Thomas J Harrison
Department of Italian
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Based on 64 Users
Easiness 3.6 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.4 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.4 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.5 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Often Funny
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  • Engaging Lectures
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: P
April 29, 2019

I wish I read this review before taking this class: The reading assignments for this class were absolutely horrible. The movies were alright. Some were better than others. Most of all, this class is all about the luck of the draw. I ended up with the head T.A. who is a Lit major and graded essays like they were expected to be Pulitzer status. The quizzes were RIDICULOUS (as in terrible). The reading sometimes equates to about 80 pages of not the typical textbook reading, but extremely dense literary analysis or philosophy. Only one question on the quiz would come from the reading. The other two come from something said in lecture, and something pertaining to the movie itself. So one would say, "Why in the world would I do the reading?" A) Because 1-2 out of every 4 questions on the midterm and final come from it and B) the questions on the quizzes are definitely those bullshit questions from some random part of the reading that usually prompt a shake of the head in disgust. I read every single page of all of the readings and sacrificed a good portion of my Thursday night doing so all for one tiny question on a quiz that half the time i answered incorrectly. To be fair, i did learn a ton about italian culture and cinema in general but 90 percent of the reading I could have done without. Another negative aspect about this class is that you watch the movie on tuesday, you hear the professor analyze the movie on thursday and you turn in a 700 page paper on friday, if you choose to write on that specific movie. The worst part is that anything said in the analysis by the professor cannot be said in your paper so you have to wait until thursday night to begin writing. Obviously, this is a huge pain in the ass considering you have to do all of that reading on top of having a social life that night. The professor loves to paraphrase stuff from the reading to look intelligent and REALLY loves to analyze the key scenes, identifying the aspects of the film that have to do with the prompt. This makes things extremely frustrating since you have a hard time finding details of the film that haven't been covered that have thematic relevance. Overall, i took this class as a first year thinking it would be an easy GE since it was a film class. needless to say it was a rude awakening. I had to go pass or no pass even though I would've likely gotten a B just because I didn't want this class of ALL CLASSES to be my first B. I highly recommend you just go watch the movies offered in the class on your own time because that'll be the only thing that's worth it about this class. Everything else is just a guessing game about what the professor and TA wants you to do. Some kids are really good at that, but I'm not. I took a writing 2 class the previous quarter and got a solid A. I got like a C on my first paper in this class because the Professor doesn't accept new ideas. I can't live like that man. I don't like subjectivity. THATS ALL THIS CLASS IS. Okay, my rant is done. Be warned.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 16, 2008

The reading assignments for this class were absolutely horrible. The movies were alright. Some were better than others. Most of all, this class is all about the luck of the draw. I ended up with the head T.A. who is a Lit major and graded essays like they were expected to be Pulitzer status. The quizzes were RIDICULOUS (as in terrible). The reading sometimes equates to about 80 pages of not the typical textbook reading, but extremely dense literary analysis or philosophy. Only one question on the quiz would come from the reading. The other two come from something said in lecture, and something pertaining to the movie itself. So one would say, "Why in the world would I do the reading?" A) Because 1-2 out of every 4 questions on the midterm and final come from it and B) the questions on the quizzes are definitely those bullshit questions from some random part of the reading that usually prompt a shake of the head in disgust. I read every single page of all of the readings and sacrificed a good portion of my Thursday night doing so all for one tiny question on a quiz that half the time i answered incorrectly. To be fair, i did learn a ton about italian culture and cinema in general but 90 percent of the reading I could have done without. Another negative aspect about this class is that you watch the movie on tuesday, you hear the professor analyze the movie on thursday and you turn in a 700 page paper on friday, if you choose to write on that specific movie. The worst part is that anything said in the analysis by the professor cannot be said in your paper so you have to wait until thursday night to begin writing. Obviously, this is a huge pain in the ass considering you have to do all of that reading on top of having a social life that night. The professor loves to paraphrase stuff from the reading to look intelligent and REALLY loves to analyze the key scenes, identifying the aspects of the film that have to do with the prompt. This makes things extremely frustrating since you have a hard time finding details of the film that haven't been covered that have thematic relevance. Overall, i took this class as a first year thinking it would be an easy GE since it was a film class. needless to say it was a rude awakening. I finished off with an A- but that was because i studied my ass off for the final and got a high A. If you are looking for an easy class that doesn't take up a lot of time, don't take Italian 46.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Dec. 23, 2019

