Paul Von Blum

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HNRS 29
Critical Vision: History of Art as Social and Political Commentary See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 4.8

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If your attention is only caught by loud noises and comical exaggeration, take Von Blum. If you enjoy subtle, thoughtful, and grounded lectures/arguments, I'd recommend steering clear of the clown. With each class I found Von Blum's act more transparent and his verbal diarrhea more copious/rank.

(Oct. 5, 2002)
COMM 101
Freedom of Communication Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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COMM 101
Freedom of Communication See Full Profile

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ART HIS M102F
Etruscan Art See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.6

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***NOTE: This class ISN'T for Art History M102F, the field was just required. The class that was taken with Von Blum was COMMUNICATIONS 175

When I initially signed up for his Comm 175 class, I was a little intimidated. My friend who previously had him and informed me that he yells during his lecture... boy was that an understatement. I am really glad that I did take this class though because my low expectations were definitely overturned by reality.

Comm 175 is a once a week, 3 hour-long class and yes it IS a long time but Von Blum makes it go by relatively quickly. It is difficult to fall asleep in this class (often, at least) because his lecturing technique is to scream at students, but not in a negative, frightening way.

The class is about criticism of the arts (paintings, novels, films) and there are no exams. There are 2 papers that count as the midterm and the final. Each paper is 6-7 pages in length and grammar is VERY important. There is a short 5 question quiz on the last day of class and if you paid attention and took decent notes, it's really not difficult.

Von Blum really makes you think about social issues. He is passionate about teaching and very approachable. You definitely see his liberal views and even if you don't agree with those kinds of views, he at least causes you to think about ethical issues involved in arts, regardless of the political affiliation.

I enjoyed this class and I recommend it to students of all majors!

(Nov. 29, 2011)
ART HIS C112A
American Art before Civil War See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.0

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I took his Honors Collegium 29, Art of Social and Political Commentary, and learned more than in eight previous art history classes. Don't let his laid-back manner fool you. He is a real scholar who wants you to become engaged in the material. Oh, yeah, and he's a very generous grader!

(March 24, 2009)
ART HIS CM112D
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ART HIS CM112D
African American Art See Full Profile

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AFRO-AM CM112D
African American Art Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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AFRO-AM CM112D
African American Art See Full Profile

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ART HIS CM112E
African American Art See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 4.4

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Bright guy. Clearly liberal bias.

(Feb. 26, 2009)
COMM 141
Films of Persuasion: Social and Political Advocacy in Mass Society See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 5.0 Workload 3.5 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.5

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Professor Von Blum has quite a lot of accomplishments as a lifelong activist and academic. You don't have to wait long for him to tell you all of them! He is an incredibly vain and self-centered man. The entire course was possibly the easiest, most uncontroversial educational experience I've ever had. The information expressed regarding racism and other forms of bigotry in world history was stuff you might learn in 2 weeks in high school. Very disappointed in the academic rigor from such a prestigious university.

Aside from the hollowness of the course content and the highschool level assignments, we also have to deal with the many quirks of the Professor and his groupies (communications or history majors who hang on his every word, following him from class to class). The political statements he made in class were tired and lazy. He spoke often of his belief in academic freedom (which I appreciate) but discouraged many students who differed in opinion than him by his aggressive demeanor. But, being within a political minority on campus, I am used to challenging the quasi-fascistic shouting down of competing beliefs. I was one of the few who would challenge his idealogy, and his foul-tempered troglodytes wasted no time in being triggered by dissenting opinion.

Take Von Blum's classes if you wish to be inundated further into the matrix by the political machine that is UCLA. The violent and disgusting neo-marxism expressed by him and his loyal followers is what is wrong with the education system at large. There is no room for a dissenting opinion when those who are brave enough to criticize the majority view are demonized.

(Fall Quarter 2019)
COMM M165
Agitational Communication See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.6 Workload 4.2 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 5.0

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A top-notch professor. He respects student opinion and encourages debate and/or various opinions. This class had TAs but they were much like Von Blum himself, laid-back but also passionate about the subject. Grading is not tough, just show you have an opinion, back it up with examples from the course, and take time to craft argument properly, and you will get a good grade. There are basically 2 take home exams (papers) and a final quiz THAT IS SUPER EASY as long as you were at least halfway present throughout the lectures. Von Blum cares about his students and is a great mentor, evident by the line of students his office usually has outside his doors. The readings for this course were very interesting, I bought the required texts and two recommended texts and plan on keeping them for further reading. Overall, Von Blum is the best and most engaging professor I have had thus far, from both UCLA and my community college.

(Fall Quarter 2018)
COMM 165
Agitational Communication See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 4.3

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Vonblum is the kind of professor that you either love or hate, there is no in between. He usually teaches at night, which is great, just one three hour lecture a week. Trust me, you won't fall asleep, because vonblum is extremely loud and passionate when lecturing. The class is very interactive so don't be afraid to speak up. Vonblum does not believe in exams, two papers is all it take plus a few short answer questions on the final day of class. However, to get A's on your paper, you really have to bring your a game and take a stance. Vonblum is very political, left-wing, if you belong to the Tea party, this may not be the class for you. The readings are of secondary importance, but you have to go to lecture. TA takes roll at the discussion sections, so you want to show your face there too. Even though Vonblum is a little too radical for my taste, I admire his passion and intelligence. You will not fall asleep in this class. All in all a great elective for comm majors.

(Aug. 30, 2011)
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