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May. 10th, 2006 @ 10:40 pm (no subject)
i need an anything-level engl course for next year. i'm hoping to take something vaguely interesting that's relatively easy.
these are my choices. can anyone comment on these?

ENGL 2107 - Science Fiction
ENGL 2102 - Comedy and Satire
ENGL 3604 - Modern Drama
ENGL 4003 - Studies in the Novel
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Date:May 10th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
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i took the first class of comedy and satire and i dropped it merely because i couldnt follow the dry professor....his lecture seemed to go all over the place without any conclusions and his tone was unbearable...

but that might have just been for the first day to weed out some people, like myself....
just my opinion on it
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Date:May 10th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
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I took Comedy and Satire this year. The professor, D.J. Wurtele, (I don't know if this will be the same prof. next year) is really smart and a very nice man...but is perhaps the oldest living creature on campus, which leads to pretty dry lectures. The class is held twice a week, and no attendance is taken - the class is marked only on one essay and one exam, worth 50% each. Wurtele is a pretty tough marker on the essays, and I'm assuming he is on the exams as well, because although I didn't get to see my mark for that, it brought my overall grade down even though I thought I did fairly well on it. The exam format is 6 passage identifications which are pretty tough, and two essay questions that are fairly easy. However, despite all the negative things I just wrote, I really did enjoy the class: the readings are really great and interesting, which is sometimes hard to find in an English class.
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Date:May 10th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
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I've had both 2107 and 4003. When I took 2107 it was taught by Greenspan. It was a very interesting course. I think they've changed the prof though.

I just finished 4003 with Julie Murray. She's a good professor, but you don't get any of your marks until like the end of the course. A fair bit of reading too, but you should be used to that by now.
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Date:May 11th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
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4th level english courses, im pretty sure, are only open to English majors unless you of course are an English major (m not sure if you are) or you request special permission. But there are limits on spots. If you want an easy course, I would suggest you dont take an english course at the 4th year level. While I didnt find them excrutiatingly hard or anything, there is a lot of reading material in many of the classes, and most classes have a plethora of presentations and essays or assignments.

I didnt actually take any of those classes but I heard kids like the science fiction class a lot. Most kids take comedy and satire but it really depends on who you get for that class I hear.
Date:May 11th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
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do you think it would make much sense to be posting in cuenglish if i wasn't an english major?
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Date:May 11th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
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Actually, it would. People have posted in here that weren't English majors before to get an insight on english courses they wanted to take, or that they were looking to take. That's why I said I was unclear if you were or not. It's not like I made any offense in what I posted, I was only trying to be helpful.

Furthermore, I was unsure if you were an English major because most don't ask what english courses they should take for fun and that would be easy and then list a fourth year course. No 4th year course is easy in any discipline. I apologize for a poor answer.