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Tufts University: Melissa Wender - Japanese - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Melissa Wender | JPN080 - Japanese Film | Japanese2005-11-07

Review:
Fun class with an interesting and exciting instructor. Professor Wender is very knowledgeable about Japanese society and cinema and loves to teach. Class discussions are quite fun and provoke deeper insight into the films. Some of the films are long and a bit dull, but also very good. Others are less interesting and absurd, but usually shorter.

Workload:
The reading is fairly heavy, especially with the way the class schedule is set up (Class Tues and Thurs, movie Wed). However, I found that most of it was not necessary. Most discussions break from the readings and move on to general commentary on the film or Japan. Weekly movie responses are not difficult, however with her 5 point scale, most people get 3's until they figure out just what she's looking for. Only other work is one 6 page paper as a midterm and a take home final.


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Tufts University: Melissa Wender - Japanese - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Melissa Wender | JPN092 - Japanese Pop Culture | Japanese2005-05-22

Review:
Melissa is so sweet and enthusiastic. Subject material is very interesting, and class revolves around discussion, which she is very good about encouraging. I sometimes would've liked to have reached more definitive answers on theoretical texts, but other than that, no real complaints.

Workload:
Reading load can vary, so look ahead on the syllabus. Also look ahead for viewing, because the night before a movie's due, everyone flocks to Tisch Media Reserves.


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Tufts University: Melissa Wender - Japanese - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Melissa Wender | JPN080 - Japanese Film | Japanese2005-03-26

Review:
Professor Wender is a nice person, concerned with students' progress, and enthusiastic about the films (her selection covers many genres and time periods). The class meets twice a week, and one of those days is for film viewing after a short discussion. Class centers around discussion of readings and films. Class participation is part of the grade and Prof Wender is tolerant of other views. This class won't kill you and is interesting so long as students keep the discussion going.

Counts for world civ & humanities requirements.

Workload:
Manageable amount of background readings for the films every week. 2-3 paragraph comment about each film (by email) graded on a check +/- system. 1 Midterm paper (6-7 pages) and take-home final (3 questions, 10-12 pages). If you like artsy films, comfortable with film/literature analysis, and put in the effort, you can get an A.


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