Susan Moeller

This professor has taught: JOUR175, JOUR470, JOUR479I, JOUR479J, JOUR801
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Susan Moeller

Expecting a W
Anonymous
04/03/2022
Class is an insane amount of busywork, for me at least 6 hours a week although I am slower at busywork compared to other people. I'm taking 3 other decently difficult STEM courses right now, and this class is easily more work than any of them just because there are no lectures. If you're taking this course because it fulfills two gen-ed buckets, honestly just don't unless you know you'll have a lot of free time. Professor and TAs also didn't respond to emails or ELMS-Canvas ever, so there's that. Withdrawing because Professor literally gave me a D- on a major project when she gave me no negative feedback on rubric, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was an accident, but she won't respond to my email asking why I got such a low grade, and in order to actually do decent in this class I have to not study for all my other ones.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Anonymous
02/06/2022
The class is filled with busy work. The professor has a political agenda, it's obvious based on her assignments (I don't care if you discuss politics in class but leave your baseless claims out of graded assignments).
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
12/14/2021
Class is a ridiculous amount of work, be prepared to spend at least 3 hours doing the weekly homework. Also does only talks about liberal views and can be very overwhelmingly political at times.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/10/2021
This class is an actual joke. Easy A- or higher. BUT BE WARNED: this is a brainwashing class. CNN articles and insanely biased liberal video clips make up 75% of the course content. Take it for the grade, but not to open your mind to multiple angles of a topic because you will only learn about the left.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting a B
Anonymous
12/03/2021
Class was online. For a gen-ed course, you, like many others have expressed, are given a relatively unnecessary amount of workload. You meet four times throughout the semester though I only attended once. They're generally not that informative and only exist to do peer-review on your projects that you're periodically assigned throughout the semester. Assignments are reading incredibly boring (depending on your feelings on the topic) journal articles and giving your thoughts on them. Her grading is super lenient and she does give feedback on assignments and projects, however, which is why I think she and the course deserve at least 2-3 stars. If you're into journalism, it'll be a great class for you. If you just need to fulfill a gen-ed requirement, I'd choose something else that'll work you less.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting a W
Anonymous
08/31/2021
Don't take this course. This class is way too much work for a gen ed.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
08/05/2021
I do not know why people shit on this teacher so much. This is the best course to take(especially in the summer) because it is just all writing and she grades super leniently. As long as you follow directions in the prompts and put effort into the assignments, this will be the easiest two gened covered course there is in UMD.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/11/2018
Horrible teacher. Her assignments made no sense. On ELMS, she'll say one thing. Then, in class she'll describe the assignment a different way. Her TA's describe another way, and if you email Susan about the discrepancies, she tells you to drop the class. The entire class was just busy work and she refuses to negotiate on anything.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/02/2018
My least favorite teacher I have had yet. nothing about this class works. Do not take a class with her.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A
julia
05/11/2015
JOUR175 was fine, it was a lot of really petty assignments though. We had a weekly 300-500 word "blog post" due, which was basically summarizing a bunch of links that she gave us about media and big data and topics like that, and you also had to comment on others' "blog posts". No one ever finished the in-class assignments that we had, so our TA would always push back the due date. Lectures were horribly boring though, and barely had information pertaining to the midterm and final. The midterm and final were just a bunch of short answer questions based on vocabulary that we learned in class or from the discussions, but they're so easy to BS. Though this class required a fair amount of time, it was easy enough, and it covers a couple of geneds, but be prepared to do a lot of writing for it.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A-
the_champ2490
01/21/2015
This class is not too bad, but a decent amount of work week to week. My TA graded way too harshly, and was not so good. The class only meets once a week in lecture and once in discussion, so that is nice. Most of the assignments (blog posts excluded) are interesting. Lecture is pretty boring most of the time and it is impossible to take notes. On the other hand, the exams are a joke. 3/4 essays which are graded leniently. Bottom line: Not a bad class to take, but hope to get a good TA.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Anonymous
12/05/2013
Pretty easy class because we don't actually do much. Lectures were super boring most of the time. Most lectures are her talking with loads of youtube videos that don't upload properly or pictures. Weekly news quiz in lecture and a blog post due every week based on what was covered in lecture. Mostly busy work but an easy A
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A
Anonymous
04/27/2013
First of all, this is a fantastic class to take. It fulfills several Gen-Ed requirements, and is an easy A, with minimal work every week. If your TA is good like mine was, the discussion each week will be engaging and enjoyable. The exams were also quite simple, just 3 essays each. That being said, the lecture is unbearably boring. I pay attention literally none of the time, and would not attend at all if it were not for the weekly news quizzes. The lectures are uninteresting, barely relate to what we do in discussion, and Moeller is usually a boring lecturer. 95% of the class just plays with their laptops and ignores her.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/27/2012
Pretty easy class. Every week there was a blog post that only had to be about 300 words, and each week, there was a different topic covered. A few special projects were sprinkled in, but these were nothing more than field trips to the Holocaust museum or the Newseum or making a public service announcement. Prof. Moeller's lectures were all very interesting. Every week she had a PowerPoint and would just talk, but they contained interesting videos from the Internet and I didn't take notes on a single lecture all year. Discussions were boring, but luckily, they're only once a week. Both the final and midterm were in class: four possible prompts, of which you choose three and write. Both were out of 30 points, and I did not study for either one, and still wound up with A's. Overall, easy class. Got an A with minimal effort, and actually had fun with a few of the topics covered. I would definitely recommend.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A
abraver1
12/12/2012
I thought Professor Moeller was pretty awesome. A couple of posters mentioned that "you either love or hate" her, but I don't really agree with that at all. There is nothing about her personality that you could hate. Sometimes lecture can get a little boring, but she supplements them with really fun Youtube videos and interesting pictures. Plus, everyone has their laptop open during lecture (and she sometimes encourages this) so if it gets boring, you can have that. There is a blog post due every week and a few other projects that involve a bit of work, but the world is not difficult, just tedious, if anything. This class was pretty fun overall and it was interesting learning about the effects of the media in terms of advertisement, portrayal of women and minorities, and global exposure. The class is structured with two classes a week, one 75 minute discussion and one 75 minute lecture. You can't really skip discussion because they take attendance and you will probably miss an in-class assignment. For lecture, there are news quizzes every week which affect your grade. There is an extra credit question on every news quiz, however, so you can afford to skip two or three pretty easily. My favorite class about this BY FAR is the exams. There is a midterm and a final and you don't need to learn any terms for either of these. If you have been paying attention even a little bit to her lectures, throughout the semester, you don't need to spend any time studying at all. The midterm and final are comprised of essay questions that are very easy to answer/bull shit. Overall, I'd definitely recommend this class. While it's super easy to get a B in this class, some of the TAs make you work a little harder for an A, but to the best of my knowledge, not that hard.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
11/28/2012
This class was very easy. There is weekly readings and you have to blog about on a class website and random news quizes that are all very simple. There is a significant amount of reading for the blogs, but as long as you are not the first to post it is pretty easy to B.S. based upon others posts. Discussion in mandatory but you do simple group projects that are sometimes fun. The final exam took me about 20mins to finish and it was during regular lecture not on final exam day. I recommend this class highly for a solid B w/ little work and a definite A with normal effort in class.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting a B
hotchips
01/12/2012
As a previous poster mentioned, Moeller is the type that you will either love or hate. Personally, I loved her. She likes to keep things young and vibrant (even down to the way she dresses lol) so she shows a lot of Youtube videos and takes lots of class time up asking the class their opinions on current events. I honestly didn't learn anything in this course, but I did find her lectures to be very intriguing and I looked forward to the class. I must admit, outside of lecture the assignments were highly annoying. Every week you have to write a 300 word blog post on some 10+ pg reading about nothing. You have to write papers after visiting the holocaust and newseum, several group projects, and there is a short news quiz in every lecture and discussion. None of it is hard, but the assignments never relate to anything (like I said, I didn't learn anything) so completing them always feels like a waste of time. Everyone has said the most important thing is picking a good TA, but most of the time you won't know who to pick since they change often. To be safe I would say don't choose this as an easy A course, but if you want to balance out a difficult schedule with a good time, lazy elective, then this is right for you.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A
Anonymous
11/07/2011
Very fun and interesting class! Moeller is quite the character. You either love or hate her personality. She's very active in her field and a good lecturer. She fills lecture with intersting and often hilarious videos to keep things interesting. She's a big fan of YouTube. Discussion is fun too, that depends on your TA though. There is definitely some work involved - very heavy on homework, a couple projects, papers, exams. The assignments are time consuming but also unique and fun. (e.g. there's one where you write a paper about going 24 hours without any technology). I definitely recommend taking this class!
Susan Moeller

