Ratings for Wren, G P
Based on 12 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: I took the War & Propoganda ISF 100H with Wren. He is very passionate and enthusiastic. The material was interesting and the reading wasn't that bad - although he may add a book next semester. You basically study all the major wars dating back to the 1800s and then you figure out how the government used propaganda against their own citizens. Interesting stuff that you'd never come across unless you look for it. HOWEVER, his grading system was anything but transparent. He doesn't have papers or midterms or tests - just 7 point quizzes every other week. It was great during the semester because you don't have to put in much work. But at the end of the semester, we were begging for more assignments since our entire grade was based on those multiple choice questions. (He does offer 2 extra credit assignments worth one quiz - DO THEM!) If you do all the reading and pay attention in class then you will probably get an A. Most people got B's. It's hard to study for the final if you haven't been paying attention to lecture all year since he doesn't really have content filled powerpoints - so take good notes EVERY lecture.
Submitted May 29th, 2013
Comment: 100h is the less organized class at cal I ve ever taken. Be prepared to get lost in class. No presentation and class more like a seminar. Dr Wren originally is an AMerican teacher, and he covered most the stuff overlap with American history but lack of connection to media. Easy exams and grade well.
Submitted May 21st, 2013
Comment: I can only rate this as a P/NP class: Lecturer is great and enthusiastic, though the format can be difficult to focus on (he has some supplementary slides with mostly images, but for the most part speaks verbally or writes brief outlines on the board). Readings can be heavy if you choose to read them all, but generally only ~3 are assigned every week. Quizzes are based on lecture + readings, it's pretty tough to get full credit on them unless you really dive in, but you'll generally do ok if you at least skim the readings. I'm told essays are graded pretty harshly, I got a B- on my essay that I did in one sitting (I rushed through it to play games after). Considering I took this class as a P/NP class, that's pretty solid. The course covers a lot, so if you do take this for a letter grade take notes carefully the whole semester - it'll really help review for the comprehensive final. Other than that, no actual assignments. Just quizzes, 1 optional essay (1 quiz's worth of EC), an essay and a final. Light workload overall unless you're aiming for that A. *Haven't received my grade yet (again, P/NP). A friend who took the class before told me you can fail the quizzes, get a B- on the essay, and ok on the final and still end up with an A. I'm not sure how much I believe him, but I figured I should let it be known.
Submitted Dec. 15th, 2012
Comment: Really enthusiastic and interesting professor. Most of the reading assignments were very dull and we had quizzes based on the reading and lectures about every other week. Overall, a very interesting class to take, but the reading was a huge turnoff.
Submitted Jan. 16th, 2012
Comment: Professor Wren was a very enthusiastic instructor who knew a lot about the subject, but it felt more like a psychology class. His classes were really interesting and the class itself was really fun, but he had quizzes very often on the reading material and they were difficult. Attend every class because he takes a lot of quiz questions from material covered in class
Submitted Oct. 13th, 2011