gives you a bunch of examples for one arguement in class, you have to write them all down in your notebook, memorize every one and be able to put them down on a test. And she grades hard, miss one and you're smoked.
Professor Hakami is organized and she's very devoted to teaching. She's interested in student's learning and also feedbacks from the students. I thought her exams were little too hard. It's memorization of like 10 pages for each exam and you have to know every little facts. She does give you study questions but she's only picking few questions from them and it's not easy to memorize 10-12 essay questions in few days.
Professor Hakami was one of the best proffessors I ever had. she is very organized, if you attend all lectures and took notes you'll be fine speciaaly that she dose not talk fast which make it very easy to take effective notes. unlike some other studen's comment, I found her class in general and the exams in particular Very easy.first of all there is only one reader and the readings are very interesting, I did not study alot since i attended every lecture and just listened and took notes.she gives you a study guid with questions all drawn from the lecture nots which are very clear and the readings where again you can find them easily. so, i found the exams very fair and straight forward, and beleve me, i only read for the midterm exam the night befor and for final the morning before the exam. at the end I highly recomend Dr. Hakami.
Population and Society in the Middle East. Professor Nasrin is extremely organized and eloquent. She is an expert and lends us the information from an internal perspective (she's from Iran). Some people say she is boring, but if you have the attention span of a 12 year old and aren't truly interested in what the class is about, you will have trouble. She paints with color to an otherwise amibiguous/grey picture on the conditions in the Middle East..and she does it with ease, organization, and in clear, simple terms. Her tests are initially hard, but can be easy if you study and really honestly know the stuff to a T...the questions she asks require you to have a sociological understanding, rather than a simple memorization of a few dates and facts. She gives you a list of about 20 questions that might be on the midterm/final, and only picks about 7 to put on the test. This is frustrating. But you must bite the bullet and do it. I like this because it forces me to not be lazy and learn the material honestly. Your answers must be razor-sharp precise because she is very detail oriented. Her readings are essential, relevant, and never superfluous. Overall, Professor Nasrin is a very passionate, organized, and clear professor (despite her accent--she speaks 5 languages!). She also leads a very historical past, and reveals a little bit of this in the class. Very interesting. She is UCLA's internal source to what is going on in the Middle East from an objective sociological viewpoint. Please take advantage of this professor, as she is leaving after Spring 2002!
if you are jewish - don't let her know. I took her for Population and Society in the Middle East and found her biased pro-arab lectures and readings really disturbing and disgusting. The class only had a course reader assigned (no textbooks) that failed to site the sources of the literature in the reader - not a coincidence. Her only area of expertise is Iran, her command of the English language sucks and she is inconsistent in her grading.
I took soc. 187 Middle East. Here's the deal. You attend every single lecture, take EXTREMELY detailed notes, do the readings (the first prof. at ucla to assign a decent amount of reading), and be prepared to memorize about 11 pgs. of info before the midtern and final. this is the only way you can get an A. If youre not going to attend almost all lectures, take exremely detailed notes, or can't memorize tons of info. at one time, this isn't the class for you. She provides alot of info. but its done in a very dry manner. There's no excitment in the material she teaches. She takes a very interesting subject matter and turns it into something very monotonous and boring. She gives tons of exam questions before the exams and doesn't tell you which ones will be on it. So you basically have to spend hours and hours researching the questions and then memorize them. Even if one little detail is missing, you'll get marked. She's not hard, but is extremely detail oriented, in fact the most detail oriented professor i have taken.
I took her Japanese Society class and I really liked it. Her readings are dry, but are essential into understanding the topic. I found them really helpful. Do take her notes attentively because 70% of the notes will be used in her exam. Do form a study group as she recommends because other students can help fill in the gaps of your own notes. I got an A+ in that class with ease. I studied abroad in Japan after taking her class and found that most of her materials were very helpful into understandign the Japanese society.
One thing not so good about this professor is her spelling errors. Do check her spellings at times.
This class was horrible! It's listed under sociology but it's basically a history class. I don't think there was any sociological theory applied in any of the lectures. Her exams are pretty straight forward though. Half the questions are from lecture and half are from the reader. She gives a review sheet for the midterm and final of 15/30 questions respectively chooses a couple each. It's just a lot of memorization, and pretty overwhelming. My recommendation if you even considering taking this class is to take it with a group of friends. Alternate who goes to lecture to take notes and share. If she takes role that day, call everyone and have them show up at the end of the class. But yeah I would just recommend avoiding this Professor
I took Japanese society with her and it think she is the fairest teacher you can possibly have at UCLA. Your grade will directly affect your effort. Her readings are a decent amount, so you actually have time for other classes. As long as you attend ALL the lectures you will do great! She gives you about 20 questions to prepare for the midterm and final. Only about 7 will appear on the actual test. It is NOT hard to do well. As long you do the questions ahead of time you will do well. She is detail oriented but she gives you the questions ahead of time so just keep that in mind while preparing your answer. She wants students to ask questions and will go over ANYTHING that you don't understand. If you want a stress free class. Take this one.
Professor Hakami is one of the worst professors I have had at UCLA. She does not care at all about student learning. Her lectures are biased and boring, she does not make any attempt to present the material in a balanced manner. I also found her use of farsi to be inappropriate she would say a phrase in farsi and frequently neglect to translate it or rely on other students to do it for her. Her exams are very detailed and test your ability to memorize specific facts from which you learn very little.
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