Variable Topics Historiography Proseminar: Europe
Fall 2021 - The class overall was pretty good! The class taught me a lot about the drinking and eating habbit during the interwar period in those "totalitarian states". I highly recommended taking his class in the furture. Professor Griffith was nice and engaged. 10/10 for this class. UCLA needed more professor like him that really passionate in his field.
Winter 2022 - Put in the work and you will succeed. I highly suggest that anyone who wants to take this class to brush up on their European history beforehand and to take a political science, sociology, and psychology class to supplement this as well. The final project is a 10 page research paper based on a European city within a piece of fiction. I was blindsided by many of the topics discussed but managed to pull through because of office hours. He wants you to succeed but put in the work. He can spot bs a mile away. Also make sure to talk because he grades participation and please participate or else awkward silence follows. Take notes and ask questions as some of the topics discussed can be quite abstract. You also have to lead the discussion during a lecture and give a presentation, practice beforehand as those points can add up and either save you or bring your grade down. If you get stuck during this portion of the class he comes in clutch and asks the class a question on your behalf to get things back into motion.
Winter 2022 - Professor Nasiali is an amazing lecturer and a wonderful person. She always comes to the class with a positive energy which is infectious. Her lecturing style is extremely engaging, and the classes are always so informative and multi-dimensional. The readings she assigns are very interesting and well connected. This class will definitely increase your analytical skills. If you go to her office hours to go over your assignments, your writing will improve SO MUCH! I cannot stress this enough. Her feedback is extremely helpful and constructive; I owe a lot to her. She is really encouraging, understanding, and the nicest person ever. She is one of the best professors at UCLA, so do yourselves a favor and take one her classes.