KOREA 50

Korean Civilization

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John Duncan Full Profile > 4.5 Overall 2.3 Easiness 2.2 Workload 4.3 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness
I was shafted. I enrolled in Korean 50 expecting to be taught by Duncan. Something must have happened because the registrar lists him but the course was... (March 22, 2003)
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I was shafted. I enrolled in Korean 50 expecting to be taught by Duncan. Something must have happened because the registrar lists him but the course was taught by a different lecturer (a TA) with other TA's for the discussion section. They weren't on the whole, too bad, but it was definetly a different course that what I had expected.

So in the future if you enroll in one of his classes double check he'll actually be teaching it.

March 22, 2003
Jennifer Jung-kim Full Profile > 4.5 Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 4.5 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness
Korean 50 is NOT an easy GE. I dunno where everyone gets this idea, but I thought it was a hard class (and I'm Korean who knew a bit of history beforeha... (March 30, 2011)
Jennifer Jung-kim See Full Profile

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Korean 50 is NOT an easy GE. I dunno where everyone gets this idea, but I thought it was a hard class (and I'm Korean who knew a bit of history beforehand!)
I think she's been reading the comments on this site and decided to bump the difficulty. I mean, she got a new textbook this year. Of course, I'm not discouraging anyone from taking the class. It's still easier than other history classes, but please do not underestimate this class.
The best advice I can give to you is to answer the ID questions on the midterm and final super thoroughly. She expects not only who,what,when,where,and how the event happened, but also its significance as well. She gives you an abridged version of the key terms to study for the tests, so make sure you go through it and know all the terms and why it's significant to Korean history. I cannot stress that enough.
Otherwise, the class as a whole is manageable. Keep up the readings, or at least skim through them. Never skip them.
BTW, Howard Kham is the best TA ever. He's super cool in office hours also.

March 30, 2011
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Namhee Lee Full Profile > 2.0 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness
Quizzes were so annoying.... these segnificantly effected on my final gade even though my midterm and final grade were high... (Winter Quarter 2017)
Namhee Lee See Full Profile

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Quizzes were so annoying.... these segnificantly effected on my final gade even though my midterm and final grade were high...

Winter Quarter 2017
Walter Lew Full Profile > 1.8 Overall 1.6 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness
in the beginning, i thought he was nice, from the impression i received from his lectures. But, when i went to see him and when i saw him on campus he w... (April 1, 2002)
Walter Lew See Full Profile

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in the beginning, i thought he was nice, from the impression i received from his lectures. But, when i went to see him and when i saw him on campus he was very mean. Almost, felt like he was a hypocrite. his cold voice freaked me out. his attitude was like, "why are you here, dont bother me. didn't pay attention during my lecture?".
he gives wrong information and often he himself made corrections on the next lecture. furthermore, what his lectures conflicted with the TA. (very confusing.)
he gives out pop quizzes which are very hard and often time, most of the people, (not only with no Korean background) but people who had already taken other Korean courses failed. (yes, there were make ups. but they were harder!)
he was never ever on time. probably twice through out the whole quarter. you can grab anyone who took Korean 50 and ask about this. HE WAS VERY UNORGANIZED!
overall, i did all the required readings, handed in all my homework, i was never late or even missed any of the lectures and discussions. although the quizzes were very hard, all my scores were As and Bs(thanks to my other professors). midterm was a take home. so i dont understand why i have a grade that is lower than i deserve unless i failed the final, which i prepared ever more than other classes!
take him only if you would like to work really hard only to receive a low grade.
there are lots of readings. his lectures never make sense. i'm a pretty good note-taker but i was very frustrated to review my notes for this class. he jumps around the topics and time too much!!!!!!!!!! and most of the time, he writes down unnecessary names and things on the board. I dont understand why he even writes Chinese characters all the time when less than a 2% of the class understands them. rather than trying to show off his knowledge in Chinese characters, it would be better for him to spend extra time organizing his lecture and try to focus on one thing at a time.
lastly, professor duncan was a guest speaker once. all though his voice was kinda boring but his lecture was very organized! it was very informative, too. i am so regretting i didnt drop the course after finding out walter was going to be the lecturer instead of duncan. if you are thinking of taking any korean courses, id suggest to take it with other professors than Lew because there are others who are more knowledgable in EAS dept.

April 1, 2002
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