Alicia Gaspar De Alba
Fall 2018 - UGH where do I begin with this class. First they have a weird obsession over Caliban and Ariel from Shakespeare, The Tempest. Second, if I had known how much reading was required I wouldn't have clicked enroll. The clicker questions are based on correctness so if you miss all 3 it's like you didn't even go to lecture because you didn't get the credit for the class. She has a gazillion slides and clicker questions per lecture but makes NONE of them ACCESSIBLE to students. How the heck am I supposed to prepare if I'm sick one day?? OH and you MUST rent/buy/download books every week to read. Yes, you must read a book a week. If you're not a big reader then do not take this class. She co-teaches with her wife and they're both super monotone. They read off the slides and do not make the lectures interesting. The midterm was gruesome. It was DURING lecture. It was questions and writing. I got a B and the reason for this was because of stupid small mistakes. The TA said that if you put amnesia and not HISTORICAL amnesia then you get half a point. UMM excuse me??? The final was a 13ish page paper. It was like 4 pages for one topic and 8 for the other. Discussion was not it. There were weekly 300 word blog posts that you have to do EVERY Sunday based on the reading. They were a huge chunk of the grade too. They offer extra credit by going to these LGBTQ events, take a picture of yourself there, upload it to the blog post and write a 300 word response on the topic. IF YOU WANT TO GET A GOOD GRADE IN THE CLASS AND FINAL YOU MUST DO ALL THE READINGS.
As for it being a one credit Fiat Lux, it was a lot of work. We read four full length books, and wrote responses to all of them and had a five page final paper. The topic was really interesting and it wasn't too difficult, but if you are looking for an easy 1 credit, this is not the right class. Very intelligent professor with interesting viewpoint.
Professor Gaspar De Alba is a woman of eloquent words, but uses them to indoctrinate her students. I had her for my Los Angeles GE Cluster for one quarter, and thus far, she is the worst teacher I have ever had. After loving the first quarter, I was optimistic for the second quarter, though I was very disappointed and upset with the professor. She teaches the Chicano/a studies class at UCLA, so she turned our LA Class into HER cultural studies. She talked about how the white race was and still is cruel, and that the development of the United States was wrong. She is blatantly racist to Caucasians and she voices that opinion on multiple occasions every day in the class. I cannot begin to describe how much she has ruined this class for me, both in my interpretation of Chicano/a studies and how Latino, Chicano, and Hispanics view this country. She does not touch on the multicultural aspects of the City and only focuses on what is important to her and her Chicano/a studies class.