Robin Derby

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Political Economy of Latin American Underdevelopment, 1750 to 1930 See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 2.5

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Derby is passionate and well-intentioned, but overall a very poor professor. Unfortunately, Derby's love for Latin America and the Caribbean does not translate into anything comprehensible in lecture- her lectures are random and extremely unorganized, often with Powerpoints of only keyterms and a picture or two. Fortunately, TA's are understanding of Derby's terrible lecture skills and really help the students to understand the material, which spans many countries and several hundred years. An interest in Latin America before Hist. 8C helped me to get through the class, but others were not as fortunate. The class consists of three essays (two for the midterm), which are all doable, and one broad final on the hundreds of keyterms throughout the quarter. Not the worst class I've taken, but certainly not the best.

(March 22, 2009)
Latin American Social History See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.8 Workload 3.2 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.2

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It's hard to follow her lectures and take good notes because she stutters a lot and jumps from idea to idea without finishing. Also, there are two 7-page papers and this isn't even a writing class...

(June 10, 2009)
Mexican Revolution since 1910 See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 2.5

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I took Hist 161 with Derby and she's a total sweetheart. She does have the tendency to trail off in the middle of sentences and can sometimes be hard to follow, but you get the general themes she trying to express and the class overall was not too difficult. It consisted of a take-home midterm and a take home-final which she gave out weeks in advance and you had a choice of prompts. She loves tons of examples from the books she assigns and shes a pretty lenient grader. I personally loved the class.

(July 25, 2010)
HIST 161
Topics in Latin American History See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 1.8 Helpfulness 3.3

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I've taken derby for both History 8A and History 161. There is a really big difference in the way she teaches a huge lecture as opposed to a smaller class. I have to say that I really enjoy the way she brings in multimedia, films, music, art, to back up her lectures. While she can be disorganized, her lectures are not entirely the put you to sleep kind. Also if you go to her office hours, she will really help you with your papers. As with many professors, what you see is not always what you get. she is very intelligent and she can read through your bullshit.

(Feb. 26, 2009)
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