All Ratings and Reviews for Carol A Bakhos
Not sure if Professor Bakhos changed her curriculum during Covid or if I’m taking the wrong class, because the class I took is MUCH more difficult than the class all the other reviewers were talking about. I took this class as a GE thinking it would be fun and interesting like everyone said, but boy was I wrong.
This course's grade was mostly comprised of 3 different sets of take-home essays throughout the quarter, each of which had you writing at least 7 essays (5 short and 2 long). On top of that, you also had an additional paper to write in week 9. There is SO much writing, this class should've honestly qualified for a Writing II class (except it's not, so lose-lose).
Furthermore, it seems like she was looking for very specific answers for these essays, but also didn't want to "give away the answers". I honestly felt that she wasn't that helpful during office hours or Q&A sessions, but considering these essays are basically our midterm and final, I can somewhat understand why she might not be too keen on handing out answers to people. However, her lecture style (which mostly involves talking/getting sidetracked on people's questions while flipping through a handful of slides with scarce information) has not held up well over zoom and imo wasn't very helpful when it came to writing the actual essays. Which means that, in order to find the answers for each essay, you're going to have to be re-reading the textbook thrice over, scanning your minimal lecture "notes", and deep-searching Google for more information.
Is this an interesting class? Certainly some parts are fascinating to learn about. But the biggest flaw with this class is that there is too much information and not enough time to learn it all, which made the take-home essays a wonderful, "on-your-own" experience for me.
Before you take this class, ask yourself: Am I willing to sacrifice my entire sleep schedule over the course of 4 separate weeks for a GE? If the answer's no, then maybe avoid it and get some sleep.
Sidenote: Participation is MANDATORY in this class. They had some policy where if you missed 2 or more discussion sections, you couldn't pass the course, which I felt was kind of unforgiving, especially during Covid.
I was looking for a decently easy GE and this definitely fulfilled it. She gets props for being so friendly and concerned, but was kinda boring. She goes off on tangents sometimes and you start to wonder exactly how much of what she's saying you'll actually have to know for the tests/papers. I got an A- in the class without doing too much of the readings, but I had a badass tutor, so I'm guessing if you don't you probably have to skim and pay attention to her remarks about them in class.
She was very organized and intelligent and was able to effectively and explain thousands of years of Jewish history and customs in interesting and compact lectures
she also seemed very unbiased when presenting different religious and political movements
i recommend taking any of her classes, especially this one
Really kind hearted woman and very motherly in nature. I felt so warm in her class. Aside from that it was also one of the easiest As of ucla i did no reading only went to lectures and took good notes. focus on your study guides and what she tells you to study. she didn't pull any nasty tricks. she wants students to enjoy the subject matter and is very passionate.
She lectures like she has a classroom full of fourth graders. She lacks significant understanding of the subject matter, and she makes overarching statements that hold little water. She fails to present evidence for any of her points. She treats her students like children, and she commands little more respect than a homeroom teacher in middle school.
Terrible, I repeat, TERRIBLE professor.
She is nice. And relatively funny, if that is important at all.
I thought she was going to be an easy prof and it was going to be an easy class. I was EXTREMELY wrong! Her lectures were boring and often didn't follow a format of any kind! The amount of reading was overwhelming and normally very dry. The class skipped over major portions of Jewish History and often went into detail about insignificant parts. She felt the need to remind the class on a regular basis that she wasn't going to lecture on everything important from the reading because "being UCLA students, we should be able to understand what was significant in the reading." If you have never taken a Jewish studies class before, she is an almost impossible prof because she assumes everyone in the class is Jewish. Furthermore, she is the most biased person I have EVER met and if you are a reform jew: prepare yourself for the major insults that are about to come your way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She's very friendly, but by God, she treats the class like we're still in grade school. I honestly cannot stay awake in her class because her lectures are absolutely not provocative, challenging, or engaging AT ALL. She has given four or five lectures so far, and I only have a page and a half of notes - not because I know the material, but because she spends most of her time coddling us and telling us how awesome we are (seems like a good thing - it's not).
As a student who's paying 35 grand a year to be here, I want to learn something.
i loved this class. i do admit i slacked off, but in the end pulled through because you just feel bad about not doing the work.
her voice and manner of speaking is so laid back that the lecture becomes a laid back discussion. on the first day, everyone felt comfortable and were having class discussions because she really promotes this environment of ease and speech. she was amaaaazing. grade for bakhos: A. two thumbs up fo shizzle
Ignore the person who said this class is hard and who had Daniel Beckman as a TA. I also had Daniel Beckman as a TA, and frankly who cares what TA you have in this class. This class is amazingly easy, just look at the grade distributions. Basically everybody got A or A- except for maybe the people that choose to never study at all. All you have to do for both the midterms and final is study the night before for a few hours until you know the stuff on the study guide she gives you. It is very clear what you should study, just know the study guide. For my class, she canceled the second essay because we were short on time for Islam and I heard no complaints, only happiness. The essay was then added to the final, with one of the easiest prompts ever and one that she had basically told all the answers to in lecture beforehand. The one essay we did write was interesting, and overall this class was extremely interesting. If you have any interest in any of the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) then TAKE THIS CLASS! Even if you don't, you will probably have an interest in at least one after this class. This has been the easiest GE I have taken, and I wish every GE could be like this. And oh people say "you don't have to read the books" which might be true, but I read most of them anyway. I wouldn't know then if you could get an A without reading, but I pretty sure you probably could as long as you study.
Such a great professor! I only had her for a Fiat Lux (Religion 19) but had a blast. She but so much time into getting to know us individually and was always very insightful. She is very well-versed in all of the Abrahamic religions, not just Judaism. Whereas most highly intelligent professors don't care much about interacting with the class, Professor Bakhos invited us to dinner and would stay for usually 1-2 hours talking about the class, current events, and life in general. I definitely recommend taking her for any class.
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