professor
Camille Robcis

Dec 2020

Knows her stuff. Lecture is pretty boring though, and she mostly explores leftist French and Russian thought. The essays are annoying, but workload minimal besides a lot of reading which you don't need to do. You're better off reading wikipedia pages for this kind of stuff

Nov 2020

Professor Robcis is great and so was the course! Highly recommend for anyone without much a background in European and/or intellectual history. This is very much an intro-level class, so if you have any prior knowledge of the above you may be a little bored; much of the lectures are providing basic context for the weekly readings, covering the politics and history that lead to intellectual development. If anything, one of the weaknesses of the class is how much it attempts to cover. It often felt like we were papering over very important and major concepts, especially near the end of the course when we approached modern history. That being said, Professor Robcis does as excellent a job as one could at going over everything; as long as you take detailed notes you're more than set for the papers and exams. She's extremely approachable in office hours, so if you do come up with questions or need advice you can very easily get that taken care of as well. She's also super funny in lectures, often slipping in some dry humor or one-liners that you have to be listening to to pick up on, it makes paying attention all the more rewarding. You can tell Professor Robcis really enjoys what she does and is passionate about history. Because she's so well versed in French history in particular, the class can feel like you're viewing intellectual history through the lens of how it affected the development of government in France. The same is somewhat true of Marxism -- Professor Robcis by no means attempting to indoctrinate her students in leftist thought, but on occasion it felt like she spent a little more time on the Marxist/leftist philosophers than their counterparts. From talking to others students in the class, discussion sections were all pretty solid. Dillon Banis led mine and he did a great job, going above and beyond by giving us some music recommendations to supplement our weekly readings. Sections were definitely rushed to cover all the material of the week, and it sometimes felt like we weren't doing justice to the amount of time it to took to actually read the material (e.g spending 20 minutes talking about the 200-page excerpt of Madame Bovary). On the readings, they were generally interesting and relevant to the course material. They were a mix of political texts, novels, and movies, all of which were helpful in advancing our understanding of intellectual history. Some of them could have definitely been excerpted better to reduce the workload, but it didn't land up being much of a problem.