Fall 2023 - This class was all over the place. Probably the worst managed class I have ever taken at UCLA. The professor is sweet but a bit disorganized and laggy with posting assignments and readings. It is an easy A but, if you find it hard to sit through a boring lecture don't take this class.
Winter 2018 - This GE is honestly the worst class I've taken at UCLA. I actually made an account on Bruinwalk just to warn people about this class. I thought this would be a good GE to broaden my interests and learn about something new, but Prof Schwartz has singlehandedly ruined the genre for me. The class went from learning about different scenes in Punk history to the professor literally spewing random words and talking about hip hop and rap. The professor completely changed the plan of the course during 6th week - she changed the midterm, final and said she was no longer going off the syllabus. It's almost completely pointless to go to lectures because Professor Schwartz doesn't give us any information about what we're talking about, she just goes deep into her theoretical analysis of songs and artists and makes references most of the class doesn't get. She says she doesn't want to just teach a "survey course", but doesn't give us enough background information to actually form our own ideas. To add onto that, she makes class into this really hostile environment by guilting students into answering questions when most people don't even know what's going on since she makes no sense. Even the TAs say they have no idea what's going on most of the time. tldr; worst class at UCLA. avoid at all costs.
Spring 2023 - Took this class as a GE and the prof was nice enough to give me a PTE after it was full. Though I have no background in punk, I enjoyed the class and it gave me insight into punk music and its social views. The class was online, which was great, and allowed me to do the work whenever I wanted throughout the week (new work was usually released on monday mornings). I would def recommend this class for fun or as a GE! Final project was making your own punk book, of which I did with another student online, and I just hand drew the book and come up with the words while my classmate made the video for it, so def not hard and very manageable!
Winter 2017 - This is probably the easiest class I have ever taken at UCLA. I literally just showed up and breathed. We talked about Punk music, did a mini group project, and talked about our experiences with punk. The readings were optional, there was no paper, no final. We were suppose to go to this music festival, but you didn't even need to go that. Easiest Pass/No pass class I have taken at UCLA. 10/10 would recommend.
Winter 2016 - I didn't love Schwartz, but I didn't hate her either. She just tries really hard to be funny and it just gets really awkward. Her slides are also super unhelpful when you go back to study because its usually just a picture with the name of a song and the band that performed it. She also moves quickly so you can't always get all the info for a particular slide, so when you go back to study you're kinda screwed. The winter quarter is mostly her show because basically every other lecture is about a musical genre. She also writes the prompts for an essay thats 25% of your grade, and the prompts are super convoluted and confusing. She is also terrible at explaining musical sounds because she assumes we can all pick up on the nuances in the differences in sounds from an amplifier. The lectures she gave never lived up to my expectation of the topic. Some people liked her style, but it wasn't really my thing.