Review Comment

[FREN BC3023] Cultures and Institutions of France I

April 27, 2011

O'Keeffe, Brian Silver_nugget
[FREN BC3023] Cultures and Institutions of France I

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I took Culture of France II with Brian, and I can honestly say that he deserves his silver nugget. He is demeanor in class is intense, well-paced (you won't find yourself scrambling to write notes trying to keep up), yet takes a charming schoolboy-ish interest to any sexual references in the texts we read (of which there were many). Many reviewers commented on the occasional acidic or cutting comments he can make. Having been on the receiving end of such remarks of his, I can also say that either he’s been working on correcting it or PEOPLE NEED TO GET A GRIP. Besides the fact, he is actually genuinely concerned with the development of his student’s writing and critical thinking, and is known to give people lots of extra help outside the classroom, extensions when needed, and even allowing re-edits for papers with below average grades ( if he thinks you deserve another chance). I usually don’t feel the need to write reviews for professors, given my general reaction is “eh” at best to most professors out there, but in Brian’s case, the man deserves tenure.

Workload:

5 books in french on the syllabus, and a 4-5 page paper for each. You don't really need to read the entire pages assigned in most cases. He comments a lot on papers, returns them fairly quickly, and gives a fair (but not inflated) grade to them.

December 12, 2008

Postlewate, Laurie Silver_nugget
[FREN BC3023] Cultures and Institutions of France I

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Professor Postlewate is excellent. She is really sweet, really understanding, and makes the class interesting and lively. The conversations were great and the readings were really useful. It is a great mix of literature and history. To give you an idea of just how understanding she is she allowed us to rewrite a paper and she boosted our grades. She makes out of class appointments and is very encouraging. It is great.

I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to read but also be given a historical context for the readings.

Prof. Postlewate rocks!!!

Workload:

2 five-page papers, 1 eight-page paper, and 1 final. Readings every week. Very manageable.

January 19, 2003

Postlewate, Laurie Silver_nugget
[FREN BC3023] Cultures and Institutions of France I

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Absolutely one of the best professors out there. This course is basically a history of France from the very beginnig (Celts), to Louis XIV. Professor Postlewate makes, as cliched as it sounds, history come alive. Although readings are (with the exception of perhaps one) all in French, as is the class, but surprisingly nothing seems dry when she teaches it. Cannot reccomend this teacher enough. A must for anyone who says they don't like history (and can speak French). She is also extremely understanding and accomodating (for example, she put off our papers another week when she thought we didn't have enough time), and is very easily approachable. Again, a wonderful professor to have.

Workload:

Grade was based on a midterm (15%), a non-research paper (15%), a research paper on a topic of our choice (20%), a final from the last half of the semester (25%), and participation/class attendance (25%)

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3023: Culture & Institutions of France Laurie Postlewate 2004 Fall MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3023: Culture & Institutions of France Laurie Postlewate 2002 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1