Christopher Putney - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professor: Christopher Putney
Department: Languages
College: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS464
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Prof. Putney is a gem. Just listening to his lectures makes you feel intelligent. He's funny, talented, witty, and caring. One time the bell had rung but he wasn't finished. Yet we all stood, enraptured, transfixed, for 20 minutes, while he talked about Tolstoy. I think that was the closest I ever came to being under the spell of a hypnotist.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS464
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took Putney's classes on Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy (and one called "Dandies and Dead Souls") during my time at UNC. He is phenomenal in every way, shape and form. The man is also a genuine riot and his lectures were as entertaining as they were knowledgeable.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS471
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
An amazing, inspiring professor. He's ridiculously funny and has the rarest of all gifts: capturing and holding the attention of even the sleepiest of students. Case in point, he made Chernyshevsky seem interesting (okay, he made it bearable). But caveat lector: his passion for literature is seriously CONTAGIOUS and cannot be inoculated against
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: 471
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He can always be counted upon for the funniest, most engaging lectures!!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS273
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Putney's class is always interesting, and he's a really funny guy. If you do the readings, and go to class, it's a breeze.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS471
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Putney was extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter (Gogol, in this case) but definitely welcomed other interpretations from students. As long as you've done the readings (both primary and critical) class discussions are a breeze. I would agree that he expects much more effort for papers, though.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS471
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great professor: minimal workload, and he's passionate about the subject matter. Odd sense of humor that not everyone would like, but overall an enjoyable prof.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS464
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very engaging and warm-hearted professor. Also very funny. Hard to please on papers, but worth the effort.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS431
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Condescending professor who doesn't give students much credit for intelligence. Discussions are surface and boring because he has a "right answer" in mind. Doesn't seem to care about teaching and cancels classes because he's "too busy." Others may like his humor and minimal workload, but this does not make a good professor.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS274
  • 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:
cool prof... funny
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: SLAV30
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Excellent prof! Keeps the class laughing with his... different sense of humor. The reading is actually interesting as well. Recommended class!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: SLAV30
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
great personality and sense of humor, a nice guy, and really knows his stuff--his enthusiasm for the material goes nicely with the lapels on his groovy shirts
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: SLAV30
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Easy class counts for Non-Western AND cultural perspective and no recitation. Putney is cool. Get to watch a lot of movies. Do the study guides and you'll do fine on the test.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: SLAVIC
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
very cool professor, but you have to work!
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