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Instructor: Amy Matsen

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WS151, Fall 2009
WS151, Fall 2007

Amy Matsen : WS151, Fall 2009

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 151 - Intro to Women's Studies Crn (Section): 74205 (001)     76478 (002)     76479 (003)     76480 (004)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 23 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 16 (89%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 23 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 4 (22%) 10 (71%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 18 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (11%) 13 (93%)
4. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 23 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (17%) 14 (61%)
5. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 23 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 16 (89%)
6. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 23 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 10 (71%)
7. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 4 (29%) 14 (78%)
8. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 18 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 3 (21%) 9 (39%)
9. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (29%) 13 (57%)
10. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Talking critically about present day issues that greatly affect our lives and how we view things. The content challenged your ways of thinking and opened your eyes to things you would have never noticed other wise. The best part of the course was the guest speakers and video/films we watched. They really bring new perspectives into light because they present people's real life stories and experiences and allow you to see what it is really like.
Amy Joy taught us so many things that were amazing. I enjoyed the lectures and how everything from the textbook readings to the guest speakers related to us in some way or another. This course empowers me to stand up for myself and live a better life. I want to learn more about the issues that matter most, instead of who is dating who or which celebrates are coming out of the closet issues like who needs help in the world and why. Amy has taught me how to truly become an intelligent woman in our society.
This course illuminated social constructions that are implicit in everyday life. Various "taboo" subjects were discussed to eliminate the power of silence.
Class discussion and debates, I wish there were more of them. Breaking the class up into smaller sections was wise, but I think that those sections, rather than the normal class periods, would be best utilized for debates. The show and tells were fun, though time consuming... I kind of wish the class had more time for discussion.
Interesting topics covered. Challenging to think about.
The guests who came to talk to our class.
Being open to e flexable
I loved the atmosphere of the class and that we were all encouraged to realliy think about the issues being presented and to examine ourselves and how we felt about those issues. I also loved that we were all free to express our opinions and discuss the issues freely without feeling like we were going to be judged for out opinions. Amy's teaching style was also superb. I could tell that she was really passionate about the issues she was discussing and I couldn't help but be draw in to what she was saying. She encouraged me to think about the world in a way I hadn't really ever thought about it before and in doing so I learned so much and my view of the world broadened out and I honestly feel like a much better person for it. I really think everyone should take this class before they graduate and I would definately recommend it to anyone.
Amy is an amazing teacher!
I liked how the course forced me to think differently about all kinds of different issues presented in class. I enjoyed all the different video, they were interesting and showed sides of arguments that I didn't see before.
I liked that we were able to speak our minds and feel comfortable being able to say what we wanted to say. I also liked the assignments that were assigned and all the concepts we cover over the semester
Everything about the course was great. One of the bests classes I've ever taken. Enjoyed it alot.
Amazing class! Loved it and I spread the word for those who are searching for a good class to fulfill their prereqs or really have no direction. Wish I had the time to put this in as a major but I was unaware of the program (more so I took the class my junior year and rotc doesn't allow switching programs during this year..tsk tsk) enjoyed it though, wish there was forced participation, more quizes...etc. FUN FUN FUn!! Learned a lot as well
I like how this is an open discussion class on important issues that everyone is dealing with in today's society.
I liked how Ms. Matsen made the class feel comfortable and more open. She presented and led the class into an exploration of many issues that I was previously only dimly aware of. This was my favorite class of the semester - so much so that I'm inspired to pursure an undergraduate certificate in Women's Studies. If I could take it again for more credits, I would.
The talk of Hawaiian culture and Americanization of that has shaped my perception of U.S. laws enforced onto the Hawaiians, the differences in family values, and the connection to the land seen in Hawaiians that I have never seen. I loved how Matsen expanded on the encroachment of American mainstream culture on almost every land we have touched then minimizing their histories by ignoring them in public. She showed a lot of passion in redefining feminism and the statistics in almost every lecture opened my eyes!
The course was excellent.
