All Ratings and Reviews for Saloni Mathur
Professor Mathur is one of the best professors I've had at UCLA in that she is incredibly thoughtful, intelligent, and always eager to promote discussion. That being said, had this been the only class I'd taken with her, I probably wouldn't have the same opinion. I think the real limit to this course was the dense, boring textbook ($80) we had to buy and which she used to structure her whole class. I felt like we were going over and over the same museums/themes for ten weeks because she was just trying to give us our money's worth for the text. And though she rarely went over the readings, the midterm itself was structured around your knowledge of all the authors and essays up to the test. She mentioned possible guest speakers and field trips, but our only trip to the Hammer was for a panel on museum careers and not necessarily related to the class. Overall, while Mathur herself is a great lecturer, I would wait around for one of her classes or seminars on Southeast Asian art.
This class taught me so much about the not only the art world, but the effects of museums on infrastructure, communities, and culture. I loved this class so much and Prof Mathur is the perfect person to teach it.
Professor Mathur is a really good lecturer and the materials she taught were also pretty interesting. Before this class, I've honestly never thought about museums in a critical fashion, but I grew to appreciate the politics and structures of the museums over the course of the class. My TA, Felix, held extremely engaging discussion sessions and was really helpful. The midterm consisted of three questions that required us to write ~600 words each and the final was one large essay that required us to write ~1000 words. The midterm questions were straight forward but the essay prompt for the final was actually pretty vague - each TA had different interpretations of the prompt and the whole class was also pretty confused. We were given a week to finish the midterm and 4-5 days to finish the final essay, which was a little rushed. Despite the slightly lengthy midterm and final, I would still recommend taking this class with Mathur since people can actually learn stuff.
This class is a great GE to take, and I really learned a lot about museums and their effects on artwork and society. Your grade depends on your TA, and I was lucky enough to have a great TA. That being said, the weekly readings are reasonable and are actually useful towards the class. Professor Mathur's lectures (pre-recorded/asynchronous) were very concise and easy to understand, and I definitely recommend watching them as they aren't that long and help to clear up more complex topics from the readings. The weekly assignments consist of either a reading response (one page cap) or a collection reflection. The one-pagers were harder, because you had to be pretty concise. The collection reflections were super easy. Overall, the workload is light to medium. Both the midterm and final are papers. The midterm was straightforward, and the questions we were given to write about were easy to write about. The final on the other hand was more abstract and harder to write, but overall, this class was very enjoyable and interesting.
I absolutely LOVED this class. It was undoubtedly my favorite of this quarter. Professor Mathur taught concepts about museums I never would've considered in the past, and it really opened my eyes to a whole new field of study. The workload (as in written assignments) was generally light, although sometimes the readings were a little long. Professor Mathur is very knowledgable about this topic and is a great lecturer, whom I would highly recommend taking a class with at some point in your life. Also my TA, Alba, was lovely. I genuinely enjoyed attending her sections because I felt like we were having meaningful discussions, and she was also a fast grader which was an added bonus. Overall, I highly recommend this course!
I took this class during COVID and it was asynchronous. The workload was light, a few one page papers, lecture videos and 2 essays. If you try it isn't hard to get an A, it's completely based off of just a few assignments. Although her lectures were just short videos of her explaining things, she was very clear and articulate. Definitely recommend as an easy GE.
I am not an art history major and I wanted to take this class as an upper div elective. Week one she assigned a difficult reading that was hard to understand. It was very discouraging and I was ready to drop the class, but I stayed and I’m glad I did. The readings were manageable and the hardest reading was from week one. She even said herself that it was hard to digest, but she and the TA’s did a good job at explaining it. I found this class very interesting and the workload was not much. I was always able to do the short essays the day before and got A’s on all of them. We only had one test and it wasn’t very difficult. Her pop quiz’s are extremely easy. I would take her again.
It was my first time taking a Art History class, to preface I'm a psychology major and 95% of the class were art history majors except for this other guy and I. Not gonna lie, this was a tough class because there were quite a lot of readings and most of them can be a little confusing and requires you to go through it more than once. There were 4 short papers throughout the quarter submitted electronically to the TA, one midterm and one final which included some multiple choice questions and 2-3 open response essay questions.
Professor Mathur is very informational and if you listen and take good notes (although I was blanking out quite a lot, I still managed to catch chunks here and there), you should be able to do your assignments and tests no problem. Lectures aren't podcasted for this class.
Go for discussion section!!! The discussion section in this class was mainly how I studied for the midterms and finals because we would split up and go through all the potential topics and my TA, Lidia was amazing and very encouraging. After the midterm, I was freaking out and considered changing my grading to P/NP because I wasn't sure where I stood in the class but she told me to keep it at LG because I was improving from my first assignment.
Not sure if I would take an Art History class again simply because it wasn't too too interesting to me but it isn't a bad class!
This is definitely one of the best classes I've taken at UCLA. Professor Mathur is very, very passionate about the subject and makes the class very engaging. This is also a class that is not necessarily an easy A, as you DEFINITELY need to pay close attention to the readings, as you will be tested on them in pop quizzes, the response papers, the midterm (ESPECIALLY for the multiple choice section), and the final. However, the I think that the workload is pretty reasonable and all of the readings are accessible on CCLE, which is very convenient. My only complaint about the readings is that the pictures are in black and white most of the time, so if you want to look at the images you are going to have to google them yourself. Overall, I think that this class was very enjoyable and I recommend it 100%.
I love professor Mathur!! Best professor I have taken and she truly cares for the content she teaches as well as her students. I learned so much from her and the content in the class was amazing. I got a solid in her class and we had to do a few response questions for her class, 2 quizzes, in class midterm, and take home final. But this class is quite interesting and the teacher is so lovable and sweet! Loved this class
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