Discovering Greeks

Sarah P Morris

Discovering Greeks

Classics department

Sarah P Morris

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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%
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Fall 2012
29.4%
24.5%
19.6%
14.7%
9.8%
4.9%
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Winter 2010
28.3%
23.6%
18.9%
14.2%
9.4%
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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 Feb. 13, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

Morris is ok. Her lectures are not the best in the world, but I also don't remember them being painfully boring--I only fell asleep once or twice. There is a lot of reading, but not all of it is "mandatory" and a lot of it is interesting. Overall, it's a pretty easy class, if you get the right TA.

The midterm and final were easy because she gives you a list of things you need to know beforehand. She lists out ALL of the slides and vocab that will be on the tests, and even gives you the page numbers of the things you should read again. Basically, it's just memorization.

The papers are not bad either. The topis are not dry and are straight fwd. Not too hard--I got As on both of them. BUT, you should check with your TA first to see what he/she is looking for, because A LOT of people were shocked with their first grade.

I'd recommend the class... it's an interesting and easy way to get rid of a GE.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 18, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

I never thought that anyone could make a topic so stimulating so painful. Her class is easy, and the readings are fascinating, but as far as lecture is concerned, it was miserable. I count Dr. Morris' when I'm having trouble getting to sleep.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 22, 2007 Grade Received: N/A

materials in lecture have no weight on the midterm or final; not all the readings have to be read; papers are fair; overall a generally easy class if you put in the work

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 10, 2007 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Morris is a good lecturer who is very enthused about the Greeks. Her lectures are always very well prepared, though some are a bit more boring than others. The two papers are fair, as long as you start early enough. The grades are based entirely on your TA so write a rough draft and have your TA look over it and give you pointers before turning it in. The midterm and final are mainly memorizing pictures, terms, people, and places, but also have some analysis in them (for example, knowing the significance of certain passages of reading and being able to identify them). I really enjoyed this class, though I must say that I have always been interested in ancient history (I'm thinking of minoring in Classical civilization). So, if you're even remotely interested in this topic, take it as your GE. It requires work but you'll get a lot out of it.

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
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  • Participation Matters

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