The diversity of feminitsm, and how equal rights make a difference.
many issues that are unknown or simply overlooked were given new importance. the intructor was very energetic, passionate, and inspirational
I really enjoyed the topics that were discussed and the main issues that needed to be addressed, that society doesn't not formally get to discuss in the public.
All of the different topics covered. The course material applies to everyone.
I loved the topics that were discussed. I also like that it touched on other issues that society faces today like homophobia, abortion, and domestic violence.
I really liked the discussions in class and the teacher is very adamant about her opinions. She is an extremely good teacher with strong feminist views and I hope to be more like her.
What is this woman on crack? Love you Amy!
I liked the diverse ways in which we got to learn about the material, like presenters, movies, readings, etc.
Labs, being in small groups and being able to share your thoughts.
the video clips, handouts, and guest speakers.
This is my absolute favorite class that I've ever taken so far, being a student here at UH Manoa. The video's, clips, special guest speakers, Amy (the professor), my TA's (Keenan and Mahina), and subjects we covered were very interesting and I can say that I feel even more like an activist now because of this course and I have decided to major in Women's Studies as well.
I loved how passionate the instructor was while teaching, it really helped get into the course and become more involved with current issues going on today.
Our discussions in class. They opened up new ideas to consider.
There were a lot of videos
I liked the movies we watched.
I loved how passionate my instructor was when she gave lectures and lead class discussions. Some of the course material was very heavy, and there were times when the class was asked to share personal experiences. Whenever this happened, my instructor was very clear that our class was in a safe enviornment, and nothing would be repeated. Our class trusts our instructor and teacher assistants because they have made the class atmosphere a safe place to learn.
The way the course was taught. It's great that we actually talk about important issues, breakdown all the myths, and stretch our minds. I liked the way our teacher always encouraged us to think deeper and to never assume that things are always as they seem. I went to every class and left having learned so much. We'd discuss personal and touchy matters and we'd respect eachother's beliefs doing it. What I liked the most was the safe environment where I felt safe to express myself and not be judged for my beliefs. Our teacher wasn't only our instructor, and mentor, but also someone we could count on, someone who genuinely cares about her students. The TAs in Lab C were a great help. They were skilled at conducting discussions, pointing out the main points and making lab fun. There were times we had to talk about hard topics, and they were always there for us too.
Lecture and guest presentations, discussions and watching videos. I've learned many different perspective towards various issues that I would never known of.
The classroom discussions and videos.
The small discussions during class was always interesting.
First of all, I liked the professor and the TAs for Lab C. I like the class because I learned a lot about Hawaii.
the group discussions and the chance to hear views and ideas from other people
I learned a lot from this course, I liked everything about this class especially the labs when we would have time to discuss what we went over in class together. The materials such as the movies and presentations we saw had very helpful examples in explaining the current topic.
The best part of the course was as asking critical questions and reflecting on them. We saw all perspectives on a problem and found why they were like that. I liked how the course change the way I looked at situations in life.
She was so expressive and passionate with everything that she talked about. I loved it.
lab periods
I learned a great deal in this particular class. It was an inspiration and eye-opener in several ways. I liked the films that we watched and the discussions that we had in class. I also liked reading the script to deepen my understanding about the text material.
Everything about this course was very interesting. It was one of the only classes that i looked forward to going to, and it was my FAVORITE! It opened my eyes and made me realized how closed-minded i was.
The guest speakers, and videos that were presented in class. There was a ample variety in the information presented for the course.
I found all aspects of the course interesting and fun. Learning about feminism during the past and the present really helped me to change my way of thinking and think more critically about the issues surrounding women in our everyday lives.
The guest presentation and class discussion.
I really enjoyed everything this was a great class, opened my mind to a lot of new ideas. All of it was incredibly valuable and should be a required course.
This course, even though it is under the women studies, but this course covers a lot of thing about globalization, critical studies, disability, discrimination not only against women, but other races as well
The videos: it allowed us to see a different perspective of life and issues we may not be aware of (e.g. sweat shops in U.S. territories). Learning about the commodification of a culture and the land and how it relates to misogyny.
