Ratings for Scandinavian R5B
Based on 48 ratings for the instructor(s) that have taught this course.
Comment: Wow all I can say is that if you need to fulfill an R1B/R5B requirement and you see that their is still space available in Crawford's class (even though you don't know the guy), snag it immediately. The class is an easy A because it is an R5B in Scandinavian and honestly, we students are taking the class for the requirement for the most part, not because we are pro's at Norse mythology. Jackson Crawford is absolutely incredible, he is so hilarious. Ex/ he had a pet hummingbird that he loved because they are the most aggressive creature and so when it died he got it tatted. He is an endless flow of awesome Norse mythological stories about Sagas and makes the subject so interesting. I'm honestly going to go to Iceland and try to attend the Thingvellir because I'm legitimately interested in everything to do with Scandinavia.
Submitted June 17th, 2016
Comment: Crawford made a class I was skeptical about taking into one of my favorite classes at Berkeley. He's very down-to-earth about his topics (generally Norse mythology) and lets you take it in any direction you want. Assignments and essays were very light- he wanted us to enjoy this class, not stress over it. If you have the option to take an R&C (or another class) with Crawford, don't pass up your chance.
Submitted Jan. 22nd, 2016
Comment: Class never gets boring (not even 8am sections). Go to office hour, he is very approachable and gives good advice. For three page essay I turn in, he returns with a full page of typed comments regarding what he liked and what can be improved upon.
Submitted Oct. 24th, 2014
Comment: She's very caring and helpful if you put in the time to go to office hours. If you bombed an essay, she gives you the chance to make corrections and receive a higher grade. It's clear that she cares about the subject material, which is good. However, she has a habit of not finishing her sentences, making it difficult to understand some of the points she's trying to make. If you want to read serious icelandic literature and find the subject matter interesting, take her course. Otherwise, find another course to satisfy the R&C reqs.
Submitted July 31st, 2014
Comment: I highly recommend this instructor for any Reading & Composition course. Her assignments and essays are extremely fair, and I think she's a fairly lenient grader. The essay topics are interesting, and if you don't like them, you can even suggest your own topic. If you go to office hours, she's very helpful and not intimidating at all! Also, if you're like me and don't really like participating, if you do well on the essays, your lack of participation will not hurt you very much. The only drawback of this class was that I wasn't particularly interested in the topic very much: Vikings in America. However, I did learn a lot about Vikings and some of the information was interesting. I highly recommend this GSI!
Submitted June 6th, 2014
Comment: I liked the materials. I liked the discussions. I figured out I really, really like Scandinavian literature and that writing style. However, the professor was condescending and rather strict. He just acted like he was above all of his students. He took off points unnecessarily. All in the all, the material was great, but I did not appreciate the professor.
Submitted Nov. 25th, 2013
Comment: Christian did a great job presenting scandinavian literature. The books are really interesting and the topics we discuss always keeps me awake for an 8AM. the only aspect that I didn't like about the course was that he never really critiqued our rough drafts. Although peer review was helpful, I feel ike my writing didn't improve without his guidance. I loved the course, but it was really reading intensive, which is expected. Altough 8 AM, the material was what kept me awake....plus, he's hot ;) (haha)
Submitted May 17th, 2013