Introduction to Slavic Civilization

Roman Koropeckyj

Introduction to Slavic Civilization

Slavic department

Roman Koropeckyj

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Grades

Fall 2016
36.8%
30.7%
24.6%
18.4%
12.3%
6.1%
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Fall 2015
20.0%
16.7%
13.3%
10.0%
6.7%
3.3%
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Winter 2014
27.3%
22.7%
18.2%
13.6%
9.1%
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Fall 2012
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Spring 2010
29.7%
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19.8%
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Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted June 21, 2018 Grade Received: A

I wish I had read the reviews for this class before taking it !! The comments you see going back to 2007 about Prof. Koropeckyj's teaching style? Still 100% relevant.

This course was one of the most draining ones I have ever experienced. Professor Koropeckyj's lecture style is rambling and disorganized, jumping vaguely from one topic to the other with an unnecessary (and equally disorganized) Prezi full of photos and old maps - no information, notes, or dates. Be prepared to scribble nonstop, then look back while revising and realize 80% of it is irrelevant.

Koropeckyj was also condescending and it felt like he genuinely enjoyed antagonizing students. He has a system of calling on one person per lecture to talk about a Slavic news story - and if you didnt have one ready he would round down your final grade (like a B to a B-, or a B- to a C+). He also randomly calls on students to pronounce Slavic names and terms. I took this class because my family is slavic and know some of the languages, but I feel it must have been stressful for people who had no experience with the pronunciation.

I got an A in this class through using Wikipedia and Quizlets (made by "past students who obviously have some sort of obsessive compulsive disorder" - Prof. Koropeckyj). He gives you a revision sheet less than a week before the exam, and all you really have to do is memorize and then regurgitate.

We had 3 discussion section "tests" (aka midterms - worth 50% of the final grade in total) spaced out throughout the course. The final was long - 25 IDs, annotating a map, 1 long essay, and lots of little qs. It was 3hrs long, but that was nowhere near enough time to finish. There was also LOTS of assigned reading - pretty much a novel or two a week.

I would recommend this course for someone who needs to fulfill their Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice GE but doesnt like overanalyzing novels, or for someone who wants to fulfill their Philosophical and Linguistic Analysis GE without actually doing anything philosophy-related. But this is not an easy GE by any means.

This course was pretty cool as I learned about different cultures and news stories, and I'm glad I got the chance to read some interesting books. But if I had known what the professor was like prior to taking it - I never would have signed up.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted July 3, 2017 Grade Received: A-

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Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 12, 2017 Grade Received: A

I took this class last quarter and found it to be pretty interesting. This course conveniently satisfies both the diversity requirement and visual arts GE along with any other Arts and Humanity GE. The course was straightforward with three tests accounting for 50% of the grade and the final 45% and the last 5% based on discussion board participation. Before the tests and final he gave us a study guide which contained all the identification questions he could ask which made half the test easy by just memorizing them. The essay/ paragraph questions are a little more surprising but if you paid attention to lectures and knew the plot of the novels were pretty easy. I'd suggest reading the novels if you could but I would not say it is necessary if you take good notes during discussion where the plot is summarized by the TA. paying attention to lecture would be the only other tip otherwise this should be an easy GE that satisfies many requirements and gives you a comprehensive idea of Eastern Europe

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Nov. 23, 2016 Grade Received: P

I took this class to fulfill my arts and performances GE. This class doesn't really have anything to do with that stuff, which was good for me cuz I have no interest whatsoever in art or music history.

Answers to his tests are on quizlet and he uploads a study guide the weekend before each test so this class is an easy A. His lectures are quite substantial. He loosely structures his lectures according to a daily study guide. He's fairly fast and grandiose when he's lecturing. I came out of the course quite satisfied with what I learned about Slavic civilizations.

I had no essays for this class.

It's important that you read the novels that he assigns for the class. The other stuff is not so important. I got by without reading the expositions that I was supposed to buy from the bruin store.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted July 2, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

So this class deals with 4 ethnic groups in the Balkans (Poland, Czech-Slovak, Yugoslavia, Ukraine) which is kinda interesting, but its not so easy. The worst part is that there is an unrealistic amount of reading assigned (1 little novel plus 4 articles per week) but you can still get away with not reading if you pay VERY good attention in class. you have to take notes on everything he says, even the little things that seem unimportant to you. you cant stop paying attention for even a second or else you will miss something he said that will be on the test and its hard to catch up because he speaks quickly and packs in a lotta info.

