Tufts University: Mark Karlins - English - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
I learned a lot about writing in this class. In my opinion, Karlins is a complete weirdo and it shows in how he structures his class. The only work is 4 papers and a research paper in addition to portfolio assignments that are usually done in class. The text for the class is a reader he created that is an eclectic/strange/hilarious set of readings. The class discussions have nothing to do with what we read and we ended up discussing the most random/weird things. Some of the examples were Elvis's drug problem, eastern religions, and the symbolism of the things on the dollar bill. Karlins is so far out there, but he makes all his students meet with him after every paper where he talks to you about your paper. He teaches you how to make up 3-5 pages of words that can really please a professor which has turned into a really useful skill. If you're concerned about learning how to write, maybe you should pick another class, but if you like laughing at your professor after you leave class everyday, I recommend Karlins.
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4 Papers (on absolutely whatever you want) (3-5 pages), 1 research paper (on anything he deems as interesting to him) (5-7 pages), writings every once in a while, some random readings when he decides. A lot of time spent outside of class pondering how weird he and his class are.
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