Pamela Hobbs

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COMM 101
Freedom of Communication See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.8

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I absolutely loved this class. It is, as she will tell you on the first day, run like a first year law course. Your course reader is simply copies of the full legal cases. It takes you a couple of weeks of reading it slowly and with great confusion before you start to "speak the language". After that, it's easy to know what you're looking for and, needles to say, they go much more quickly. That being said, each case with either produce a test to use as precedence in similar cases or it will exemplify one of these tests in action. You should know these tests backwards and forwards. The only two things controlling your grade are the midterm and final, where you will be given 5 or 6 essays (3 long, and the rest short) to write on hypothetical issues. BE LOGICAL IN APPROACHING THESE. Many will claim that the TAs were unfairly biased against certain opinions, but that is not the case at all. You'll want to go very carefully through each step, considering the facts before you, making only inferences that you can support (e.g. do not shoot out some discriminatory statement about the group of people involved and then expect them to just accept it without further explanation). Lastly, in your preparing for these exams, especially for the final, make sure that you can come down on one side of the issue. I struggled in arguing the cases because, when I got to the end, I could not decide whether I thought that the plaintiff was in the right or not in suing. While other classes may be very black-and-white in their testing, this course is all about that gray area, so you should befriend it early. However, the material was super interesting and Professor Hobbs was very willing to answer questions that expanded beyond the material of her class.

(Dec. 13, 2009)
Psychology of Language and Gender See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.3

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She is a little off beat when she lectures and has her own sense of humor, but she's an AWESOME professor. The reading is definitely manageable, and most people didn't read most of it since she reviewed the material in class. Also - you didn't really have to know the reading material except for one article she assigned every week to write a short (2-page) opinion essay. At the end of the class, we had to write a paper (about 5 pages) that addressed any of the topics that we talked about in class. You could seriously do it on almost anything, which was awesome. She's really accessible and answers e-mails VERY quickly. Her grading also is not too hard since she tries to make everyone do well in her class. If you talk to her one-on-one, you'll realize that she's such a great and knowledgable person on almost every topic. She brings in her personal experiences into the lectures since she used to be a lawyer and grew up with a really different childhood. Overall- very interesting and awesome professor!

(March 13, 2006)
COMM 150
Methodologies in Communication Research See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 3.7

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The first time I sat in Professor Hobb's Lecture, I though that I was going to dread going to her classes. Her lectures seemed really boring at first but after awhile I began to really enjoy her classes, and now I think she is a awsome instructor. She has a great sense of humor and she makes the class interesting by making crazy comments about the course material. She also makes to material easy to understand and easy to remember, she goes over the material over and over again until it's just stuck in your head. The first half of the class is spent reviewing, and the second half of the class is spent going through the new cases. She tells you what you need to know in the cases, and all you have to do is highlight it in your book. Professor Hobbs ins't a difficult teacher at all, but the course itself can be a little tough because it involves a lot of analysis. But if you're thinking about going to law school, you should definitly take this class. Also, Professor Hobbs is really approachable outside of class and really cares about her students. When you talk to her outside of class she does not act like she's higher than you because she has a J.D. and a Ph.D, she treats you like you're on the same level as her. Take her class, you won't regret it.

(Feb. 6, 2007)
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