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ENGL 90
Shakespeare Full Profile > 4.4 Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.8 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness
Shakespeare with Dickey consisted of reading about one play per week over the quarter (7 total),...
Winter Quarter 2016
ENGL 90
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Shakespeare with Dickey consisted of reading about one play per week over the quarter (7 total), with very low-stress in class quizzes on each play, a final essay and a final exam. If you put in even a little effort to participate, an A is extremely attainable in this class. Not only that, but you get the privilege to attend lectures with Dickey, who is as clear, insightful and engaging a professor as any other at UCLA. He will take unorthodox approaches to analyzing plays, and find depth and meaning that you never thought was possible. Dickey is hilarious, but not in a "trying to be funny" way. His humor not only is effortless, but almost always carries with it some significance to the play being covered. Overall, this remains my favorite class that I have taken at UCLA or anywhere for that matter. Going to class felt like an escape from all the insane stress and pressures of South Campus.
Dickey is one of the best professors at UCLA, hands down. Even if you have no interest in Shakespeare, TAKE ENGLISH 90 WITH HIM! It will be one of your best experiences at UCLA.
TIP: Don't buy the textbook, it's a waste of $100+. Just go to YRL and check out the plays that are listed on the syllabus, that's the only reading material you need.

Winter Quarter 2016
ENGL 91A
Introduction to Poetry Full Profile > 4.5 Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.5 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
Dr. Dickey is an awesome person and is very welcoming and easily approachable. The class itself is...
Fall Quarter 2016
ENGL 91A
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Dr. Dickey is an awesome person and is very welcoming and easily approachable. The class itself is pretty straightforward: you go into deep analysis of poetry. By deep analysis, I mean analyzing every single word and pattern in the meter etc.
The workload is pretty manageable: Read 6-10 poems that are assigned before each lecture. I personally read maybe 25% or less of the poems and still got an A in the class, however if you actually read every poem you will be much less stressed towards the final. There were also two pop quizzes about the readings but they were very straightforward and not meant to trick you, and also not worth a great amount of points if they were anything beyond participation (though this does mean you should attend all of the lectures!)
The professor also requests we recite a poem in front of the class anytime before the 6th week and turn in our own written poem by the end of the 8th week. These two are pretty much just graded for completion.
The last major assignment is a 6-8 page essay graded by your TA which is 25% of the grade.
The midterm is 20% of your grade and has 10 questions about readings/literary devices, two poems that you have to annotate/close-read, and an essay portion where you choose one of the two poems you annotated to analyze in an essay.
Jessica was my TA and she graded pretty fairly and more generously in the essay portion.
For her discussion, she requires that you turn in one annotated poem before the 5th week (or somewhere around that time) and that you have at least one OH appointment to discuss your essay with her before the 9th week, though multiple is always better! And lastly she requires you to post once a week on CCLE, analyzing a poem about the length of one page double length, which usually takes less than an hour.
So I'd say the weekly workload for this class is only an hour if you do the bare minimum, and 2-3 hours per week if you stay on top of things, which I believe is pretty reasonable.
The lectures are engaging and Dr. Dickey is an awesome professor, although it's easy to get distracted. A majority of the lecture is him analyzing the poems from the reading, while also spending some time introducing a new concept (which, to be honest, is usually somewhat obscure and hard to grasp, but I'm sure it'd be easier if I listened more closely).
Overall, I do recommend this class as a GE, and it helps you to appreciate detail and art that goes into poetry, but I personally was not in love with the class and I have no incredibly strong positive or negative opinion on it.

Fall Quarter 2016
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ENGL 95A
Introduction to Poetry Full Profile > 4.6 Overall 2.4 Easiness 2.8 Workload 4.4 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness
Professor Dickey was a great teacher! Class discussions were wonderful. My TA was AWESOME! Get...
ENGL 95A
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Overall 4.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 3.8

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Professor Dickey was a great teacher! Class discussions were wonderful. My TA was AWESOME! Get Conor O'Sullivan if you can.

The midterm was reasonable. There is a scansion part and an essay writing portion. The final was more difficult, as it was 66% essay writing.

All in all, a very rewarding class and a fun experience.

ENGL 141
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ENGL 141
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ENGL 142
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ENGL 142A
Shakespeare: Poems and Early Plays Full Profile > 4.0 Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.6 Workload 4.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness
Professor Dickey is very knowledgeable and I definitely enjoyed that he made the class very...
ENGL 142A
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Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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Professor Dickey is very knowledgeable and I definitely enjoyed that he made the class very interactive. Going to class is important since he loves to give out quizzes. I liked that his papers topics were on very short passages, thus forcing students to really close read. The only problem I had was that he didnt' have too much structure with the TAs. I had Holly Moyer and I'm telling you now AVOID HER AT ALL COSTS. She's condescending, takes forever to answer e-mails and is a very harsh grader. She wants graduate level work but doesn't work with her students to achieve this. Other than that, it was a good class and as long as you read the final was pretty simple.

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ENGL 150A
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ENGL 150B
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ENGL 150B
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ENGL 150C
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ENGL 150C
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ENGL 181A
Specialized Studies in Medieval Literature Full Profile > 4.2 Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 4.7 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness
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ENGL 181A
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