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I took this class coming into a winter quarter that started online and then moved to a hybrid layout. This excuses the absolute chaotic mess that this class was to some extent but it is not fully pardoned from being an absolute drag. The actual content was pretty interesting at times but there was not direction in the class whatsoever. You just had to hope you were doing the right thing for the majority of the quarter. I can't speak for this professor's capabilities during a regular quarter so maybe I'm being unfair. She really is nice and will answer questions, so maybe she was just really not prepared to teach this quarter. Anyways, just be ready to read and remember a bunch of dates.
Professor Goldberg is in my opinion, one of the easier history professors at UCLA. You will definitely learn a fair bit, though the lectures themselves are ok to good at best.
She's not the most energetic when it comes to her lectures, but they are not terrible either. Every so often there's something interesting to be learned.
Textbooks are a must for this class, as you'll need them to finish the major online assignments.
Other than that, the course consisted of 2 weekly responses to readings that were either posted online or in our textbooks, plus a midterm, a 5-8 page paper, and then a final. All were pretty straightforward and did not require too much effort.
(She has a couple of online assignments that require reading a whole book but she offers short-cuts to the parts that are most important).
Also, she gives out a study guide for both the midterm and the final, which is helpful (they were a lot more daunting than the actual exams, but its best to err on the side of caution just to be safe).
If you're fine with ok lectures and a moderate amount of homework, you can get an A without being overwhelmed.
To start off, this class assigns a very heavy amount of reading, which is normal of history classes but just keep that in mind if you're taking this as a G.E. As long as you take notes during lecture and do most of the readings you'll be fine. The test are really easy and Professor Goldberg offers extra credit. I believe she mentioned it was her first year teaching this course so the lectures were a bit disorganized, but I really loved her class nonetheless.