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with Matthew Walker12 months ago

Professor Walker is a total legend. You only need to spend 5 minutes with him to realize how chill and easy-going of a guy he is. He is understanding about late work, accomodations, and extensions. Lectures were 75 minutes and could drag near the end but that says more about the length of the class than Professor Walker being a boring lecturer. The material for readings and in lectures were all so cool and interesting. Russian history and culture is not taught to Americans at all so this class will be a huge learning experience when it comes to understanding Russia's place in history and in the world today. Invaluable class and excellent professor.

Professor Walker is a total legend. You only need to spend 5 minutes with him to realize how chill and easy-going of a guy he is. He is understanding about late work, accomodations, and extensions. Lectures were 75 minutes and could drag near the end but that says more about the length of the class than Professor Walker being a borin …Read more

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingEasy Exams
4hrs / week Low difficulty Extremely high value Would take again
with Matthew Walker7 months ago

Professor Walker is an amazing professor-- he cares so much about his students being engaged and interested in the material and will work throughout the semester to ensure everyone finds something they resonate with. We watched lots of Soviet and Russian films and read excerpts from some of the greats of Russian literature. Class consisted mostly of discussions based on the films and readings, and some short essays were assigned throughout the semester. If you are at all interested in Russian culture or why Russians seem to view the world in such a different way, take this class!!

Professor Walker is an amazing professor-- he cares so much about his students being engaged and interested in the material and will work throughout the semester to ensure everyone finds something they resonate with. We watched lots of Soviet and Russian films and read excerpts from some of the greats of Russian literature. Class con …Read more

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingEasy Exams
5hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Matthew Walker7 months ago

I learned so much about the Russian experience in this class, and I still think about many of the texts we read and the movies we watched. Particularly given the current political climate, this class is extremely fascinating. Professor Walker is extremely nice and intelligent. He is very approachable, and always happy to talk about any concerns you may have. It is clear he truly loves what he does, and that is reflected in this wonderful class.

I learned so much about the Russian experience in this class, and I still think about many of the texts we read and the movies we watched. Particularly given the current political climate, this class is extremely fascinating. Professor Walker is extremely nice and intelligent. He is very approachable, and always happy to talk about a …Read more

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingFair Grading
4hrs / week Some difficulty Extremely high value Would take again
with Matthew Walker8 months ago

Professor Walker is great! Very good course that was engaging and comprehensive. The course is alot of reading, but it teaches you a great deal about Russian culture. Professor Walker uses a ton of Russian films to portray the culture so that takes up a great deal of time but the course is amazing nonetheless.

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingFair Grading
8hrs / week Average difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Matthew Walker2 months ago

Very interesting course material, though could be a lot to get through at times. Expect weekly quizzes on readings and films. Classes were lecture based and pretty interesting. Professor Walker does a good job at keeping the class culture pretty low key, even if we had a lot of work to do outside of class.

Lots of HomeworkFair GradingEasy Exams
5hrs / week Some difficulty Average value Would take again
with Matthew Walker8 months ago

Professor Walker is amazing. He is very enthusiastic about the class and puts a lot of effort into initiating discussion in class. There's lots of readings and films, but they're all worth it. This class really captures Russian history and culture well, and allows for a great understanding. Would definitely recommend.

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingFair Grading
4hrs / week Some difficulty Extremely high value Would not take again
with Matthew Walker9 months ago

the most difficult thing about this course is finding the time to watch the movies, which i generally really enjoyed! usually a multiple-choice homework quiz once a week, with a midterm and a final that were each about 2 short essays. would recommend as a good survey course, even though the 75 minutes was sometimes a bit too long. lecture but he wants participation

Easy Grading
5hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Matthew Walker2 months ago

Professor Walker is easily the best Prof I've had at this school so far. The course is very engaging and mainly due to Prof Walker's sheer enthusiasm for the material that he's teaching. Not a hard class and very interesting at the same time

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingFair Grading
6hrs / week Average difficulty High value Would take again
with Matthew Walkerlast year

I added this class almost two weeks into the semester and Professor Walker was very accommodating in terms of missed quizzes, readings, and films we had to watch. Prof. Walker told us he "front-loaded" the class, so at no point later in the semester did I feel behind or lost. The readings are not too lengthy, so they can be done with little effort. The same goes for the films we have to watch. Even if you happen to not do the readings for a specific day, you won't need to stress because he is not a fan of cold calling.

I added this class almost two weeks into the semester and Professor Walker was very accommodating in terms of missed quizzes, readings, and films we had to watch. Prof. Walker told us he "front-loaded" the class, so at no point later in the semester did I feel behind or lost. The readings are not too lengthy, so they can be done with …Read more

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingEasy Grading
2hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would take again
with Timothy Portice2 years ago

Absolute gem. Decent amount of reading, but most of it is interesting and engaging -- a lot of shorter pieces. Portice is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, as well as a very easy grader. Definitely worth taking as an easy A with some outside work.

Constant ReadingEasy GradingEasy Exams
3hrs / week Very low difficulty High value Would take again
with Timothy Porticelast year

Pretty laid back class. Lots of readings but you don't necessarily have to do them all. Class time is lectures and discussions which are usually in small groups. Exams were just essays, IDs, and a final project of your choice.

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingFair Grading
3hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would take again