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[FYSB BC1202 ] Legacy of the Mediterranean (Intensive)

  • Departments: <a href="/departments/10">English and Comparative Literature</a> and <a href="/departments/109">First-Year Seminars</a>
  • Professors: Wendy Schor-Haim

March 20, 2010

Schor-Haim, Wendy Silver_nugget
[FYSB BC1202 ] Legacy of the Mediterranean (Intensive)

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I don't understand the previous review of Prof. Schor-Haim. I have taken two courses with Prof. Schor Haim and they have been the best classes I have taken at Barnard. My writing has improved immensely in the past year and it has been because of her true desire to help her students. She has a real passion for literature which is evident during class. She is very accessible and truly cares about each of her students.

Although this course was difficult, in the end it was definitely worth it. The assignments require you to really think and analyze the texts. We had reading assignments every night and had to write a couple of pages on each night's reading. In the end though, these writing assignments were great because when the time came to write our papers, we already had written ideas with Prof. Schor Haim's comments, which made coming up with a topic for a paper a much easier process. Class was more of a discussion where everyone shared their opinions on the text and she gave us information about the time period of a text and other facts that would make the text easier to understand. I highly recommend this class to any freshman who wants to improve her writing while having professor who truly cares about her students.

Workload:

Readings every night and a 1-2 page reflection collected at the end of each class, 2 essays with drafts and a research paper.

November 19, 2009

Schor-Haim, Wendy Silver_nugget
[FYSB BC1202 ] Legacy of the Mediterranean (Intensive)

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

I can honestly say that this class was one of the few that I enjoyed this year. The class size was very small and the professor was so eager to help her students. She did give a lot of mini assignments but they were all to help you prepare for the final essays. We read books like the hymn to demeter, The book of Margery Kempe, Inferno, and the Bacchae.
She is a tough grader but fair. She is so interested in what she teaches you can tell she is very passionate. The topic itself wasn't all that interesting all the time but she helps you analyze it to understand it better.

Workload:

Tough but doable, 2 final essays, various reaction and analytical 1-2pg assignments and a research paper.

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