The diversity of the issues covered; the interactive aspect and use of media to present current issues in Women's Studies as well as LGBT, race, and Hawaiian issues.
Which aspect? Does the entire course answer this question?
The teacher's enthusiasm towards Women's Studies. It's obvious she is passionate in the course and is very approachable to students.
Love the teacher, she was very interesting
I like the different topics we covered and the instructor was outspoken.
I liked the fact that this course doesn't just feed you rhetoric to try and sway you to follow their agenda, but they give you real life examples and ultimate truths of reality for you yourself to base your judgement on. The confidence of the course is what appeals to me most because when these truths and examples are looked at from the context of anyone subjected to the global domination of the united states, it becomes obvious that this isn't a way of life and that we must make changes. The content inspires personal revolution to stand up and first, be a human and second, help out your kind by being humane. This course has been a brief overview and has inspired me to get more in depth and continue education in women studies, be it a minor or major.
I liked the discussions we had in Lab. They were inciteful and challenged me to think outside of myself.
EVERYTHING! Both the Instructor and the course was amazing! It was very interesting and informative.
11. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.59 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 2 (9%) 10 (71%)
12. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Some readings could've have been omitted.
None... I loved the course period. Thank you Amy
The course was sometimes very randomized with movies. Examinations were difficult because there was little structure or powerpoints to study from. Textbook readings were assumed to be understood and read. Perhaps, in-depth discussion or explanation of textbook concepts would be very helpful.
More debates, there are enough controversial topics that people are bound to have different views. Better presentation of the pro-life side of the abortion debate, not all of them are insane... though it is admittedly hard to find one that isn't. Perhaps calling people off on a list for their opinions... not sure. Overall I think that both the instructor and the TA's did just about everything that can be done to increase participation. But I hate to see so many students that don't seem to have an opinion... One of the reasons I like debates is that, with a good devil's advocate, everyone can get involved; unfortunately, it also tends to lead to one versus many, and that kind of struggle can eat up time that might better be used to talk to the many. It's a hard question. I liked the idea of assigned roles given recently, but I can't help but feel that it would have been more... interesting... if people had just been assigned to a position in the debate, and told to defend it. Doing so really takes a knowledge of the arguments, especially if you end up on the side opposite from your own.
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I think the class is great, I wouldn't change anything.
Its greaaaaaaat :)
I think the class is perfect as it is. I learned so much in this class and my overall view of the world has broadened so much since taking this class and there isn't a single thing I would change about it. It's one of the best classes I have ever taken at UH and in my academic career as a whole.
It's fine how it is.
This was a very good course and I wouldn't change anything about it. One of the best classes I've ever taken at UH
I thought this course was great and it doesn't need any improvements. Just keep doing what you're doing.
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I wish we would break up into small groups during lectures sometimes, ot onyl labs on Fridays.
It could be made into a lengthier course in terms of time; I feel like I didn't get to learn about anything in-depth aside from the variations of gender.
Discuss more about the depreciation of women in education and science and how their work has been taken advantage of by male counterparts. Incorporate more analysis of current television shows (i.e. Desperate Housewives, etc.)and their roles in perpetuating the "female" and "male" roles in family and business.
The course was great. The course was informative.
More labs to help express how we really feel. More guest presentations..
more ways of solving issues since theyre so heavy
I really don't have any advice to how the course could be improved because I really enjoyed the class.
More time to discuss issues with group, or personal discussion in class or lab
I think the reading, "Staging Tourism" should be cut out. I didnt understand it at all.
maybe not have so much discussion at the beginning of class because by the time we actually start what we are supposed to do class time is up. maybe set discussions aside strictly for lab time. Maybe not focus so much on gay/lesbian. i think it was taken overboard. i wouldve rather spent more time talking about hawaiian since it was a HAP focus or maybe even abortions.
