Patrick Wen

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Elementary Norwegian Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Elementary Norwegian Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Introduction to Scandinavian Literatures and Cultures See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 4.6 Workload 4.2 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.5

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Prof. Wen is a cool dude. There was really nothing much for this class. Easy A.

Grade Calculation:
1 Essay - 10%
Socratic Questioning (randomly calls on someone during lecture) - 10%
Midterm 1 - 40%
Midterm 2 (counts as the final) - 40%

Prof. Wen gave us all full credit for the essay we didn't have to do because the lecture hall was locked (LOL) and we couldn't enter and discuss it the week it was due. Normally, the only way to get out of the essay was to volunteer yourself as an actor for the play we were reading in class.

You don't really need to go to lecture as he said personally that items from the lecture are not needed in order to complete the midterms. The only reason you would go is because he would sometimes randomly call on people during lecture and ask them questions about the week's reading. But, the chances that he would call on you is pretty rare because in total there were only around 10 people max, called out during lecture during the entire term.

The midterms were fair and relatively easy. He provides 2-3 prompts for you to answer based on the readings (they are not cumulative). You could probably get away with reading half of the books required and reading a summary for the other half because there's a good chance one of the books you actually read will be a prompt (I recommend reading the books that he goes over heavily). He also includes prompts on the movies screened during lecture too.

* Tip: If you see a large amount of athletes in a class, that usually means that you're in an easy class. And this class had a lot of NCAA athletes and actual Olympians!

** Another Tip: I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SAVING THIS CLASS FOR YOUR JUNIOR OR SENIOR YEAR. This class can serve as a buffer and grade booster between your harder upper division classes.

(Fall Quarter 2016)
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Introduction to Scandinavian Literatures and Cultures See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.3 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.3

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Great professor, just as good as everyone says he is. Really cares about his students and what he's teaching, never wants to trick anybody. Workload was very light and exams were really easy and straightforward, just do the reading or at least skim it if you can. Loved this class and would recommend it to anyone.

(Fall Quarter 2018)
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Introduction to Nordic Cinema See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 5.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.0

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Known to be an easy class but your grade will largely be TA dependent (3 papers constitute most of your grade). Don't know how other TAs are, but mine (Alison) graded fairly and I never stressed about my grade in the class as I made A-/As on all the papers.

Participation is interesting—Dr. Wen randomly calls on students and asks them questions during lecture in front of the class. As such, I actually watched every movie or at least read summaries in case I would be called. Be prepared to speak for each lecture. I stopped looking at the course reader readings after Week 1, did not seem to impact my essay grades nor understanding of the films.

(Spring Quarter 2019)
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Short Story in Scandinavia See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.3 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.7

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Yo honestly this class was pretty awesome. The entire course was outside in the sculpture gardens, where we would talk about the Scandinavian short stories we were assigned to read. This class has very little work, but requires you to attend class and participate (or at least sit next to and talk to the Prof Wen so he knows you). There is one group presentation on a short story (abt 10 minutes) and an 8 page final paper. Besides that you just have to read/skim a short story or two before every class. Professor Wen is incredibly accommodating so if you have any issues he will definitely find a way to help. Also, I'm a STEM major and managed to survive all the literature analysis so you'll be fine. 10/10 professor. 10/10 class

(Fall Quarter 2021)
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Scandinavian Literature of the 20th Century See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.9 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.9

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I took Prof. Wen's class Spring of '07. As an English major I was used to reading the traditional works of English and some American writers. This class exposed me to the 'other' side of European literature; one that is unique and creative. The authors definitely breath a different kind of air in the part of Europe. The unreliable narrator takes center stage, as well as Modern and Postmodern styles.

As far as Prof. Wen is concerned, he makes the materials more enjoyable. He's young and energetic. My criticism however is towards some students who take his class and seem to not care at all about the material. If you do your part i.e. read and participate, you will assure yourself a satisfactory grade.

(July 1, 2007)
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Scandinavian Crime Literature See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.4

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I highly recommend taking this course! Yes, there was a TON of reading, however, I believe that 7 of the 8 books he had assigned for us were available on Audible, which made it incredibly easy to complete the readings within the week that he gives for each book. All we had to do was a group presentation on a reading for the course and a final paper, which he gives options for.

(Fall Quarter 2019)
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