James Gelvin

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HIST 9D
Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of the Near and Middle East Full Profile > 3.9 Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.2 Workload 4.1 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness
This was a really interesting and relevant class. It spans a huge amount of history but Professor Gelvin selects certain events so it never becomes over... (Fall Quarter 2017)
HIST 9D
Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of the Near and Middle East See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 3.6

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This was a really interesting and relevant class. It spans a huge amount of history but Professor Gelvin selects certain events so it never becomes overwhelming or boring. The reading only comes in useful while completing the papers and even then only if you're notes are lacking. The lectures are extremely detailed and cover everything that you need. The sections were one of the best parts of this course. The TA, Daniel, was excellent at leading them and the entire class was fully engaged.

It is also very possible to do well in this course there are weekly critiques that amount to 20% of your grade and then two 6 page papers. So, the work load is also perfectly manageable.

(Fall Quarter 2017)
HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars Full Profile > 4.2 Overall 2.0 Easiness 1.9 Workload 4.0 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness
Gelvin is the dopest professor you'll find at UCLA. He is insanely knowledgable about the Middle East and all the conflicts which have occurred in the h... (Fall Quarter 2016)
HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.0 Workload 1.9 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.8

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Gelvin is the dopest professor you'll find at UCLA. He is insanely knowledgable about the Middle East and all the conflicts which have occurred in the history up to the present day. I had him for a fiat lux called "ISIS, Syria and the Middle East" and it was honestly such a valuable class, definitely the best one I've ever taken, if you have the chance definitely take it! Also, Gelvin will always make time to answer everyone's question (so much love for that guy :D)

(Fall Quarter 2016)
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HIST 105B
Survey of Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1300 to 1700 Full Profile > 4.2 Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.0 Workload 4.3 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness
Apparently I'm cataloged in the minority group as well, but i just wanted to note to incoming Gelvinites that the work this man demands and the grades t... (June 1, 2010)
HIST 105B
Survey of Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1300 to 1700 See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.0 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 3.5

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Apparently I'm cataloged in the minority group as well, but i just wanted to note to incoming Gelvinites that the work this man demands and the grades that he subsequently doles out are definitely not correlated. I am not contesting his value to the UCLA Hist. dept. as a knowledgeable professor in the affairs of the history of the middle east; he is a very intelligent individual. What was disappointing was his complete lack of care for students, as he does not allow protestation of test grades, as, in my case, the TA failed to add up the points correctly and subsequently i found myself in a genre of grade that has been unprecedented for me at UCLA. Guess there is a first time for everything, but he pissed me off enough to leave my first bruin-walk post.
Between the combination of his TA's that can't count, his redundant lectures that all seem to focus on the ECONOMIC history of the middle east, and his overinflated ego that leaves the class in awkward silences forcing people he's looking at to laugh, it's a bit much..

(June 1, 2010)
HIST 105C
Survey of Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1700 to the Present Full Profile > 3.8 Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 3.5 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness
WOW...I love Prof. Gelvin. He is the $h*t. As easy as you want it to be. Here it is, all that you need to do is review just the notes from class and you... (Feb. 24, 2009)
HIST 105C
Survey of Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1700 to the Present See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.0

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WOW...I love Prof. Gelvin. He is the $h*t. As easy as you want it to be. Here it is, all that you need to do is review just the notes from class and you'll get an A. His exams are essay based and not that articulate about how analytical you critique it. Just make a friend so you both review it makes it even easier. He is NOT boring, you'll WANT to go to lecture...you MUST take Gelvin at least once during your UCLA career. you wont regret it.

(Feb. 24, 2009)
HIST 109A
Early Modern State in Mediterranean Full Profile > 4.0 Overall 1.2 Easiness 1.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness
he is very self indulgent and in the three assignments, basically just wants you to repeat his point of view back to him. three five-six page papers and... (Jan. 13, 2015)
HIST 109A
Early Modern State in Mediterranean See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.5

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he is very self indulgent and in the three assignments, basically just wants you to repeat his point of view back to him. three five-six page papers and one ten page final or an in class final dependent on a class vote. the papers cover a lot of information and it was difficult to not exceed page limit but doable. I feel like I learned a lot in this class (history 109b) and really liked his lectures, but there were other people in the class who rolled their eyes every time he opened his mouth so it it subjective.

(Jan. 13, 2015)
HIST 109B
Palestine, Zionism, and Evolution of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Full Profile > 3.1 Overall 1.8 Easiness 2.1 Workload 4.1 Clarity 2.9 Helpfulness
Let me just start by saying, James Gelvin is a great Professor. His lectures are great solely because he has done extensive research in his field. If y... (Fall Quarter 2016)
HIST 109B
Palestine, Zionism, and Evolution of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict See Full Profile

Overall 3.1 Easiness 1.8 Workload 2.1 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 2.9

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Let me just start by saying, James Gelvin is a great Professor. His lectures are great solely because he has done extensive research in his field. If you are looking to gain more insight to the Israel-Palestine conflict then this is the class for you. I would say right now that he is biased (You'll figure that out quickly). In terms of course work he only required 2 take-home papers, and a final. His standards for grading the papers are tougher than your average class. His TA's were tougher on grading, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's good to understand that writing is a major part, if you wish to succeed in this class. Gelvin is a funny guy, always slipping a joke or 10 in his lectures. He is a good guy (take that with a grain of salt) he likes to "torment" (I say that in a fun/friendly sort of way) his undergrad students with hard questions that take thorough research from the books he provides. I'd say, mainly because he wants them to learn his book/readings, literally you'll know the in's and out's of his textbook by the end of the course. Like I said it's a great class, Gelvin is an engaging teacher, does require good writing skills, and willingness to put in the effort and read the book. If you do, you'll do fine in his class.

(Fall Quarter 2016)
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HIST 111C
Topics in Middle Eastern History: Modern Full Profile > 4.2 Overall 1.6 Easiness 1.4 Workload 4.0 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness
I took his class on the Arab uprisings. Lectures are great - exceptionally well-organized, with just enough humorous asides sprinkled in to keep you awa... (March 30, 2012)
HIST 111C
Topics in Middle Eastern History: Modern See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.4 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.2

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I took his class on the Arab uprisings. Lectures are great - exceptionally well-organized, with just enough humorous asides sprinkled in to keep you awake. Grading can be difficult, but the class is worth taking regardless.

(March 30, 2012)
HIST 199
Directed Research in History Full Profile > 3.7 Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 4.8 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness
James Gelvin is a legend. He was incredibly helpful when I worked for him. A very cool guy who took an interest in my work and really helped me in my ... (June 22, 2011)
HIST 199
Directed Research in History See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 3.2

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James Gelvin is a legend.

He was incredibly helpful when I worked for him. A very cool guy who took an interest in my work and really helped me in my endeavors.

A top class act.

(June 22, 2011)
HIST 200J
Advanced Historiography: Near East Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
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