Robert W Fink
Department of General Education Clusters
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4.4
Overall Rating
Based on 14 User s
Easiness 3.6 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.5 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.4 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.2 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
  • Often Funny
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Needs Textbook

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

42.4%
35.3%
28.2%
21.2%
14.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

38.9%
32.4%
25.9%
19.4%
13.0%
6.5%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

36.3%
30.2%
24.2%
18.1%
12.1%
6.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

33.2%
27.7%
22.1%
16.6%
11.1%
5.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

29.9%
24.9%
19.9%
14.9%
10.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

26.6%
22.1%
17.7%
13.3%
8.9%
4.4%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

25.5%
21.3%
17.0%
12.8%
8.5%
4.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

30.0%
25.0%
20.0%
15.0%
10.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

28.0%
23.3%
18.6%
14.0%
9.3%
4.7%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
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C+
C
C-
D+
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A
Jan. 27, 2023

Great Class, Adam is the best TA. Mostly quarterly projects with long deadlines.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A-
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June 6, 2022

selling meridian and mla book both required for this course for cheap! text 510-499-6052

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A-
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March 30, 2021

This class is the main reason I was extremely stressed during the fall and winter quarters. Every Wednesday night I was staying up until 4-ish AM just to finish all the readings, which didn't even feel relevant to the lectures.

However, I felt that the class itself had very interesting material. Despite hurting both my mental health and my sleep schedule, I would take this class again because the lectures were genuinely interesting.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A-
April 1, 2020

fink was the only good thing about this class. he is an absolute god and probably one of the funniest and most interesting professors at ucla.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
Feb. 12, 2020

Fink was definitely one of the better professors in this cluster! I thought the musicology portion of the class was harder to learn than some of the others, but he did a great job keeping lectures interesting, and he was extremely clear and often funny with everything he said. Overall, this cluster is by far the best one you can take, and I'd definitely take a GE class with Fink again in the future.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
Jan. 28, 2020

Okay honestly, compared to other clusters, this cluster is NOT that bad at all. It's perfect for STEM majors that want to knock out 4 GEs (Literary, Visual, Historical, Social) but don't want to be bored to death. Attendance is not required/taken during lecture, but the lectures aren't posted online so I recommend taking the extra step to just go every lecture so that you're not making up for it later. I took this class because it seemed like the fun cluster, with music and politics, but don't forget about the history and English aspects! Professor Decker, who teaches the Literature, Film/TV lectures is so dull, but I'm surprised I haven't fallen asleep alongside my friends. His voice is very monotone and he often goes off on unrelated tangents that stray away from what he is trying to say. He means well, but sometimes it's hard to focus on the words he says when you've just woken up. Professor Reiff is only slightly more interesting because she sometimes discusses interesting topics, but most of the time it's just a bunch of words - like full-on paragraphs - on a lecture slide and before you know it class is over and you have no recollection of what she said. The best Professors are Vavreck and Fink because they like to engage with the class with questions or opinions, they seem excited and awake, and they make jokes as best as they can. There is no final for this class, only a midterm, and the TAs usually prepare their sections pretty well with what to expect. The Literature Paper and Political Science polling paper are designed to be vague and open-ended, so just remember to specify your topic a little bit and make sure you have something to say, theme-wise. Overall, I didn't think I was going to get an A because I'm not that great at papers...and also because they never posted the grades for the assignments online....but anyway it's possible!

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B+
Sept. 19, 2019

Selling all the novels and course readers for both quarters. If anybody is interested, you can email me at jessmunoz6@gmail.com.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
July 8, 2019

I really enjoyed the cluster as a whole and the 60s one is a lot easier than most of the others. Theres a few papers but other than that it's just a matter of participation in the discussion and midterm so there's not a lot of outside work. There's reading every week that isn't super important for discussions or lectures but it comes into play during the midterm so it's important not to get behind. There's three novels that you read during the quarter but they're pretty short. I only read two of them but they were both interesting. If anyone wants it, I'll send out pdf's of all the novels for free. As a whole, the class is really interesting, but day to day enjoyment depends on who's lecturing that day. Fink and Vavreck were both great lecturers. I would definitely recommend you take this class both because of the subject matter but also simply because it fits so many GE's and it's a lot easier than the other clusters.

I'm selling my course reader for the class (it has all the readings for the whole quarter except for the novels ). I paid $60 for it but I'll sell it for $40. It's in great condition with only a few notes in it throughout.

