All Ratings and Reviews for Kathleen A Lytle hernandez
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.
Ok, so I actually took this class with Prof. David Stein but he's not listed on Bruinwalk. However, I'm pretty sure this class is almost the same as Hernandez's from the reviews I've seen. This class is the easiest I have taken at UCLA but also an incredibly interesting one. There is no homework, except for one news story relevant to the class and three short and informal one-page reading reflections that my TA required for discussion. The midterm is hella easy if you use detailed notes that they let you bring, but I probably wouldn't have done well without my notes. Prof. Stein also gives unlimited extra credit by way of a music or journal submission. You get to do anything for your final project as long as it is approved by your TA, and a lot of people did their final project in a group. There was literally nothing in gradebook the whole quarter because we never had assignments- I knew my midterm grade but was never told my final project grade; my TA just said "oh yeah BTW you got an A." I spent a while on my final paper, but other than that you should just skim/loosely read through the required readings before your discussion section so you can get participation points for actually contributing something about the readings, but you really don't have to do the required readings because everything Prof. Stein really wants you to know about the readings are on his slides in class. The class isn't bruincasted but he puts all the lecture slides up on CCLE so going to class is pretty much optional. In addition, this class satisfies the L&S diversity requirement which is great- an easy GE + diversity req + a genuinely interesting class about mass incarceration makes it a totally worthwhile class. I would highly recommend this class as well as Prof. Stein. I can't say anything about Prof. Hernandez, but from the looks of her reviews she seems pretty easy too. Can't recommend highly enough.
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Hist 12A is pretty much the perfect history GE. Not only was it one of the easiest classes I have ever taken at UCLA, but I also learned a ton of interesting things that I wouldn't have been able to pick up anywhere else.
Hernandez is a very personable professor, but she also is a stickler when it comes to phones or laptops being used in class (in other words, no laptops). Her lectures were easy to follow and reflected the material.
The class is graded based on a participation in discussion, a midterm, and a final. However, the midterm is open notes and very basic - she pretty much tells you what's on it. And if you don't like that, go on three field trips and you can skip the midterm. The final is just a project that you design yourself. I spent maybe 3 days working on my final project and ended up with an A.
Discussion section is all based on your TA. You will probably get a quiz each week, so at least skim through the readings. But, for the ridiculous 100+ page readings, just take the L and BS your way through that week's quiz. Your TA will then facilitate some kind of discussion. (Note: If you can get Mark as a TA, do it. He's definitely the best TA and a very interesting guy.)
In the end, this class will also heavily change your perspective on the justice system, the prison system, and the typical viewpoints of American society. Since you can pick up an easy A in the process, I would highly suggest this class.
this was probably one of the most interesting classes that I've taken. It does require readings everyday for quizzes that werent worth much in discussion, but most of the time I just skimmed over it to get the big idea. There is no homework and the midterm can be substituted with3 field trips that she provides. The final exam was just a final project which took me like a day. I got an A on this class and learned more than I thought it would.
History 156 is the best class I have ever taken at UCLA, and Professor Hernandez is the BEST teacher. She cares so much about the students, she even learned almost everyones names (in a class of 130)! This class really opens your eyes to the problems in the American prison system. It's extremely interesting and something everyone should know. Her lectures are formatted like she is telling a story, so they are very engaging. Once a week, instead of lecture she has an activist come speak about what kind of work they're doing. These people were all very inspirational!
The field trips to prisons and jails are such amazing opportunities that you should definitely go on if you take this class. This class was the first A+ I ever got at UCLA and I would recommend it to everyone! Take this course if you're looking for a REAL college class experience!
WOW. Professor Lytle-Hernandez has hands down been the best professor I've had at UCLA. She is the true definition of a scholar. Her class has changed the way I see the world. It's obvious that she's passionate about what she teaches. I took the History of Mass Imprisonment in Los Angeles and it blew my mind.
Reading is necessary because there are weekly quizzes (easy). For the midterm we had the option to go on two field trips and write about them (easy). She also gives you the opportunity to earn 10% extra credit!
Although this class has been an easy A, it's not because there is no work to do. There's a lot of reading, but they are all very interesting! TAKE A CLASS WITH HER!
(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)
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.
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!
Very hard to reach outside of classroom, especially if you need to ask something by e-mail (a question or two). As a result, she lacks a concern for communicating with students outside of the classroom.
She also reads her lectures verbatim as a written speech, adding a couple of colloquial words here and there to make it seemingly casual and conversational. Without those written notes in front of her to read absolutely verbatim, she doesn't know what to talk about, questioning her role and authority as a genuine knowledgeable professor about her topic.
Tries to establish a strict presence in class so that people may take her seriously as a new associate professor. What she doesn't realize that she needs to be a little more humanistic/personable and less about sticking solely to rules.
Would not recommend if you want to feel ignored when attempting to contact her. You can save yourself some time and get the lecture out of any readings or even wikipedia than sitting there listening to her recite verbatim. Anyone can do that.
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