Discovering Greeks

Classics department

Sarah P Morris

Discovering Greeks

Classics department

Sarah P Morris

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Overall 3.6
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Easiness of class 2.9
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Workload 1.8
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Clarity of professor 4.1
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Helpfulness of professor 3.4
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Grades

Fall 2016
28.6%
23.8%
19.0%
14.3%
9.5%
4.8%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
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C
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2012
29.4%
24.5%
19.6%
14.7%
9.8%
4.9%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2010
28.3%
23.6%
18.9%
14.2%
9.4%
4.7%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
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C
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 25, 2017 Grade Received: B+

The exams have a super straightforward study guide, she literally gives you a list of terms that you need to know and you have to answer some simple questions about artwork. You can tell she's really passionate, but sometimes the slides won't make sense and have question marks on the ends. Easy class, would take again.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 21, 2016 Grade Received: A-

Professor Morris is extremely knowledgeable about Ancient Greece and her lectures are always very detailed and easy to follow along. However, each lecture is packed with so much information, it often became pretty tedious and honestly lectures were only worth going to if you're truly interested in the subject material. For midterms and finals, there's a study guide posted and if you stick to studying what's on the sheet, it'll be a breeze. Just try not to cram everything in the night before because the tests cover a lot of material. There is a ridiculous amount of reading required for this class so be careful on not falling too far behind. Try to actually keep up with the deadlines that Professor Morris sets for the readings though, because unless you're really good at BSing, you're going to need to have some idea of what's going on to participate in discussion (which counts for a grade). There were 2 papers due during my quarter and I would recommend having a rough draft for your TA or Professor Morris to read over a few days before the due date. This is especially helpful if you've run out of things to say and you still haven't met the word limit, as my TA gave me a lot of good ideas to finish my essay. Your grade really does depend on which TA you end up with as they grade your papers and participation. All in all, I would not recommend this class if you're looking for an easy GE, but it's a very interesting class if you are genuinely interested in learning about Greek civilization.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 20, 2016 Grade Received: A

This class is a fairly easy GE but I would recommend taking it ONLY if you're interested in Ancient Greek/Classics simply because it will be ludicrously boring for you. People mention that lectures aren't mandatory, which is absolutely true, although I went to the good majority of them simply because it was interesting to me (the lecture hall was probably 1/4 of the way full after about 3 weeks in).

People are saying that it depends on your TA, which might be true but I was under the impression that each TA graded one portion of the exams and left it to the others so that it would be fair for all students, but then again I never discussed these details with TA's or professor in this class (My other classes used this technique).

It's a lot of readings which are, to me, interesting to learn about but if you despise history and find it dull, I would stay away from this class. Morris is VERY knowledgeable and passionate with her work and her lectures are interesting only if you find it interesting. However, they are not necessary at all as long as you keep up with the readings. She does however summarize the readings in lecture so it can help you with essays if you attend.

They know that this class is majority first year and as a result, the two short 5 page papers are designed to be more of a learning experience to the student. They check more for how well you argue and organize rather than actual content for the most part.

The midterms and final are almost structured exactly the same and is ridiculously easy to study for. They give you all the terminology you need to know before hand, including the essay prompt for the final. Perhaps the most difficult part of the exams are the images she tests you, where you have no clue what the questions may be, but they usually pertain to the location and date of where the object was found. Certain TA's are more nit picky than others that is true, so you must be thorough with all the dates and details, I feel as though I should have gotten an A- because I knew I had incorrect answers but they brush over it if you're close enough.

Overall the class was easy and enjoyable

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 5, 2016 Grade Received: NR

I am selling the camp and fisher textbook for this class for 10 bucks. Text 951-741-5841 if interested.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 1, 2016 Grade Received: A-

I don't know where to begin with this review. I love Ancient Greek History and love Professor Morris but I was not happy with my TA this quarter. I have friends that have different TA's and if you get lucky, getting an A in this class is pretty much a breeze.