Expecting a B
Anonymous
05/16/2011
She is awful! First of all, we only met once a week, and she wasted our class time by asking us to go around the room and share random anecdotes that had nothing to do with research. Then, in the last 5 minutes of class, she would suddenly ask us to do a bunch of work, but wouldn't explain how to do it. No one had a clue what was going on. After giving little to no feedback all semester, she all of a sudden told us how much she hated our blog posts. I do not recommend this course.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting a B
ltilley
04/26/2011
I took this class as an elective and it was one of the reasons I decided to change my major to journalism. The class itself is very interesting. Lectures with Moeller are typically interesting, she shows a lot of YouTube videos/ads/photographs to analyze. It's not about memorizing everything it's about learning general ideas (properties of propaganda) and applying them to everyday media. As everyone else has said, your TA is the most important part. I have Elia Powers and he's great and is a pretty easy grader. He never gives C's (he told us this) and usually grades between high B's to low A's. Every week in lecture is a news quiz to basically take attendance (just Google questions). Every week in discussion is a 2 question quiz on basic concepts from class (like what artist did we watch a YouTube video of in class) to again get attendance. Every week there is a blog post due on a certain topic where you have readings to look at and you must respond to them in 300 words, it's a lot to do it every week but not that hard. There's also a few projects. You have to go to the Holocaust Museum and write a 5 page paper. You also have to visit the Newseum in D.C. (actually an awesome museum) and write a blog post on it as well as a question on the final being about it. You also have to make a PSA, but it's not that hard. There's a midterm and a final with 3 essays. The midterm gave a picture and you had to analyze it, we watched 2 news clips covering the same event and had to cover that, and then write an essay on how social media plays a role in natural disasters. It's pretty easy to BS cause it's a lot of opinion. I know this is a lot but I like to find reviews that tell me what assignments there are and everything like that. Overall, enjoyable class.
Susan Moeller

