professor
Laura Franklin

Jan 2007

Ok, I just have to defend Laura from the Jan. 9 review. It was her first time teaching so naturally it wasn't all that great in the beginning and she didn't talk all that much, which means that students get to decide what gets discussed. But she seems to have a outline of all the points she wants to address, lets students talk, and if discussion isn't so great she would point out stuff. She means well and is willing to help her students and is pretty flexible about the papers. Not fantastic, just decently good.

Jan 2007

Laura has a very methodical and comprehensive approach to the class. We went over the texts very rigidly and very closely; the result for me was that I understood all of the material extremely well. Classes are very structured- she allows and encourages discussion, but the discussion does not venture into much real world application which can be interesting at times. Nonetheless, the ins and outs of the texts are discussed. Moreover, Laura knows the texts very well herself, and frequently helped clarify my understanding of the text. Reading responses were a pain in the ass. 2 papers, which were graded fairly. Likewise for the exams. All in all, if you are truly interested in learning the texts of C.C., I doubt there is any better professor. However, if you enjoy a wandering, whimsical approach to the texts which encourages students to constantly bring up real life analogies and applications, I'd look elsewhere.

Jan 2007

Avoid like the plague. Class is BORING, the few times it gets lively she either a) lets it get completely out of control or b) stops EVERYTHING, bringing the class to a screeching halt. Many dead spots in class, 2 hr class seems to take 4 hrs most of the time. Grading: Very erratic, first half of the semester I got a decent participation grade, second half, i got a 2/10, sad part is, there was no change in my participation, she's just that bad. Papers are long but managable, midterm and final were easy (questions beforehand, etc.) but were graded TOUGH, you need to have a photographic memory and list everything she wants. If you're talkative and have a good memory, then by all means take this, it'll be easy and boring, if not, avoid. Oh, and you probably won't get much from this class that can't be gained from a close reading.