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Very smart, very efficient lecturing style. She focuses on the most interesting passages, and brings up thoughts that are new and fascinating. Very thought-provoking and organized.
Would definitely recommend!
Professor Kareem is very organized, and her lectures show it. Overall, I think she is pretty effective in getting what she wants you to know from each of the readings across.
While there is a lot of reading, I skimmed most of them because lecture was informative in general; she covers what you need to know and links that to the themes. I will stress that there is a lot of information to take in. I always took copious amount of notes every lecture.
There are three papers and a final exam. The final exam was long; I took the whole three hours and filled my whole blue book. The final consists of literary term identification (she gives you a list out of which she will choose beforehand), short passage ID in which you ID the text and write about its significance/relation to the text as a whole (not too difficult because they were either passages covered in class or there was some clue that they were linked to the text), and an essay. For the essay, you are given some prompts to choose from and basically have to trace how a theme has changed across the literary periods covered in the class.
I thought the grading was fair. But I had a good TA who helped a lot when I was writing my papers. I know I definitely learnt quite a lot from this class.. Overall, I think this class is difficult but fair. Just be ready to dedicate a lot of time to this class.
Professor Kareem is brilliant, but isn't quite effective at communicating her ideas. Lecture can be somewhat dry, even boring, but everything she says is well thought out. I only realized how insightful her literary observations were while I was reviewing the quarter's notes in preparation for the final exam. To succeed in 10B, take long, detailed notes - nothing is too arbitrary. She doesn't provide her notes online, so be sure to copy everything down and then some (I usually typed out about 4 to 5 pages per lecture, and my fingers were always flying). The final exam was one of the most tiring exams I've ever taken at UCLA - you definitely need the 3 hours. It consists of literary term identifications, identifying passages and writing short responses on them, and a LONG (90 minute) final paper about themes spanning all the literary periods featured in 10B. All in all, I feel that Professor Kareem discussed great ideas, but not in a way that stuck with me. I couldn't really tell you the core ideas I was supposed to walk away with, which may put me at a disadvantage for 10C.
She's an intelligent woman who is genuinely concerned with student progress but she's amongst the newbie of professors that feel they've got something to prove. It was quite difficult to follow the majority of her lectures because she emphasized the authors more than class themes. Also, she had a tendency to invite aspiring English professors to guest lecture for the day. With material presented through PowerPoint, of which isn't made available beyond lecture, she can be perceived as overwhelming given the enormous amount of info presented, or contemporary if you're the type that can soak the slides up as fast as they appear. On the other hand, she's very approachable and will help where she can.
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