Professor Clayman is organized, lectures well, and does his very best to make rather dry material interesting and engaging. I don't remember too much from Comm 100, since I took it more than a year ago, but I generally agree with what most people have said here, except the TA part. I didn't like my TA at all and just didn't go to discussions, but since they weren't mandatory (as I think all discussions should be), it didn't affect my grade. I would go if you have questions about the material, but if you have a TA like mine, I would just go straight to Clayman. He definitely is one of the nicest guys, and he is more than willing to help you with anything you need. Talk and Mass Comm was a good class. At first, I didn't feel like I was learning anything of substantial importance, but as it went on, Clayman brought some interesting studies up for discussion, which was one of the best things about the class (it was small, unlike Comm 100). I preferred learning about developing historical trends and journalistic questioning of presidents over transcriptions, question design/structure, and analysis of applause any day. That said, watching a video clip of one or two sentences being repeated over and over again was NOT fun. The papers assignments, however, were not difficult. Overall, not the best class I've ever taken, but Clayman is great.
Fall 2018 - This is a fascinating class. You learn how to analyze interactions, particularly converations between people. Although conversations are an utterly ordinary aspect of our everyday life, there are "rules" that we subconsciously follow to carry out our interactions with other individuals. And such interactions are integral to how most large-scale organizations in society (e.g., medicine, law, commerce, media) operate. By learning how we DO everyday interactions, we apply that knowledge to learning about how major social structures, such as police work, doctor-patient interactions, courtroom interactions, and news interviews, achieve their goals through interactions. Very practical class whose knowledge you can apply in your everyday life. + Professor Clayman is great! While it is not easy to extract and articulate concepts that are so ingrained in our life, he is an expert at what he does. He is very clear in communicating the materials during lectures, and he is a kind, pleasant, and understanding person. His lectures are informative and full of meaningful content. I have taken three classes - all conversation analysis - with him so far, and I strongly recommend this class. (In fact, you should take CM125 before you take 124A/B because this class will kindle your interest in CA by showing you its practical application in society before you decide whether you want to really delve into the logistics of conversations, which is what you do in the 124-series.) The first few lectures may seem dull because they lay the conceptual foundation for Conversation Analysis (CA), but after that each lecture is fascinating! So just bear with the first few in order to get a real taste of what this class is about! :) There are no midterms/finals (at least when I took the course); just 5 written assignments in which you practice and apply what you learned for each major unit covered in class.
Professor Clayman is one of the nicest professors I've ever had. The class was able to sway him to only give us one paper rather than two. We were able to bargain the date for our midterm. His lectures are key! If you don't attend lecture, you'll be lost. But if you go, his lectures are very organized and easy to follow. And you'll do great on the exams. I didn't even read any of the books for the course but attended almost every single lecture and was fine. There was supposed to be two papers, a midterm, and a final. The midterm and final were true/false questions and short answer as to why it is true/false. Pretty straightforward. Highly recommend the class!