All Ratings and Reviews for Rahim M. Shayegan
He has a hot unidentifiable/amusing European accent and really knows his stuff BUT beware because this class is solely devoted to History majors. The words he uses are very \354scholarly\356 and sophisticated so unless you\355re extremely interested in the material with a solid background in the humanities you shouldn\355t even bother taking the course.
one midterm, one 5-6 page paper, and one final. Although the lectures are boring, getting an A is very doable. He gives handouts for his lectures, and the midterm and final all come from those handouts. He's very nice, cares very much about his students, and is very knowledgable. GPA booster
Professor Shayegan is knowledgeble of the subject and material but seems to be stuck somewhere in the past. For some odd reason, Shayegan does not use any visual aid (power point, the board, computer, or anything!). This makes it very difficult to follow his lecture which in turn become VERY VERY VERY boring.
I can't even describe the horror of the 3 long hours you sit in his class and have to listen to this guy talk. Much of the learning I did by myself before the final and midterm and while writing the only paper for the class. He does, however, give you a handout of the lecture notes in the beginning of every lecture which is very helpful. I ended up getting an A (thanks to his reader) and the class is not impossible. If you insist on Shayegan despite his lectues, try not to be in the once a week loooong lecture.
No papers required for this class, just a midterm and a final and he makes it VERY clear what you need to know. Not too much workload, not too much reading at all, just review the notes he hands out at the beginning of every class lecture and take additional notes on them, notice the things he repeats a lot and the things he emphasizes; it's very simple and straightforward what he expects you to know. The material is pretty interesting, and Dr. Shayegan is extremely knowledgable and passionate. He can be a little repetitive at times, but that's a good thing as it helps recapitulate everything he went over to reclassify things and and summarize important points. Overall great class
HIST M110B with Shayegan was an interesting experience. Although I have never come into contact with any Iranian history or have any knowledge on the Arsacid empire, Shayegan made what was such a foreign topic to me engaging and interesting. There were a lot of names and dates to remember, but if you go to class and take good notes, you will be fine on the tests. Tests are very straightforward and he usually sends study guides beforehand. Don't fall asleep in class though, he will call you out.
Dr. Shayegan is incredible. He gives weekly assigned readings but goes over everything in class, so you can get away without doing the actual readings. But attendance is mandatory! His lectures are interesting and he is very clear. He does not provide study guides for the midterm and final but he goes over everything in DETAIL on what the exams will cover. If you attend class and take good notes, there is no excuse for you to not get an A. He's quite funny also! Highly recommended! And no papers either.
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