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Professor Gerrard is a really sweet lady. She speaks in a soft voice so it was hard for me to hear her sometimes, even when I sat close to the front. She has a very particular writing style. She's pretty lenient about people missing class however I recommend you don't because she usually goes over handouts and exercises that will help you with writing your paper.
In the class, there was a total of 3 papers. Each paper had a prep assignment that involved readings from the coursebook and questions to answer, pretty straightforward questions. The first paper was about advertising in women's or men's magazines from two different decades. That paper is by yourself. The second paper is written with a partner, you can request somebody in the class and she will definitely put you guys together, but if not, you'll get somebody random. The second paper was about people being unhappy in their jobs, that's the most basic way I can describe it. The third paper was also a partner paper and it was about Second Life and the way people communicate online versus the real world.
There is a mandatory course reader for the class that is sold at the UCLA store. You do use it the entire quarter a lot so you should buy it.
Overall, her class wasn't difficult at all and she was always willing to tell you what you needed to write to get a good grade. I would take her class again.