December 20, 2010

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.

I'd definitely echo the mix feelings of previous reviews. I would not agree with anyone who called him a jerk. He's super nice even when you say something dumb in class or your essay sucks. However, my main criticism is the total lack of instruction on writing. He didn't give as much as one piece of good advice about how to write at the college level let alone teach writing in any capacity. I was forced to use a sort of trial and error method which, predictably, yielded mixed results. Scratch that. My writing actually regressed under his tutelage (or lack their of). The focus of my personal meetings with him and his comments on my papers was always about general ideas (usually his ideas), which were usually difficult to put into practice.

That said, the syllabus is really wonderful and Stefan is a really knowledgable and enthusiastic man with an affinity for sex and long words. It's more of an obsession with sex, actually. But that could be more due to the texts rather than him. Class was always interesting and i would probably recommend this class to anyone who wasn't fused about improving the writing.

Workload:

anywhere between 15-50 pages per class.
2 regular papers, 4-6 pg
1 research paper, 6-8 pg (but he didn't seem to care about the research part)