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- Some remarks that I responded to in lecture:
6: need better coordination between lecture and textbook
4: complaints about midterm study guide
2: powerpoint bad (hard to take notes); just terms would be better
2: website: "shooting self in foot"
The actual comments
(sorted alphabetically on first letter):
- As a senior and someone who came well-prepared from high school, these
history survey courses aren't really that enlightening/eye opening for
me. However, I appreciate your efforts to try to take a slightly different
tack - I find historical theory and interpretation interesting. It would
be helpful if you would structure the readings from the textbook
to fit better with lecture, right now it feels like it's not even
the same class. Also, I feel it's unfair to assign what amounts to a
small research project as the second paper, but that feeling could be
affected by the fact that I'm taking my proseminar this quarter and
have enough research to do!
- At times it can be hard to gather what the general important idea
you want us to get out of a slide is. Especially when it is mostly
dates, but you have told us that memorizing dates is not the most important
thing for this course.
- hard to concentrate
- How can we connect different "themed" lectures/events that we attend,
since we need more than one to do the second paper?
- I am a history major and this is one of my last lower division classes
to complete. I have enjoyed and gotten a lot out of every other history
class that I have taken, and found that the most valuable lectures are
power points that explain the significance
- I am currently enrolled in Hist 17C. We were given the study guide
one week prior to the exam. There were 5 questions on the study guide,
2 of which appear on the midterm, and each student must answer one.
I did not feel at all prepared for the source interpretation. With such
specific information being needed it would be nice to know what will
be on the exam. Otherwise lecture is great. I enjoy the professor
and my TA as well.
- I am missing this week of class because i am out of the state at
the National Lacrosse Championships with my team. Other than that i
have not missed any lectures or sections. I find the class pretty
interesting and informative, and the requirements for it fair.
- I am never sure what the lectures' main points are and what concepts
are important to know. Lectures could be more straightforward and
highlight and make clear what the main points are and why they are
important to know.
- I believe most students along with myself were under the impression
that we would get to choose between the slave trade essay and that on
the French Revolution. Though we are at fault, the wording was somewhat
misleading and resulted in me focusing my study on one of them (French
- I don't like memorizing dates. I like the overall "interactive/global"
aspect of world history. I don't feel like going that particular day.
I want to cover WWII.
- I don't really understand the details of what happened in China and
Japan all that well. I want to understand what we've been doing since
the midterm with more clarity, because I don't feel
like I'm getting everything as well as I did for the first part of the
- I enjoy the class. I wish I was better about getting all of my reading
done. I get a good portion of it done each week, but there always seems
to be something that I am unable to get to. I feel that the only thing
that may help me out a bit is if we went over historical significance
a bit more with each subject.
- I enjoy the course. I do not always attend lectures (out of laziness),
but when I do, I find them quite interesting. Also Heidi is very good
at explaining and emphasizing important themes of the course in section.
The reading is very good, I especially enjoy reading the textbook.
I don't know if this is useful, maybe you wanted criticism, but I really
like the way the course has been taught. You're doing a great job
- I feel like the class would be more interesting if we could discuss
the events of the past in more detail. Since it is a survey course
I was expecting more actual history details. I feel that it would be
useful to have a base knowledge before I tried to understand
how the theory of history worked. It would also be more helpful to learn
the and then I could try to think about their significance myself. I
do understand the importance of understanding the theory and practice
of historiography, but in an introductory survey course a presentation
of the facts seems more appropriate.
- I have missed a few lectures because I have had to go back home for
a few personal reasons this quarter. I avoid missing them though.
- I have missed lectures because I am lazy. The most important thing
I could say would be for you to have a very thorough and in depth
study guide of what you would like us to know for the test. Also
a more in depth explanation of what you exactly want for the 2nd
- I just feel that there is not enough information given, and
the lectures are not that important as long as the reading is done.
