Most Helpful Review
Dr. Gerrard was the only professor to give me a grade less than an A at UCLA, and for a good reason. The standards she holds her students to are like no other professor, and you really have to demonstrate a strong improvement if you want to get an A. In that regard, I would only recommend this class if an A-/B+ type grade isn't too detrimental to your GPA. Besides being a harsh grader, Dr. Gerrard is honestly one of the best professors I've had at UCLA. Her topics are interesting and engaging, and she is very approachable.
The workload is fairly intense, but not impossible. There are 3 papers (paper 2 and 3 are written in pairs) each weighing 25% each. The final 25% of the final grade comes from what she calls the "work grade" which includes short 4-5 page assignments and attendance. There is a bunch of reading (not that much ~ 50 pages) to do before each paper. Do NOT take this class if you do not like working in groups!!!
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