on the 4 tests you have to identify terms and names which isnt too hard because he give you a study list beforehand but you have to be pretty detailed in the descriptions. providing all the info that he said in class for a term may not be sufficient and you will not receive full credit for that question, supplementary info from readings or research (encyclopedias =) will get you full credit. so write detailed descriptions for every term on the study sheet and memorize all of them, even the unimportant ones. also you will be asked to identify the themes discussed in about 3 of the major readings per unit. its not so hard, if he discusses it in class, that's all you have to write. if he doesn't, just skim the book/article to make sure you know the jist of it and a couple of examples. final is cumulative so that's a lotta info but

overall, pretty good professor: interesting, not too dry, but lectures too packed with info

material: fairly interesting b/c he connects contemporary events with historical myths/ideas/events. a lot of info for each of the 4 units but not too hard to memorize

tip* slavic language/background not a benefit. interest in balkan countries/history very beneficial

my opinion: took it b/c i speak Russian and thought it would be an easy GE. did minimal reading, studied all night before tests, got Bs on test, received B in class. not what i expected, didnt like it, recommend it only if you are willing to work a little to get around the readings.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 22, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS! I'm not saying this because I slacked off. I got a an A in the class, but it took blood, sweat and tears. I was hoping for an easy GE, but that wasn't the case. Professor Koropeckyj is condescending and a terrible lecturer. His lectures have no sense of continuity and he's horrible to listen to as he hunches over his podium. Don't be fooled: the "four short tests" are actually midterms. Professor Koropeckyj gives out the study guides (which he believes is so nice of him) barely 3-4 days before the tests. These study guides have around 40 terms on them, 10-12 will be on these "four short tests," along with a literature component. Also,there is a riduclous amount of reading for this class. Some of which makes no sense at all. If it wasn't for the amazing TA, Boris Dralyuk, I would not have gotten anything out of it. In addition, the final is huge, it's worth 40% of the grade. Most of the class needed more than 3 hours to finish, although we only got 3 hours to take it. So unless you want a midterm every other week along with having to listen to terrible lectures as well as completing a lot of reading, don't take this class! Wait until an easier GE is offered.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 16, 2007 Grade Received: N/A

this professor isn't the best. lectures way too fast, not an easy ge...too much reading, expensive books, inconvenient article finding at library

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 17, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

May this be a warning to all UCLA students seeking an “easy” Philosophical/Linguistic Analysis GE. I took this class out of a fear for philosophy and lack of linguistic classes that fit my schedule and it was by far the most intense class I’ve taken at UCLA thus far. NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. I earned an A with weekly study sessions and a library of flashcards. There are 4 midterms (disguised as “short tests”) on the 4 Slavic civilizations (covering history and literature) of the Poles, Czechs, Yugoslavians, and Ukrainians, followed with an epic 3 hour written final combining the four.

I enjoyed this class immensely, but not because of Professor Koropeckyj’s teaching. He is the worst lecturer I’ve encountered at UCLA. While he provides a terms list at the beginning of each lecture to provide a rough outline of lecture topics, he doesn’t use lecture slides, is a chronic rambler, and rarely follows any sort of chronology when teaching. Our T.A., on the other hand, Boris Dralyuk, was awesome. If it weren’t for him I would have learned so much less from this intense class. Our class was apparently the first to be taught with a T.A. and I have no idea how others before us survived without one. Boris was a far better teacher than Professor Koropeckyj, so pray that you have the same guidance if you enroll in this class.

The information is interesting once decoded after lectures, but frustrating to understand as it’s being delivered. I learned a lot of Eastern European history that I had never covered before, so a love of history is a must for this class. Lots of reading as well, but it’s manageable if you don’t procrastinate. I made some of my best friends at UCLA in this class while bonding over this torture. Lots of work, lots of reading, lots of tests, but with a great study group and willingness to put in the work, an A is achievable.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 25, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

I took Slav 90 for Winter Quarter '10 and I knew it wasn't going to be a breeze. It took some intense studying the day or two before each mini test, but it was worth it. Before the class I didn't know anything about slavic culture or really care. After learning all about the different cultures, I was fascinated! I really enjoyed the class, but it took work. Go to all of the lectures and bring a computer to take notes because he can speak very fast. He will give you a "Things to Know" sheet for each test. Go through your notes and comb out the "things to know" terms and memorize them. Most of the time, some of the terms tie together. Boris was an amazing TA. I can't imagine the class without him because he explained all of the novels. There were a lot of novels and they were interesting, but it was difficult to read them all. That's where Boris came in. And the Final Exam took all three hours, but it was okay because the mini tests help you prepare for the final.

Bottom Line:
Not a breeze class.
VERY interesting.
I got an A- by doing the methods I gave above.

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