Contemporary World History, 1760 to the Present

Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Contemporary World History, 1760 to the Present

History department

Sarah Abrevaya Stein

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Overall 4.0
Easiness of class 3.7
Workload 2.9
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Clarity of professor 4.2
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Helpfulness of professor 4.2


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  • Participation Matters
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
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Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 6, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Stein is one of the best lecturers I've had at UCLA! Her class is extremely engaging and she always manages to link the objects to broader concepts that are useful to understand modern times. Besides the content being super interesting, the readings help to understand different perspectives and add a lot to your general knowledge.

There are 2 papers, the midterm is a scavenger hunt and one final. Highly recommend this class to anyone!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted March 27, 2020 Grade Received: A-

When I realized this class was structured based around objects, I was kinda disappointed and even wanted to drop it. However, over the course of the class, I grew to appreciate this new way of looking at history. The lectures encompasses many events and many "stuff" that pushed me into researching things beyond the syllabus on my free time. However, some miscommunication between me and my TA on my essays caused me to lose a couple points on my assignments. However, the lecture itself is wonderful and I would highly recommend it.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted March 5, 2020 Grade Received: A

10/10 easiest historical analysis or diversity GE. Lectures are actually interesting , but not necessary to attend because outlines and podcasts are all online. Discussion is required because participation is a big portion of your final grade, but if you have a good TA section is helpful and engaging. The midterm was a scavenger hunt around UCLA which was super easy. The final was an actual exam but not hard at all just definitions and other written responses. Overall, would definitely recommend taking this class with a Stein!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Feb. 7, 2020 Grade Received: A

Professor Stein is a really cool lady, and if you get the chance to take a class from her, you should. The way this class was taught was super interesting and not like your average history class. Each lecture was based on an object, and she examined history through the uses/timeline of this object and how it related to larger concepts (ex: through 'barbed wire' we learned about Nazi Germany, Japanese internment camps, etc). She emphasizes parts of history that we don't normally learn about, such as experiences of minority groups. You do have to go to lecture unless you have a friend send you the information because she doesn't post it anywhere and it's very specific to the class - attendance is only taken in section.
The weekly papers were based on readings, and the reading load was pretty heavy. It wasn't necessary to read everything, as you can get the main idea from skimming it. The papers were just a paragraph answering the prompt that she gives.
There are two big papers (each about 5 pages) based on prompts; however, it's about what we learned, and we couldn't even use outside sources so it's not hard to do, you just have to put in the time.
The midterm was literally just taking selfies. If you went to 3 different places (either on campus or around LA/Westwood), you got an A on the midterm. Yes, it is as easy as it seems.
The final was harder and required a lot of preparation. You get a cheat sheet and she gives you some hints on things you should know, but it's mostly up to you to decide what were the most important ideas from lecture. My TA gave us some hints, but I heard other TAs didn't. It wasn't cumulative. I got a 99% on the final, granted I came in with anything and everything on my cheat sheet.
This class was a bit of work, but very enlightening and I enjoyed it a lot!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Jan. 8, 2020 Grade Received: A-

The homework is about 100 pages of reading a week as well as a written response to the readings, plus there's two essays, a midterm scavenger hunt, and the final. The class had a lot of interesting concepts and helped me learn a lot about history. The one thing that I didn't like is that she didn't use traditional slides and just showed us images while she lectured, so it was sometimes hard to get down all of the notes that you needed.
If you have an interest in history then you'll really like this class. Personally, world history isn't my favorite subject and I was just taking this for a GE, but I still learned a lot and got a good grade. It can be a lot of work sometimes but the class isn't that bad.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Jan. 7, 2020 Grade Received: A

She made us buy her newly released book for over 20$, and we only read it for one class session.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Jan. 2, 2020 Grade Received: A-

The amount of weekly readings may be a bit overwhelming, but the material taught in this class really helped me learn how to look at history with better understanding. 25% of grades is participation in discussion and pop quizzes (which are easy as long as you attend lectures), and there are 2 papers plus a final. I really recommend this class!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 28, 2019 Grade Received: A

Hi, so I am a first year who took Dr. Stein's Hist 22 class for 2019 Fall quarter, and it was actually my favorite class of the quarter. I feel like my passion for history (I'm not a north campus major though) pushed me to want to go to lecture and discussions, but even if you aren't into history at all and just want to get a GE done, then you'll be just fine. She is a really engaging lecturer and a caring professor, she'll make sure to address issues with deadlines and midterms/finals quickly and numerously throughout the quarter. She does a great job at connecting broad and global concepts through a smaller lens, and I guess how she framed her course made me like hist 22. For coursework, there are weekly readings due (depends on your TA when those submissions are due), but I am a procrastinator, so I would always wait till Monday morning to start reading like three sources (about 100 pages altogether, sometimes I would just skip like half of each reading), just to write a short paragraph by Monday afternoon. I'm not sure how my TA ( or how other TAs) graded our weekly submissions though. I forgot to mention that Dr. Stein's weekly readings can range from short stories, articles, to a novel, and they can be read at an appropriate amount of time without feeling the need to cry or stress yourself out. Some of the novels that are used in the weekly readings are used for Dr. Stein's essays (you'll have two papers to write for the course), so you have to read those novels. You have to attend lecture because Dr. Stein does weekly quizzes called 4 Degrees of Separation, and she does it during lecture & will give you around 10-15 min to do it, and those quizzes are based off of the content she explains in lecture, not in the readings. Midterm was extremely easy, it was a scavenger hunt where you take selfies around UCLA campus and/or Los Angeles. For the final, she allowed us to use a one page cheat sheet (front & back). The one thing that I didn't like about Dr. Stein was that she made her entire course purchase her $20+ book that was recently released in November 2019 for a weekly reading, I didn't buy it though because there were free to checkout at Powell ;) (Powell has reserved copies of every book you need to read for hist 22, if you don't want to spend money, go check a book out). I know this is a long description, but I hope this helps. Good luck!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 26, 2019 Grade Received: B+

It was okay. I just didn’t like that she didn’t have the traditional text slides format and had picture slides while giving background on each one since it made it very easy to doze off in class having to have to listen to her for like 90 minutes straight. Readings a little bit on the heavy side but are manageable (like what 100 a week??). Midterm was a scavenger hunt and Final was easy, allowed us to have a one page cheat sheet. Participation kind of matters since there are quizzes called Four Degrees of Separation but those are open note. If anything, the 2 papers (which are weighted more than the midterm) are more important since it’s kind of harder to get a better grade. Discussions were very engaging though but are mandatory.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 24, 2019 Grade Received: A

Professor Stein is a very engaging speaker. Her lectures are structured very creatively, and she really tries to get the students to think about the material in a new manner. She focuses each time period on a specific object, and I think she does a good job at connecting some very broad themes in global history to smaller stories. The workload for the class itself is pretty manageable, with weekly written paragraphs and a few readings. The midterm is a scavenger hunt, and the final was fairly straightforward. I highly recommend this class.

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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
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