January 10, 2005

Fleischer, Georgette
[FYSB BC1156/69] First Year Seminar: Legacy of the Mediterranean I

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

Professor Fleischer is okay. I must confess that when I first met her, I hated her. My classmates would laugh after class while explaining to me how unhappy I looked and asking why did I roll my eyes so many times. But Fleischer definitely got better as time passed....and we took control of the class.

Although many people found her to have a mono-optic view on the literature we read, Fleischer is not really so. If you give your point of view and can support it well, then she will agree with you...and if both sides of an argument can support it well, she'll agree with BOTH of you...and really, id rather she not take sides.

I was constantly late for class but managed to pull a B+ anyway. She is a MAJOR stickler for grammar which was a complete piss off to me since we spent HALF of each class talking about the mistakes in various papers. And the paper did have to be written about a topic that she thought good, not the one you actually choose.

But otherwise, I think the problem with the class was due more to the fact that Legacy is a boring class with readings that I've done three times since fifth grade (i.e. The Odyssey) but if you interject your opinions and participate at least once every class, you'll do fine.

Also I give her props for taking over my class after Professor Baechler passed away. She was compassionate and did not complain.

Workload:

about 3 papers (keep them concise), reading which you don't REALLY have to do if other people are doing it (use spark.com, and a provocation (when you choose a passage from the reading to discuss in class and make up two questiona about it) -- overall, really easy....except when she thought we would actually read 200 pgs of Don Quixote in less than four days...yeah right!