Professor

Seyed-Ali Mousavi

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4.4
Overall Ratings
Based on 8 User s
Easiness 4.1 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Workload 3.9 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Clarity 4.2 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Helpfulness 3.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Dec. 2, 2017
Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A+

Just take it, he is great, learned a lot!

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June 25, 2020
Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A

Hist 110B was a really cool class. If you have no prior knowledge about the Parthian or Achaemenid empires, Mousavi will give you all the background information you need to know. This class was pretty easy. You don't need to do any of the assigned readings, but you do need to go to lecture every day to fill out his sign-in sheet. Plus, all the info you need to know is in his lecture slides, and he's mostly clear about concepts. Sometimes he wasn't chronological about his lectures, so studying often involved figuring out how the historical timeline looked. Overall, this is an easy class and if you put in an ounce of effort you'll do fine.

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Nov. 2, 2018
Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A

He is awesome, just study his note and you'll be fine. Short answer questions for the midterm and the final and he gives 80 and above an A.

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July 2, 2020
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A

Overall, not a difficult class at all, but also not a particularly interesting one. It consists of a final exam and a short 5-7 page midterm paper. The paper is on a topic of your choosing related to archaeology, and the final is very very clear, short, and straightforward. You would have to actively try to fail to not get an A in my opinion.

Prof. Mousavi is a little dry and boring, and often too serious, and he has a very strange obsession with proper pronunciation, to the point where he gets upset if you have the slightest American accent when pronouncing an Iranian term, which is ironic because he speaks English with an accent (which is obviously fine, just ironic that he gets so perturbed when somebody doesn’t say something like “Naqsh-e Rostam” perfectly).

Overall, he’s not a bad prof or a bad guy, just stern and sometimes a little strange, and his class is straightforward and fairly easy to get an A. Just attend lectures, take notes, and study the material that he emphasizes in the review.

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March 26, 2021
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A

Honestly, professor Mousavi has been one of my favorite professors at UCLA. I took him when the pandemic started in Spring of 2019 and he is one of the only professors to make the whole online transitions easy and enjoyable. However, I'm pretty sure by the time you're reading this review you'll be back on campus contemplating to take his course. Take it! Especially if you're a STEM student or someone who will need to balance out a rigorous quarter. Reading is between 15-25 pages a week and your overall grade consist on the midterm and final exam. Both exams are 5 to 6 questions which require short essay answers and if you show up to lecture and read you'll do fine. As the course name indicates, this class examines Iran's archaeological history, its early material culture, and archaeological sites. He does post slides and he will give you a review session before both exams. If you're a stickler about returned emails then you'll probably be disappointed. He does not return emails very often so stick around after lecture for any questions you may have. In all, I would definitely recommend his course.

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IRANIAN M110C
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June 12, 2020
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A

I’m not sure how relevant this review is because I took this class online during the spring Covid-2020 outbreak. To be honest, I had some very difficult courses that spring quarter and Mousavi’s class was able to balance out my workload. Your overall grade is based on the midterm and final. Both exams which both consist of short essay answers. Some I’m not sure how relevant this review is because I took this class online during the spring Covid-2020 outbreak. To be honest, I had some very difficult courses that spring quarter and Mousavi’s class was able to balance out my workload. Your overall grade is based on the midterm and final. Both exams consist of short essay answers. Some of the readings can help you for the exams, but you really need to be in class for his lectures and take notes. This class is basically a history course about the Sassanian Empire in Iran from 224-651. It covers the rise of the Empire, it’s regional archaeological sites, the Empires battles with Rome, and each successive King until it’s collapse. I was very was skeptical about taking this class at first, but it seemed to have good reviews on Bruinwalk and I’m glad I did take it.

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June 20, 2018
Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A

Take the class. Before the midterm and the final you're going to hate yourself and feel like you've put yourself on overload (especially if you wait to the last minute like me) but learn the material, be good at chronology and names. He is a very kind grader and he really wants all his students to do well. ABSOLUTELY do not cheat because he will catch you. He is a great professor and I'm happy I took 2 quarters or Iranian Civilization with him.

