Social Organization of Black Communities
Fall 2020 - Participation (10%) 2-Page Response (20%) Midterm (30%) Final (40%). Recorded lectures. Live TA discussions + going to office hours determined participation grade. -- Your grade is a shot in the dark. Your TA grades 100% of your writing. If you get a TA who grades harshly (which many people did), you're screwed in the class. Luckily for me I didn't, but its still unfair. There were people who were incredibly active in live discussions and obviously understood the course material yet they bombed papers. -- You get an INSANE amount of reading that you need to reference when doing all the papers. I understand that its a learning environment and the reading was genuinely important in understanding the topic, but it was still a lot. This is just my heads up. -- Lectures were useful. Lacayo likes repeating herself so at some points it would get redundant. But she definitely helped in relating the reading to topics and helping people understand the struggles of the time. -- Lacayo revealed each essay prompt during live lectures and then gave us 20 minutes to ask clarification questions before we couldn't email her or the TA's until the submission window closed. This sucked terribly. In a Zoom with 200 people, 20 minutes is no time to let everybody ask their questions. None of my questions I asked in chat were ever adressed. Overall just a bad experience in that aspect. -- If I would give advice, I would go to your TA's office hours and Lacayos office hours. Ask what you did wrong on your writing and ask how you can improve. Don't fall behind on reading or movies. Show them you care about your grade.