Ratings for Barshay, A E

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Barshay, A E (HISTORY 14, Fall 2014)
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64
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39
Helpfulness
31
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39

Comment: He was definitely a really monotone lecturer. The tests were fair in terms of material-- often he gave us essay questions that were super similar to the ones on the exams, but it depends on which GSI you have- that willreally determine your overall grade. I did ok in this class, but for people looking to fulfill a breadth (like me) I would pass on this. It was too time consuming for a 4 unit breadth.

Submitted April 27th, 2015

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Barshay, A E (HISTORY 119A, Summer 2010)
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50
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50
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50
Enthusiasm
50

Comment: Boring lecturerer

Submitted Dec. 5th, 2014

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Barshay, A E (HISTORY 14, Fall 2012)
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70
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71
Helpfulness
68
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Oct. 20th, 2012

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Barshay, A E (HISTORY 2, Spring 2012)
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72
Exams
62
Helpfulness
41
Enthusiasm
86

Comment: Barshay is a really nice guy, but his lectures are very hard to follow. As someone else mentioned before me, he does not lecture chronologically and goes on tangents for about half the class period. This leaves him with a great portion of his lecture unfinished to be picked up in the next class, which just makes him get more behind on future lectures. Anyway, he is very knowledgeable about Japanese history and some of the things he lectured on grabbed my attention, but most of the time, I was just too lost to really know what he was talking about.

Submitted Aug. 29th, 2012

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Barshay, A E (HISTORY 2, Spring 2012)
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75
Exams
100
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67
Enthusiasm
99

Submitted May 6th, 2012

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Barshay, A E (HISTORY 14, Fall 2008)
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74
Exams
74
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
77

Comment: The only horrible thing about him is that he doesn't always lecture chronologically. So get a timeline and things will start to make sense. He is however, very enthusiastic about Japan and he greatly emphasizes Japan's religions: shinto and buddhism with a touch of Christianity (It was his Master Thesis, ask him about it).

Submitted Jan. 19th, 2012

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Barshay, A E (HISTORY 14, Fall 2010)
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100
Exams
75
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
50

Comment: Just wanted to add my 2cents. Professor Barshay loves to talk. He talks a lot, and he tangents off a lot. The class actually fell behind because he talked so much, and he canceled class once or twice because he had some out of state research to do, or something like that. However, he's very accommodating when it comes to disabled students and exams. The GSI's are what make this class. I was lucky enough to get the GSI who was very enthusiastic, helpful, and had a good mastery of the English language. The office hours I spent with him really saved me in that class.

Submitted March 16th, 2011

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Barshay, A E (HISTORY 14, Fall 2010)
Assignments
59
Exams
67
Helpfulness
67
Enthusiasm
95

Submitted Oct. 31st, 2010

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Barshay, A E (HISTORY 14, Fall 2010)
Assignments
64
Exams
68
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Oct. 15th, 2010

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Barshay, A E (HISTORY 14, Fall 2009)
Assignments
70
Exams
60
Helpfulness
70
Enthusiasm
80

Comment: If you like Japanese history he is your professor. He's enthusiastic, has great small interesting stores that keep the long lecture bearable. Reading assignments are hit or miss interesting. You don't really have to do all the reading, but that means paying attention during lecture. Exams are based primarily on lecture with a defining terms section based on the reading assignments. Read the key documents.

Submitted May 5th, 2010