Barbara Gottfried at Boston University

Barbara Gottfried

  • 2.9Overall Quality
  • 2.7Helpfulness
  • 3.1Clarity
  • 2.9Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
5/13/14

SO WS 352

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedA-

She's disorganized, but means well. Her syllabus changed a lot, but that generally made the class easier. Even though you don't have to read all of the readings, she does have high expectations for all of the assignments, so make sure you're really putting in the effort for the papers, etc. Speak up as much as possible!

12/11/13

ws305

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

awful. awful person, awful teacher. assignments were vague. she butchers what could be a really interesting topic. the readings are long and boring. she is out of touch with reality and kind of just not a pleasant person to be around.

12/2/11

ws114

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

this class is ridiculous. i was looking forward to a stimulating discussion kind of class. instead i get piles and piles of BORING reading assignments. there is a lot of reading in the class and it's kind of a joke. i read barely any of it and did fine. i never need to talk in class anyway, she's clearly into favoritism. i would not recommend.

4/8/11

WS340

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

THE MOST FABULOUS PROFESSOR I'VE EVER HAD.SHE absolutely opened my eyes. LOVE THIS LADY! I can't imagine any reason not to! Not only is she HIGHLY INTELLIGENT AND HELPFUL, but she is also VERY UNDERSTANDING AND RESPECTFUL. I am now a women's studies minor thanks to her <3

2/12/11

WS346

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

I'm writing this comment because professor Gotfried has a lot of negative comments on here. I can't speak for the Intro classes, as I took Women and Film with her, but I think she is great. She's a little odd and intimidating at first but after going to office hours I loved her. Do some of the readings, go to office hours. She will def help you!

12/5/10

WS114

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

I've taken a class with Prof. Gottfried before, so I was used to her style--she doesn't like giving A's, which is frustrating. I didn't particularly enjoy this class, but it's required for WS minors, unfortunately. It involves a lot of reading, 2 papers, a group presentation and a final. Not too bad if you put in some effort and participate.

11/23/10

WS114

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

shes a good teacher actually. shes relatively easy and will like you if you speak up and have interesting/passionate things to say. she doesnt grade too hard, but you have to REALLY think about what youre saying, because she will find it.

10/28/10

ws114

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

she is very intense and intimidating. very scattered. she expects a lot from the class but it appears she is never well prepared herself. but if you read and then talk during discussion you will do well

5/18/10

WS114

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Really good class. The focus is six novels (most are pretty good), two major papers, and a final (possibly a few other tiny things here or there) but that's mostly it. The whole class is really interesting discussion. Really enjoyed it and got a B+ so no complaints.

5/16/10

WS114

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Class was interesting and I liked the book selection. I personally thought that she was a fair grader, but I've heard some people say otherwise. She values good writing and analysis.

5/11/10

WS340

Average Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

She was really nice and liked a lot of discussion. Sometimes she'd ramble and not know where she's going which starts off as cute but gets old in a 3 hour class. If you have basic knowledge of women's studies, media and analysis, you could get a good grade. Get her to like you and show a heavy interested in the class by participating.

5/5/10

WS340

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

She is a decent professor. Gives way too much reading and a lot of it is repetitive, so only skim it...at most. Doesn't seem to read the papers. I got a B+ on my first three papers and barely any comments on any of them. Also takes her line of work extremely seriously and you must be very analytical to do well.

4/11/10

WS340

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

This class was interesting and the once weekly meeting (3 hour seminar) was nice. However, Prof. Gottfried is sometimes unapproachable and very opinionated which makes it difficult to suggest differing opinions. If you're interested in media and pop culture, it's a good class. There is a lot of reading and her grading isn't very leniant.

2/20/09

WS114

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

She's very intelligent and deep down she's well-meaning, but her behavior towards her students is unhinged at times and often downright rude. It's not surprising that she'd deter students from the Women's Studies program - it's really not worth the time to put up with arrogant, uninspiring, flat-out mean professors like her.

1/7/09

WS114

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Okay, first off, if you don't like reading, don't take this class. If you do- then it is one of the best to take. Professor Gottfried is really passionate about the class and loves when people participate. As long as you do the readings/watch the movies then you're good to go! Class was great- made me decide to minor in Women Studies.

12/23/08

WS114

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

WORST CLASS EVER. Whatever you do, do not take this class! I wanted to minor in women's studies until this woman ruined my life. She hates anyone's opinion but her own, talks down to every one and doesn't seem to like students at all. the hour and twenty minutes is excruciating and she will not let you out early EVER. WS114=DEATH.3 papers/1final

12/4/08

ws114

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Professor Gottfried was demeaning and close-minded. Mandatory classes consisted of often ostracizing and marginally provocative conversation. Poor example of a compassionate feminist. Excellent teacher to take for the sycophant.

12/3/08

WS114

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

The worst professsor I have EVER had. Gottfried is belittling, condescending, ignorant, intimidating, frustrating, and constantly makes snyde remarks to her students. I have no idea why she is a college professor. She loves discussing her own ideas, but I do not get the impression she likes teaching or even students much. She grades papers accord

11/18/08

WS114

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

She's pretty intense...The readings/movies are interesting. she likes you if you participate in class and go to her office hours.Grading can be harsh if you write something she doesn't agree with, so definitely go to her office hours and talk about your papers, if she shoots you down then change it then you can do well on your papers.

11/4/08

WS114

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

"I think that's a really good point." Classes are completely based on discussion of readings, so class is boring if you haven't read. She likes students that participate and go to office hours. If you're on her good side, she's a great teacher, but if you don't like reading and writing, don't take this class.

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