If you're interested in the course reader or pdf's just email me at kdeming00@gmail.com

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
Feb. 17, 2019

He was the best professor that taught in lecture. He is very fun and engaging. Definitely make sure to go to lecture when he is going to speak.

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: A-
Nov. 12, 2018

I looooove Fink! I had a great time taking the 60's Cluster because of him! He is so much fun and he always gets so excited about what he's talking about.

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Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A
Jan. 27, 2023

Great Class, Adam is the best TA. Mostly quarterly projects with long deadlines.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A-
June 6, 2022

selling meridian and mla book both required for this course for cheap! text 510-499-6052

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A-
March 30, 2021

This class is the main reason I was extremely stressed during the fall and winter quarters. Every Wednesday night I was staying up until 4-ish AM just to finish all the readings, which didn't even feel relevant to the lectures.

However, I felt that the class itself had very interesting material. Despite hurting both my mental health and my sleep schedule, I would take this class again because the lectures were genuinely interesting.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A-
April 1, 2020

fink was the only good thing about this class. he is an absolute god and probably one of the funniest and most interesting professors at ucla.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
Feb. 12, 2020

Fink was definitely one of the better professors in this cluster! I thought the musicology portion of the class was harder to learn than some of the others, but he did a great job keeping lectures interesting, and he was extremely clear and often funny with everything he said. Overall, this cluster is by far the best one you can take, and I'd definitely take a GE class with Fink again in the future.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
Jan. 28, 2020

Okay honestly, compared to other clusters, this cluster is NOT that bad at all. It's perfect for STEM majors that want to knock out 4 GEs (Literary, Visual, Historical, Social) but don't want to be bored to death. Attendance is not required/taken during lecture, but the lectures aren't posted online so I recommend taking the extra step to just go every lecture so that you're not making up for it later. I took this class because it seemed like the fun cluster, with music and politics, but don't forget about the history and English aspects! Professor Decker, who teaches the Literature, Film/TV lectures is so dull, but I'm surprised I haven't fallen asleep alongside my friends. His voice is very monotone and he often goes off on unrelated tangents that stray away from what he is trying to say. He means well, but sometimes it's hard to focus on the words he says when you've just woken up. Professor Reiff is only slightly more interesting because she sometimes discusses interesting topics, but most of the time it's just a bunch of words - like full-on paragraphs - on a lecture slide and before you know it class is over and you have no recollection of what she said. The best Professors are Vavreck and Fink because they like to engage with the class with questions or opinions, they seem excited and awake, and they make jokes as best as they can. There is no final for this class, only a midterm, and the TAs usually prepare their sections pretty well with what to expect. The Literature Paper and Political Science polling paper are designed to be vague and open-ended, so just remember to specify your topic a little bit and make sure you have something to say, theme-wise. Overall, I didn't think I was going to get an A because I'm not that great at papers...and also because they never posted the grades for the assignments online....but anyway it's possible!

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B+
Sept. 19, 2019

Selling all the novels and course readers for both quarters. If anybody is interested, you can email me at jessmunoz6@gmail.com.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
July 8, 2019

I really enjoyed the cluster as a whole and the 60s one is a lot easier than most of the others. Theres a few papers but other than that it's just a matter of participation in the discussion and midterm so there's not a lot of outside work. There's reading every week that isn't super important for discussions or lectures but it comes into play during the midterm so it's important not to get behind. There's three novels that you read during the quarter but they're pretty short. I only read two of them but they were both interesting. If anyone wants it, I'll send out pdf's of all the novels for free. As a whole, the class is really interesting, but day to day enjoyment depends on who's lecturing that day. Fink and Vavreck were both great lecturers. I would definitely recommend you take this class both because of the subject matter but also simply because it fits so many GE's and it's a lot easier than the other clusters.

I'm selling my course reader for the class (it has all the readings for the whole quarter except for the novels ). I paid $60 for it but I'll sell it for $40. It's in great condition with only a few notes in it throughout.

If you're interested in the course reader or pdf's just email me at kdeming00@gmail.com

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
Feb. 17, 2019

He was the best professor that taught in lecture. He is very fun and engaging. Definitely make sure to go to lecture when he is going to speak.

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: A-
Nov. 12, 2018

I looooove Fink! I had a great time taking the 60's Cluster because of him! He is so much fun and he always gets so excited about what he's talking about.

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4.4
Overall Rating
Based on 14 Users
Easiness 3.6 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.5 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.4 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.2 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (9)
  • Often Funny
    (9)
  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (8)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (8)
  • Would Take Again
    (8)
  • Needs Textbook
    (7)
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