January 16, 2006

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

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

Karl was a really difficult teacher, because he's so caught up in his own stuff that he hardly gives the students a second glance. I always revised my essays, went to class, talked with him outside of class, participated, but he gave me a really mediocre grade. Whatever he sees when you write your first paper or walk into his classroom is what he sticks to. He will not give you an opportunity to improve. That said, some of the discussions that he prompted were pretty interesting, and since this is his field he's quite knowledgeable. The workload was pretty light, and he definitely gives adequate time to get it done. I'd say, though, that the bad outweighs the good by far with him.

Workload:

class discussion, come to class, two or three essays plus their revisions, and a final research paper (5% weight on first draft, the rest is graded by the final draft).