I love how Amy teaches with such passion and enthusiasm. She is so animated and has a great orating voice, I enjoy listening to her speak about issues that she possess so much ferber for. She is very concerned and she cares about women's issues; her compassion is contagious. It is because of her that I am going to major in Women's Studies and I am also very excited to be TAing for this course next semester!
I think if there were shorter readings then the class would have read most of them.
It was perfect.
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This class could be improved by more group talk during class. The big lecture hardly forced people to talk.
This course could be further improved by having more class participation when discussing the reading material. Less videos shown in class could mean more time listening to presentations and lectures.
no comment.
I suggest at least an hour class would be more efficient to this course. So we have time for discussions after every material introduced in class.
The readings could be a little shorter, and more time to study for exams would be helpful.
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It was an amazing class though it did seem a little bit rushed at the end.
It would have been better if we didn't rush through all the topics.
She could focus less on women and how awesome they are even thought they really are and maybe talk more about how guys are awesome too. But not in the way that she did it this semester.
more time spent learning about males and getting their input. a neutral attitude needs to be maintained throughout the lectures.
This course could be improved by having more group and hands-on activities. This course could also be improved by having more guest speakers.
Bringing in more guest speakers or presenting information from a variety of sources to give both sides of the argument etc. Sometimes I felt like some of the topics, and arguments were bias, and not really the TRUTH etc.
I loved it just the way it was.
Too many students. More lectures are needed. Too many terms, which sometimes do not really helpful. The most important is how to think critically.
The nature of the course allows for only a survey of key topics, which is understandable and unavoidable, but too little time was spent on key WOMEN'S issues in respect to a Women's Studies course.
I loved the course! I wouldn't change a thing...maybe add more classes throughout the week? I'm ok with going 5 times a week! I felt there was so much information to take in during a class period that we were always cut off or I had to leave because I had another class to get to. I loved it no matter how short it felt. Thanks Amy for everything. You changed a lot for me and opened a whole new field to me. Originally I wanted to study anthropology, now I want to combine both by studying gender roles in different cultures. I don't know if I would have realized how much I love the subject matter if it wasn't for you, Amy and the WS department in general. Thanks again for helping me with my documentary project. I really appreciate it.
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I think that the course should be taught in smaller groups like the labs, as opposed to having a large lecture hall. I understand that this requires more teachers and time, but I think it would deliver the content more effectively.
I'd like if it was a smaller class. A lot of people feel more comfortable to speak their mind in a less crowded room. I would have liked to stick to the syllabus a little more.
Maybe one or movies less. They were good, just too many.
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Amy Matsen : WS151, Fall 2007     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 151 - Intro to Women's Studies Crn (Section): 74938 (001)     78409 (002)     78410 (003)     78411 (004)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.47 15 0.92 Freq(%) 11 (73%) 2 (13%) 1 (5%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 21 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 10 (67%)
3. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
4. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
5. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 21 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (38%) 11 (73%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 21 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 7 (47%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 16 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (93%)
8. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 12 (75%)
9. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 11 (52%)
10. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 14 (88%)
11. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 15 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (31%) 9 (56%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 16 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (33%) 8 (50%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Fun, Happy, Intelligent
enthusiastic, open-minded (unbiased), dedicated
Energetic, Enthusiastic, Engaging
Enthusiastic; knowledgeable; passionate
enthusiastic, genuine, educated in her area of expertise
Enthusiastic, bubbly, sympathetic.
opinionated. feminist. knowledgeable.
Smart, Aware, Respectful.
wonderful. kind. awesome.
Nice, cool, real.
Enthusiastic, Cheerful.
-enthusiastic -optimistic -reliable
Bubbly, Woman Warrior and Fair.
bubbly, passionate, fun
I really liked Amy's teaching style. She was enthusiastic, approachable, funny.
enthusiastic, fun, entertaining
Energetic, Knowlegable, down-to-earth
Enthusiastic, outgoing, funny
Joyful, considerate, helpful
energetic and dedicated
enthusiastic, variety-of-interests, informed
genuine, knowledgable, energetic
enthusiastic caring knowledgable
alive, able
enthusiastic, interesting, insightful
Energetic, Passionate.
