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[CC1002] Masterpieces of Western Literature and Philosophy (Literature Humanities)

December 22, 2018

Bin Tyeer, Sarah
[CC1002] Masterpieces of Western Literature and Philosophy (Literature Humanities)

Sarah bin Tyeer is an Arabic Literature professor and has taught Lit Hum for a while, so she's knowledgeable about past texts and translations previously used by the department. She was able to discuss at length about the differences in translations of Homer's Odyssey (Emily Wilson vs. Richmond Lattimore) and other Lit Hum texts. Her class is fairly laid-back, although if she suspects that you aren't doing the reading, she will personally ask you in the middle of class to participate in discussion. She has perfected the balance between professor instruction/facilitation and student participation. She chooses to grade papers anonymously to eradicate bias also. She is very welcoming and available if you ever need to contact her/have office hours. Overall, she is very kind, intelligent, and a wonderful professor. I highly recommend her for anyone (my class had a couple of classics-oriented people, athletes, and STEM majors - they all enjoyed the course equally).

Workload:

Easier than other Lit Hum courses
Lit Hum reading (everything on the syllabus)
Weekly discussion posts on CourseWorks (not graded)
1 textual analysis (1-2 pages; diagnostic only)
1 midterm paper (5-6 pages)
1 midterm (passage IDs and essays)
1 final paper (8-10 pages)
1 final (passage IDs and essays)

June 09, 2018

Forbes, Aileen Silver_nugget
[CC1002] Masterpieces of Western Literature and Philosophy (Literature Humanities)

Loves talking about her knowledge of philosophy, diverts from the texts, doesn't finish the material, emphasizes irreverent thoughts, and overall patronizing. The complete opposite of how LIT HUM is presented. A real disappointment.

Workload:

2 essays, one 5 pages 15% (due at the midterm), one 8 pages 25% (due at the end of term).
1 midterm 15%, 1 final 25% , graded participation 20%,

March 28, 2018

Balkoski, Katherine Silver_nugget
[CC1002] Masterpieces of Western Literature and Philosophy (Literature Humanities)

She is a very fair, lenient grader who is very helpful when you go to her with paper ideas and understanding when you need an extension. Some LitHum professors give pop quizzes, require blog posts, etc. but she never does anything tricky. Each class is straightforward. It consists of close reading, casual discussion, and small group work. If you don't like routine, then you could get bored, but, personally, I say if you were placed in her section, stay in it, cause she's a good professor.

Workload:

Not bad. She follows the syllabus fairly closely, so nothing's unexpected.

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