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,
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.
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...
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!
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
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.