Introduction to Slavic Civilization

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Georgiana Galateanu See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.6

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Took CEESTD 91 with Prof. Galateanu Winter '14.
She's truly an incredible professor and she has some awesome information to teach you...BUT.
If you're not inclined towards history in general or if readings aren't really your thing, think twice about this class. There are a lot of reviews here saying this is an easy GE—this is really only true if you're a little more north campus than south. If you find the topic interesting you'll have a great time in this class, but if not, be prepared for a very, very rough quarter.

June 7, 2014
Michael Heim See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 1.8 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 3.8

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I love Professor Heim! He's such a cute 'ol Professor with his overstuffed, tattered backpack and slouched back. I wasn't really interested in Russian history, but he makes his lectures really interesting. He's a really great lecturer and tells the history of the Soviet Union like he's telling the class a story. In terms of grading, it's pretty easy--two papers, midterm and final. The papers are fairly easy and the midterm and final are just short answer questions and essays. I'd definitely recommend this class.

June 17, 2009
Olga Kagan See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.8

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I took her Russian90A. She is one of my favorite professors on campus. She is very thoughtful and helpful. So is the TA (Peter). The lecture is very organized and interesting. Midterm and final include MC, matching and an short essay. Overall, it's a pretty easy&fun class. Take her!

March 28, 2014
Emily Klenin See Full Profile

Overall 3.1 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.3

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Russian 90 - a very important class for a Russian Studies major, and the worst teacher I could imagine is leading it.
I agree with the review below; Myrna is an excellent TA, and she REALLY helps with the midterms and final.
Professor Klenin gives weird little smiles often during her lectures and acts excited to take questions, making it seems like she's nice, but she's actually somewhat evil...when approached before or after class, or in office hours, she is EXTREMELY rude for some reason. Very misleading.
She has a strange lecture style, and the best advice I have if you want to get a good grade but don't feel like reading is to take really good notes and just study those. She tends to go into a much lower voice and practically whisper when she's saying something important, but then she'll move on too quickly for you to figure out what it was. She is inconsiderate and she does start early and end late.
This class is very important if you're going to take Russian history classes in the future, and honestly it makes those upper divs a million times easier just because of how much work there is. She expects you to have an excellent memory for detail: dates, the names of all the Russian princes in order and when they ruled (which can be really confusing if you don't speak Russian), and many more things...So for the tests, be prepared to memorize details!

In short, the material is decent depending on your interests and background, but be prepared to at least come to lecture, and discussion is especially helpful. Also, in addition to the textbook (atlas) and reader, she'll want you to read Dostoevsky's "Notes from Underground" and Tolstoy's "Hadji Murat" and "Sevastopol Stories".

One important thing: she does NOT give a paper least not as of Spring that's nice :)

Nov. 13, 2008
Roman Koropeckyj See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.3 Workload 1.7 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.8

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I wish I had read the reviews for this class before taking it !! The comments you see going back to 2007 about Prof. Koropeckyj's teaching style? Still 100% relevant.

We had 3 discussion section "tests" (aka midterms - worth 50% of the final grade in total) spaced out throughout the course. The final was long - 25 IDs, annotating a map, 1 long essay, and lots of little qs. It was 3hrs long, but that was nowhere near enough time to finish. There was also quite a bit of assigned reading/material - pretty much a short novel/collection of poems/foreign film per week.

I would recommend this course for someone who needs to fulfill their Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice GE but doesn't like overanalyzing novels, or for someone who wants to fulfill their Philosophical and Linguistic Analysis GE without actually doing anything philosophy-related. But this is not an easy GE !!

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