Women and Power in Ancient World
Winter 2017 - This class has good reviews, but Professor Cooney probably writes them herself. This is genuinely the worst class I've ever taken in my entire life. I am a south campus major and this class caused me more stress than my other classes. My TA, @Dani Candelora, was absolutely horrible. She accused me of academic dishonesty and was very impolite and rude to her students. That being said, the grade you get depends entirely on your TA. Cooney is very pretentious and only talks about her own experiences, not what we need to know for the midterm and final. Pretty much half the class is pointless because very few of the lectures pertain to what she actually tests you on. There were a lot of students who tried to kiss up to Cooney and talk about their own views on feminism, which none of the other students actually care about. The lectures are incredibly boring and truly pointless to attend. The final paper is ridiculous because no one teaches you how to do it, it's extremely long, and the process of choosing a topic is difficult. The topic she suggests are too specific and obscure, and the TAs claim most topics are too broad. She doesn't know much about India, China, and Persia but still tried to lecture about it. It looked extremely unprofessional. No matter what any of the other reviews say, I promise you will regret taking this class. It is absolutely horrible.
Fall 2019 - I took AN N EA 15W with Dr. Cooney as the professor and Amr Shahat as the TA and I really enjoyed the class (my section was a hybrid with Dr. Cooney's lectures online and my discussion sections with Amr in person). I would definitely recommend taking the course with Amr as the TA. He did a great job of expanding on the course material in discussion + reviewing it with us, and he also tied the material into different areas of history and the present. The final essay for this class sounded overwhelming when they first described it to us, but the course breaks the project down into manageable steps/checkpoints so you don't have to stress as much. Amr was also very available to answer questions via email or during office hours, help us find more resources for our papers, and work with us on our outlines/drafts. I was definitely a little nervous about taking this class because I don't have much of a history background, but I ended up really enjoying it and if you're looking for a solid writing 2 class, I'd definitely recommend this one.