John Langdon

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Overall Rating 4.2
Easiness 1.8/ 5
Clarity 4.3/ 5
Workload 1.9/ 5
Helpfulness 4.7/ 5
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Winter 2022 - If you are a history buff, then you will definitely love this course; however, if you're not a History major, STAY AWAY!!! Professor Langdon is a great professor, and his enthusiasm for the subject matter is projected in the lectures, but the workload is not easy. Professor is very clear, sometimes funny, and cares a lot about the success of his students. Unfortunately, his teaching methods are VERY old school. Get ready to read about 30+ pages a night on Byzantine history and fully invest all your time in passing this class. There is no homework besides the readings to keep up with lectures. On the bright side, he provides a binder's worth of detailed notes and timelines to provide context for lectures and historical timelines to keep track of for the exams. The class is basically graded solely on the exams. So, make sure to take detailed notes while listening to his lectures. The course has two exams: 1 optional midterm (I recommend taking it for extra pts) and the final. Both exams are extremely difficult and require you to memorize a good chunk of the reading to recall specific historical events and leaders. All the exams are written responses (IN-PERSON), there are about 3 questions for the short response, each with about 2-3 in-depth smaller elements (part a, b, c) within each. The final portion is a 1-2 page essay-long response. Passing this class is possible, but you're going to have to devote a lot of time and effort to understanding the lectures and key players & events to succeed on the exams. Personally, I wished Professor Langdon would've added more homework assignments and offered more opportunities for credit to lessen the pressure on students on the final exam. This class could've been more fun and engaging if he included more creative projects and presentations—anything besides reading straight from a textbook written in the 1960s.
Easiness 2.2/ 5
Clarity 4.8/ 5
Workload 3.0/ 5
Helpfulness 4.8/ 5
Most Helpful Review
I usually don't do reviews since I am lazy, but I had to make an exception Professor Langdon since he is the nicest, most caring professor I had ever taken. Like others have mentioned, Professor Langdon's class is not easy. In lecture, he throws out a lot of information so that it is hard to keep up even after you did your readings. But, if you go back home and listen to his lectures again, the information will start to get clearer. As for his tests, I felt it was extremely reasonable. For my class, we had 2 mandatory tests, each worth about 50% of the grade. We had objective questions, an essay and a historical paragraph. He also curved the test, which was very nice of him. This is by far the nicest professor I have ever met. I lost my course reader about halfway through the course and the professor offered to borrow his course reader for the duration of the course. Of course, I ended up finding my course reader, but the gesture was really thoughtful. Also, during class one day, a girl spilled coffee in class and the professor was extremely gentle about it. Another time, someone's phone rang off and he didn't make a big deal out of this either. He also makes a conscious effort to get to learn the students' names. The professor's passion and knowledge comes through in both his lectures and his course reader. You could tell that he put in a lot of time into his course reader and that he cares about the student's learning. Would I retake a class with Professor Langdon? Maybe. I am not sure if I want to work that hard again. Do I regret taking a class with this Professor? No, since I learned so much in a short amount of time. I should also mention that I took HIST 114C, 6 week session during Summer Session A. (I could not find this as an option, so I chose Hist M116C). I would assume that the regular 10 week session is more rigorous.
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