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David Rock
Professor in the History department
at University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
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Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.7
Clarity
3.6
Easiness
3.6
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19 Student Ratings
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12/18/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Hist 153L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Literally did not do a thing in this class. I never read, attended half the lectures and didn't pay attention much. There are no tests or quizzes, just a final paper. I never bought or used the reader. I spent one day on this class sweating out the 15 page paper and got a pass (took it P/F). Should be an EASY A with any kind of effort

12/17/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Hist8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

It's an interesting class but the professor lectures in an old school style (meaning there are no power point slides). This may bother some but I personally liked it. If you're good at writing research papers, then this class is for you as your whole grade is based primarily off two papers. The major downside is how many textbooks he makes you get.

03/22/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST153L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Rock is one of my favorite professors at UCSB. Its like having Sean Connery teach the class

03/12/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST153L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Rock ROCKS!!!!! He knows literally everything about Argentina. Reading isn't required and the only assignment is a paper which is really long but if it's decent you'll get an A. The coolest British dude ever. Loved the class.

04/27/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
hist8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very nice man, but useless teaching style. If you like listening to a teacher talk for 75 minutes straight without telling you what's important, then take his class. At least outline your lectures!

01/01/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
hist8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Rock is a boring professor whos hard to understand cause of his english accent. Your grade comes solely from your ta and they try to grade hard for some reason. dont attend lecture; only your section once a week. 2 paper topics come from whatever you choose to write about. You get to pick it and tell your ta what ur writing about.

06/09/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST151P Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Rock is awesome. Find something you are interested in and run with it. Work hard, share your results, and you will have no problem in his classes.

04/02/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist153L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Rock knows Argentina. A lot of people complain about his lack of Power Point, but his lectures cover all the pertinent subjects. If you know how to take notes his class won't be a problem. There is no assigned reading or midterms/finals. Just write a good paper and you will get an A.

03/28/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

YOUR GRADE DEPENDS 100% ON YOUR TA. He has A LOT for you to read but you really have to know only 2 of the 4 topics (AKA you only need to go to the lectures that apply to what you want to write about). You can either write 2 essays (one 5.5, the other 8-10), write one essay and take the midterm, or write one essay and take the final. GET AN EASY TA

03/06/2007
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
hist153l Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

his knowledge of argentina is superb, his lectures are pretty entertaining and engaging, although I could see ppl complaining about him not stopping his lecture for questions, he usually does this when he tries to foresee you question. other than that I really enjoyed the class

08/05/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
History8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

the class wasn't that easy, lots of reading. but the lectures weren't that boring and the papers were easy.

08/04/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great lecturer, friendly, very enthusiastic about what he teaches, loves Argentina history. You can chose to take a midterm/final or write two papers. The TA does all the grading. She is nice but strict. Way too many books to buy, even though we barely touch all of them.

03/23/2006
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
History 8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's old-fashioned, not hard to understand at all, not very receptive to questions, and likes to just talk for the whole hour straight. Gives very animated lectures, there are no tests in the class but your final paper is 60 PERCENT of your grade!! Waaaaay too much reading too, but since there are not tests you can get away without a lot of it.

02/02/2005
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
Hist 7 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

OMG, the class itself is really easy, but you can't understand the professor because of his accent. He uses no visual aids, he just stands up there and lectures. Otherwise the class is great, but my T.A. that quarter was a dumb ass.

12/29/2004
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist 150LA Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

If cherish the learning process more than the forceful and inadequate use of new technologies (i.e powerpoint, that perfect devise for those with an attention span equitable to that of a fly) take his class and enjoy his sense of humor.

07/06/2004
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
History 8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

This class is the devil no matter who you take it with but Rock's lectures have no real outline so if you're into powerpoint or even overheads don't take this class-I am a visual learner and it's hard but his accent is cool.

06/28/2004
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hst 8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Not a bad professor. He has a funny accent and know Argentina's history like the back of his hand. Don't be late, or expect a toung lashing. Tell him if you have to leave early too.

02/17/2004
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
History 8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Awesome British Professor. Expert in Argentina. Loved his lecture style. Cool guy. He gets pissed at everyone who is late.

11/30/2003
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
Hist 8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

This guy is great. He has an awesome British accent. As far as his lectures go, a lot of people fall asleep or dont go to class, but he is very helpful. For this class there was only a midterm and final paper due.

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