I took M182 with Burke. He is a great professor and a great communicator. If someone was unable to do well in this class it simply means that the person did not take good enough notes. His tests are strait from the notes. So, if you take good notes and listen to the podcast-ed lectures online to review, you will get an A in the class.
Fall 2018 - The class is really easy, but professor Burke is honestly a really boring guy. Throughout the quarter there is no work to be done because there are two writing assignments due at the end of the quarter, plus the midterm and final. Other than that, there are no quizzes or anything. He has a bunch of readings that aren't really necessary since I got a B. I got that B because I thought the midterm was the week following when it actually was so I consequently didn't study for it. The midterm and final are basically memorizing like 80 terms given to us in a study guide and understanding basic ideas. He repeats that this class is about culture but it is very much historical as we have to memorize names and periods and their associations. Lecture isn't necessary in my opinion unless you want to bore yourself. He posts slides on his site but a lot of them just have pictures on them. I wouldn't really take this class if you're looking for something to enjoy yourself with, unless of course you are already interested in the subject. tl/dr: boring class, easy pass r/ucla
Fall 2015 - This class was pretty easy as long as you took the time to remember everything! Its really just about names, dates, and time periods/empires. There is a lot of information in class but the TA's kinda give you the main points during discussion so that was really helpful. There was one essay and it was pretty easy! Make sure to ask your TAs for feedback because it shows youre interested and thats what GE's are all about.
Class: Jewish History Overall: an effective teacher Provides study guides before the midterm and the final, which help enormously in acing the exams. Exams can be challenging and involve detailed as well as general questions. Negative aspect: reading assignments are overwhelming. Advice: consult him to know which texts are more worth reading given your time constraint. His lectures can be very boring as you may feel like the lectures consists of writing down notes from his PowerPoint presentations without being able to interact with what he says. He is better than the average UCLA teacher.
Winter 2022 - Worst use of my time ever. This class is extremely boring and there is too much information to memorize. The professor also told us to “have courage” and go to class even if there is a shooting so there’s also that. The tests were heavily curved, though, so that IS a flipside and the TAs were extremely helpful. There are better GEs to take: don’t waste your time.