Ratings for Hadler, J A
Based on 9 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: This class, the Southeast Asian studies department, and Prof Hadler are all really underrated at Cal. Hadler knows his stuff back to front and manages to deal with the material in a knowledgeable, respectful way. He is a fantastic historian, super enthusiastic about his subject - as is his GSI, Joseph Scalice. Assignments were easy; Hadler and Scalice were always willing to talk and help out. Exam prompts were reasonably tough, but they were also handed out beforehand. The one only drawback is that there are lots of readings for this class, but you can totally scrape by without doing all of them. I didn't and I still got an A - you just have to know your area of concentration.
Submitted Sept. 27th, 2013
Comment: awesome instructor. very knowledgeable. only a few essays. the midterm and finals weren't that hard, a map quiz, identifications, and short essays. he pre-circulates a list of possible essays questions and chooses two of them. some of the readings can be long. all in all i enjoyed the course.
Submitted Sept. 20th, 2012
Comment: I just barely managed to get an A in this class- and that's because I studied so hard for the final. To be honest, I blew off the midterm, so I did really badly, but in my opinion this is an easy A AS LONG AS you do the work. Warning: there is a lot of reading. We had to read about 60 pages a week and were expected to finish a full-blown novel in 2 weeks. Go to his lectures, because he hands out worksheets with terms that WILL show up on the midterm/final and he doesn't put up the worksheets on bspace. He gives you the essay prompts on the midterm and final (which are about 50% of the test) 2 weeks ahead of time, so you have an ample amount of time. The other 50% are easy terms and a map (which he also gives you ahead of time). Don't blow off this class and you will get an A. The grade distribution works like this: 15% essay 1, 15% essay 2, 30 % class participation/ weekly responses (all 3 of these should be easy As) and then 10% midterm 1 and 30% final. As long as you put a decent amount of work into the class you should be fine. However, to me this was not the easiest breath I could have imagined, but compared to my other friends who had other international studies breath classes, mine seemed on par. I felt like students who were actually from Southeast Asia had an easier time with this class, but I felt like I could keep up just as fine. Overall, Professor Hadler was one of my better professors at cal, and I don't regret taking this class at all! If you donâ€™t mind reading a lot of dense reading, you will be fine. My favorite part of Professor Hadler is that there are no surprises- you know whatâ€™s going to be on the midterm/finals, and you know how to get an A.
Submitted July 20th, 2012
Comment: He was a very enthusiastic teacher and knows and loves the material he is teaching. His exams are pretty straightforward and the midterm and final are based on the same structure. He is very helpful during office hours and his assignments (essays) are very doable as long as you take the material outside of the obvious context and look for deeper understanding. Overall this class was a good class to take either as a pre- requ or just as a breadth.
Submitted July 8th, 2012
Comment: I worked hard in this course but I got a generic grade. I learned beyond what was necessary and did my utmost best to please, first, myself/my education, then my peers. Grading is somewhat nonexistent - the MT was fairly easy but the Final was a harsh dry swallow. Weekly assignments were a pain and it was always a generic "this is what you should learn" especially in section, no liberal education here. All spoon-fed blah-blahs for underclassmen.
Submitted July 8th, 2011