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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
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.1
Clarity
2.9
Easiness
4.0
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11/17/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
CF1 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read"

Very disorganized and pretty incapable of staying on topic. Doesn't make it through a lot of the syllabus. As long as you read what he assigns, put in minimal effort, and participate once or twice in class so he knows your name, you are going to get an A

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.

06/12/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
SFISFII Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Barna is a great professor and also a great guy. He is very kind to his students and the work load is fair and manageable. He is very knowledgable in his expertise. He likes to get to know students, so introduce yourself and participate so that he knows you're paying attention. He doesn't ask for much, so do well and you'll score an A

05/20/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
CULTII Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professors Barna is one of the most useless professors I have ever encountered at NYU. (Surprised how NYU hired him). He doesn't teach you anything. However, has this delusional view that he has been teaching ridiculous amounts of information and how extra class time will be necessary to get through the material. Waste of a class and time. Avoid.

03/04/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CultI Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

John Barna is a great professor at NYU. One of the best I've had so far. I enjoyed the lectures. I don't know why people write these negative reviews about him, it's not his fault you didn't get an A and you did badly on the midterm...you just didn't study. I think that you can do well in this class if you put in the work. Def. recommend him.

01/11/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CFI101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

filling out the study guides for the midterm and final is TORTURE. Really long and hard.. especially when u don't learn anything the whole semester. and he looks for specific answers ( if not you will loose points, even if what you say is still right). RUN>>

12/01/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CF1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Barna is knowledgeable but not a good professor. He has his opinions on the course material and will not listen to anything contrary to that. You are given a study guide to fill out for the midterm and final that you can use during the exam but good luck filling it out without having learned anything from him all semester. I do not recommend him.

11/18/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
cf1 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. He is very nice and very helpful. He likes all of his students and will help anyone. I would definitely take him because its not difficult and he is awesome.

11/10/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
CF1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

barna is the coolest, funniest teacher in NYU. He gives you the midterm and final a week before the actual test and then he goes over it with you a day or two before the test. if you play intramural sports you get an easy A i highly suggest him he is my favorite teacher ever

11/01/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CFI040 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

barna is a great guy...he may seem a little boring at times but he truly cares about his students and is always willing to help them out....he's a smart guy i recommend taking his class

09/10/2011
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
CF2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

VERY boring lectures. But if you want an easy A and don't care about learning, for sure take it. Just make sure to get to know him outside of class, and go to his review sessions right before the test. He basically gives you the midterm and final in advance and tells you all the answers in the study session. No work besides midterm and final

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