Ratings for Kramsch, C J

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Kramsch, C J (GERMAN C109, Fall 2013)
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Comment: This course was intellectually stimulating but at some points throughout the course, the reading was dense and too macro level which made it hard to relate but enduring it was worth it. Professor Kramsch was always enthusiastic about lectures and my GSI was extremely helpful clearing up anything the professor didn't get to in class. The reaction journals, to be honest, were what forced me to keep me on top of my work and doubled as great study guides already made during exam times, but they demanded a great deal of effort.

Submitted Jan. 10th, 2014

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Kramsch, C J (GERMAN C109, Fall 2013)
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Comment: I liked the structure of this class. Both lecture and discussion sections discussed the readings. There were 5 reaction journals due throughout the semester, but if you attend lecture you will get the answers there. One midterm and a final. No major essays. Overall, very easy to do well if you study for the exams, and try on the reaction journals.

Submitted Jan. 6th, 2014

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Kramsch, C J (GERMAN C109, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Claire is absolutely great. Enthusiastic, reasonable, and extremely helpful. She made an effort to meet her students too! The exams were also nothing you couldn't prepare for. Reaction journals were tough, but there were opportunities to get them done (just make sure you don't wait until the day it's due before turning it in! It's a good 10 hours to get them done all at once)

Submitted Dec. 28th, 2013

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Kramsch, C J (L & S C180T, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Professor Kramsch is among the best professors that I have encountered. Although I found many breadth courses uninteresting, shallow, and unpalatable, Language and Power has revived my love for the humanities. Coming from a MCB major, I longed for scientific fact and orientation around logic; however, this course has introduced to me what is a far more fundamental stage on which we build knowledge--Language. This course is a crafty journey into the study of language and language use, a journey led by an eloquent and engaging lecturer. After the course, I see the world differently through the eyes of Foucault, Bourdieu, Bahktin, and many others. I highly recommend this course to anyone that has even the slightest interest in what has made the existence of the social world possible, because this course indeed grows on you and into your life. Beware: This course is not for the light-hearted. Much work involved, but it will be a life-changing experience if you persist :D

Submitted Dec. 23rd, 2013

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Kramsch, C J (GERMAN C109, Spring 2012)
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Comment: Took with: Kramsch Contrasting with many other favorable reviews, I do NOT recommend this class for several reasons: 1. This class takes up way too much time. This is not your typical discovery breadth class. The readings are long, hard, and dense. Many of the authors that we study are somewhat egotistical and write in extremely convoluted and unclear ways. This makes it hard for the student to understand the points that they are trying to make. Assigned around 50 pages of reading every week is too much for a discovery course (although 50 pages doesn't sound like much, it'll add up to 300+ pages of reading for the reaction journals). 2. Many of the concepts are uninteresting at best, unless you're a linguistics major or are very interested in studying language. It's not studying language as in "language use," it is studying structure of language and many concepts that are a stretch from being related to language. We studied concepts such as torture, punishment, religious rituals?? I fail to see how this class helps influence the way you see the world, because it is mostly based on historical texts from the 17th/18th century, NOT modern language. 3. Grading is harsh/strict, with lost points for small details. This could be because of my experience with my GSI. not sure about other GSIs. I do understand that many people are genuinely interested in learning about this sort of thing. That's great, and I totally respect that. However, for the average student who doesn't want to spend 5+ hours on each homework assignment and has other prioritized classes (major classes?), I urge you to strongly reconsider taking this class. I have no bad intentions against the professor. She is very passionate and seems to really know her stuff. However, the overall heavy workload and difficulty of concepts is something to keep in mind when trying to round out your schedule.

Submitted Dec. 9th, 2013

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Kramsch, C J (L & S C180T, Spring 2012)
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Submitted Sept. 27th, 2012

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Kramsch, C J (UGIS 120, Fall 2012)
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Submitted Sept. 20th, 2012

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Kramsch, C J (L & S C180T, Spring 2012)
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Comment: Take it...now. You can thank me later. Its not necessarily an easy A (the readings can be dense, and take some effort to parse) but the ideas are intriguing enough to make you want put effort into it (and before you know it, you've put in enough work to get an A).

Submitted May 20th, 2012

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Kramsch, C J (GERMAN C109, Spring 2012)
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Comment: A very, very good class that will influence the way you view the world, and start to shape your perception of society and language's role in it. Highly intriguing readings (although perhaps dense at times, they were always explained well by Claire). The weekly Reaction Journals (but due every third week approximately) were very helpful in parsing the material and studying for the midterm and final. It is one of the must-take classes (and professors) at Cal. (My only semi-complaint is that we should have read Nietzsche)

Submitted May 20th, 2012

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Kramsch, C J (L & S C180T, Spring 2011)
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Comment: Great class! Homework and lecture are extremely helpful!

Submitted Feb. 7th, 2012