department
urban studies

(Urban Studies)
Dec 2019

I personally loved Mary Rocco. She really knows her stuff, the content was super interesting, and her grading was really reasonable. The final project was a short film which I was into, but I know not everyone wants to do that so be aware before taking the class. One criticism is that she can be pretty blunt when leading discussions in class. If she asks a question about a concept she's introducing and you give a wrong answer, she won't hesitate to point it out right away and potentially make you feel kinda stupid. She's not a jerk, though—she doesn't expect us to know those answers and it comes from a place of teaching, not superiority. She makes a real effort to explain the concepts and go over confusing points. For the Shrinking Cities class the final was a short film project, which was a bit messy but ultimately cool. She sorted the class into random groups of four and assigned us shrinking American cities to make a short documentary about. It was a lot of work and didn't all fit into the expectations of a social science/humanities class but I personally enjoyed it a lot and liked it more than a final paper/exam. Overall, definitely take Mary Rocco if you're interested in urban studies. She's a real expert in the field and is a kind, genuine person who cares a lot about her students. One of my favorite professors in college!

Dec 2019

Easiest global core ever! Take this class if you want an A. Do not take this class if you are looking for a challenging sociology course. Professor Sassen does not care one bit about this course. But, she is a legend and has seriously contributed to her field. Sassen does not follow her syllabus and the only substantive material is presented in the first few lectures. Once you understand a few buzz words that she uses to describe trends (which are also commonsense), you can easily answer any exam question. TBH the class is pretty interesting, it just isn't difficult. The TA's grade extremely easily and reminded us to "not worry about grades" and that "Professor Sassen is generous in rounding up when submitting grades". This class is what I really needed in my life, but is not right for everyone.

May 2019

Since none of the reviews are recent, I needed to write one. Please do yourself a favor and do not take a class with this professor. Professor Jaanus is older, which is fine, except her worldview is entirely outdated. She would frequently say racist and otherwise bigoted things in class, not even realizing the implications of what she was saying but also not willing to listen to the class' point of view. She constantly mis-gendered and dead-named a gender nonconforming student after being reminded multiple times. Whenever we tried to critically analyze the perspective of the wealthy white male authors we were reading (no female authors in the syllabus -- except one who she ended up cutting!), she would immediately shut us down and change the topic. This class was entirely nonproductive, and I wish I had not taken it. Her class was a poor representation of the English major at Barnard.

May 2019

Since none of the reviews are recent, I needed to write one. Please do yourself a favor and do not take a class with this professor. Professor Jaanus is older, which is fine, except her worldview is entirely outdated. She would frequently say racist and otherwise bigoted things in class, not even realizing the implications of what she was saying but also not willing to listen to the class' point of view. She constantly mis-gendered and dead-named a gender nonconforming student after being reminded multiple times. Whenever we tried to critically analyze the perspective of the wealthy white male authors we were reading (no female authors in the syllabus -- except one who she ended up cutting!), she would immediately shut us down and change the topic. This class was entirely nonproductive, and I wish I had not taken it. Her class was a poor representation of the English major at Barnard.

Jan 2019

It was a big class but he engages with the audience so its more of a large class discussion (no required participation). It was good that people would participate, or it probably would've been an awkward 75 minutes. The readings were sometimes dense, but he goes over the readings in the lecture. I remember the first reading being really long (Jacobs), but there were only about a few that size throughout the semester. We were constantly referring back to different authors and their reasoning, so I do recommend at least skimming the reading beforehand. I agree with another post, if you're genuinely interested in cities, you should really take the class.