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Jane Blocker
Professor in the Art History department
at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
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Overall Quality
3.0
Average Grade
F
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.9
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
1.4
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
30 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/15/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
3401 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Better Like Group Projects" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Participation matters"

The class was interesting and I encourage every art history major to enroll. It forces you to think more critically about art policy and controversy as a citizen, cultural critic, and art historian. The test and papers were not too difficult but the group project sucked (when don't they?). Jane is knowledgeable but can seem elitist at times.

12/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ARTH 3401 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Hilarious" "Amazing lectures" "Gives good feedback"

Yes, Professor Blocker is a difficult grader and expects academic performance from her students. I enjoyed every lecture and she is hilarious. You have to show up to pass and do well AND crack open your book . I could have done better for sure-but she is a phenomenal professor and knows her material and is very available and helpful.

12/12/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
3401 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Better Like Group Projects" "Tough Grader" "Skip class? You won't pass."

She is ridiculously hard grader. She does not care about your grade, she is the type of professor that is satisfied with a C- average in the class. I struggled to get a B. The group project was the worst thing I've ever done in my college career. This class was the biggest mistake I've ever made.

12/10/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ARTH3401 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tough Grader" "Better Like Group Projects"

This class was not terrible at first. I enjoyed the lectures, her slides were good. The works that we needed to memorize were around 50 (not so bad). There was only 1 test, the rest of the class was papers and a terrible group project. The TA's expect way to much for the papers for the time given. The group project sucked, she is a hard grader.

11/20/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
arth 3401 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B+
"Participation matters" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Better Like Group Projects"

Jane Blocker is a great professor. She's witty and fun! She made Art Now as bearable as it possibly could be. The class itself is the worst thing I've ever experienced in my life. It should be a 4 credit course as well as writing intensive. I had to prioritize Art Now before Calc when it came to studying because you WILL NOT PASS IF YOU DON'T.

10/29/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
arth 3401 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader" "Skip class? You won't pass."

Very elitist and condescending. both the Professor and her TA's. the TA specifically is rude and takes everything personally. Very unapproachable. extremely petty grading and unclear writing expectations. biased of what they want you to write, what and how to include it. No personal, critical thinking. VERY boring lectures. it's all memorization!

05/01/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ARTH 3434 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I like Professor Blocker very much--if you are having trouble understanding the material, she is more than accommodating if you take the time to meet with her during office hours. I am not enthusiastic about the TA, however--grading seems punitive. Do not take unless you're very, very interested and capable of doing the work.

12/22/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ARTH3401 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This is a great class! It absolutely takes your critical thinking to a higher level. It surveys the critical issues that surround contemporary art. Very informative and inspiring! Prof.Blocker is super patient and kind. If you really want to learn something and challenge your thinking in this university, take the class!

11/20/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ARTH 3464 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

I loved Jane, I thought she was one of the best professors I had at the University as whole. She is tough, but you will learn SO MUCH.

01/16/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Arth5000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Clear lectures; knowledgeable, dedicated. Difficult to obtuse readings. Theory is King, art as object, not so much. You will work hard, your brain will hurt, you will learn. Point of view is Neo-Marxist/New Left/Feminist/Postmodern. Lots of group work/group presentations. Well worth 15 weeks. Lady knows her stuff.

09/26/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ARTH5413 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Jane Blocker is truly amazing. She is an extremely intelligent, articulate, dedicated, well-rounded, feminist idealist academic who can inspire and leave long lasting impressions on her students as well as the rest of academia and by extension -fine, by extrapolation- life.

12/10/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ARTH3102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I had Dr. Blocker for Art since 1945 and for Art Now. What she wants is very straightforward. There is A LOT of slide memorization, so it's important that you're interested in the subject matter. I had one problem in the class and when I went to her she was extremely considerate. I have no complaints, and I was sad to see the harsh reviews.

05/15/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ARTH3401 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I am a senior with a very high interest in the subject matter, yet Blocker still managed to make me hate this course. I just received the second only C in four years of college, and sadly I think it was one of the highest scores. She is disrespectful and rude to the point that I had to walk out of class for fear of yelling at her. DO NOT TAKE.

04/23/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ARTH3401 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Everyone told me not to take this class, but I did nonetheless because I'm interested in contemporary art. Should've listened... it is horrible. She is rude to students, elitist, and vague. Take it S/N or not at all. Her online text book is the only helpful element of her class.

04/14/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Arth3401 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Blocker is arrogant and talks down to the students. The TA's are ridiculous and really tough graders. The class has very little to do with art. There are unrealistic expectations.

04/07/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ARTH3401 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

She blames the students. Her midterm was vague and many complained yet, she claim it is because students didnt understand her. She never admit that she was unclear or that it was her fault. Too many papers and her TA's are extremely harsh graders who try to impress the her. TAs never tell how to improve, they just correct grammar. DO NOT TAKE!!!

02/26/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ARTH3401 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Little to no art or art history content at all. She and her TAs clearly have never taken many english courses and must have done poorly in them, yet they grade papers as if they were english teachers. Obviously, they do it incorrectly and they also grade based on your opinion. If you have a different opinion you are screwed.

09/08/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ARTH8001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The most prepared, together, knowledgeable, straightforward faculty member at the U. Although that is not saying much given the wrecks that teach in various disciplines, Professor Blocker is a true scholar/educator. If you want easy, take a wreck of a teacher who doesn't actually care.

11/23/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
arth1945 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very hard class. If you're in art history, and you're interested in modern art, you have to take it. Don't take too many other classes while you do though- you have to work very, very hard to get a good grade in this class even if you love the subject. She is one of the best professors at the U, IMO. Be in class and earn her respect.

11/11/2008
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ARTH3464 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Blocker requires mandatory attendance just so there is always someone there to listen to her talk. She has unrealistic expectations for the students and requires class discussion in a class of 100 people. She is cold and unavailable outside of class. I worked my ass off in her class and barely scraped together a passing grade. Never again.

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