- I like the content of the course and the Professor is a really cool
guy, I just wish the lectures included more relevant detail to the
course. I find myself often dazing out because what he is talking
about is just too much in-depth from the topic we are intended to learn
about. I am a little confused, still, about what i should be writing
down and what i should focus on. I wasn't sure, until i read and worked
through the study guide, what I was to learn and understand prior to
- I love Mary. She has really helped me understand the course better.
I have a hard time following the lectures. She clarifies the
information you want us to know. I would suggest instead of the power
point outlines, making a list of key terms then having us fill in
the info from your lectures. We will have better notes, not just regurgitated
- I missed a few lectures because I was sick, but i find the discussion
sections useful. I like getting the general gist of the events covered,
and the causes/effects. I don't have enough time to do all the reading.
- I missed lecture today because I had to prepare for another midterm.
It has been the only lecture that I have missed thus far.
- I missed several lectures because I tore my ACL early on in the quarter.
In fact I missed today's lecture because I had surgery in Santa Barbara.
I will try to come to the rest of lectures.
- I really didn't like the fact that we got the study guide so late
just because i was studying all the wrong things until i received it
and i wasn't able to study the more important ID's. I really enjoyed
today's lecture with prof roberts, i am just more use to that type
of lecturing and its easier for me to comprehend the material. but other
than that i feel lecture is well organized and presented im just not
use to this way of being presented the information.
- I think that you should focus more on what actually happened than
just the dates. I cannot follow along in lecture, i find it to be
too boring and difficult to follow along. You are unclear in
what you are saying.
- I think the most of the lectures are confusing. They seem to
go in every direction, but they are interesting I am just lost most
of the time. The study guide was very helpful I just hope for the final
we will receive the entire study guide sooner.
- I think you are doing a great job so far, but here is some
advice for you. I think that your excellently detailed website matched
with the lecture notes may be directly correlated with the decreasing
number of students coming to lecture. I think that stud
- I wish we could go over some of the things in the textbook more
since when I read I don't remember many details of what I read the first
time through and would like to get things straight in my head, though
I realize it is only a ten week course so you have to pick and choose
things to learn about in more depth. I am glad we are learning more
about Asia and really enjoyed the lecture on Japan.
- I would like to see more content covered in the course, such as Asia
in the earlier part of the course
- I would like to see more in depth lectures about facts. I am
a history major and I am looking for a course that will give me the
facts that I will use in the more in depth classes that I will take
in the future. Teaching theory and thought are good, but I would like
to see more fact. I want a good basis of knowledge to kick off my upper
division classes with and I don't know how much of that I am getting.
I like you as a professor though, you seem very knowledgeable and approachable.
I also really like the fact that you are not afraid to admit you don't
know everything and have reached out to those who might be able to complement
you (Prof. Luke Roberts) in order to best prepare us students. Thank
you for that!
- I would only suggest that there would be more cohesiveness throughout
the lecture. Often it feels like we travel through time too quickly
in terms of subjects. Also, sometimes you go off on irrelevant tangents
that make it a little distracting when taking notes. Other than that,
it is professors like you that reinforce my love for history,
so thank you.
- I'm a 4th year history major. Hopefully this survey hasn't made it
seem as though I'm a know-it-all or in any way above this class, but
the fact is I already know most of this stuff. Just never got around
to taking all of the lower divisions stuff and instead
- It is sometimes difficult to connect the textbook readings with
what is discussed in lecture. It would be more helpful if you alluded
to more of the text in lecture.
- It was frustrating that the updated midterm guide came out so late.
It kept getting pushed back. . . it was supposed to come out on sunday.
. . but didn't get updated until wednesday. I'm having a hard time seeing
what's going on during the time periods we're studying and what is important
about the subjects we are learning.
- It would be more helpful if the midterm study guide were posted
a few days earlier.
- It would be nice if the lectures contained more content and
explained how it is connected to concepts/theories more clearly.