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
02/17/2011
I really enjoyed the class but my TA refused to give anything above an 8 on the homeworks and nothing above a 90 on the midterm and final. I ended up with an 89 and he wouldn't bump it to an A. Make sure you get a cool TA if you take this class.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
07/07/2010
I for one thought Professor Moeller's lectures were almost useless. The only new things I learned were the terms I had to memorize for the midterm and final, and I forgot them as soon as the tests were over. She's very unresponsive to students and does not do a good job weighting grades. For example, a five page paper for which I was required to visit the Holocaust Museum in DC was worth as much as finding a video on Youtube which talked about cell phone usage. She didn't offer a good excuse. Like a previous poster said, what makes this an easy course depends largely on your TA. For the first half of the semester, my TA wasn't very specific about what he expected on the homework assignments. It reached a point where I pestered him for two weeks until he gave me an answer. Only then did I start breezing through the course, but by that point it was too late to raise my overall grade to an A. Bottom line: Make sure you know what your TA wants from you.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting a B
Anonymous
05/17/2010
I think that Prof. Moeller is great at lecture, there were some really interesting days, but pick your TA carefully! The grades vary between the TAs greatly - mine doesn't give out As at all - so if you're taking this as an "easy A" beware to pick a good TA! Overall not a class I would take again.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A
Anonymous
04/21/2010
I am not responding to Professor Moeller as a lecturer. She is actual quite interesting in lecture and uses lots of good videos as part of her slides. However, the discussion aspect of the class is extremely confusing. It is impossible to figure out what you need to do for the assignments and there area a lot of group projects. I would not recommend that you take this class at all (I signed up for OurUMD just to make this comment), but if for some reason you still want to, make sure you check out the COURSEEVAL link on Testudo... although the average GPA for the class is high, it actually varies significantly between TA's. So if you're taking this class as an "easy A" it will most likely make your life easier to pick and choose what section you are in carefully. Again, I'm really not trying to bash on Professor Moeller as a lecturer. She hasn't been very responsive to student concerns, but she doesn't really know what goes on in the discussions.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting a B
Anonymous
12/07/2009
She is a good teacher. Many videos are shown in class so its very rare that one gets bored. There are two tests and they are easy (basically argue your opinion very well and its at least a high B). The only catch is that there are about 12-13 pages during the semester, and they are moderate. The first few papers are graded very harshly but it eases out in the end
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A
omgitsalexis
05/23/2009
Professor Moeller is very knowledgeable, she is just terrible at transmitting that knowledge to students. Lectures were sometimes interesting, but unnecessary to attend to achieve a high grade. There is a 2 page paper due every week, but they're a piece of cake. Final was a breeze. Get Jessica Roberts as your TA and the course is a cakewalk, she rocks.
Susan Moeller
JOUR175

Expecting an A
kvizzle321
04/28/2009
Professor Moeller's class was very easy. Lectures were pretty much optional, although there was one day in discussion when they quizzed us to see if we were at the previous lecture. There are weekly assignments that are short and easy. There is no midterm and a final that from what I have heard is easy. The class is very interesting and it does not take much effort or knowledge to get a good grade.