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ESPM 50AC (Spring 2014)

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98 94 100 91 100

Comment: She is quite passionate about her subject. Most people took this class to satisfy a requirement, such as myself, but it was not boring at the very least. Do not buy the readers new, she pretty much uses the same ones every year and they are really expensive. Exams were incredibly straightforward, and the subjects presented were interesting and eye-opening.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 76 85 68 78

Comment: Easy course. I don't believe people that claim they "don't do any reading" since the assignments and discussions are (often) based off the readings. The readers were expensive though and i found myself just looking up the articles online. Exams were easy and straightforward.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2014)

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100 85 58 100 88

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2014)

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36 70 68 50 86

Comment: Seems like this semester was the same as last year: two midterms, a final exam, a project/paper, a TON of readings, and some misc. written responses. Midterms took weeks to grade. Wasted ~$150 on the 2-volume reader set of stuff that the course staff was too lazy to put online. Don't think we ended up reading everything in the readers either. Felt like a history class. I got the feeling that most people were taking this class to satisfy a requirement. You can easily get by with (sometimes) going to lectures/sections and maybe a bit of Wikipedia cramming before the exams.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2013)

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85 71 85 71 85

Comment: I can't really say enough about this class. I'm always recommending it to people as it satisfies the AC requirement, one of 3 possible breadth requirements, and is an easy A! Finney was a great professor! She has a ton of personality and tries to make the class more enjoyable. GSIs were helpful and seemed like they graded things easily. Maybe 4 or 5 times during the semester we were given a prompt and we had to write a one page response in a week (more than manageable and graded mostly on having completed the assignment). We also had a final paper/project (your choice, 5 page paper or a project) which also was graded easily. Reading wise, there is a TON of reading. Too much really. But after a few days of doing the reading, you realize that Finney is actually going over the readings in her lecture. Yes, you can get away with doing none of the reading for the class! If you need the readers, purchase them second hand because they're really too expensive. Oh, 2 midterms and a final as well. But they were super easy. Finney ONLY tests on what she says in class. If you take good notes and show up to class you'll be golden! 1 hour of review before each midterm, 3 hours of review before the final, and a decent final paper gave me an A in the class.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2013)

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90 70 91 100 100

Comment: This is a fairly easy class and Professor Finney is definitely very enthusiastic about the topic. Personally I didn't like the topic very much since it's basically about how white people exploited every other minority group, but it does cover breadths and your AC requirement. Also the readers are extremely expensive. Don't buy them. If you look hard, you can find a lot of the articles online.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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88 49 81 50 86

Comment: Easy A if you pay attention in lecture. Too many readings assigned that you don't need to do.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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72 52 57 72 87

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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71 73 76 60 85

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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82 50 77 74 77

Comment: ESPM 50AC was an extremely laid-back and chill class. Make sure you go to every single lecture because Finney only tests you on things that she talked about in class and usually, she goes super-indepth so that you just need to pretty much summarize and repeat all the things she mentioned in class. A lot of reading, but you don't need to do them all if you go to lecture. Two midterms, a paper, a "family history" assignment (which was really easy) and a final. Not too bad at all.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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95 87 96 93 93

Comment: A lot of reading, but I only read the really important ones that she kept on telling you to read. The midterm and final were easy just make sure you write while looking through the four "lenses." It's practically like a history class, so take good notes and you even have to read.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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92 83 95 99 95

Comment: Her class is really interesting. She is really enthusiastic during lecture, and her exams are easy and straightforward. Make sure you know the material very well for the exams, as you have to answer a lot of definition-based and free-response questions and write 2 essays in 50 minutes. There is a lot of reading, but you don't need to read everything since everything on the exams is covered in lecture. Make sure to attend your discussion section every week and participate - the section grade is 25% and can be graded a little harshly. Would definitely recommend this class to satisfy the AC requirement.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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93 100 100 83 100

Comment: Awesome professor, always willing to help. Exams are the easiest. No one should have a problem getting an A.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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61 50 82 50 100

Comment: She was very enthusiastic about the subject, the exams were all quite fair. There are two papers, one short, one longer. It was a good class

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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11 70 38 65 78

Comment: This class was painful. I hated it. Finney is enthusiastic and claims to not be biased. However, she clearly is biased against whites. It is very uncomfortable to sit through her biased lectures and the readings are tedious. The class overall was an easy A. Just study her power points and perfect your BSing.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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49 100 100 53 90

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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85 83 83 100 91

Comment: will work with you whenever understanding overall great

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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79 50 72 75 77

Comment: Easy exams, don't have to do much, just go to lecture and review ppts, writing is a little bleh, but crack down when you need to and it's a pretty easy class.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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92 100 83 100 78

Comment: Awesome!

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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65 62 59 64 57

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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97 95 90 91 100

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 84 67 79 94

Comment: Enthusiastic professor. Claims that she is not biased but there is obviously a bias against Whites in the class. Relatively easy class, though the midterms cram a lot into a one hour time slot so you have to know your information well (you can just cram the night before and forget it though because the tests are not cumulative). Not too much work.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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65 50 50 50 91

Comment: This class is harder than it seems. There is a lot of readings, and exams are all free response. You only get an hour to write 2 essays plus a lot of short answers that require a lot of detail.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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71 58 50 59 74

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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93 87 82 80 88

Comment: She's cool, down-to-earth, her tests are very manageable provided you just show up to class and listen to what she says. It always helps to care about the subject matter. 50AC was just a survey of how the European American's basically screwed over different ethnic groups out of their land and/or natural resources. It's a good class. One thing, although she says that there's always two sides to every story, it's pretty slanted against a pro-European American conception, though this is not without due reason. A pretty easy AC class, you don't really even have to buy the reader for the course, but if you don't then pay attention in class, she'll cover everything you need to know in class.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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87 77 99 100 100

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
92 89 100 100 100

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
75 70 70 50 77

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2010)

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68 50 97 50 99

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2010)

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70 49 71 73 100

Comment: The class is ok as everyone is saying. There's A LOT of readings but you probably don't have to read everything. But just because everyone says the class is easy, don't underestimate it. A lot of pp underestimated the class but ended up changing to P/N later. It's definitely one of the easier classes but still. take good notes and make use of the study guide for mt and final.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2009)

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77 81 90 72 82

Comment: good course. got an A without reading all readings.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2009)

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50 100 100 70 92

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
88 71 99 70 88

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 100 100 52 54

Comment: Not an awesome lecturer, but definitely one of the easier classes at Berkeley

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
53 76 86 67 73

Comment: I personally don't like her too much. Really fluffy and personal, not too much content. Easiest class ever though. If you go to lecture, no need to read and vice versa. No need to study for exams.

ESPM 50AC (Spring 2008)

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100 100 95 100 100

Comment: Excellent course to satisfy AC req. Finney is great. She talks really fast, so I found it helpful to take notes on my laptop. Just regurgitate everything she says in lecture on the tests and you'll get an A