All Ratings and Reviews for Paul Vonblum
I'm a south campus major and I took this class for easy upper division units. That being said, this class is interesting and it's super refreshing to listen to lectures given by someone who genuinely cares about educating young people (let's be honest, most math and science professors couldn't care less if undergraduates left their classes learning nothing valuable in the long run). If you're like me, you have no idea what "criticism and public arts" means, so here you go: this class focuses on concepts such as analyzing artworks based on form vs content (ie. how do you evaluate a technically brilliant work of art with a terrible message like the glorification of Nazi Germany?), taking a stand against the status quo, and critically evaluating the world we live in based on our conscience instead of what we have been led to believe our whole lives. You will read 2 books and watch 5 films (2 in class), and apply the concepts illustrated in these decades-old works to the society we live in today.
There are two 6-7 page papers and a final quiz. The papers are easy to write as long as you have attended class and paid attention. The final quiz is a GIFT because you only have to answer 5/7 of the questions. If you get all 5 right your grade gets bumped up by 1/3, and if you get 4 right, your grade stays the same. Pretty good deal. My TA, Shey, was really great and assigned a "creative assignment" (you can literally do anything you want to present your understanding of topics covered in class) that also bumps you up 1/3 of a grade as long as you complete it. The downside to this class is that lectures are really long (3 hours, and this quarter it was from 5-8pm!), so it can be hard to stay focused the whole time even though it is interesting. He does give breaks halfway through which are helpful. Overall, I definitely recommend this class.
Easy class... as long as you pick the right TA. I cannot stress this enough: if you get stuck with Nina as your TA, do NOT take this class! Nina gives additional assignments and her average for the first paper was a B- with the best score being a B+. However, if you're one of the lucky ones who scores Venoosheh as your TA, the class is an easy A. Venoosheh only gives A's and A minuses. The easiness/quality of this class is solely dependent on the TA you select. More so than other classes at UCLA. Choose wisely.
Professor Von Blum is the best person I've met at UCLA and it was an honor to take a class with him. He has an extensive history in social justice work and is not afraid to tell you what he thinks and stand up people who are often left out of the conversation.
This class is especially great because you get to learn about social change through art - something the Communications Department doesn't offer very frequently. You don't need to memorize anything you learn about, but I promise it will stick with you because it is so important and he presents it in an incredibly engaging way.
Your grade is based on either curating an art exhibition or writing an extensive research paper on whatever area interests you. Either are great opportunities to take everything he teaches you and apply it in a way that will cultivate important skills for the future.
Love this professor! Actually emphasizing learning and shifting perspectives, than boring regurgitation of course materials. Definitely very eye-opening class!
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.
Lots of reading, but no need to do them.
Take home written midterm and final.
One quiz , if you don't get 4/5 you don't get an A in the class. Past quizzes are in the test bank.
No worries. Very interesting class, loved it.
Course review for: Comm M179
Professor Von Blum does not care about grades and states it bluntly throughout the course which probably makes him one of the best UCLA professors. He genuinely wants you to remember the information he conveys and therefore does not want to constrain you with the stress of grades.
I learned a lot through his class although he is very biased and blatantly states his political opinions. I liked the subject of the course but this is definitely not a place to voice your opinions. Von Blum does not encourage student feedback and shuts down opinions that are not in line with his.
There were three main ways of getting credit throughout the course, a paper, an internship or an art gallery. I decided to do an art gallery which turned out to be really rewarding because I did not know anything about art and learned a lot throughout the process.
Von Blum also deeply cares about his students, will answer emails in a heartbeat, and even hosted a class party at the end of the quarter at his house.
Comm 175 is the class I took actually. Nice professor, make you think, and grade fair. Just two 6-7 pages take home essays as mid term and final. With a quiz which you should do fine if you read the "SUMMARY" for the readings. It is a 6 pick 5 short answers questions. Grammar is important and that's it! Really nice old man and teaches with passion for more than 40 years.
Vonblum is one of the best professors at UCLA, he is extremely passionate about civil rights issues and his class is very interesting. The TA's were very cool, I had Garcha, she was really sweet and an easy grader.
Professor Von Blum is one exciting, inspiring and intelligent man. He is extremely engaging with his students, managing to get impressive participation in a class of over 120 people on sufficiently controversial topics. As others have said, he encourages you to think about issues-apathy, inequality, racism, war, patriarchal society-in order to form (or reform) your position. His personal history aids tremendously to the lecture (more like discussion) time, and I suggest you talk to him during office hours to get a different side of his personality (he could come off as a screaming madman at first but he honestly cares about his students). He has taught for 45 years, and his teaching shows it- AWESOME professor!
I took him for CS175
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