Enthusiastic, Passionate, Lively
Enthhusiastic, motivated, Inspirational
aware, caring, helpful
enthusiastic, approachable
Energetic, Knowledgeable, Relatable
Fun, Knowledgeable, feminist
Enthusiastic, biased.
Understanding, intelligible, enjoyable
out-going, unique, and crazy
Energetic, outgoing
Instructor acts/speaks in a professional manner, but her presentation is not professional. For example, the instructor's clothing was at times very risque.
enthusiastic, knowledgeable, crazy
Best lecture teacher I have had so far. She makes learning really fun and her choice of T.A.s are very complementary to her style of teaching. In my opinion, I think Amy Matsen and all of the T.A.s are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the subj
Enthusiastic, Fair
Happy, Smart.
fun and very helpful. enthusiastic
optimistic. intelligent. opinionated
positive, motivating, filled with life
vivacious, animated
funny, energetic, helpful
energetic, enthusiastic
Inspirational, Engaging, Caring
enthusiastic and intense but good
enthusiastic, understanding, intelligent
enthusiastic, upbeat, opinionated
She's really peppy and casual, in a good way. She isn't stiff or unnecessarily criticizing, Amy knows her stuff. That pretty much makes her a good teacher in my book.
Active, Thorough, Informative
involved supportive
crazay. enthusiastic. personable.
enthusiastic and committed
enthusiastic, clear, passionate
Enthusiastic, vivid, passionate.
Her enthusiasm for the subject.
Enthusiastic. Passionate. Caring.
knowledgable, enthusiastic, inspiring
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (25%) 14 (67%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (29%) 12 (57%)
16. Audiovisual materials (or computers) used in this course were well chosen.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (52%)
17. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 6 (38%) 6 (38%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (7%) 10 (48%) 9 (56%)
19. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Amy's fun to learn from and makes the course exciting. The TA's are awesome too.
I really liked all the films and documentaries we saw in class. I think they really added to the lectures. I also liked the guest speakers. They were very informative and all of them gave excellent presentations!
I really enjoyed having the labs on Friday. It was nice to be able to split into smaller groups to have intimate discussions.
I liked the various media the instructor used to present each week's lesson such as with videos, readings, and guest lecturers. I also liked that the big lecture class was then broken up into more intimate labs where we were a known face and we got to dis
I like that Amy was very open with her students. She made me feel comfortable to approach her with any concern, issue, or just to strike up a friendly conversation. She was very down to earth and genuinely showed concern for the well-being of her students
I like how she brings in various speakers because she is humble about the subject she teaches. It's nice to have someone challenge the way I look at things through a different eye.
lab was my favorite part. it let me talk about the issues presented in class which helps me learn the material MUCH better.
The movies and presentations from all different types of people.
the interesting material
The movies and discussions in the labs after were really helpful and made me understand better.
The open class environment gave many the ability to express themselves.
i liked that we got to speak about our opinions and how we felt with everything we talked about.
The class is always enjoyable and we learn a lot
i thought the class discussions were most pertinent to learning the course materials.
the presentations from guest speakers and the videos are all very helpful
The class was very interesting. I liked how whatever we read in our textbook applied to the video we watched in class, reading and watching gave a deeper understanding to the concept being taught. I also liked the guest speakers, each one was entertaining
guest speakers!!!!!
Everything. I really enjoyed this class. it was my favorite one. I learned the most in this class! I really want to take more women studies classes with amy.. she is a very enthusiastic and smart teacher. I enjoyed everything about this course. it was a
The videos, the guest speakers, and the discussions
I liked the course content and the teacher was very nice and helpful.
Labs groups and discussions
I really like all the extra credit opportunities and announcements you give to us, and I love the way the materials I learn are so relevant that they seem to apply to every course I'm taking in addition to women's studies and to my everyday life as well!