I took this class because I thought it would be an easy GE to take freshman year and I love film. Additionally, the reviews made it seem like the best class at UCLA that I had to take. I felt the class was much more difficult than the reviews make it seem as the midterm exam had a fairly low average and I didn't do well even though I kept up with the readings and screenings. I enjoyed the films we watched in class for the most part and Harrison was fairly entertaining, but the difficulty and ambiguity of the exams made me not enjoy this class as much as I had hoped. I had to study many hours for the final and rewatch all the films while taking notes and it just caused unnecessary stress in my quarter. As an avid film lover and someone who came into the class with an open mind, I can't recommend this class if you're looking for an easy GE.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A-
Dec. 17, 2019

I took this class in my first quarter at UCLA and I enjoyed it a lot. You watch one film every week and discuss it in class and in your discussion sections. Professor Harrison is super engaging and makes himself super available for students to meet with him. His class is pretty reading heavy, and he requires a few readings per week, one of which is usually written by a philosopher (Freud, Reich, etc.). However, these readings aren't unbearable and usually don't exceed 20 pages. The movies are pretty interesting and Professor Harrison does a good job analyzing the films. The essays (one every three weeks) aren't too complicated, and the TA's will help you with them if you need. I got A's on the essays, B/B- on the midterm/final, and ended up with an A- in the class. Overall, I really enjoyed the class and I learned a lot. He offers extra credit too (adds up to about .5% raise in the end). I wouldn't say that this is the easiest GE, but it definitely isn't unbearable and you will learn a lot!

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B+
April 1, 2019

Selling Italian 46 course reader email me at fgalasso@g.ucla.edu

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B-
March 30, 2019

The class was alright. A pretty easy GE if you make an effort.
I’m selling the course reader for this class text 2137007149

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
March 13, 2019

The best class I've taken at UCLA so far!

Course Reader for sale: Retail was ~$65; selling for $25

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: N/A
Oct. 15, 2018

Hi Class!

I'm an Elite Notetaker for StudySoup which means I'll be uploading detailed notes for this class all semester for anyone who needs it.

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: N/A
Oct. 1, 2018

Easy class. just watch films at home or read summaries.
Selling course reader $45.
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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: A-
Sept. 29, 2018

Solid class. Easy GE. Selling 2 course readers for 50$. OG price was 65$ so it’s a good deal. Contact me via Insta @avx_9001

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: P
April 29, 2019

I wish I read this review before taking this class: The reading assignments for this class were absolutely horrible. The movies were alright. Some were better than others. Most of all, this class is all about the luck of the draw. I ended up with the head T.A. who is a Lit major and graded essays like they were expected to be Pulitzer status. The quizzes were RIDICULOUS (as in terrible). The reading sometimes equates to about 80 pages of not the typical textbook reading, but extremely dense literary analysis or philosophy. Only one question on the quiz would come from the reading. The other two come from something said in lecture, and something pertaining to the movie itself. So one would say, "Why in the world would I do the reading?" A) Because 1-2 out of every 4 questions on the midterm and final come from it and B) the questions on the quizzes are definitely those bullshit questions from some random part of the reading that usually prompt a shake of the head in disgust. I read every single page of all of the readings and sacrificed a good portion of my Thursday night doing so all for one tiny question on a quiz that half the time i answered incorrectly. To be fair, i did learn a ton about italian culture and cinema in general but 90 percent of the reading I could have done without. Another negative aspect about this class is that you watch the movie on tuesday, you hear the professor analyze the movie on thursday and you turn in a 700 page paper on friday, if you choose to write on that specific movie. The worst part is that anything said in the analysis by the professor cannot be said in your paper so you have to wait until thursday night to begin writing. Obviously, this is a huge pain in the ass considering you have to do all of that reading on top of having a social life that night. The professor loves to paraphrase stuff from the reading to look intelligent and REALLY loves to analyze the key scenes, identifying the aspects of the film that have to do with the prompt. This makes things extremely frustrating since you have a hard time finding details of the film that haven't been covered that have thematic relevance. Overall, i took this class as a first year thinking it would be an easy GE since it was a film class. needless to say it was a rude awakening. I had to go pass or no pass even though I would've likely gotten a B just because I didn't want this class of ALL CLASSES to be my first B. I highly recommend you just go watch the movies offered in the class on your own time because that'll be the only thing that's worth it about this class. Everything else is just a guessing game about what the professor and TA wants you to do. Some kids are really good at that, but I'm not. I took a writing 2 class the previous quarter and got a solid A. I got like a C on my first paper in this class because the Professor doesn't accept new ideas. I can't live like that man. I don't like subjectivity. THATS ALL THIS CLASS IS. Okay, my rant is done. Be warned.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 16, 2008

