All Ratings and Reviews for Robin Kelley
This class isn't that hard to do well in, but it's so vague. Here are the pros and cons:
Pros: Not very hard to get a good grade. Class talks about many issues relevant to today (Flint, MI, Puerto Rico not having power, financial crisis of 08), no tests (just two papers), points for coming to class, Professor Kelley is passionate about the material.
Cons: This is class is very unclear in prompts. It was difficult to ascertain what the professor and TAs actually expected. The first paper was difficult because it was so hard to figure out what they actually wanted you to do. The group project was hard to navigate. Our group was our entire discussion section. So you have to coordinate with 20 people and make a website and write a 10 page paper. It was very frustrating to deal with.
That being said, at the end of the day this class did have a lot of material relevant to modern issues and Kelley really cared about the material. Most people get a pretty good grade, but get ready to ask a lot of questions to figure out what they actually want.
I loved this class. I learned so much from it, especially the last five weeks of this course. Professor Kelley is a great lecturer and the class has no tests, just a group project and two papers. Some of the reviewers are a little salty that Kelley changed the syllabus so many times, but he did that to shut up all the students who complained about how much readings we had .. so he decreased the amount of reading we had to do - and hey - I'm not complaining about that. Try to get TA Christopher Null if possible. He is really informative and makes you participate in class for points, but he is an easy grader on the essays. On my first essay, I thought I would get a 85% and instead ended up with a 94%. Overall, this is an easy GE that is very eye opening.
The class was pretty easy, the readings were sometimes a lot but you don't really have to do all of them just do enough to have arguments for your papers as the papers have to be written entirely from the readings. I thought the lectures were interesting but not entirely helpful for the essays (the readings are all you need for that). We watch two movies in lecture and I found both very interesting. The final project was odd in that it was a group project with the entire section as a group but not too bad in the end.
Professor Kelley is definitely passionate about what he is teaching, but he is also extremely biased and I didn't find his lectures particularly interesting. The class is fairly easy to get an A in. You can pretty much chill until you have an assignment due. There is a group project that sucks though. Overall chill class.
My favorite class I've taken at UCLA! There are a LOT of readings - you don't need all of them, but there are some that are very helpful when it comes to writing your papers. My best advice would be to take really good notes in lecture and try to at least get to half the readings during the week, because they're crucial for saving time when you're writing your papers. I did not additional research, just used all class material readings notes and notes I had already made from lecture. I didn't enjoy trying to get 20 people to make a single project together, but ultimately it worked out in the end. Overall the best class I've taken, Kelley knows so much and is one of the most engaging lecturers I've ever had.
History 12B is a course that is quite specific in scope for a GE; it is focused specifically on neoliberalism, and more bluntly the negative aspects of neoliberalism. It is taught from a politically left perspective.
The pace of the course is very quick, so you need to keep up with the readings (which can be fairly heavy at times, but nothing insanely overwhelming). Professor Kelley's lectures are jam-packed with information, and he emphasizes the importance of listening and understanding as opposed to trying to rapidly transcribe everything he is saying. He uploads all of his slides.
The coursework consists of two papers and a final group project. There are no tests. The two papers are pretty straightforward essays of moderate length (roughly 5-6 pages), but the group project is kind of a mess. Your entire discussion section will be a group, so you will need to coordinate a lot of things.
Your TA will be grading all your stuff so developing a good rapport with them goes a long way.
I would recommend this course to politics junkies, as it is more of a political science course than a history course. I personally found the material quite fascinating, but I could see how it could become dry for some people.
I loved this class. The other reviewer clearly just didn't show up to class, it's what you make of it. He was extremely engaging in lecture and the readings were interesting. At times he would make changes to the syllabus, but that was always to accommodate the students complaining about too much reading, so it was ultimately in service to us. The assignments were reasonable and the grading wasn't too harsh because his emphasis was on learning the material, not earning a grade. Overall, I loved this class and enjoyed lectures and would highly recommend it.
History 12B was an extremely easy GE--I highly suggest it. But be fair warned if you have no interest in politics, you will be bored with the course material. Professor Kelley was a nice professor and was occasionally funny in class.
Your class grade is complied from four things:
- you have 2 papers (One around midterms and the other during the last week)
-a final group project with you whole discussion(relatively easy didn't require too much input of effort...hopefully TA is a good facilitator)Due the second to last week
-Attendance to you DISCUSSION, Not Class. Professor Kelley does not take any type of attendance for lectures so you can skip some here and there. But make sure to attend you discussions.
Professor Kelley goes off slides, but he adds onto them--doesn't read word for word
Rarely post the slides online; occasionally he will and he'll mention in class that he will. Most of the time the slides were not posted--so take notes.
Highly recommend you take notes you will need them for you papers
-Professor Kelley gives a lot of reading, I did none of it--got an A in the class.
-You are required two books you can find pdf's online so you don't have to but them.
-The making of global captialism: https://the-eye.eu/public/concen.org/Criticism%20of%20Capitalism%20and%20Globalization%20-%20Collection%2010/Panitch%20%26%20Gindin%20-%20The%20Making%20of%20Global%20Capitalism%3B%20the%20Political%20Economy%20of%20American%20Empire%20%282012%29.pdf
-we're all fast food workers now: https://andrewchernoff.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/we_are_all_fast-food_workers_now_by_annelise_orlec.pdf
The two papers are:
- 5-7 pages
-you can not use outside sources(you must use notes from lecture or from the assigned readings)
-grades depend on your TA, so hopefully they grade easy, if not make good relationship with them
While Professor Kelley assigns a lot of reading and gives dense lectures, there are no tests, so memorization of material isn't necessary. I would recommend taking notes only on what is interesting or seems important, as this will help when writing the mid-term and final papers. The group project (your group is your entire discussion section) was a quite a mess, but everything worked out well in the end.
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