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History and Human Nature (FYS)

July 10, 2003

Kaye, Joel Silver_nugget
History and Human Nature (FYS)

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This class started off OK but then got a little sticky when religion began cauing huge controversey among the different students. Becasue it was a seminar he sort of let the students run the class which was not always good becasue we often ended up on tangents which led to controversey. Also, some students found him offensive at times, and while he says he was just trying to state his opinion, there was probably a nicer way to do it. His grading system was otherwise fair and he was available to discuss grades and assignments

Workload:

Not bad for the class. Weekly readings varied between pretty long (and sometimes boring) and very light and easy. If you dont always finish the readings its not the biggest deal just do it for the next time. However, he required (bi-)weekly postings on courseworks which were very time consuming and often redundent from previous weeks postingsa or from those of other students. I think there were 4, 3-5 pg papers and peer editting (not a big deal).

June 23, 2003

Kaye, Joel Silver_nugget
History and Human Nature (FYS)

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I love Professor Kaye. Since the class was a seminar, and not a lecture, it was great to be able to sit down with a truly intelligent and caring professor every week. He made class interesting with a relaxed feel to it. Prof Kaye is kind of like that cool uncle that everyone wants. He was truly interested in what everyone had to say and brought up great discussion points. I'm actually taking another class of his next semester simpy because I love him so much.

Workload:

3-4 papers with optional peer-editing. Mandatory weekly postings on Courseworks based on the assigned reading. Not bad at all. Very fair grader. He will make time for you to make sure you understand why you received a certain grade on a paper and work with you to make the next paper better.

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