Ratings for Karras, A L
Based on 25 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Karras is a bit of a Luddite - won't allow laptops for notetaking and all that. I never went to his office hours but I heard from others that he's really helpful. I personally liked his style: his lectures are very clear, and well-structured. The content of this class is quite self-aware and self-criticizing too (which is good). People say that the exams are hard but really they're not, if you keep up with the readings and grasp key concepts. Most helpful thing to do is stay on top of readings, take lots of notes in lecture and for readings, and get a good study group.
Submitted June 11th, 2014
Comment: The topic of the seminar was reading the news. It was a fantastic freshman seminar and professor Karras was awesome. We even had dinner with him at the end of the semester. It's definitely something that depends on who's in your class and how enthusiastic they areâ€” but, well, it's 100% what you make it. Take this seminar!
Submitted March 19th, 2014
Comment: Karras was a good professor and you could tell he really knew the material and cared about it. A little bit pretentious, but hey, we're at Berkeley. Most of the class will depend on your GSI. Reading is super necessary, and go to their office hours for sure, that's the surest way to do well in the class
Submitted Sept. 25th, 2012
Comment: One of those profs that teach undergrads but because he thinks he's a genius and intellectual superior to most around him he will condescend to you on one on one basis. He often has all the answers, and being this class a WORLD history one it is hard to swallow that his opinion is the absolute truth specially in light of the breadth of the course. Exams are easy, but the main problem with the class is the ridiculous amount of reading. The textbook is the most useful reading and you should focus on that and lecture to do well in this freshman course.
Submitted July 5th, 2012
Comment: As for the reading, it's a lot to swallow. The lectures are helpful but the quality of it is often dictated by the discussion that is encouraged by Karras. I had no assignments with my GSI and the tests were not too bad. There is no study guide however and it can sometimes be overwhelming considering the massive amount of reading that is required.
Submitted May 13th, 2012