I enjoyed the insight provided by the visual media presented in class. I also enjoyed lab and that it provided time for indepth discussion.
I liked all the guest speakers, documentaries, and activities rather than just straight lecture and notes.
the material was thought-provoking and interesting.
I liked how Amy taught us how to look at aspects of life in a different way. The films and speakers she chose were very interesting and I learned a lot from seeing and hearing their stories.
This was the most interesting course that I have taken. I liked how it touched on various ethnic groups, although it was mostly Hawaiians. Also, I liked how you could express your opinions in class.
Lab was really helpful, also all the guest speakers and different types of lectures made the class periods go by faster and more effectivly. She was very good at relating the material she taught to real life scenarios.
The videos, readings, and guest speakers were pretty good.
the instructor and teachingm assistants are very approachable and willing to help in whatever way they can.
I enjoyed all the guest speakers and films we watched in class.
Hawaiian cultural section. Guest speakers were very effective.
The teacher seemed really into what she was teaching.
The instructors and TAs were very mindful of the students' opinions and questions. They were able to answer our questions as well as propose new ones for further discussion and analysis. The videos were very useful. I really appreciated this cours
watching the video's! I learn through visualizing more!
The videos and the guest speakers were some great aspects of the course.
Made me think about a lot of things that I don't reflect on in daily life. Very eye-opening.
the films
I love the lectures, especially the guest speakers. I also found the labs very useful for confirmation of the new material and the discussions are wonderful!
The readings.
the materials we learned through movies and guest lecturers
The instructor was extremely enjoyable to watch and listen to.
"open-minded" environment, encouragement to speak, media directly related to topic studied, clarity and helpfulness of TA's
I really like the in class discussion because I am always interested in what other people (people from different backgrounds, and with different experiments) have to say about the issue.
material and topics were interesting.. it kept me awake
I liked the lab part of the course because it gave a better insight on the material.
There were so many, but i really liked how relatable the material was to my life, and really feel that the course was worth while
lectures and guest speakers were great
The debate and open conversation.I love to talk, and to be able to actually talk in class for once is nice. The movies are also really interesting. I never have a reason to sleep in this class.
it was an eye opening course that caused me to thing about aspects of my place in the world this a female.
I liked the content and the discussions. There was plenty of both.
emphasis on critical thinking and group discussions
the inclusion of asian/pacific issues, which made the course content easier to relate to. the TA's were really awesome too. for the most part, awesome guest speakers.
Class involvement and discussion
open conversations.
I liked the atmosphere. It was very open and accepting to all ideas and perspectives. The course presented us with very good perspectives of women and what is going on in the world, and didnt necessarily force us to follow them, but just encouraged us to
I really enjoyed the various films viewed in class and the labs which allowed for a more comfortable environment to discuss issues.
The H focus
The ideas presented made me think more analytically.
labs, lecture
20. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (19%) 7 (35%)
21. Global appraisal: considering everything how would you rate the overall effectiveness of this Teaching Assistant?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 3 (20%) 12 (57%)
22. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Make the information more up to date and relevant towards what's happening now.
I think it would be a good idea to incorporate the text book and the readings more into class (the instructor could specifically relate them to the films, discuss the chapters and ideas from the text book in class, because I thought the text book was real
Some of the guest speakers and videos were a bit dull.
I wish more than 50 minutes of class time was allotted. There could be more encouragement to take higher level courses (though it is really up to the student if the topic interests them).
Instead of just talking about the issues maybe as a class or in our labs we can actually go out and do some sort of project as a group so as to begin to make a difference in the issues we are becomeing aware of.
This class is EXCELLENT!!! I would take it again just for the hell of it!!!!
more group activities.
I feel like having the class only for MWF really shortens the time and descussions. I think if class was a little longer that would make it better.
I dont know.
Show less movies. Have more stuctured lectures from the course instructor and not guest speakers.
