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You should take this course! You won't regret it! Professor Streeter is an amazing professor, who really cares about her students.Truthfully, I've never learned so much is such a short amount of time! Her lectures are really in depth, so it is important to do the readings before hand that she assigns and GO TO OFFICE HOURS. Sometimes the class is too big, so she can't answer all the students questions, so office hours is a great chance to meet with her one on one, and talk to her about the questions you might have about the course and the best way to approach the class. There are readings, but as long as you read, she will do the rest and show you what is important. Because it was a GE for me, I was nervous coming in not knowing a single thing about Black Intellectual thought, but she knows that; that is why asking questions on the things you don't understand is important. I really hope this helps. With regards to grading, which most students are concerned about whenever they take a GE Course, it is important to understand her lectures and do the readings, and if you have questions to go to office hours, and the grade will show. She is actually not that hard of a grader, even though you might have a different answer to her question, as long as you use what she has told you and give evidence and proof to support your answer, you will be great! Put in the effort, and your grade will show.
Structure of the class during spring quarter:
-Weekly quizzes just to make sure you attended lecture and were paying attention
- midterm and a final ( which was not cumulative, but could use material learned before the midterm on the final)
Professor Streeter is well versed in the course material. We explored various authors such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Ida B Wells. and Bell Hooks. By the way, the course title is, Black Intellectual Thought. I enjoyed the class because Streeter brought in her mastery of English and a feminist critique to the course material. Reading the assigned books helps you to lay a framework for the concepts discussed in lecture. The lecture compliments the readings by giving context to the social and historical realities of the particular time period, it is not simply a review of what we read. So, it definitely behooves you to attend lecture.
If you have a background in African- American Studies, you will absolutely love this course.
If you aren't so familiar with African- American Studies or history, that is fine too because Professor Streeter is really dedicated to making sure students understand the material.
Another plus is that her humor is quirky and lightens the atmosphere when discussing difficult topics (i.e. sexual violence of slavery).
Streeter is pretty confusing so if you like organization and clarity DO NOT take this class. I still maintained to get an A. There were 2 short essays, one midterm test, and a 6 page final paper. I managed to do well on everything because it's not too difficult, but I don't feel like I learned much from attending lecture.
Professor Streeter was a great professor, she was always very communicative and passionate about her teaching subject. The lectures were always very open for questioning and discussions. There's really not much to say but this is definitely a great class to take for the diversity requirement at UCLA or even the AFAM major requirement. I do have to say that for knowledgeable black students this can definitely be a little more on the boring side due to the fact is a lot of repeated information about slavery, new and old jim crow, and injustice lawmaking that you may already have knowledge about. But it's great for knowing more about yourself and to do it for a grade. A nice refresher from learning about old white men. There is a heavy heavy reading assignment list, but if you watch summaries, listen to lectures, and just already have an idea of the concepts you should be able to get past that.
Professor Streeter is a great professor, she is very caring and helpful. She is not the best lecturer though but you can skip lecture and still have no problem getting an A (as long as you read the assigned books). There is a lot of reading but the course material itself is VERY INTERESTING and the class is fairly easy!
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If you can, avoid Streeter for AfroAM6... She is a sweet lady however, her lectures were confusing, she was always late and most of the time the lectures had nothing to do with the books we read..
On the plus side, only papers.. no exams.
Three 2page thought papers throughout the quarter
one midterm paper
and one final paper
All you had to do was skim the books basically and you're golden..
I would take this course again, just I would not have went to lecture..
Easy A course tho