Korean Civilization

John B Duncan

Korean Civilization

Korean department

John B Duncan

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Overall 4.1
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Easiness of class 2.7
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Workload 2.3
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Clarity of professor 3.9
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Helpfulness of professor 4.1
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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials

Textbooks

A History of Korea (Palgrave Essential Histories series)
Kyung Moon Hwang
ISBN: 9781137573568
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Grades

Spring 2017
35.3%
29.4%
23.5%
17.6%
11.8%
5.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
42.3%
35.3%
28.2%
21.2%
14.1%
7.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
25.6%
21.3%
17.1%
12.8%
8.5%
4.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Jan. 10, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

Highly recommend this class and Professor Duncan. He's a really great guy and is very passionate about this subject. He gives interesting lectures and the class isn't very difficult to get an A in as long as you show up to lectures and discussions.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 27, 2018 Grade Received: A+

Dr. Duncan was an amazing and approachable professor and was clearly very knowledgeable about the topics he discussed. His lectures weren't super engaging, but that might partly be because I'm not into history in general, but they were very helpful if you read the material beforehand. The class does require a lot of memorization; both the midterm and final had ID questions, where you had to write a few sentences about specific terms (e.g. who, when, why was this person or event important, controversies), so it might seem overwhelming at times; however, the final wasn't cumulative, so that definitely made it easier. Your performance in this class depends mostly on whether you do the readings or not, so be prepared to read a lot. If you manage to do all the readings and study a little bit, you'll do great.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 21, 2018 Grade Received: B

Taking this class with Professor Duncan was a bad experience overall. He has a very soft voice so he uses a microphone, but he mumbles into it so it's still difficult to hear. His voice stayed monotonous throughout every single lecture throughout its entire duration. His lectures were disengaging and very boring. The material was interesting, but the way Duncan presented it was flat and often confusing. Half of the class stopped showing up to lectures by the fifth week, and many of the students who did show up either fell asleep or did not pay attention (which I guess isn't entirely Duncan's fault). He used slides, but they provided hardly any information, and more often than not they were not relevant to the big picture idea. The photographs he showed on the slides were always horribly pixelated and poor quality.
He also assigned way too much reading per week. I'm pretty sure no one read everything he assigned. He would assign about 2-3 chapters from the textbooks and about 10-20 pages of extra reading from pdfs he chose that went more in depth. Some students said the textbook was unnecessary, but I relied on the textbook only. I read all of the chapters to prepare for the final, because I walked out of every lecture not having learned anything.
As for the discussions, participation and attendance matters. It's impossible to participate if you don't know what's going on, so try not to fall behind.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 11, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Duncan gives very interesting lectures, and he tells a lot of interesting stories to keep you awake. The midterm is also very straightforward if you regularly attend class and study a little. The books are pretty much useless because they just supplement the material in class, so if you attend lecture you don't have to read the books.

His tests are very fair - he tells you the topics of the essay question beforehand so you can think about it at home.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 11, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Duncan is a good guy. He's so much more Korean than I am...hahaha. He's a cool guy and very friendly. He knows almost all there is to know about Korea. He can speak Korean, write it, and read it. He can be funny at times especially when he speaks in Korean. His knowledge of Korea's history and contemporary issues still amazes me. He's a good guy and I encourage everyone to take a class with him.

I honestly didn't really care too much about Korea before I took this class but after, my interest level went up a lot. He makes you feel relaxed in class...he just gives off this cool vibe. For me, he organized the lectures nicely and things actually made sense. If you can, for a TA get Howard Kahm, cool TA...he's really smart and knows his stuff...he's a chill guy who makes you feel comfortable in discussions...he has helpful powerpoint presentations too.

Duncan's midterms are take home and the final is relatively easy as long as you attend every lecture and do most of the readings. The material is interesting (for me at least)...I honestly had a good time...probably cuz my TA was cool like Duncan...the readings were kinda dry but he talked about getting better texts later on...simply put, take Duncan.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 22, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

I was shafted. I enrolled in Korean 50 expecting to be taught by Duncan. Something must have happened because the registrar lists him but the course was taught by a different lecturer (a TA) with other TA's for the discussion section. They weren't on the whole, too bad, but it was definetly a different course that what I had expected.

So in the future if you enroll in one of his classes double check he'll actually be teaching it.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials

Textbooks

A History of Korea (Palgrave Essential Histories series)
Kyung Moon Hwang
ISBN: 9781137573568
View on Amazon
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