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In my program, many of the courses are combined grad/undergrad (structured similarly to my undergrad classes) with "supplementary assignments" to differentiate. I don't love it.
That's been my HR program in a nutshell. Undergrad courses that grad students have to take, only difference between the undergrad and grad content is the stricter paper requirements at the end of the course. It's mind-numblingly awful.
The university administrators sometimes too much have the "upper hand" on courses and undergraduate/graduate programs in universities. It is sometimes stifling.
We do this as well but I’m cool with it.
Undergrads are required to write a couple papers and do a quick presentation. Grad students only do one large presentation on a related topic of their choosing.
That sounds awful. I haven’t had the experience you had, but I have had grad professors treat the class a bit like undergrad. My main complaint is that some professors do not know how to handle a seminar (I’m in social science). I’ve seen professors lecture the whole class and inhibit any form of class discussion, which IMO inhibits student growth.
I had one professor who explicitly defined the term “seminar” in his syllabus, and was constantly asking for student input. That was a great course and you could tell he had an interest in seeing his students develop. I’m hoping the rest of my grad classes are more like that was.
Usually, at least at my university, the students can submit a confidential/anonymous teaching evaluation form near the end of the semester/term (for both undergraduate and graduate courses). I would suggest to, perhaps, encourage your peers to submit a negative teaching evaluation, that points out the pitfalls with this class, teaching style, syllabus, etc. I don't know if it would also help to go to the dean and explain your criticism with this class and this instructor's teaching style.
I had a prof like that once in my masters and once in my PhD. One of these profs had us doing lot of dumb busy work (like transcribing several hour long interviews for some unknown purpose). At point the prof forgot to assign a busywork assignment and then remembered during the second to last week of the semester. I flat out refused to do it. I just stood up in class and said no way and asked the class to vote on it.
I also had a prof who loved critical theory (which I also love) but he loved to hear himself talk about it the entire time. He would just ramble in a nonsensical way that even us critical theory people were like wtf. He tried to get everyone to do these useless presentations but would talk over them and so we ran out of time for the presentations. He made us go to his house after the semester to give our delayed presentations and it took SIX HOURS.
One way I got around dealing with this guy again was taking a class at another university and transferring the credit. Or maybe you can do an independent study with your adviser instead?
I'm taking a class where there are about about 5 written hws, 5 programming assignments, a midterm, and a final. Feels like undergrad. I've found that the computer science masters courses seem more like undergrad classes than the econ/stats/polisci courses
I actually really liked my combined grad/undergrad class better than my grad courses because I really hate seminars. I feel like I do not learn that much from seminars because I'm not so much interested in what my classmates have to say about a particular reading when we have a subject matter expert teaching the course. On the rare occasion when a professor has given some background information on the readings and spent 15-20 minutes on that, I felt I got more out of what they were saying than the random thoughts of my classmates who may or may not have read more than the introduction.
I also find that in my seminars, one or two people will consistently monopolize discussion time, so the more a professor lectures the less time Chatty Charles has to bulldoze the entire conversation.
Luckily most of my classes are in computational biology and are centered around designing experiments and analyzing data so I don't have to worry about this so much. However, my Pharmacology classes are structured like my undergrad biochem courses and, while it is a nice change of pace, I would prefer we talked about more up-to-date data. for example, it would be nice to discuss papers in the field from time to time rather than simply memorize mechanisms and enzymatic functions.