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Valerie Kivelson
Professor in the History department
at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
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Overall Quality
3.5
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
3.0
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05/08/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST 375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Don't bother going to lecture after midterm. Relies way too much on student participation even in a huge lecture. Some weeks devoted to things hardly related to witchcraft - fairy tales and mccarthyism. Should be a 3 credit 10 week class or something. Everyone just dialed it in the last few weeks. Grading is ridiculous for such simple content.

04/22/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist 196 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Kivelson has a very narrow mindset. She does not allow for any individual thought, rather she is interested on if you can spit back the information that she gave you. Lots of boring readings and many papers in which the feedback is awful. Would not recommend taking this class, for you will not do well.

01/04/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Val is very interested in the material that she teaches. Her interest radiates through her while she lectures. Although class can get a little dry on occasion, it's worth taking it to get the A. The GSI you get may effect your grade. If Scott De Orio is an option, choose him. He is a wonderful GSI.

12/23/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I took this class my freshman year and it very relatively easy to get an A. Going to class is recommended, and I actually found the lecture material interesting, as well as Kivelson's way of presenting it. Although. She does like a lot of student participation during her lectures, which can get annoying.

12/04/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Fine class. BUT val does not know how to give an organized, clear lecture. A lot of times you feel like she is BSing and her powerpoints look like they were made by a 5 yr. old (crazy colors, no organization, lists often start at #2 and you are like "what?"). Plus, she makes up words to sound smart (ex. climactical change instead of climate change)

11/28/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST196 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is a great professor. If you go to office hours to discuss writing assignments, she is very helpful in improving your understanding. Professor Kivelson is extremely nice as well. I was unable to go home for Thanksgiving, and she actually invited me over to eat dinner with her family and relatives, which was fun!

11/21/2011
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I thought this would be an interesting class, but its really just awful. Half the lecture is spent listening to student's reactions to readings/pictures, and the other half is a really sweet professor talking about a whole bunch of bull.

04/24/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Not a good class! I thought this class sounded like an interesting humanities course, but I was mistaken. Unless you are history major and like dull class I do not recommend taking this class!

04/14/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST196 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Interesting class, and she's super nice

04/11/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof Kivelson means well, but she's incredibly dull. I thought History of Witchcraft would be an interesting humanities credit, but it becomes old really quickly. For the most part, the readings are extremely dense and there are a lot of them. This class is definitely better suited for history majors, and not science students.

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