Maybe a smaller class size would encourage more students to speak in class. But other than that, it was a great class to be in and i wouldnt change a thing!
instead of watching a few minor films here and there, we could have used the time to discuss the topics we read for homework.
maybe have less readings because I thought alot of the readings were repetitive with the subject matter...also, have more time for discussions and opinion sharing because it always seemed like there was never enough time...
The way the class was formed worked well for me.
Have more classes available!
Nothing really, it was pretty good to me.
I dont think she needs to imporve anything.
Class was great overall. Maybe have readings that deal with actual experiences.
I think that the text book was kind of unnecessary. We used it several times, but I think that the information could be easily covered in anther way without spending money on an entire text book. Maybe I'm just lazy, but I think that these things could
The course could be improved if it included guest lecturers that were more applicable to the course. It could also better utilize the textbook, or use an alternative text considering that most of the discussions in class revolve around the online readings
labs seemed to offer a better teaching experience because of the smaller class sizes. the TAs should be more helpful and less distracting.
There is a lot of emphisise on Hawaiian oppression. I feel like I am in two Hawaiian studies classes. There should be more emphasis on women around the world, not just the annexation of Hawaii, even though I do understand that we are in Hawaii.
This course can be improved by having the readings bound and the students can buy them. Towards the end of the semester the readings were long (eg. 36 pages) and it was a lot to print.
I can't really think of any way this course can be improved. The only reason I didn't rate this course as "excellent" was because it involves discussions and other oral activities that I'm not too fond of. But I know this kind of course requires these t
if anything I wish we had more time in class. Although the Trask articles were interesting I thing there were a bit too many.
The environment of the class room is very intense. there needs to be something that helps student break the barrier. Students who do express their opinion sometimes gets crush by the other students.
Equal out the class by being more positive about female's accomplishments instead of overly pessimistic about the current problems. Be more truly open-minded about other's opinions without judgment. Let students form their own opinions instead of teaching
Honestly, I don't really think that there is anything to improve on. I think that the course was carried out very well. There was a reasonable amount of work. The course covered what I had hoped and more.
more videos, more examples, more guest speakers
While the videos shown were excellent and relevant to the course, I feel that perhaps there should have been more discussion during class instead of videos.
Slightly too many films, not too much dialog between the instructor and the students. Would like to hear more of the instructor's ideas and views about the topics of study. Would like the instructor to "teach" a little bit more, not just show films where
I think this course should be improved based on the grading program. wish there was a curve of 3%
It was too easy to me. I think putting more emphasis on reading the material would help.
i think that this course is perfect. the learning part was really good.
remind students of readings even though it's in the syllabus pick easy-to-read material
This course could be improved by having the students learn in a more 'hands on' kind of way, for example, more activities that would really explain the concepts of the issues being presented, so that the students would have a better understanding.
more guest speakers and time for questions
I think what could be improved on is the syllabus. I got confused a couple times with the readings. Need to know if the readings are on WebCT or not.
I cant think of any ways
A little more discussion about the readings, and more talk about the text book info. I feel like the text book realy isn't even needed for the class.
some of the presenters were a little bit pointless, some of the class time could have been better spent.
I'm not sure... sometimes the readings get mixed together because of the similar content. Perhaps a little help with that?
longer classes yeah!!!!
There is a lack of disciplinary action when students are disrespectful or don't do assigned tasks.
relocate or renovate the current classroom. some of the films were unnecessary.
in class, most of our lessons were on recognizing a lot of negativeness in today's society. we could improve by also pointing out the good changes that happened in our society too so that we aren't stuck just talking about all the bad stuff because that
Maybe we didnt have to do the martial arts exercises the day of our review session for the test.
I feel that there would be a better understanding if the professor would go over the subject matter more in class rather than just having the class read it. Also sometimes the subject matter is a little too scattered.
The availability of course readings and the amount of material covered.
I think the movies that we wateched were really good, but I think it would have been better if the instructor taught us more. I think she introduced everything very well, but there should have been more instructing coming from her. Also I dont think the g
it would be helpful to announce the homework