William Marotti

1 of 1
Class Most Helpful Review
1 of 1

CLASSES

HIST 9C
Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of Japan See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.2

Most Helpful Review

I think Marotti is a cool guy. eh wears jeans and black t-shirts to every lecture and doesn't afraid of anything.

But really, this is a good introductory survey class. I absolutely despise history courses that consist of nothing but memorizing names, places, and dates. Marotti does a great job of avoiding that style in favor of presenting a much more critical and in-depth analysis of Japanese history that challenges conventional stereotypes and really articulates how Japan has evolved from its origins to the era of the nation-state. He's got a very dry, witty personality, which makes his lectures...ah, interesting, to say the least.

That said, the workload is not for the faint of heart. There's no textbook - instead you're assigned a long list of primary source material. Emphasis on the long - I would guess that it easily exceeded 1300 pages of material. On the bright side, there's no expensive course reader since he uploads everything online.

Now you're probably curious - do I really have to do *all* of that reading? Good question - there's some readings that are just flat-out not worth your time. "Tale of the Genji" and Gayn's "Japan Diary" stood out to me as really long sources that weren't really necessary. Still, don't get in a habit of skipping everything, since you run the risk of lectures flying over your head and the final exam is comprehensive. You can probably get away with skimming some of the longer ones, and your TA should point out the important parts in section.

In terms of graded materials, there's no midterm, which is nice. Instead, you'll have three 4-page essays assigned throughout the quarter, and you'll have your pick from a very generous list of prompts for each one. If you are exceptionally lazy, there's no reason why you can't do all of the reading that applies to just prompt you select and outright ignore the rest, but I wouldn't recommend that. The final exam consists of two in-class essays, one weighted 40% and the other 60%. You'll get a list of 13 prompts to study from and a minimum of 7 will appear as choices on the exam; there were actually 9 on ours but I can't guarantee that you'll see that many. Since you know the prompts there's no surprises here, and the final can be as hard or as easy as you want it to be.

Section is worth your time, especially if you slack on the readings. You'll get a good synopsis of everything and it'll substantially increase your understanding of the material.

I got an A+, but don't let that fool you into thinking you can go on autopilot and do well, i.e. if you are south campus and have no time to do reading, then this is not the class for you. Marotti emphasized on the first day that he doesn't teach GEs the way other professors do, i.e. low standards and light workloads. Do the reading and you'll do well.

(June 21, 2011)
HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
No reviews have been written yet.
HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

Most Helpful Review
No reviews have been written yet.
AD
AD
HIST 171
Variable Topics in Japanese History See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

Most Helpful Review
No reviews have been written yet.
HIST 172A
Japanese History: Ancient, Prehistory to 1600 See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.8

Most Helpful Review


History 172C
Marotti is very unique in his style of teaching. The practice of reading and analyzing primary documents (which you will do a lot of) can be tedious, but it also heightened my critical thinking considerably, which is something I am thankful for. Marotti's lectures are basically whole class discussions led by him, and as another poster said, I would definitely recommend attending if you skip on the readings or fail to entirely comprehend them. He takes attendance, so skipping class is just overall a bad call. He tends to empasize main ideas over and over, so keep these crucial themes in mind while writng your papers.

Marotti's class was tough both in work load and grading. We always had a four page paper to work on (four of them were assigned throughout the quarter) and our TA was quite conservative about awarding high grades. The daily writing assignments you will turn in are also subject to scrutiny, and it will take some time to learn to write them properly.

As for Marotti's office hours, they could sometimes be an interesting experience. At the beginning of the quarter I felt as if every questioned I asked him was countered by him offering me another question. This was discouraging and often left me gun shy going into papers. But I don't believe this was out of lack of concern for student learning, and I did begin to understand Marotti better as the quarter progressed on.

I recieved an A- in the class, which I guess I shouldn't complain about since i only did around 50% of the readings, but considering where I stood prior to the final I am now left doubting the grade raising abilities of the extra credit writing assignments. But a small hit to my GPA may very well be a fair price to pay for the new ways of thinking I was exposed to in this class.

(Dec. 17, 2011)
HIST 172C
Japanese History: Modern, 1868 to the Present See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.8 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.4

Most Helpful Review

Professor Marotti is one of the best professors I have taken at UCLA. His lectures were done in Socratic style, and he is incredibly animated when he does lecture. You can tell that he loves his subject when he teaches. That being said, the class is not easy. There are weekly assignments and three papers which will consume a good deal of time. If you have the time and the interest, I would absolutely suggest this class.

(Jan. 31, 2012)
HIST 173D
Postwar Japanese History through Film See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

Most Helpful Review
No reviews have been written yet.
AD
AD
HIST 191G
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- East Asia See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.3 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.3

Most Helpful Review
No reviews have been written yet.
HIST 285B
Seminar: Japanese History Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
No reviews have been written yet.
HIST 285B
Seminar: Japanese History See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

Most Helpful Review
No reviews have been written yet.
1 of 1

It seems like you’re

using an ad blocker. :(


Bruinwalk is an entirely Daily Bruin-run service brought to you for free. We hate annoying ads just as much as you do, but they help keep our lights on. We promise to keep our ads as relevant for you as possible, so please consider disabling your ad-blocking software while using this site.

Thank you for supporting us!