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Barbara Gottfried
Professor in the Women's Studies department
at Boston University, Boston, MA
are you Barbara Gottfried?
Overall Quality
2.9
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.7
Clarity
3.1
Easiness
2.9
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05/13/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
SO WS 352 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A-

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!

12/11/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
ws305 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/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.

12/02/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ws114 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

04/08/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
WS340 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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

02/12/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
WS346 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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!

12/05/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
WS114 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

11/23/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
WS114 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

10/28/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ws114 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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

05/18/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
WS114 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

05/16/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
WS114 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

05/11/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
WS340 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

05/05/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
WS340 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

04/11/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
WS340 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

02/20/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
WS114 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

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.

01/07/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
WS114 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

12/23/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
WS114 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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

12/04/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ws114 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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.

12/03/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
WS114 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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

11/18/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
WS114 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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.

11/04/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
WS114 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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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