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Matthew Jordan
School:Penn State University
Department: Communication
Location:University Park, PA
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I'm an engineering major and thought I was going to fail before going into the exam, but it was pretty simple. ~4 hours of class/week blows though unless you love old movies, so I skipped sometimes. If you go to every class & pay attention, you shouldn't have to study too much to get an A. Would recommend as an simple A if you know you'll go to class.
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The Art of Cinema is a great class if you are interested in movies. Dr. Jordan is a thorough prof. and really knows his movies.
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This class was such a great gen ed! I absolutely recommend anyone to take it, especially with Dr. Jordan! He is very humorous, witty, and intelligent! The movies are enjoyable and the weekly projects are super simple. The mid year exam & final were nothing too difficult! Great teacher and great class!!
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Not sure why there are so many negative comments on here. If you are in any way interested in film, this class is very enjoyable and fascinating and Dr. Jordan is very knowledgeable.
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This prof. has strong principles with regard to socio-cultural issues, promoting individuality and a transcendentalist view, while condeming the materialistic cultural narcissism that has become ever more prevalent in our modern society. Most of the other reviews here are written by numb, mindless members of the social herd. Ignore them.
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He is dull and courses way too much. The class gets fascinating once you start watching some great movies but go to class if you want to pass. His mid year exam and final exam are difficult but there are projects every week which help keep your grade up
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This class is not an simple A, but I went into it knowing to take notes and pay attention. Do not fall asleep, which is easily done. tests weren't too difficult, but there were always a few tricky questions just like on the exam. If you like movies in general (think 1900s until now with 1 movie from each decade/week) then take the class.
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great class...bad teacher. he read directly from his notes which were online so going to class was pointless. tests were IMPOSSIBLE
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I took the honors section, so it was much more personal and discussion-based. I really enjoyed the class and most of the movies we watched. I did have a tendency to fall asleep during them (the class was at 9:30), but the grading is pretty simple. Study a little bit and you'll be fine. Plus, it's so fascinating!
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I can't stand this prof., he is rude and believes his opinions are the only ones. Attendance isn't mandatory but you should go so you can learn his opinions, since that's what he tests on. The tests are so unclear, the correct answer in the notes is not he correct answer on the tests. Just don't take it, it's a waste of time.
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The class itself is alright, who wouldn't want to watch movies in the State Theater? prof. Jordan's courses, however, are borderline unbearable (slides are literally full of text from top to bottom). Quizes have NOTHING to do with the information taught, and response questions are ridiculous, but easily graded. Take it... with another professo
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Class is incredible difficult for most students who take it. The average grade on every quiz or assignment was under 60%, I have no idea if anyone passes his courses or not.
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The courses are really fascinating with how in depth he gets, but they are incredibly difficult to understand with his word choice - he makes the class much more intellectual than it needs to be. The online tests are impossible but the exams are simple and he picks outstanding movies. It's not an impossible A, but you have to be interested to get it.
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WORST TEACHER at PSU! He acts like a friendly guy but his courses put me to sleep every class. He tries using big words that just make the lecture difficulter to understand. His exams are impossible and don't match his lecture notes. liked the class but the teacher and his TAs were terrible
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This is the worst prof. I have ever had. He is very arrogant and thinks he is better than everyone. He is very liberal and clearly impresses his views onto his students. His tests and exams are very difficult and a vast majority of his questions are his opinion, so basically if you don't agree with him you get answers wrong.DO NOT TAKE!
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the only thing that makes this class insufferable are the students. everyone is SOOO rude during class. constant chatter & zero common courtesy. the prof is alright, you're in college people, learn to deal with intellectuals! the movies would've been so much better had i not been constantly distracted by the obnoxiousness of my classmates.
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He is the big sexy.

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