Special Topics: Artistic Revelation
Prof: Rachel Gordon / Fall 2020
Jan 8, 2022
This review is for "Post Holocaust American Jews" since it has the same course code and there's nowhere else to post it. The subject is pretty interesting, but the class setup and organization is terrible. The professor didn't know hardly anything about Canvas, and that caused a lot of confusion throughout the semester. Grading was also all over the place. Class participation was not evenly distributed because the professor would call on the same people almost every time. We only got our participation grades at the end, and none of them were full points even though there was rarely any lack of participation. I got a participation grade way higher than frequent participators even though I spoke in class a grand total of like 4 times. It was as if they were pulling grades out of a hat, and ...read more
There were weekly readings that were never too bad, and some were really interesting. There were sometimes pop quizzes on the material, so skipping the reading is not recommended. There was a short writing assignment every week about the reading. This was really easy and just a couple of lines for three questions, and the questions are always the same. There were a few essays throughout, and there were usually several different options for topics.
Professor Gordon is very nice and intelligent, but I had some issues with how she taught the class. Just some things that rubbed me the wrong way, like telling us who to vote for in the upcoming election. I just hate it when professors use their teaching to promote their politics. Outside of class would be fine, but it was nearly every week around the election that she would bring up who she thought you should vote for. The TA, too.
During the weekly reflection assignments, make sure your response to each question is at least a few sentences long. The TA will take off points for it being too short even though there is no required word count. If you ever have a choice, choose the professor to grade your essay. She grades way easier than the TA.
Prof: Nathan Rothschild / Fall 2021
Dec 20, 2021
**The class is actually called "Idea of Happiness"** Really boring and you often talk in circles in the discussion because it is philosophy. Also, TA grades everything, kinda a tough grader. Almost all groupwork except essays.
Philosophy on what happiness is.
He was passionate about what he talked about but often talked very dryly and most of the class was zoning out or asleep. Heard he was helpful during office hours if you're confused.
It is almost all group work
Prof: Rachel Gordan / Spring 2022
Feb 25, 2022
This review is for Post Holocaust American Jews since it has the same course code. I'm only halfway through this course and I already have serious regrets taking this as my Quest 1 course. I signed up for the course thinking it would be pretty easy since I am interested in the topic. Evidently, it's not. The concerns brought up by another one of the reviews for this class were not addressed, as the course's setup and modules are not fixed on Canvas and have simply been neglected in favor of random course announcements. As the other review suggests, participation grades appear to be assigned at random, as if the professor and TA were throwing darts at a board to determine each person's grade. While some of the articles we read are interested, discussion is dull and limited since the profes...read more
Some of the material is interested and relevant today, but not necessarily useful unless you are a Jewish Studies major/minor. While I would encourage anyone interested in this topic to continue researching, it would not be through this class. It will absolutely eliminate your passion for the topic
Take a different Quest course. Study this topic on your own time, you can still sign up for the webinars even if you are not enrolled in the course. Save yourself the aggravation of taking the equivalent of a high school English class in college.
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