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HIST 12A
Inequality: History of Mass Imprisonment Full Profile > 3.8 Overall 3.8 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.8 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness
Lectures are given mostly by guest speakers. The professor grades you heavily on class participation, both in lecture and discussions (constituting of 7... (Winter Quarter 2016)
HIST 12A
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Overall 3.8 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.8

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Lectures are given mostly by guest speakers. The professor grades you heavily on class participation, both in lecture and discussions (constituting of 70% of your grade). Not as easy as I expected; the grade distribution is misleading because it was the professor's first time teaching the class. The final project (30%) was the most time-consuming part of the class, and many made documentaries, music videos, or songs which were due finals week.

(Winter Quarter 2016)
HIST 13C
History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: 20th Century Full Profile > 3.5 Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.8 Workload 3.0 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness
Welcome back to high school! But no, really, I was kind of confused about why this is advertised as a college-level course. I realize it's a GE and that... (June 17, 2011)
HIST 13C
History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: 20th Century See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.3

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Welcome back to high school! But no, really, I was kind of confused about why this is advertised as a college-level course. I realize it's a GE and that 20th century American history is not on the cutting edge of academia...but if the goal of this class was to transform my historical thinking, then it failed spectacularly.

But yeah, set your expectations for this class pretty low. Professor Hernandez will trumpet the importance of the theme of "freedom." Don't be fooled; this is code for "understand how people in different eras were shaped by social currents." If you can articulate vague ideas about labor, race relations, immigration, and economic thinking while sprinkling in a few examples, you're good to go.

Unfortunately, the course is so broad in trying to hit all of those themes that it never really delves into any critical examination. Example - a substantial chunk of time was devoted to explaining what containment was. Zero time was spent debating whether or not containment was actually effective.

Is the class hard? Well, it kind of says something when your TA sends an email literally begging people who couldn't bother to show up to section (read: not participate, just SHOW UP) to drop the class rather than get a C or fail.

Translation: if you're smart, you have nothing to worry about because this class is full of people who don't give a shit. Just make sure you go to lecture. Reading the textbook is wholly unnecessary; there may be some test IDs from the book, but it's largely irrelevant since that section allows you to discard 3-4 terms.

In terms of grading, there's two midterms and a final, all of which are worth 20%. All the tests have the aforementioned IDs and a short essay asking you to evaluate a primary source. The final also has a question asking you to compare ideas about "freedom" from two different eras, i.e. post-WWII and the New Conservatism.

Section is worth 40% - I know, right? So yeah, you kind of have to show up. Your TA will assign free writes, where you'll analyze a primary source and explain its content, context within the era, and significant. It's a completely vapid exercise because there's zero specificity in terms of how you're expected to respond. Even if everything you say is factually correct, if you don't mention exactly what you're looking for you'll get a 9 out of 10 at most instead of full marks. You also have to take a cultural field trip and write a two page report - not very hard.

I got an A despite literally not studying for the final. If you're looking for an easy class, go ahead and take it, I guess. Just prepare yourself for canned lectures (drinking game: take a shot every time you hear the phrase "orgy of consumption") and uninspiring material.

(June 17, 2011)
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HIST 96W
Introduction to Historical Practice Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
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Introduction to Historical Practice See Full Profile

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HIST 97B
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Medieval History Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
HIST 97B
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Medieval History See Full Profile

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HIST 97D
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
HIST 97D
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History See Full Profile

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HIST 97E
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Latin American History Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
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HIST 98T
Of One Blood? Race in 19th-Century California Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
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HIST 134C
Economic History of Europe, 20th Century Full Profile > 2.8 Overall 2.4 Easiness 2.2 Workload 3.0 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness
(HIST13C, not 134C!) Professor Lytle Hernandez was THE BEST professor I've had at UCLA. I honestly don't know why her ratings are so low. She is the mos... (July 1, 2013)
HIST 134C
Economic History of Europe, 20th Century See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.2

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(HIST13C, not 134C!) Professor Lytle Hernandez was THE BEST professor I've had at UCLA. I honestly don't know why her ratings are so low. She is the most entertaining woman, lectures are more than an hour long but pass by so quickly, and she's just so knowledgeable about American history. I highly recommend this class. Even though there is a lot of reading, this class is definitely worth taking if you want an A and an interesting subject. (And attending/participating in section is 40% of your grade!!! 2 Midterms and Final are worth 20% each)

(July 1, 2013)
HIST 156
Topics in U.S. History Full Profile > 2.6 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.1 Workload 3.1 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness
I DIDN'T TAKE THE ABOVE COURSE; i took the GE CLST M24: Work, Labor, & Social Justice in the U.S...Professor Hernandez is interesting & funny. She was o... (March 21, 2009)
HIST 156
Topics in U.S. History See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.1 Clarity 3.1 Helpfulness 2.6

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I DIDN'T TAKE THE ABOVE COURSE; i took the GE CLST M24: Work, Labor, & Social Justice in the U.S...Professor Hernandez is interesting & funny. She was one of my favorite professors from the cluster. She made lectures alot more interactive & made alot of jokes too. Even though she did stick mainly to her power point slides, I still felt like she was able to expand on the material. She always encouraged participation & made you feel welcome in class. I highly recommend her!

(March 21, 2009)
AF AMER 188A
Special Courses in Afro-American Studies Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
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Special Courses in Afro-American Studies See Full Profile

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