September 04, 2004

Dobie, Madeleine Silver_nugget
[FREN W3421] Intro to French and Francophone studies

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Prof Dobie is a VERY sweet, kind, soft-spoken person. She's also the undergrade dept advisor and someone with EXTENSIVE background in F&F Studies, so she's a great person to get to know if you have a real interest in the subject.
As a professsor, however, Dobie's class was pretty dry; she wasn't great at provoking conversation, and most of the class was a Q&A type session, where she asked a question and class time was spent trying to direct students to the exact answer she had in mind, rather than discuss topics/issues raised in the readings. Nonetheless, it is a an interesting subject and definitely throught-provoking, even if much of that "thought" won't get expressed in class.

Workload:

Definitely very doable. 2 papers with rewrites(first on an assigned topic, second you come up with the topic), in class midterm/final. Prof. Dobie is also always willing to meet to discuss your work, but be aware that you may to wait before you get a chance to see her-she tends to be pretty busy.