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IRANIAN 187
Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A+
Dec. 2, 2017

Just take it, he is great, learned a lot!

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IRANIAN M110B
Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
June 25, 2020

Hist 110B was a really cool class. If you have no prior knowledge about the Parthian or Achaemenid empires, Mousavi will give you all the background information you need to know. This class was pretty easy. You don't need to do any of the assigned readings, but you do need to go to lecture every day to fill out his sign-in sheet. Plus, all the info you need to know is in his lecture slides, and he's mostly clear about concepts. Sometimes he wasn't chronological about his lectures, so studying often involved figuring out how the historical timeline looked. Overall, this is an easy class and if you put in an ounce of effort you'll do fine.

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IRANIAN M110C
Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A
Nov. 2, 2018

He is awesome, just study his note and you'll be fine. Short answer questions for the midterm and the final and he gives 80 and above an A.

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AN N EA CM163
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
July 2, 2020

Overall, not a difficult class at all, but also not a particularly interesting one. It consists of a final exam and a short 5-7 page midterm paper. The paper is on a topic of your choosing related to archaeology, and the final is very very clear, short, and straightforward. You would have to actively try to fail to not get an A in my opinion.

Prof. Mousavi is a little dry and boring, and often too serious, and he has a very strange obsession with proper pronunciation, to the point where he gets upset if you have the slightest American accent when pronouncing an Iranian term, which is ironic because he speaks English with an accent (which is obviously fine, just ironic that he gets so perturbed when somebody doesn’t say something like “Naqsh-e Rostam” perfectly).

Overall, he’s not a bad prof or a bad guy, just stern and sometimes a little strange, and his class is straightforward and fairly easy to get an A. Just attend lectures, take notes, and study the material that he emphasizes in the review.

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0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
AN N EA CM163
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 26, 2021

Honestly, professor Mousavi has been one of my favorite professors at UCLA. I took him when the pandemic started in Spring of 2019 and he is one of the only professors to make the whole online transitions easy and enjoyable. However, I'm pretty sure by the time you're reading this review you'll be back on campus contemplating to take his course. Take it! Especially if you're a STEM student or someone who will need to balance out a rigorous quarter. Reading is between 15-25 pages a week and your overall grade consist on the midterm and final exam. Both exams are 5 to 6 questions which require short essay answers and if you show up to lecture and read you'll do fine. As the course name indicates, this class examines Iran's archaeological history, its early material culture, and archaeological sites. He does post slides and he will give you a review session before both exams. If you're a stickler about returned emails then you'll probably be disappointed. He does not return emails very often so stick around after lecture for any questions you may have. In all, I would definitely recommend his course.

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IRANIAN M110C
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 12, 2020

I’m not sure how relevant this review is because I took this class online during the spring Covid-2020 outbreak. To be honest, I had some very difficult courses that spring quarter and Mousavi’s class was able to balance out my workload. Your overall grade is based on the midterm and final. Both exams which both consist of short essay answers. Some I’m not sure how relevant this review is because I took this class online during the spring Covid-2020 outbreak. To be honest, I had some very difficult courses that spring quarter and Mousavi’s class was able to balance out my workload. Your overall grade is based on the midterm and final. Both exams consist of short essay answers. Some of the readings can help you for the exams, but you really need to be in class for his lectures and take notes. This class is basically a history course about the Sassanian Empire in Iran from 224-651. It covers the rise of the Empire, it’s regional archaeological sites, the Empires battles with Rome, and each successive King until it’s collapse. I was very was skeptical about taking this class at first, but it seemed to have good reviews on Bruinwalk and I’m glad I did take it.

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IRANIAN M110C
Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
June 20, 2018

Take the class. Before the midterm and the final you're going to hate yourself and feel like you've put yourself on overload (especially if you wait to the last minute like me) but learn the material, be good at chronology and names. He is a very kind grader and he really wants all his students to do well. ABSOLUTELY do not cheat because he will catch you. He is a great professor and I'm happy I took 2 quarters or Iranian Civilization with him.

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