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The class and professor are pretty good. This class essentially has regular assignments and writing projects. The 4 writing projects are larger, and take more time. When I took it, there were only 2 writing projects due to time constraints. Class is pretty much a discussion on various topics. It isn't a lot of work, but some weeks there is much more to do than others. Some weeks you need to write a lot, other weeks you only meet once/none out of the scheduled two classes. At the end of the quarter you turn in revised versions of a few assignments, for us it was 2 assignments + the 2 writing projects + a reflection. In general, there isn't a set word limit. The only one was a 850-1000 word limit on a writing project. Idk how much he expects, but I feel I didn't write that much and did okay.
I found the actual meetings to be engaging enough. Participation matters so make sure you talk at least a few times. Most of time you'll be discussing something you read before class. The grading seems fair, but you won't know what you have until the very end. This isn't really a problem since he's a easy grader. As long as you do the bare minimum, I think you are guaranteed at least a B.
If you want an interesting and not stressful English class, this class is pretty good. Professor Vincent is pretty interesting and makes sure class is somewhat engaging.
NOTE: If you hate talking about race, then don't take this class. All our discussions and almost all the papers involve race in someway, specifically race in America.
All the "extra credit" and optional assignments were for credit because he said you'd only get an A if you turned all of them in. He was sweet but fuck his grading policy.
This was a pretty good class, considering the low expectations with which I entered. I wasn't looking forward to having to do something to satisfy L&S's diversity and writing requirements, but I think that at the end, after I overcame my skepticism about basically everything involved with this class, I learned a fair bit about racism and writing techniques.
I would use one key phrase to characterize everything in this class: 'oddly specific'. A lot of the time, I was just wondering why we were reading whatever we were reading and why we were learning certain technical terms for writing techniques, but at the end, that didn't detract from the fact that there was some net learning.
The first few weeks were hard; we got tonnes of homework: each weekend, we had to write an essay which, though moderately short, was about a topic which most of us weren't particularly interested in. But after week 4 or so, it felt like there was almost no homework at all: you have to write about five different essays over the course of the quarter, one every week for the first three weeks, and then two more over the rest of the quarter (though you also had to do some significant revisions of the older essays). For the most part, all of this is reading articles about race (or watching movies) and responding with our own opinions, which could be about how we disagree with the author, or about some possible extension of the author's argument.
Donald's the main reason why I'd give this class a 4 overall: he's fun to talk to, he tries hard to get people to speak up (participation counts for a lot), even when they don't respond openly, and he clearly cares very deeply about the topics: has a lot of actual important stuff to say and he says it well. A cool thing about the class is that you sometimes get to talk to the authors of the articles which we analyze and respond to, either in person, or over a video call.
Professor Vincent was one of the nicest professors I've met. He's super funny and loves what he teaches. I absolutely hate writing english essays which is why I thought this class had a heavier workload than I would have liked. He assigned 2-3 page papers every class meeting which is twice a week. But there is a lot of peer review writing which gives easy points. Make sure to participate in any way you can. He helped a lot with my writing by going to his office hours. I didn't do any of the reading but he did always warn us about giving out pop quizzes so it was a risk. He is really in touch with what he lectures which made the essay writing more enjoyable. Tbh it was an easy A as long as you put the work in. However, he did find out what Bruinwalk was this quarter and how people think he's an easy teacher so he might change the way he grades aka giving reading quizzes to scare his students.