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John Barna
Professor in the Cultural Studies department
at New York University, New York, NY
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Overall Quality
3.0
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.1
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
4.0
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76 Student Ratings
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04/30/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
CFII Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Really just a wonderful man who wants his students to learn. Can get boring at times, so try to start discussions with him and you'll be amazed at how interesting it can turn out to be. Great overall professor.

03/26/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CFII Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is the man, works diligently, goes through great material, and funny!

06/06/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
SFII-UF Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His teaching style is not for all but all can succeed. Class can be rowdy and repetitive. The 3 papers are of little importance. Show effort on those, but don't kill yourself. Through the midterm and final he will see how well you listened in class and grade you on that. Easy A IF you do the work, as he says. As a person he is passionate and kind.

05/14/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
CF2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Easily the worst professor I've ever had. Enjoy the easy A, but know that you won't take anything from the course. His classes are exceptionally boring and he usually doesn't finish the curriculum on time, necessitating multiple make-up classes in the middle of finals week. To make matters worse, the final and midterm take between 3 and 7 hours.

04/04/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
CF1 CF2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is one of the few professors who actually cares about his students if you are willing to talk to him. Whether it be through sports or one of his other interest, you can easily get to know him which will help your grade. It can be an easy A, but you need to show that you care about his class.

03/30/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
CF 1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Miserable. Goes off-topic constantly, cares more about sports than class, feels like a bad public high school teacher. If you're looking to do little work for a high grade and can pretend to pay attention when he talks, he's the professor for you.

12/23/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
CFIfall Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Please avoid taking this class...essay topics are not clear...he talks about everything else except culture foundations...he gives long study guides you can't finish for his five hour midterm and final. (yeah five hours). And no one knows how well they are doing in class until you see your grade posted. Please what more do you want...please avoid

12/12/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
CF1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

so easy but EXTREMELY boring. take if you want the easy A but don't take if you want to actually learn

10/03/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
CFI Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

You will do well in Barna's class as long as you realize that he only wants his own answers regurgitated back to him. If you write them down and split up the study guide as a group, the class is an easy A. I think he's a great guy and very entertaining, but I see how he'd irritate some people with his strong opinions.

06/12/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
SociaII Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Pro. Barna is a cool cat, knows a lot of stuff. You should have no prob acing is class. He also makes lots of jokes, some corny some funny, but they lighten the mood and make enjoyable.

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