John Craig - Simon Fraser University

Professor: John Craig
Department: History
College: Simon Fraser University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HIST200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He said the course was going to be about Britian at War. I took the class for my interest in Britian but all we talked about was some diarist from the 1940's. By far one of the worst classes I've taken. Taking notes is hard because mid lecture he will jump from topic to topic without distinction and be prepared for TONS of reading.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
OH MY GOD! I took this class as an elective and it was the worst decision of my life! DO NOT TAKE AS AN ELECTIVE! Crazy amount of readings in old english!!!!! And its so subjective to the TA how well your writing assignments are. It was not worth an elective.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Craig is passionate and cares about his students. However, his lectures are all over the place and have no structure at all. He often interrupts himself mid-sentence, making it difficult to take notes. There is a lot of reading but if you can keep up you should do well in the class. He is a tough but fair marker. Take if you have time to read.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Craig was awesome. He can go off on tangents but it's all within the context of history. He is willing to give feedback on where one can improve in writing. He shows great interest in the subject. However, you must do the readings for the course to successfully pass.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: HIST404
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
An excellent professor! Demanding, but rewarding.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HIST404
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Craig is the best prof I have ever had. Yes, his seminars are very demanding, but he is always willing to go the extra mile for his students. John is a great lecturer and I would recommend his classes to any serious history student.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
If you aren't interested in the british isles, and you DONT have to take this course, then dont. You will probably find it boring. However, if you are keen then this is an awesome course. Craig has interesting lectures and very funny moments. Readings are a lot but im a half assed science student and I managed to easily get a B-.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: HIST220
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Craig is a tough marker, but he is fair; more than that, he goes the distance to make sure that you get the grade you deserve. He may expect a lot from his students, but he gives a hell-of-a-lot more.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
INSANE expections, though I am told he had actually parred down the reading load in this course if you can believe it. He's definetely a nice guy, but his English gentleman charm will lure you into the class so you won't leave! I'm giving him a 2 instead of 1 in terms of easiness because I actually passed the course.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This was a horrible class. I am a 4th year student and this entry level class had insane expectations. The professor is a nice guy but he isnt sensitive of how outrages his expectations are. There is way too much reading, his lectures are all over the place, and he marks very hard. This class screwed me over bigtime.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class is AWFUL and Dr Craig is even worse!!! Honestly, the readings are too much and they're really boring...his marking scheme is too difficult for an entry level course. Just watch your GPA fall.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I was really excited to take this class. Sadly, Dr. Craig's reliance on dull textbooks (a hundred pages of reading a week no less), ludicrous lectures and an unrealistic level of expectation on students ruined this class for me. This is one to avoid, it will not only bring down your GPA but give you a migraine in the process.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This course uses some of the worst textbooks I've ever used, and Craig admits that you're going to have to do your own outside research to really grasp the concepts in class. The insane amount of readings you have to do (100 per week on average, 200 at one point) should be avoided unless youare of the absolute hardcore minority out there.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
he gave use way to much reading you'd have to read like 50 pages for the class and another 50-100 for his tutorial hes a nice guy in person but goes of track all the time in lecture and tutorial aviod this class take it if you have too craig skipped like 500 years of history and went righ to the 16-17th century cuz thats what hes interested in
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Unfortunately, this is one of the rare cases where the professor knows too much about his subject. Because he's teaching 2000 years of history in 3 months, he'll often get sidetracked with details, which makes it difficult to understand the big picture. But if you're interested in the material, work hard and you can figure it out on your own.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
My friend and I were so pumped for this course; we're both history students, and we're both interested in British history. Craig gave almost unintelligible lectures. He would jump from century to century with NO explanantion. I have tried to enjoy his class, and to be engaged with his lectures, but it's impossible.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
John Craig is an old fashioned teacher that gets the facts across and expects you to work. That being said, if you do you'll do well and if you're having problems he's easy to talk to. Lots of reading, but he's cut back from the 6 books he used to use, so it's manageable. His lectures are a bit disorganised, but you can usually put it all together.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Craig is a really nice person and he is certainly well versed in British history. However, his lectures are terrible, very scattered with little attention to theme, his assignments are obscure and the reading...WAY TOO MUCH. In all honesty unless you have to take this course avoid it. You'll save yourself a lot of aggravation.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's a very approachable professor, though that being said, the content in this course basically nullifies all that. Unless your thing is EARLY British history (think back to the Saxons, Normans, etc.) stay away from this course. WAY TOO MUCH READING.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HIST215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Really nice man and a good professor. Really cares about students and always willing and available to help.
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