America in Sixties: Politics, Society, and Culture, 1954 to 1974

General Education Clusters department

Jeffrey Louis Decker

America in Sixties: Politics, Society, and Culture, 1954 to 1974

General Education Clusters department

Jeffrey Louis Decker

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Easiness of class 2.4
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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Tough Tests

Grades

Fall 2016
29.9%
24.9%
19.9%
14.9%
10.0%
5.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
24.4%
20.3%
16.2%
12.2%
8.1%
4.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
26.6%
22.1%
17.7%
13.3%
8.9%
4.4%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
25.5%
21.3%
17.0%
12.8%
8.5%
4.3%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2012
30.0%
25.0%
20.0%
15.0%
10.0%
5.0%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
28.0%
23.3%
18.6%
14.0%
9.3%
4.7%
0.0%
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A
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B
B-
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D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2006
28.1%
23.4%
18.7%
14.0%
9.4%
4.7%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted July 4, 2017 Grade Received: A

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Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted June 26, 2017 Grade Received: A-

Pros: You knock out a bunch of GEs with one class
Cons: You need to put in a good amount of work
This was probably one of the easier GE clusters, but still not an easy class. The course readers are almost useless except for weekly discussion questions that you only need to skim the reading material for. You have to go to lecture if you want a good grade in the class because the slides posted are not enough to get you by. I would take the class again just because it satisfied so many GEs, not because of the material.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 1, 2017 Grade Received: A-

Ahhhh Professor Decker. This man is a horrible lecturer, he goes off on so many tangents and it's really hard to understand what he's talking about, ever, even when not lecturing. He treats us like children with his condescension and constant patronizing, I had enough of this in high school, I expected more in college, especially so at UCLA. That being said, he lectures about Semiotics which to this day I have no understanding of how it is relevant to the class. Decker is very unclear. I think I have a strong abhorrence for this guy. He plays a major role in the early readings (two books) and our literary analysis paper. You must incorporate some of the things he teaches into your essay. TAs determine your grade in the class, the professors just administer the exams (what will be tested) but they are actually graded by your TA. Your TA is your best friend! Get a good one!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted March 28, 2016 Grade Received: A

Professor Decker (and a few others on his team) managed to turn one of the most interesting decades in American history into what I have no doubt will be the most boring class I will ever take. The content is fascinating, but I hated walking into lecture in the morning because I knew the professors would screw it up somehow. Decker's lectures are almost entirely auditory, so visual learners will walk out with very little. I find him irritating, a feeling also expressed by many of my classmates. I managed to get an A in the class because of one stellar paper I wrote, but even that paper I can't say I enjoyed. I highly recommend avoiding this class and any others taught by Decker.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted March 14, 2016 Grade Received: B-

Since he's the head guy for this cluster I'll review him and the class overall. Decker is a very difficult lecturer to follow. He often starts talking about whats on his slide, which usually barely makes sense, and by the time he moves on you're even more confused than before. He also tends to go into painstaking analysis for everything. I usually started off strong taking notes, but about 20 minutes into the lecture I was hopelessly lost. He also seems to think that he has way more power than he does since he's the head guy for this cluster, so he can be super condescending and kind of a douche.
I wouldn't recommend this cluster at all. The material presented in lecture has nothing to do with the papers you write, which are basically all of your grade. All of the lecturers are pretty awful except for Maverick, who is the only one who is remotely interesting. The amount of reading is absurd compared to how little it is discussed in section, but for some reason they test you on it on the winter quarter final by making you identify excerpts from the reading. The description of the cluster is also bogus, because the entire winter quarter the only relevant music is "All Along the Watchtower" because you have to write a paper on it. Then as soon as you turn that in week 7, they give you a new paper due week 10, while you also get a final on everything going back to fall quarter. The way the class is set up makes no sense and makes it very difficult on you. Don't take it, no matter how interesting it sounds.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 17, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

I had Decker for the 60s Cluster, both 60A and 60B. While he might be a nice person, he's not the most interesting person to listen to when he is lecturing.

I feel like he could have made his portion of the class a lot more interesting than it was, which by the way consisted of the literature and film. He also seemed to expect too much from a class of science majors that was only taking the cluster to get their GEs out of the way -- which I suppose is his right, but he seemed to get frustrated when no one had input to his questions.

His readings were occasionally interesting, but usually boring. The film clips he did show in class however, were pretty interesting. But I was SUPER disappointed when we only say the opening to the Godfather and not the whole thing.

I didn't take his seminar because I heard it was one of the more difficult ones (although I ended up in one that was pretty hard anyway) and simply because I don't think I was really that interested.

I found that while his portion of the course was one of the most interesting to me, he just had a way of talking that I just didn't enjoy listening to -- sorry Decker, it's not you, its me.

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Tough Tests
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