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History of Modern Thought GE Cluster

hibiscuspinkhibiscuspink - Posts: 1,344 Senior Member
Who's down?

Let's bond.

Also, anybody have insight on this cluster? Staff listed on the planner are JACOB, M.C. / PORTER, T.M. / HUNT, L.A.

From what I've seen on BruinWalk, Jacob and Hunt have rave reviews, and Porter is lackluster.
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Replies to: History of Modern Thought GE Cluster

  • passerbypasserby Registered User Posts: 617 Member
    I took it 2 years ago. You'll have a lot of reading assignments.

    Jacob and Hunt are okay lecturers. Porter will put you to sleep. If you make a recording of his lecture, you can use it as a sleep aid and never have insomia ever again. He seems to be a nice guy though.

    When I had it, your grade was made up of 2 short papers, 1 midterm, 1 final, and participation in your discussion section. Midterm and Final were made up of IDs (identifications), and a few essays.
  • aurora borealisaurora borealis - Posts: 124 Junior Member
    Liyana179 took it this past year. I summon... Liyana!

    Notes: If anything, this cluster attracts a certain type of person... one who would enjoy reading Foucault during the summer under a tree while waiting for Godot.
  • hibiscuspinkhibiscuspink - Posts: 1,344 Senior Member
    passerby, what do you mean by IDs?
  • DeucesDeuces Registered User Posts: 1,501 Senior Member
    IDs. are.. pretty much... what they mean...like the stuff on the APUSH junk.
  • hibiscuspinkhibiscuspink - Posts: 1,344 Senior Member
    Oh, ugh.

  • liyana179liyana179 Registered User Posts: 2,581 Senior Member
    lol ya... LOTS of reading. and first quarter was a bit of a snore, but then we got new profs winter quarter and it was slightly better, and then we split up into seminars and mine was truly awesome (minds and machines). there will be a LOT of reading so i hope you're only taking one other serious class, and have one fluff/light class to go with this. if you want a good grade, you need to spend the time. and if you aren't a strong essay writer, do something about that... go to your TAs/profs for help... and good luck! it's an enjoyable class, if you put the effort in and genuinely care. it's just really dense, is all ;)
  • cheesypotato8cheesypotato8 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Well, I decided to take this class because it sounds very interesting, but I now realize I may have just screwed myself over by taking this with Chem 20A and Math 31B... along with PEERS workshops 4 times a week. Is this doable? I enjoy reading and I'm fine at writing, but would the workload be too much to do well?
  • mme-linmme-lin - Posts: 2,813 Senior Member
    PEERS workshops are basically just study sessions where you work with your fellow students in the same lectures and stuff. Its pass/no pass I think. It should be doable. CKINGS86 did PEERS for the whole 2-years. Maybe she will reply. (I left the program since I wanted to invest my time elsewhere and I didn't want to do science or math anymore.)

    As for Modern Thought - you can take other courses that are philosophical in nature instead of having a strictly rigid 1-year program in case you don't like the syllabus involved with its program (i.e. contact the instructors via http://www.directory.ucla.edu for info. about the course).
  • dreamdropsdreamdrops Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    For anyone that is currently taking or is interested in this course, I have posted my study guides from both 21A and 21B on Notehall.


    Please provide me feedback on the notes if you use them!
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