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Lectures can be a little bit boring but he throws in some jokes that make lecture more enjoyable. He talks a little bit too fast sometimes- I recommend bringing a lap top to class so you can keep up. Tests were fair but make sure to study images- those questions are relatively difficult. The two essays were pretty simple. Overall a good class!
He is a pretty good professor. His tests are not that hard and his essays are pretty simple too. It may be boring sometimes, but he does add in occasional jokes to keep the class alive. I recommend people to take this class.
This class was not necessarily the most interesting class I've taken, but the professor was engaging, and did put in occasional jokes to keep you awake. The material itself, however, was not always very interesting. There is a reasonable amount of reading, so long as you keep on top of it you will not be overwhelmed. Do not miss lecture. All the midterms are based almost entirely on lecture material, you only need the reading for some extra material when you are writing your essays or short answer questions.
All the grading is based on your TA. Pray you get an easy one.
Whatever happens, GO TO LECTURE AND TAKE DETAILED NOTES!! I swear to you that is the difference between a B and an A. I didn't catch on that his lectures weren't online or weren't from any specific book or anything, and the majority of the material on the midterms and final are from his lectures, (random things he specifically says), so It really hurt me!! I did much better when I actually started taking notes! I reccomend bringing a laptop because he talks too fast to write things out, and paraphrasing doesn't help you becuase he asks completely RANDOM questions that you need to have heard in his lecture, so you pretty much need to write everything down!
Goldberg was an interesting lecturer, not especially enthusiastic outside of class though. However, if you come to Office hours, he will help you with what you need. MAKE SURE you pay attention to the slide shows. I recommend jotting down whatever he says about these slides. Also make sure you know all the bold terms on his weekly summaries (will be posted on eCampus). These will almost always show up on the midterms and finals as identification of a certain slide. NEVER miss a lecture. If you have to have someone record it for you. All of his essay questions come straight out of lecture notes, and the rest comes from slide show. The readings were not much. For people like me who haven't had Ancient history classes before they were confusing as they went off to talk about the most random stuff. Pick and choose; usually what he covers in lecture will be the important things so just revisit the readings afterward and highlight what's important. If you come to every lecture, take detailed notes on the slides and review the readings before exams you'll have a good time in the class.
WOW...if you're expecting this class to be easy then think again. There was a lot of reading (I had to read 100 pages in 2 days!) and you MUST go to lecture. The papers are challenging but if you have a good TA then you will be fine (Moss Pike is the best TA ever). Also, his exams are very hard; you have to identify objects from a slideshow, write short essay questions, and do every other possible test question there is. In the end I got an A but I had to work for it.
professor Goldberg is a good lecturer...last quarter when i was thinking about taking this class i looked at his reviews which did not make him justice. i thought i was gonna find myself falling asleep in this course but it is surprisingly interesting. the reading is not alot at all..its a good amount and very interesting..the only hard things are the midterms and the final..he is a very picky and detail oriented profesor who likes to quiz you on things that u think dont truly matter. my advice just go to lecture..lecture is a must he makes it that way since he has a preference of testing on the images which he shows during lecture and go to discussion it absolutely helps. the papers are extremely short 3pages..and there are two of them...this professor definately got me interested in greek culture and the subject and would take a course taught by him any day..over all i would rate him and this course with a 8.5...very good and interesting..i would definately recommend u to take this course the truth is though that its not a course that u are gonna get an easy A in u must try ...not too much but you do..hope this helps someone out there
I took the class thinking it was going to be an easy GE. Not the case. He warns the seniors on the first day that the freshmen, who are still highly motivated, are going to do better than them. I don't know if it's true, but that's the mentality you need for the class. There is no central theme to the class, so for the midterm and final you have to know a little bit of everything- literature, law, architecture, art, etc. This information is often taken from material that was only briefly discussed in lecture. If you're interested in the topic, feel free to take the class, but just know you're taking a very challenging class.
The readings are interesting, but the midterm and final were ridiculously hard. My best advice- flash-cards on every single name and term he even utters in class. On the free response questions, basically write everything you can possibly think of about the topic. DO THE READING! A lot of the questions on the final and midterm were passage recognition, and if you skim- it sucks. My grade- B. This class is really difficult, and difficult to pay attention to at 9-am, but you'll learn a lot of stuff and overall it's pretty interesting.
In terms of easy GE, this isn't it. But the class is worth the work, for the most part.
This professor's nightly reading assignments are pretty brief.. very doable, with interesting paper topics that have enough material to write on. However, it is absolutely imperative that you DO NOT MISS LECTURE. His lectures are EXTREMELY organized, and provide as much material for midterm/final as possible. the midterms and finals can be very achievable as long as you put the study time in the 2 days before. Yes, his lectures can be boring, but you WILL, I promise, leaving that class an expert in Greek/whatever culture.