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I love Professor Heim! He's such a cute 'ol Professor with his overstuffed, tattered backpack and slouched back. I wasn't really interested in Russian history, but he makes his lectures really interesting. He's a really great lecturer and tells the history of the Soviet Union like he's telling the class a story. In terms of grading, it's pretty easy--two papers, midterm and final. The papers are fairly easy and the midterm and final are just short answer questions and essays. I'd definitely recommend this class.
I actually had ***RUSSIAN 25W*** with this professor mainly because I saw the grading scale for the class on Bruinwalk before signing up. I thought it would be an easy A, mainly because it said about 70% of the class got As or A-s. THIS IS NOT TRUE. IT'S BULLSHIT. Everything people said about him and his style of teaching and effectiveness is true, but I worked my ass of and he gave me a B+
One of the themes in War and Peace he speaks of in class is about "machines" and how in Dostoevsky's works he wrote about how it's bad for there to be a "formula" that solves everything, yet he grades based on a formula.
From all of the comments here I thought it would be as if it were a hard class, everyone works their asses off, and in the end he's a nice old man that gives everyone an A because he wants them to love Russian literature. It's complete bullshit, and don't let the grading scale on this page fool you.
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