CHICANO 10B

Introduction to Chicana/Chicano Studies: Social Structure and Contemporary Conditions

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Leisy Abrego See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 4.3 Workload 3.7 Clarity 3.1 Helpfulness 2.4

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So for CS 10B, the original professor had something occur so Professor Abrego took over the course, and even through the transition to a new syllabus Professor Abrego was understanding of the effects of the pandemic and did not want to burden students with so much work. She is one of the most generous and kindest professors I have met at UCLA. I really enjoyed her lectures and going to office hours and just discussing my thoughts or even concepts we are learning in the class. I really hope students take her class as she is one of the most inspiring professors I have met and while we may have our differences in opinions about certain issues she is willing to listen and provide her perspective on them. The assignment for CS 10B was a midterm that can be either an essay or a creative project on your social location and how that affected your educational journey to UCLA and a final of a research proposal that students had plenty of time to work on. I highly recommend that students take Professor Abrego whether for CS 10B or any other courses she teaches.

Winter Quarter 2021
Eric Avila See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.2 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.5

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What can I say, this guy is a waste of time. His lectures are weird, to say the least, and does his best to show how smart he is--at least he thinks he is--and dumb the class is. He wears these weird outfits that look as if they belonged to John Travolta in the 70s, he spends time talking about how gay is the new black, and answer questions as if he is God's gift to Chicano Studies. Its people like you, Eric, that give the dept a bad name. His lectures are nothing more than a soapbox. This class is a real waste of time. The TA's also left much to be desired. My TA, who was Avila's 'teacher's pet' spent more time following Avila around like a lil lap dog than teaching us. Moreover, in lecture, he tried to act like he was Avila--real good training he is getting. This class sucked.

Jan. 21, 2009
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Matthew Barreto See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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While the course material was fascinating, Dr. Barreto and his TAs made the experience kind of lackluster. My problems with this class are many.
1. The syllabus for the class required students to buy around five textbooks. We only used maybe half of them for the entire quarter.
2. There is a clear lack of unity, cohesiveness, and standardization among how the TAs graded. My TA, Claudia Rodriguez, was absolutely wonderful. Claudia was great at leading class discussions and was clear about what her expectations were. I had two friends who had an absolute nightmare TA. This TA was rude and condescending to them in emails. When receiving their final grades for a final project that required us to research Latinx populations in various cities across the US, my friends reached out to their TA to ask for an explanation. She gave them both Cs for their project because they didn't include "specific information" required by the professor. My friend emailed the professor back and forth; after re-grading her project, the professor gave her a B+. This lack of communication, cohesion, and standardization could have cost her an entire letter grade.
3. My final comment is about Dr. Barreto himself. His lectures were SO BORING. He would literally just make PowerPoint slides and read off of them the entire time. There were a few pictures here and there throughout the slides, but the majority of the slides were a text that had been copied and pasted from the book. Though a smart and accomplished man, I think he lacks the ability to make the information interesting in a teaching setting.

Though I have many complaints about this class, I will say that (with a good TA) the class was actually pretty easy. There were only three components of our grade, two of which were a final and a final project. The final was easy if you went to lectures, took notes, and made a mental timeline of the events he talked about. I would definitely be wary of taking this class. I say go for it if you want to roll the dice and risk getting a rude and unfair TA.

Winter Quarter 2019
Maylei Blackwell See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.5 Clarity 2.9 Helpfulness 3.0

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WHERE DO I START:
LECTURES WERE SO BORING & HER TA'S SUCK ASS. My TA was useless and she spent all of discussion time talking about irrelevant material and cussing 90% of the time. I couldn't even finish the class (reviewing halfway through the quarter) to give her this review. She assigns SO MUCH reading it is NOT healthy. Was I able to do it? Yes, but I almost went CRAZY! Same ideas repeated over the span of like 200 pages. I wanted to shank myself 97% of the time. Most of the things I read were things I already knew and you honestly do not learn anything. PLS DO NOT take this class it is a DEATH TRAP.

The only good things about this class were:
-The guest speakers
-Immigration movie she shows

Just pls look for another GE

Winter Quarter 2018
David Hernandez See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.4

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While his lectures may seem dull to some, I personally found them very interesting and eye opening. Not only were the topics we discussed and readings we read very interesting, Professor Hernandez generously broke down each reading via powerpoints so that we could get the main ideas to help us with our final and midterm. He expanded on the course material and related it to current issues which I very much liked. There were 3 pop quizzes during the quarter, one of which was dropped, a takehome 5 page midterm and final, and 4 2-page response papers. Very doable. He's very fair and you could tell that he actually cares about student learning because he tries to engage all 300 kids in a discussion during lecture.

April 2, 2012
Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda See Full Profile

Overall 1.9 Easiness 3.1 Workload 2.7 Clarity 1.6 Helpfulness 1.8

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Damn. You ever read the reviews of a professor and like 99.9% talk about how garbage the professor is? But then you go on 'my class planner' and find out that that's your only option for the class?
Seriously thought these reviews were just over exaggerated or something, but y'all this professor really does SUCK big time. This class gives the chicano department a bad name. Why does the department think bringing this celebrity to campus is such an innovative idea?? Jesus, even I could teach this class better. Only focus was: 1) Trump (pretty sure he himself said he was obsessed with him 2)CHINAAAA and 3) Trade wars (which no one had a single clue what he was talking about).
Not only is his teaching TERRIBLE, but just imagine all the freshmen kissing his butt by laughing at his "jokes" and buttering him up.
Aside from his teaching, he was incredibly unorganized and had a huge lack of miscommunication, to the extent that even my TA said a lot of the things he would do/ say, they did not agree with.
He would always talk about "me me me" "Oh they love me in China" (dude, how is that possible when there are 1 BILLION PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE), "Oh i'm going on this trip for this conference blah blah but don't worry I'll be back"- NO, you are a PROFESSOR and your LECTURES should be your priority. But of course, this self-centered man, who went off to say he's given speeches in front of border patrol who BEGGED him (yeah, he said that) to come and gave him a STANDING OVATION (*insert 'and everybody clapped' meme*)
Also, shoutout to my TA ROSA, who is an absolute Godsend and I assure I would have gone crazy in this class if it wasn't for her.
Avoid this professor at all costs. Not worth your time. No wonder only 1/4 of the class goes now.

Fall Quarter 2019
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Gaye Johnson See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 3.8 Clarity 4.9 Helpfulness 5.0

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Take this class! Take Professor Gaye Johnson! I absolutely loved this class! I learned so much, but Professor Johnson teaches in a way that it is not burdensome to learn. It was my favorite class during my first fall quarter. Our grades were predominantly determined by a group project in which we were helping different community organizations during our discussion sections. These projects also made the class so much better. Through these projects, we were implementing what we were learning in class to better the lives of many of our local minorities. Overall, Professor Gaye Johnson is one of the most caring professors I have met. She walks into class with the biggest smile on her face, and greets us as if it is a huge family reunion. I would definitely take any class with her! ! !

Also, she cares about problems going on in the world and is very passionate about making a difference and inspiring her students to raise their voices and take action.

Fall Quarter 2019
Robert Romero Full Profile > 4.8 Overall 4.8 Easiness 4.2 Workload 4.6 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness
Easy and engaging class (Winter Quarter 2019)
Robert Romero See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 4.8 Workload 4.2 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.8

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Easy and engaging class

Winter Quarter 2019
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