Review Comment

Latino Communities in NYC

April 14, 2007

Marwell, Nicole
Latino Communities in NYC

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

This is the second course I have taken with Prof Marwell (Intro Latino Studies was the first). In this course (since it is only 15 people), she is more open and willing to be personable, which is at times not her style. She is still cut and dry, but she continues to try to extract the most clear cut points from class discussions. The background readings on anthropology and sociology fieldwork helped those of us out who are new to the field.

The course is extremely interesting with various components of work, such as reading 100+ pages of reading a week, responses on courseworks, mini fieldwork assignments in two neighborhoods of your choice with a partner, and a final original ethnographic fieldwork in another neighborhood on a certain topic. It has a good variation which helps the course go by quickly.

However, there were two points that I had problems with: She made us read her work, right after spring break no less! I personally hate reading the work of the professor in the class if it is in an intimate setting where you need to participate. She wanted to know what we thought of the work and made it the center of discussion for the class period.

Second, she tends to play favorites. She was particularly rude to this one girl who always tried to BS her way through everything. Even though the girl obivously did not do her reading (she told us, the students) and pretty much talked about whatever in a general context in order to get her participation points in, Marwell did not have to treat her as badly as she did with saying that she "didnt know what she was talking about," etc. She could have just shifted the conversation. It was irritating because it took away from the class itself.

Workload:

read above

May 26, 2006

Marwell, Nicole
Latino Communities in NYC

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I've taken 22 classes during my time at Columbia so far, and two of these has been with Professor Marwell. I am signed up for a third because they have been some of my best classes. Above all, she knows what she is talking about and she is very organized and committed to getting through the material. She's funny, down to earth and really personable if you take the time to get to know her. She always made herself very available outside of class to chat or help with questions about class/work. WARNING: She is not to be bullshitted as she can tell when you haven't done the reading or are making things up on the spot, and she is not afraid to call you on it. Do the reading, go to class, participate, and you'll be fine. The workload is extremely manageable, I found myself wishing this class was twice a week instead of some of my other ones. The fieldwork was extremely enjoyable and if you were committed to it the final paper came easier than you might think. Overall, she is one of my favorite professors so far, this was one of my most enjoyable classes so far, and I would defenitely recommend it to someone who is interested in the topic.

Workload:

100 pages of reading per week & online readers response; two mini practice fieldwork exercises; fieldwork & final 20pg paper.

May 10, 2001

Marwell, Nicole
Latino Communities in NYC

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Marwell is one of the most demanding professors I've had. She leads discussion sessions as if she was doing surgery--the result is clean, insightful comments that you will actually learn from, instead of suffering through. However, she is very nice and is very interested in the subject matter. As there is not a lot written on Latinos in NYC (suprisingly) and you do orriginal field research (ETHNOGRAPHY), you feel like you are actually contributing something. The reading, while heavy at times, was all facinating and well thought. Also, as there are no pre-reqs, you can talk your way in (as I did), which is rare for an ethnography class.

Workload:

150 pg + a week, plus a typed response paper (ungraded) two mini field work assignments (3 hours in a neighborhood with a partner) and the final paper, 15-20 pages, pased on your own field work. Is a lot less work than she leads you to believe, just a HUGE time committment.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
LATS / LATS LATS LATS W3925: Latino Communities in N.Y.C. Nicole Marwell 2007 Spring T / 11:00-12:50 PM 1
LATS / LATS LATS LATS W3925: Latino Communities in N.Y.C. Nicole Marwell 2006 Spring R / 11:00-12:50 PM 1
LATS / LATS LATS LATS W3925: Latino Communities in N.Y.C. Nicole Marwell 2004 Spring T / 11:00-12:50 PM 1
LATS / LATS LATS LATS W3925: Latino Communities in N.Y.C. Nicole Marwell 2001 Spring T / 11:00-12:50 PM 1