The reading assignments for this class were absolutely horrible. The movies were alright. Some were better than others. Most of all, this class is all about the luck of the draw. I ended up with the head T.A. who is a Lit major and graded essays like they were expected to be Pulitzer status. The quizzes were RIDICULOUS (as in terrible). The reading sometimes equates to about 80 pages of not the typical textbook reading, but extremely dense literary analysis or philosophy. Only one question on the quiz would come from the reading. The other two come from something said in lecture, and something pertaining to the movie itself. So one would say, "Why in the world would I do the reading?" A) Because 1-2 out of every 4 questions on the midterm and final come from it and B) the questions on the quizzes are definitely those bullshit questions from some random part of the reading that usually prompt a shake of the head in disgust. I read every single page of all of the readings and sacrificed a good portion of my Thursday night doing so all for one tiny question on a quiz that half the time i answered incorrectly. To be fair, i did learn a ton about italian culture and cinema in general but 90 percent of the reading I could have done without. Another negative aspect about this class is that you watch the movie on tuesday, you hear the professor analyze the movie on thursday and you turn in a 700 page paper on friday, if you choose to write on that specific movie. The worst part is that anything said in the analysis by the professor cannot be said in your paper so you have to wait until thursday night to begin writing. Obviously, this is a huge pain in the ass considering you have to do all of that reading on top of having a social life that night. The professor loves to paraphrase stuff from the reading to look intelligent and REALLY loves to analyze the key scenes, identifying the aspects of the film that have to do with the prompt. This makes things extremely frustrating since you have a hard time finding details of the film that haven't been covered that have thematic relevance. Overall, i took this class as a first year thinking it would be an easy GE since it was a film class. needless to say it was a rude awakening. I finished off with an A- but that was because i studied my ass off for the final and got a high A. If you are looking for an easy class that doesn't take up a lot of time, don't take Italian 46.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Dec. 23, 2019

I took this class because I thought it would be an easy GE to take freshman year and I love film. Additionally, the reviews made it seem like the best class at UCLA that I had to take. I felt the class was much more difficult than the reviews make it seem as the midterm exam had a fairly low average and I didn't do well even though I kept up with the readings and screenings. I enjoyed the films we watched in class for the most part and Harrison was fairly entertaining, but the difficulty and ambiguity of the exams made me not enjoy this class as much as I had hoped. I had to study many hours for the final and rewatch all the films while taking notes and it just caused unnecessary stress in my quarter. As an avid film lover and someone who came into the class with an open mind, I can't recommend this class if you're looking for an easy GE.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A-
Dec. 17, 2019

I took this class in my first quarter at UCLA and I enjoyed it a lot. You watch one film every week and discuss it in class and in your discussion sections. Professor Harrison is super engaging and makes himself super available for students to meet with him. His class is pretty reading heavy, and he requires a few readings per week, one of which is usually written by a philosopher (Freud, Reich, etc.). However, these readings aren't unbearable and usually don't exceed 20 pages. The movies are pretty interesting and Professor Harrison does a good job analyzing the films. The essays (one every three weeks) aren't too complicated, and the TA's will help you with them if you need. I got A's on the essays, B/B- on the midterm/final, and ended up with an A- in the class. Overall, I really enjoyed the class and I learned a lot. He offers extra credit too (adds up to about .5% raise in the end). I wouldn't say that this is the easiest GE, but it definitely isn't unbearable and you will learn a lot!

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B+
April 1, 2019

Selling Italian 46 course reader email me at fgalasso@g.ucla.edu

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B-
March 30, 2019

The class was alright. A pretty easy GE if you make an effort.
I’m selling the course reader for this class text 2137007149

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
March 13, 2019

The best class I've taken at UCLA so far!

Course Reader for sale: Retail was ~$65; selling for $25

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: N/A
Oct. 15, 2018

Hi Class!

I'm an Elite Notetaker for StudySoup which means I'll be uploading detailed notes for this class all semester for anyone who needs it.

I just uploaded my first set of notes. If you sign-up right now you can get them for FREE :-) and you'll get updates when I post new materials: https://studysoup.com/note/2713129/ucla-ital-46-week-1-fall-2018-haleyann-notetaker
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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: N/A
Oct. 1, 2018

Easy class. just watch films at home or read summaries.
Selling course reader $45.
TXT me 3238354609
or esmes1211@gmail.com

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: A-
Sept. 29, 2018

Solid class. Easy GE. Selling 2 course readers for 50$. OG price was 65$ so it’s a good deal. Contact me via Insta @avx_9001

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4.5
Overall Rating
Based on 64 Users
Easiness 3.6 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.4 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.4 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.5 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Often Funny
    (12)
  • Tolerates Tardiness
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  • Engaging Lectures
    (10)
  • Participation Matters
    (10)
  • Gives Extra Credit
    (10)
  • Would Take Again
    (9)
  • Uses Slides
    (9)
  • Needs Textbook
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  • Useful Textbooks
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