Japanese Civilization

Torquil Duthie

Japanese Civilization

Japanese department

Torquil Duthie

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Overall 4.5
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Easiness of class 3.8
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Workload 3.4
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Clarity of professor 4.2
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Helpfulness of professor 4.2
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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny

Grades

Fall 2020
73.6%
61.3%
49.1%
36.8%
24.5%
12.3%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2018
40.6%
33.9%
27.1%
20.3%
13.5%
6.8%
0.0%
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A
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B
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
33.3%
27.8%
22.2%
16.7%
11.1%
5.6%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
34.5%
28.7%
23.0%
17.2%
11.5%
5.7%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
37.6%
31.4%
25.1%
18.8%
12.5%
6.3%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
37.9%
31.6%
25.2%
18.9%
12.6%
6.3%
0.0%
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A
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B
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
35.0%
29.1%
23.3%
17.5%
11.7%
5.8%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 24, 2020
Grade Received: A

This is one of the most interesting and easiest GEs that I've taken at ucla. Professor Duthie is incredibly knowledgeable and understanding about student stress, especially during online learning. There were no exams, just weekly writing assignments (500-700 words). The TAs help you with what to include in the weekly assignments, and you have a chance to rewrite all of them for a better grade.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 24, 2020
Grade Received: A+

I took this class during remote learning so the structure could be different from the class in real time. All I have to say is please take this GE!! It's literally amazing. Professor Duthie is a great lecturer with good humor and clear presentation structure. He expanded the content on the textbook and I've learned so much about Japan and its history in this class. The assignments are fairly graded, and you will get a good score as long as you write them carefully and integrate the class materials. Huge shoutout to my TA Kristin for teaching us how to write effective responses!!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 29, 2021
Grade Received: A

This class was a really nice GE to take during COVID since there were no tests just an assignment once a week. I pretty much waited until after the discussion to write the paper since my TA went through the prompt and what we should write about. I would say the class took me around 2 hours a week (minus the lectures) so I would def recommend if you are looking for an easy class. The content itself was also pretty interesting and lectures were a little long but prof duthie made it go by pretty fast :)

Quarter Taken: Spring 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Oct. 13, 2021
Grade Received: A

Great GE especially if you're interested in Japanese history! Super interesting. Even if you're not interested in Japanese history, still one of the easiest GE I took. No midterm, no final, just an essay every week that you can rewrite for better grades.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 23, 2021
Grade Received: A

The professor’s lectures were really engaging, you can tell that he enjoys teaching. I wish we could’ve gone deeper into the material, but there just wasn’t enough time to do so. I had TA Suong and she was the best, super nice, encouraged participation in a way that didn’t make things awkward, and very understanding about everything going on. Definitely recommend this class, it’s super easy and fun.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 21, 2021
Grade Received: A

This class is an easy and interesting GE!
Professor Duthie is GOAT. I don't know how his class will be like during normal time, but during covid time, we only have 10 weekly assignments to write about the topic discussed in that week. No quiz or exam. We can also revise the assignments and resubmit. TA's discussions are really helpful, since your TA grades your assignment. TA goes over the topic and explains how to write the assignment for each week. Since I got other tough classes, this class literally saves my life. I didn't have time to read the textbook and just watched recorded lectures and attended discussions, but this didn't affect the grade of my assignments at all. So if no time to go over the textbook, lecture + discussion is enough.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 11, 2021
Grade Received: A

HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS GE. It may not be the class with the least workload since you're expected to submit a response to a prompt about the week's lectures every week (10 assignments total). However, you can resubmit all of them for a better grade so it's not that stressful or intimidating once you get used to it. Professor Duthie is an incredibly amazing lecturer and well-versed in Japanese history. He was also really considerate of the circumstances and he and the TAs offered late submissions with no penalties as long as you let them know. Overall, it has been one of the most interesting history GEs I've taken. The only downside I could see from this is that going to lecture is necessary to get an A so you really do have to go (sections are optional though).

I also recommend taking the course with TA Suong, she grades within a day of the deadline with feedback and is super lenient. Her sections also basically tell you what to write about and her notes are really helpful and detailed.

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Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Feb. 5, 2021
Grade Received: B

Torquil was a great professor and I enjoyed watching his presentations and reading the selected text. The TA I got, on the other hand, was super strict with grading and because of that, I ended up getting a B in the class despite understanding all of the course material. Simply writing over the word count was enough to ding points off my paper even though it added to the quality.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Jan. 5, 2021
Grade Received: A

I had an extremely good experience in this class. Professor Duthie was a good lecturer and made the material very interesting and easy to understand. I also had an awesome TA, who broke down the weekly assignments very well. There were 10 assignments in this class and they were all the same format. I actually mostly struggled with going over the word count. Overall though, I enjoyed this class and would take it again, as well as recommend it to anyone else. I took this as a GE via zoom.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Jan. 2, 2021
Grade Received: A

Pretty easy GE, would recommend. The structure of the lectures/class was really clear and easy to follow. There's a 500-700 word essay (almost) each week for a total of 10. I'd recommend writing these after discussion because the TA covers the main points that you should aim to discuss in your essay. My only criticism is that the topics felt the same each week, just for a different time period. "Discuss the political, economic, military, social, cultural aspect of ______" It felt dry by the end. I did like how we could choose the topic of the last essay from the TA recorded lectures since there was more variety and unique topics.

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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
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