Review Comment

Mafia Movies

May 15, 2013

Moe, Nelson
Mafia Movies

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Worse teacher I've ever had.

His classes are unintelligible, he is disorganized, there is no structure in the class. The workload is quiet important and he asks us to write papers without giving us any indication of what he expects. His handouts mean nothing and the 4 hours of class are very painful. Also when he gave us the papers back there is NO indication on how to improve and reaching him is mission impossible.

He is a very nice and knowledgeable person, very easy to talk to etc... don't get me wrong, but I highly recommend to NOT take his class. In point of fact Moe is the archetype of the cool, super knowledgeable guy but that has no idea on how to be a teacher,

Workload:

About a book every week.

May 14, 2006

Lang, Ariella
Mafia Movies

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The class has awesome movies. All the classics and then some. The readings spanned from interesting to absolutely boring - and there was a decent amount. But the review sessions before the midterm and final helped a lot. The grading on the papers was a bit harsh. The TA would grade them, pencil in an A- (for example) and then professor Lang would more often than not give you a B... I didn't understand why she was like that. Her lecturing got a little boring and repetitive. She was an overall ok teacher, but I loved the class because of the movie selection.

Workload:

2 papers, a midterm, and a final - all 25% each. weekly readings - a good amount.

March 31, 2004

Moe, Nelson
Mafia Movies

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I idon't understand what all these other reviews are about. Professor Moe - or Don Moe if you like-is a courteous, knowledgable, funny professor. And you do indeed watch the Godfather all the way through. It really is interesting class that goes beyond a simple fascination with the mafia- I would really recommend it...

Workload:

a bit tough.. quite a bit of reading and the midterm is pretty intense, but nothing you can't handle if you show up to class and pay attention once in a while..

January 01, 2004

Moe, Nelson
Mafia Movies

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Overall, this course encouraged students to simply sit through the class and listen to Don Moe's lectures. Not a difficult class at all...if you want an easy class and are willing to sit through some lengthy lectures, this is the class for you. Taking notes is not necessary...just sit back and relax!

Workload:

Extensive reading...only necessary when researching for the mandatory 2 papers. Midterm and final in which Prof. Moe allows you a one page-typed cheat sheet for 2 essays he gives before the exams. Honestly....great class!

April 10, 2003

Moe, Nelson
Mafia Movies

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The worst class I have taken at Columbia by far. We don't even watch the Godfather all the way through. Focuses on older italian movies and readings. Overall a terrible experience

March 04, 2003

Moe, Nelson
Mafia Movies

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This is one of those classes that sounds great until you show up. The movies are largely from the 20s and 30s and when we finally get to The Godfather, Goodfellas, etc, we only watch selected scenes. In fact, our paper and midterms were based largely on readings having nothing to do with the movies. The focus on the early stages of the mafia is not what any of us expected and Moe's teaching ability and insights are usually very dull. Highly NOT recommended.

Workload:

2 papers, midterm, final. Class is 4 hours long and 40% of students leave after the movie.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ITLB / CLIA ITLB CLIA V3660: Mafia Movies Rebecca Bauman 2012 Spring M / 6:10-10:00 PM 1
ITLB / CLIA ITLB CLIA V3660: Mafia Movies Nelson Moe 2011 Spring W / 6:10-10:00 PM 1
ITLB / CLIA ITLB CLIA V3660: Mafia Movies Nelson Moe 2010 Spring W / 6:10-10:00 PM 1
ITLB / CLIA ITLB CLIA V3660: Mafia Movies Ariella Lang 2009 Spring M / 6:10-10:00 PM 1
ITLB / CLIA ITLB CLIA V3660: Mafia Movies Rebecca Bauman 2008 Spring M / 6:10-10:00 PM 1
ITLB / CLIA ITLB CLIA V3660: Mafia Movies Nelson Moe 2007 Spring W / 6:10-10:00 PM 1
ITLB / CLIA ITLB CLIA V3660: Mafia Movies Nelson Moe 2005 Spring W / 6:00-10:00 PM 1
ITLB / CLIA ITLB CLIA V3660: Mafia Movies Nelson Moe 2004 Spring W / 6:00-10:00 PM 1