Summer 2020 - I took Dr. Harrell’s Community Psychology course through the Transfer Summer Program (TSP) when it was online. The course grade consisted of 3-4 page weekly connection papers, an open-note exam, a community organization development project, participation, and a final class study circle reflection. Class meetings were Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 2 hours, but she did give us breaks at the half. The weekly connection papers are an interesting assignment because they give you an opportunity to tie class concepts to relevant topics like a social justice film or social justice organization. The exam, on the other hand, was a very subjective experience for many of us. Although it was intended for us to take it within a few hours, it took all of us several hours to complete it, some more than others. I highly suggest studying with others and making your own study guide with definitions and examples of the course content in order to do the best you can. The community organization development project is a creative paper where you get to develop a community organization that addresses a mental health or social justice issue. It is time-consuming, but it has the potential to be interesting if you choose a topic you are genuinely interested in. Participation was graded on weekly forum posts, which could be either tedious or fascinating whether you are into current events, and PLF sessions. Aside from clarifying a few concepts and questions I had, I personally did not find the PLF sessions too helpful with grasping the material. The last assignment is a reflection on a discussion you do at the end of class. When I was going through a rough time early in the program, Dr. Harrell was very accommodating to me when that was communicated to her. Overall, she is very experienced and accomplished, so she does hold her students to a high academic standard, especially as UCLA students. Nonetheless, she is very compassionate, knowledgeable, and caring. This was definitely a class where you have to put in the work to earn an A.
Summer 2022 - This professor is SO, SO boring. The class is an easy A but consists of a group project which I felt most got full credit on. The couple papers she had us write were reflection papers on readings we did but I didn't ever get full points on it for some reason. She is one of the most boring professors I've ever had. Many students were falling asleep during class and I did not find her to be approachable. In my experience, she made me feel dumb when I went up to her to ask for clarification on something. The content itself is good but she is horrible at engaging students honestly. Regardless of this being an easy A, I would not take her again just for the fact that she is dreadfully boring and often goes on VERY LONG tangents.