All Ratings and Reviews for Stephen J Dickey
This class is an excellent GE. Professor Dickey is an incredible lecturer who has a real interest in his students. My TA Rhonda was also great. At times, the reading in this class can be a bit burdensome, but overall the workload in this class is very manageable.
Shakespeare with Dickey consisted of reading about one play per week over the quarter (7 total), with very low-stress in class quizzes on each play, a final essay and a final exam. If you put in even a little effort to participate, an A is extremely attainable in this class. Not only that, but you get the privilege to attend lectures with Dickey, who is as clear, insightful and engaging a professor as any other at UCLA. He will take unorthodox approaches to analyzing plays, and find depth and meaning that you never thought was possible. Dickey is hilarious, but not in a "trying to be funny" way. His humor not only is effortless, but almost always carries with it some significance to the play being covered. Overall, this remains my favorite class that I have taken at UCLA or anywhere for that matter. Going to class felt like an escape from all the insane stress and pressures of South Campus.
Dickey is one of the best professors at UCLA, hands down. Even if you have no interest in Shakespeare, TAKE ENGLISH 90 WITH HIM! It will be one of your best experiences at UCLA.
TIP: Don't buy the textbook, it's a waste of $100+. Just go to YRL and check out the plays that are listed on the syllabus, that's the only reading material you need.
One of the best professors I've ever had. His lectures were a real treat and I looked forward to going to class every time. Your grade is largely dependent on the TA, however, and I felt that the essays were graded a bit harshly. Although I am a south campus major, I do feel that writing is my strong suit, so I was a bit disappointed with my grades on the writing assignments and the paper. Admittedly, I did write most of them rather last minute, so maybe that's why I got the grades that I did. The final is pretty straightforward: you get about 10 passages and you analyze about 8 of them. If you've never taken Professor Dickey before though, I highly recommend taking him for this class. It's super fun and even though I've read some of the works before in high school, I learned so much more about them than I ever did then.
I love his classes, he is a great lecturer. The work load was medium, but his quizzes were quite hard. I read all the readings but sometimes I still could not answer his quiz questions. Overall he's a great professor. Take his class!
professor dickey is NOT what all these reviews have made him out to be!! his midterm and final for 95A were ridiculous - the IDs he chooses are extremely unfair. he may come off as a nice guy, but beware: he isn't what he seems.
If you like reading plays take this class. His selection is pretty good and his lectures are oftentimes very engaging. Not a difficult class at all if you attend lecture and do some careful reading.
By far one of the most interesting Shakespeare lecturers in the department!
This professor is one of the best I've had at UCLA. He's an amazing lecturer, entertaining and interesting. Best of all, no matter how crazy your ideas are, he always goes along with them.
As as English major I've learned something very important:
2 mandatory quarters of Shakespeare sucks.
Taking those classes with Dickey doesn't.
Professor Dickey was a great teacher! Class discussions were wonderful. My TA was AWESOME! Get Conor O'Sullivan if you can.
The midterm was reasonable. There is a scansion part and an essay writing portion. The final was more difficult, as it was 66% essay writing.
All in all, a very rewarding class and a fun experience.
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