HIST 1B

Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa A.D. 843 to Circa 1715

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Muriel Mcclendon Full Profile > 4.0 Overall 2.9 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.1 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness
Professor McClendon was great. She was a really engaging and funny lecturer and the highlight of my Tuesdays and Thursdays was to see her struggle with ... (Winter Quarter 2017)
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Professor McClendon was great. She was a really engaging and funny lecturer and the highlight of my Tuesdays and Thursdays was to see her struggle with her "awkward technology switches." I am a history major so I had to take this class, but I'm really glad I did. If you aren't a history major, I would still recommend it because you don't really have to study for the midterm or final - you just have to know your primary sources and the information surrounding them for the most part. There really isn't that classic "history memorization" to this class - you either know the material or you don't. The final and midterm are just essays written in class. There is only one paper, but it's really short and is just a primary source analysis. I had a lot of fun in this class. I also loved how organized the syllabus was and the fact that all the primary sources we had to read were on the website from the beginning of the year so it is quite easy to work ahead. I had an excellent TA as well, which made the class even more enjoyable. Overall, I would recommend to both history majors and non-history majors.

Winter Quarter 2017
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S Mokhberi Full Profile > 3.4 Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.4 Workload 4.2 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness
I took History 1B, taught by Dr. Mokhberi during 2011 Summer Session A, and I have to say it was not a bad class. Dr. Mokhberi may not be as good as Pro... (Aug. 10, 2011)
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I took History 1B, taught by Dr. Mokhberi during 2011 Summer Session A, and I have to say it was not a bad class. Dr. Mokhberi may not be as good as Professor Getty (History 22) is in lecturing, but she definitely follows the textbook in lecturing. Her lectures can be entertaining if you like the time period as she incorporates pictures and movie scenes. Dr. Mokhberi is a quite reliable professor if one needs to ask her questions. She is one of the few professors that allows questions during lectures. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give this class a 6.75.

Aug. 10, 2011
Kathryn Norberg Full Profile > 3.3 Overall 2.4 Easiness 2.6 Workload 3.9 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness
So, so, so easy. Take her. I don't think she's terribly interesting, but that's because history is just really not my thing. She seems like a pretty... (Jan. 11, 2013)
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So, so, so easy.

Take her. I don't think she's terribly interesting, but that's because history is just really not my thing.

She seems like a pretty cool person, but I never actually went to office hours. And I have to say...I usually fell asleep in her class.

She likes to show movies, which is always a nice break from lecture (one time we watched a part of Monty Python!)

Jan. 11, 2013
C Raia Full Profile > 3.9 Overall 2.9 Easiness 2.7 Workload 3.4 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness
Raia thinks that the rooms she lectures in are haunted by figures of the occult. When I took History of Science and Religion, I thought she was joking, ... (Nov. 27, 2008)
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Raia thinks that the rooms she lectures in are haunted by figures of the occult. When I took History of Science and Religion, I thought she was joking, but after Western Civ I realized that she does in fact believe her microphone and PowerPoint presentations are possessed. This should be some indication that this professor is rambling, nonsensical, and completely useless at teaching anything related to her topic.

Nov. 27, 2008
Teofilo Ruiz Full Profile > 4.9 Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.6 Workload 4.7 Clarity 4.9 Helpfulness
Teo Ruiz is one of the treasures of the History Department. After all, not only will you find his portrait in Covel, but he also received the National H... (Summer Quarter 2016)
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Teo Ruiz is one of the treasures of the History Department. After all, not only will you find his portrait in Covel, but he also received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2012. Despite all this, he's extremely down to earth, friendly (he prefers that everyone call him Teo), funny and a downright great lecturer.

I had him as my professor both for summer travel study in Paris and online. He's very focused on helping you understand what life was like in the Middle Ages so that you can better empathize with the people you are reading about. His extensive knowledge of the period results in many interesting side stories that relate to the material that may not be on the final but are interesting to hear regardless. His exams and essays are very fair and you will do well if you do the readings, which are manageable, and pay attention to his lectures. But beyond just earning grades, taking a class with Teo is all about interacting with one of the best historians out there and learning as much as you can from him.

I recommend this class to literally anyone at UCLA just for the experience, and it helps that it is not tough and the grading is fair. His classes are certainly a highlight of my UCLA career.

Summer Quarter 2016
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