Spring 2022 - The only things in the grade book were two essays, a midterm and a final. While it is nice that there is no participation or homework at all, that means your entire grade relies on four assignments. I found the essay prompts confusing and not explained well, even though I showed up to most lectures. There were no recordings and the class was discussion based. Profesor would run out of things to say and if the class wasn't talking, then class ended early. Profesor Calderon can be moody and doesn't provide great feedback on how to answer the essay prompts. The midterms were not hard, however.
Calder\333n is a very interesting person and professor also! He really puts a lot of effort into his Chicano M145B class and is truly passionate about his lectures. Even though he is softspoken he does a great job of delivering his message! The not so great thing are his exams! We had an in- class midterm and final and that was it, so 50% and 50%. From personal experience I can say that he is one of the hardest graders in the Spanish Department. He expects a very well written essay and doesn't really talk about the test ahead of time. So you kind of just have to be prepared on your own. Also he can be somewhat picky on personal interpretations regarding the texts so be careful on what you write!