Paul Vonblum

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HNRS 29
Critical Vision: History of Art as Social and Political Commentary Full Profile > 4.2 Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 3.8 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness
If your attention is only caught by loud noises and comical exaggeration, take Von Blum. If you enjoy subtle, thoughtful, and grounded lectures/argumen... (Oct. 5, 2002)
HNRS 29
Critical Vision: History of Art as Social and Political Commentary See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 4.8

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If your attention is only caught by loud noises and comical exaggeration, take Von Blum. If you enjoy subtle, thoughtful, and grounded lectures/arguments, I'd recommend steering clear of the clown. With each class I found Von Blum's act more transparent and his verbal diarrhea more copious/rank.

(Oct. 5, 2002)
COMM ST 101
Freedom of Communication Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
COMM ST 101
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ART HIS M102F
Etruscan Art Full Profile > 4.2 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 4.4 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness
***NOTE: This class ISN'T for Art History M102F, the field was just required. The class that was taken with Von Blum was COMMUNICATIONS 175 When I ini... (Nov. 29, 2011)
ART HIS M102F
Etruscan Art See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.6

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***NOTE: This class ISN'T for Art History M102F, the field was just required. The class that was taken with Von Blum was COMMUNICATIONS 175

When I initially signed up for his Comm 175 class, I was a little intimidated. My friend who previously had him and informed me that he yells during his lecture... boy was that an understatement. I am really glad that I did take this class though because my low expectations were definitely overturned by reality.

Comm 175 is a once a week, 3 hour-long class and yes it IS a long time but Von Blum makes it go by relatively quickly. It is difficult to fall asleep in this class (often, at least) because his lecturing technique is to scream at students, but not in a negative, frightening way.

The class is about criticism of the arts (paintings, novels, films) and there are no exams. There are 2 papers that count as the midterm and the final. Each paper is 6-7 pages in length and grammar is VERY important. There is a short 5 question quiz on the last day of class and if you paid attention and took decent notes, it's really not difficult.

Von Blum really makes you think about social issues. He is passionate about teaching and very approachable. You definitely see his liberal views and even if you don't agree with those kinds of views, he at least causes you to think about ethical issues involved in arts, regardless of the political affiliation.

I enjoyed this class and I recommend it to students of all majors!

(Nov. 29, 2011)
ART HIS C112A
American Art before Civil War Full Profile > 4.0 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.2 Workload 4.6 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
I took his Honors Collegium 29, Art of Social and Political Commentary, and learned more than in eight previous art history classes. Don't let his laid... (March 24, 2009)
ART HIS C112A
American Art before Civil War See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.0

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I took his Honors Collegium 29, Art of Social and Political Commentary, and learned more than in eight previous art history classes. Don't let his laid-back manner fool you. He is a real scholar who wants you to become engaged in the material. Oh, yeah, and he's a very generous grader!

(March 24, 2009)
ART HIS CM112D
African American Art Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
ART HIS CM112D
African American Art See Full Profile

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AFRO-AM CM112D
African American Art 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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ART HIS CM112E
African American Art Full Profile > 4.3 Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.4 Workload 3.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness
Bright guy. Clearly liberal bias. (Feb. 26, 2009)
ART HIS CM112E
African American Art See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 4.4

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Bright guy. Clearly liberal bias.

(Feb. 26, 2009)
COMM ST 141
Films of Persuasion: Social and Political Advocacy in Mass Society Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
COMM ST 141
Films of Persuasion: Social and Political Advocacy in Mass Society See Full Profile

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COMM ST 165
Agitational Communication Full Profile > 3.9 Overall 3.2 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness
I learned more during section with my TA's than VonBlum's lecture. WHY? When you walk into his lecture, you sit with countless Persians who talk 24/7! I... (Fall Quarter 2016)
COMM ST 165
Agitational Communication See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 4.3

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I learned more during section with my TA's than VonBlum's lecture. WHY? When you walk into his lecture, you sit with countless Persians who talk 24/7! I had Sara as a TA and she was SO sweet! This class consists of 1 midterm paper, 1 final paper as well as a final quiz. You have to score at least 4 points on the quiz to get an A in the class. Scored a 3 but receieved an A on both midterm and final paper? SORRY, that's an automatic A- in the class. Paul is pretty strict about it!!! BE careful.

(Fall Quarter 2016)
COMM ST M165
Agitational Communication Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
Love this professor! Actually emphasizing learning and shifting perspectives, than boring regurgitation of course materials. Definitely very eye-opening... (Fall Quarter 2016)
COMM ST M165
Agitational Communication See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Love this professor! Actually emphasizing learning and shifting perspectives, than boring regurgitation of course materials. Definitely very eye-opening class!

(Fall Quarter 2016)
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