Introduction to Chicana/Chicano Studies: History and Culture
Fall 2021 - Take this course. Insanely easy, I took notes and they were not even needed. But don’t interpret that as an insult — this course is fascinating and will make you double take much of US History. My TA, Nidia, was fantastic at engaging us and giving us a break from the heyday of UCLA life. Do not miss out on this wonderful class.
Summer 2021 - Professor Avila is a very passionate professor. He did a great job keep people engaged with his lectures and was interactive and opened to questions during his class. (Please keep in mind I did his class on zoom.) But I did find a lot of fault in the way that he conducted his midterms, on his syllabus he had part 2 of the midterms listed as “Short Answer” only to know a few days before that it was in fact a 2+ page double spaced essay. He also had the ridiculous request to cite our sources using MLA format yet the exam was closed notes. The summer class went by quick, and it's easy to get behind on the readings. I would suggest buying the $20 textbook ahead of time to avoid that. But yeah, as a person he's great, as a teacher I did find some faults.
Winter 2020 - This is an easy GE, but it is very engaging and interesting. Professor Carpio does a great job planning lecture. Lectures are engaging for the most part, very organized, and easy to follow. There is a good amount of reading, but I almost never did the reading because we went over it in discussion and Professor Carpio would also talk about it in class. Your grade is based on 4 things: the midterm, a zine project, participation (going to discussions) and a final. The midterm was 2 parts: keywords and short answers. There was a lot to study for this but it was manageable and there wasn't harsh grading (I got a 98 and just studied the night before). The zine project was also very easy but did require some work and creativity, but again was graded pretty easy. (I'm not artistic at all and got a 100). I attended every discussion but probably talked a total of 4 times and still received a 100 for participation. Professor Carpio was very understanding of the coronavirus crisis at hand and made the final optional, so I did not take the final! I ended up with an A+ in the class and only put in work when there was something graded due! I also had Rachel as my TA and she is such a caring human! Take this class!
Fall 2018 - UGH where do I begin with this class. First they have a weird obsession over Caliban and Ariel from Shakespeare, The Tempest. Second, if I had known how much reading was required I wouldn't have clicked enroll. The clicker questions are based on correctness so if you miss all 3 it's like you didn't even go to lecture because you didn't get the credit for the class. She has a gazillion slides and clicker questions per lecture but makes NONE of them ACCESSIBLE to students. How the heck am I supposed to prepare if I'm sick one day?? OH and you MUST rent/buy/download books every week to read. Yes, you must read a book a week. If you're not a big reader then do not take this class. She co-teaches with her wife and they're both super monotone. They read off the slides and do not make the lectures interesting. The midterm was gruesome. It was DURING lecture. It was questions and writing. I got a B and the reason for this was because of stupid small mistakes. The TA said that if you put amnesia and not HISTORICAL amnesia then you get half a point. UMM excuse me??? The final was a 13ish page paper. It was like 4 pages for one topic and 8 for the other. Discussion was not it. There were weekly 300 word blog posts that you have to do EVERY Sunday based on the reading. They were a huge chunk of the grade too. They offer extra credit by going to these LGBTQ events, take a picture of yourself there, upload it to the blog post and write a 300 word response on the topic. IF YOU WANT TO GET A GOOD GRADE IN THE CLASS AND FINAL YOU MUST DO ALL THE READINGS.
Fall 2022 - This class was pretty interesting. I though this class was going to be more of a history class where you had to remember dates, people, etc but its not. You have to read 3 books (but they are free, professor provides them) for the class and have a weekly reflection. The quizzes are really easy. You choose 2-3 key words and define them. In the discussions it was a project all quarter that has to do with a community that needs help telling their stories. For the project everyone in the discussion works together one group is helping with social media and the other group is apply political pressure to people have power that can help the community. In the weekly reflection you have to connect the reading with what your discussion section is doing to help that community.
Fall 2020 - Professor Alma was super accommodating and understanding of students needs! I really enjoyed how she didn't have any midterms and didn't stress note taking during lectures, but listening, to learn how to be a better activist and ally. Really enjoyed this class and strongly recommend as an easy, interesting, and useful GE!