However, if you get unlucky like I did, to get an A in a terrible/difficult TA's class requires you to be in like the top 10% of the class. My TA graded very subjectively. For instance, if you were a Classics/Latin major she tended to grade much harsher because she had higher expectations. Her expectations WERE not clear in the beginning of the class.

I think the workload is very reasonable . The Midterm and Final are exactly what you would expect (you get a study guide beforehand) so doing well isn't terribly difficult. The hardest part is leniency. My TA took off a bunch of points if you mixed up dates or didn't specify the location of an important place, but overall it's not too difficult if you are good at memorizing. Oh, and one more thing about the midterm/final: train your hands early, because they are going to hurt! You are expected to answer a lot in a short amount of time but if you prepare beforehand it's reasonable.

Overall, I would recommend the class to anyone interested in the subject (don't take if you don't have an interest). You will learn a lot and much of it is pretty valuable. However, know that if your TA sucks ahead of time, try and switch discussions or consider dropping. Otherwise your sections will be super awkward and grading can be tough. Good luck y'all!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Nov. 29, 2016 Grade Received: B+

Lectures are not necessary and not at all necessary to succeed in the class, as all the material found on the midterms and final are pulled from the readings. Lots of memorization and reading, best to take with a friend to split the reading load as there is a lot of reading, and it is very boring.

Grade solely depends on your TA. Your grade will be made up of two 5 page papers, a midterm, and a final. Some TA's grade the exams tougher than others, same goes with the papers. The midterm is poorly timed as all students struggled to get as much information down as possible before the time expired. Your success will be just as dependent on how fast you can write as how well you know the material.

Overall, would not recommend as a GE unless you are very, very interested in the subject material. Heavy reading load and boring lectures will have you wishing the quarter would end already.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 1, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Her lectures were very boring. Grading solely depends on on the TA you get. The TAs do all of the grading and A LOT of people were unhappy with their grades. There is a good amount of reading in this class; and you MUST do every bit of it. There is a quiz every week in discussion which directly relates to the readings. There are also EIGHT books you have to purchase for this class. The midterm and final are mainly all writing... pretty hard. There are also two papers which are manageable, but again depends on your TA. Personally, I am not interested in this subject at all so I wish I would have taken another GE instead of this one. I would NOT recommend this class for a GE.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Aug. 30, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

This class was truly wonderful. The professor was entertaining and informative, and SO knowledgeable! The material was great. I loved going to lecture. My TA was fabulous as well - try to get Claire Collins!

The essays depend entirely on your TA of course, but it's not that bad. The professor gives you review handouts of what to study before each exam. It's very straightforward and not hard to do well in the class.

I really fell in love with classics during this course. It is classes like this that restore a little of my faith in UCLA :)

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted July 12, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

A very awesome professor that really knows her classics. I took classics 10 winter '10, and had a lot of fun. The professor is always willing to talk to students, and her lectures are entertaining, never too boring.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted May 4, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Key word to the below poster is "Good TA." If you get a harsh grader, you're nothing short of screwed. Let me explain: Two papers in the class (horrible prompts by the way), which are ridiculously subjective. But the way my TA graded the test was also strange: he put "OK" next to the ones I only partially missed, but got enough right to receive full credit. So hypothetically, if he decided to screw me, my 97s could have turned into 74s.

Lecture was horrid and boring, even if you are a classics major. She puts a giant emphasis on archaeology. "This pot had this image.. blahbity blah blahh." By the way, that's about 25%-30% of your midterm and final. She also pulls out 10 random quotes (another 30% of grade) from all the reading which you have to identify by speaker and significance. That part was pretty easy, but takes way too much preparation.

Books were good choices. Too bad that she puts the reading at a stupidly ridiculous pace. Example: She made us read the Oresteia (300 page epic poem) in a week. The readings are done no justice, as they are primarily discussed in section. She just babbles about random stuff and sings in Greek for an hour and a half in lecture, so the only chance you get to discuss them is in section.. which is not nearly sufficient time to go through the themes.

That said, final grade: A

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Participation Matters
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