- It would helpful if the powerpoint slides illustrated/and or reflected
the key concepts that you intend for the students to grasp rather
than abstract ideas that we seemingly have to interpret. If this is
not a possibility, there is no point to have the slides because I believe,
as weird as this may sound, that I would take better notes without
the current powerpoint (I find myself copying down the slides and not
listening to what you are saying about the slides).
- It's not that I don't have any ideas for the paper, I just don't have
an event or specific book to tie into the paper.
- it's sometimes hard to know what you expect us to know for tests.
more big picture or more details?
- i've stopped attending lecture because i feel that i'm more productive
reading the assignments on my own rather than falling asleep in class.
don't be offended though, i have 2 classes before yours, starting at
8am, i'm not a morning person, and i'm starving during your class. i
go to all the sections too, but i find them pretty boring and useless,
the only thing it has been helpful with so far was preparing for the
- Lecture feels REALLY long. It would be beneficial to switch
gears more often, no matter how that is accomplished (ex 30 mins lecture,
20 mins film, 45 mins lecture, or more audience interaction). The lecture
when we went over the same material in order
- Lectures could cover more material dealing with the textbook
and readings for the week. Video, pictures, demonstrations really help
make the lecture more interesting. The music at the beginning is really
cool too. Another cool thing was when each of the TAs and Prof
Marcuse got to lecture about their own research.
- Lectures have proven to be nearly useless. While its goals
are solid, its presentation is flat. This carries over to the first
paper, which had an extremely limited topic and forced the student to
agree completely with the topic. The topic was "what co
- Like themes and direction of the course; stress of interconnectivity.
Do not attend all lectures because content is familiar.
- Make it more fun.
- My answers concerning the mid term could change based on my mid-term
grade. About the survey. . . i have missed no sections, but there is
no option for missing "0" sections Thank you, i appreciate your interest
- My biggest gripe is that Prof. Marcuse seems really preoccupied
with other things, which may be unavoidable if there are personal
issues, but if not then it seems like he needs to cut back on some stuff
so that he can focus on the course. The study guide
- my section is extremely helpful in understanding how lecture
and readings are relevant to the course. I have trouble in figuring
out what i should be writing down in lecture, i dont know what are the
main points, so if those could maybe be pointed out or listed at
the beginning of lecture that would help
- Please show what is impt to know, a good outline. also, please make
sure the study guide for the final is ready much more in advance than
the day before. . it was not fair to get it that close to the midterm
- Professor Robert's lecture yesterday was very enjoyable. He used different
elements and had a prepared outline with the difficult names spelled
out and ready to go. He even passed around an authentic book from Japan--though
I honestly forget why. . . But it
- The course could be a little more interesting. It would be helpful
to have lecture be a little more context based (like in Prof. Roberts'
lecture, in order to know what is going on). When I enter class, I feel
like I am expected to already know/be familiar
- The first few weeks were a little too Euro-centric (although understandably
unavoidable when dealing with issues such as slavery, imperialism, and
the industrial revolution). From the syllabus, I look forward to the
lectures on non-Western topics.
- The reason I have not attended some lectures are if I have had a midterm
later that day. otherwise lecture is very interesting and posting
them online is very helpful!
- The subject matter is great. The theory is great too, but I would
like you to lecture along with the textbook, more content I mean, because
the textbook is so dense with info, and I have trouble getting oriented.
The theory is great for re-examining things, but this is the first time
I'm learning about China, Japan, and other world histories. I loved
Kuhn, it made me think. I'm enjoying the class.
- There is a lot of content to cover yet in lecture there is a lot left
out. I feel like there is too much theory and reasoning behind why
things went on without any review or discussion about the event or situation.
I would like it if you picked out some
- There was no option for not messing any sections. The course website
is really confusing.
- There's a lot of repetition concerning the main causes for
certain things (ex: what causes universal revolutions) and although
it is helpful to repeat necessary information (and I appreciate the
effort) after a while I tend to tune it out as old information.