Foundations and Debates in Public Thought
Spring 2022 - This class taught by professor Anheier has been my favorite class at UCLA. It was so rich in its contents and thoughtful in its design. Because of this class, I decided I wanted to double major in public affairs. Professor Anheier clearly cares greatly about the students and the future.
Fall 2023 - Y'all.. the reviews from last year were lowkey misleading because this quarter we only had one TA (and I would expect this to also be the case in future classes, not sure though) so we didn't have discussion section and therefore also did not have any buffer assignments. Our grade breakdown was 50% midterm 50% final which was personally super stressful for me because I have test taking anxiety. The TA determines your entire grade. Essays are in total worth 40% and defining key terms was worth 60%. Defining key terms saved my grade because my TA graded kinda ambiguously imo, and it was hard to gauge what he wanted out of some of the prompts. We also didn't get a lot of time to actually do the papers, and they're 5-6 pages (we had like 5 days but these were given out on weeks where we had a lot of other work as well). The class usually isn't a lot of work but like many of the other reviews said, it's periods of super concentrated heavy work loads, especially during midterm and finals. Content was interesting imo though.