April 12, 2009

Pedatella, Stefan Silver_nugget
[FYSB BC1156/69] First Year Seminar: Legacy of the Mediterranean I

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

Stefan is disgustingly overrated. Yes, he is smart. Unfortunately, because Stefan is so simultaneously cocky and self-conscious, the class serves as one huge attempt for Stefan to (unsuccessfully) prove to his students that he is the absolute authority on literature. And philosophy. And everything. Ever.

Don't take his class if you like friendly, modest, approachable profs. Don't take his class if you want to be a better writer. He is easy, considering the fact that he puts practically no effort into assigning and grading work. He is a decent grader (I got an A- with little effort).

His grading policy works like this:
If he likes you (and if you are a halfway decent writer), he will give you an A- or a B+ on your first paper. Then, if you change your paper AT ALL for your second draft, your grade will go up half a step. He will usually ask you to incorporate more of his ideas, or ask you to change your own arguments completely so that they align with his. That's what Stefan calls "teaching."

In meetings, he attempts to be your friend while also patronizing you. Please, don't confuse his arrogance for genuine intelligence.

Workload:

Three papers with re-writes, a decent amount of reading (though you might as well listen to Stefan lecture and regurgitate his ideas instead of reading the book and forming your own thoughts).