Want to Feel As Stress-Free As Possible? Easiest Classes This Semester, Part II

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, August 16th, 2007

The semester is now closer than ever, and you’re probably scrambling around Telebears these last few weeks, filling up holes in your schedules with classes you probably will end up hating. Well, no worries. We’ll be happy to provide you with teachers who will be pushover…push you to your limits. Of your alarm clocks. If you’re just looking for classes to end your time at Berkeley on the right note or start it off without a damper, this might be your list. You’ll be sleeping every night comfortably taking this schedule. Your dreams will be endless. And you will be dousing yourself in alcohol every Saturday night. Ain’t that the life?

There are obvious courses you can cruise-control through (Physics 10, Astro 10, anything with a 10), so let’s mix in some more unlikely candidates. This is a five part series in no particular order. Classes for your snooze button after the jump. All ratings from Rate My Professors…available discounted textbooks for classes pictured or linked)

Joshua Bloom, Astro 10 (the other Astro 10), Intro to General Astronomy
Astronomy Today (6th Edition) (Easiness 4.4): “Very nice professor.. pay attention in lectures.. read a bit.. easy tests.. pretty easy A…The tests were not too hard, but you were allowed a notecard…his lectures are not boring because he is funny and does silly things to keep you awake in the morning.”
Alan Cerf, UBA 120A, Intermediate Financial Accounting
Intermediate Accounting
& UBA 121, Federal Income Tax Accounting
Concepts in Federal Taxation 2008 Edition
(Easiness: 4.7): “TAX isnt as boring as I thought all because of him!…Tax isn’t the most interesting subject, but he did what he could to keep the class interesting. His tests aren’t too hard and are very reasonable…All answers to questions in class are on the overhead behind him (NO PRESSURE!)…The best thing about him: His LAME JOKES!!!”

Tom Carlson, Integrative Bio 117, Medical Ethnobotany (Easiness: 4.2): “The class is easy; just spend a few days memorizing everything in the reader. Don’t let yourself wait until the night before…Tests only on a reader full of power point slides. Clear about what he’s testing on, just a lot of memorization on the plants, their uses, and how they work…”

Susanna Barrows, History 103B, Europe
Against Nature (A Rebours) (Penguin Classics)Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914SuicideThe CrowdSpectacular Realities: Early Mass Culture in Fin-de-Si cle ParisGerminal (Penguin Classics)The Affair: The Case of Alfred DreyfusDisruptive Acts: The New Woman in Fin-de-Siecle FranceLe Grand Meaulnes (Penguin Classics)France, Fin de Si├Ęcle (Studies in Cultural History)Sorel: Reflections on Violence
(Easiness: 4.3): “Really nice and very knowledgeable in her field. Guest speakers at her seminars are always excellent…Uses slides and novels to clarify her lectures, especially on cultural points. Very approachable and friendly!”

Anthony Bulloch, Classics 121, Ancient Religion
Ten Plays by EuripidesThe Greek Myths: Complete EditionThe Greek Stones Speak: The Story of Archaeology in Greek LandsThe Complete World of Greek MythologyGreek Folk ReligionReligion in the Ancient Greek CitySanctuaries and the Sacred in the Ancient Greek WorldHomeric Gods: The Spiritual Significance of Greek Religion. Tr from German by Moses Hadas. Reprint of the 1954 EdGuide to Greece, Vol. 1: Central GreeceGuide to Greece, Vol. 2: Southern Greece
and Sources for the study of Greek religion
(Easiness: 4.3): “Although not the most difficult, you definitely get a lot out of him. Very approachable, polite, friendly…a fantastic professor, and he (along with Laurent and Dana) do a great job of pulling all the material together for the final, paper, and overall understanding…Lectures are reminiscent of storytime, but with a philisophical edge.”

Sam Mchombo, Linguistics 1A, Elementary Swahili
Swahili-English, English-Swahili Practical Dictionary (Hippocrene Practical Dictionary)
Swahili Learners’ Reference Grammar, Tuseme Kiswahili
and Linguistics 24, Freshman Seminar
(Easiness: 4.4): “This class was very easy and usually very enjoyable…the videos we watch remind me of being back in high school, and the whole tone of the class is really laid back…no work at all except for one half page paper you can do in 20 mins. a free unit, with entertainment thrown in as bonus.”

If you have any classes you slept through and still aced, leave a description of them in the forums thread.

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