Baum isn't as boring as some of these reviews make him out to me...but I did fall asleep in his class a lot. I think this had more to with the class being in the middle of the day and the really dim lighting in Perloff, though. This class is very interesting, especially if you're interested in politics, the media or both. Oh, and as for the difficulty ratings for Baum...did we take the same class? Because I found this class, even though it was really interesting, to be a complete breeze. Everything is written. The tests are essays and the final is a massive paper. Baum's class is only hard if you never open the reader. In that case, this class will destroy you...the reader's huge.
Fall 2022 - This class satisfied the practicum requirement for the Comm major, and I'd say it's a pretty good class to take if you need to do so. It fulfills the requirement by requiring you to work with a group to create two 30-second political ads. One negative one for a political candidate and one positive one for another candidate. You should make sure that you choose a good group because this part of the class is the most stressful. Make sure that someone in your group is familiar with video editing, and get all the help you can from the professor in evaluating your ads. He's willing to give feedback at every stage of the project, and my group didn't take advantage of this which would be my main regret. There are three exams spread out throughout the quarter, but they are not cumulative which is really nice. The final is just treated as a normal exam like the first two. Each exam is based almost entirely on questions that are suggested by yourself and your classmates. Everyone is able to submit up to two suggested questions for each exam, and the professor then chooses questions from these suggested questions to put on the exams. Because of this, the best way to prepare for the exams is to MEMORIZE ALL OF THE SUGGESTED QUESTIONS AND THEIR ANSWERS! It's a lot of work, but if you do this you'll for sure do well on the exams. There are a decent amount of readings, and you should have a general understanding of each one in order to do well on the exams.
The long evaluation preceding mine is just plain wrong. Is this a time-consuming course? Yes. If you cannot handle it, shame on you. Maybe you shouldn't have chosen UCLA. The 3 hour iMovie thing could have been avoided by a.) simply emailing the Prof. Kernell and saying "I do not need training for iMovie; I am proficient in it." (I know how incredibly difficult that must be) or b0 fast-forwarding until you get the completion. To say she doesn't care about students with disabilities or those with children/commuters is just plain ridiculous. She was one of the most caring professors. How many do you know that take the time to learn almost EVERY SINGLE PERSON'S NAME?????? She is the only Professor I have ever had to care to do this. Also, I have had SEVERAL courses that do not allow computers and if you are a Comm major, you will need to take Comm10 and Suman doesn't allow electronics either. Some professors due this based on RESEARCH that PROVES that students learn better by handwriting notes. Sorry that you cant go on facebook for a damn hour and 15 minutes. She DOES NOT force you to buy a Mac.. LOL That is just insane to say. My specific group used iMovie, but she that if you are proficient on another platformt hat you could use that instead. Plus, it was a 3 person group and, at least in my group, only ONE person had a Mac and used it for iMovie. You could have rented an iClicker and if not she gave you the option of taking the quizzes at the front of the class. Does that sounds like someone who does not accommodate her students? NO. Plus, one should be thankful that JUST CLICKING IN GIVES YOU 12 FREE PERCENTAGE POINTS. THAT IS GENEROUS. Most of the quizzes were easy enough to guess right even f you had not done the readings. Lastly, on this topic, she gives you plenty of time and even makes sure that each student has their clicker out before she starts the quiz. Then she READS THE QUESTION AND OPTIONS THROUGH FOR US TWICE. If you didn't have enough time, you deserve to lose those points. Again, these clickers are NOT mandatory if you for 2 minutes sit in front of class and take a paper quiz. She was an excellent professor with excellent material and engaging lectures. She continuously allotted time for us to break into discussion groups and collaborate with our peers, another refreshing rarity on this campus. She had several videos that were fun and relevant to the material, which made class that much better. I went to her after class, or in Office Hours a few times and felt she was genuinely helpful and caring! To say otherwise baffles me. She even cares to ask about your personal life and is encouraging and helpful if youa re at all confused. NEVER would she belittle someone. Though, at times, the workload was a lot I would recommend this class because I think you will learn A LOT and be forced to think in a new way. If you don't want to do the work and read a lot, then don't take this class. You don't deserve to. However, if you come to UCLA to get, oh, I don't know, an EDUCATION, then I urge you to take this engaging course with an AMAZING, CARING Professor. Georgia Kernell should be placed under review by the Academic Senate Committee and considered for an AWARD. :) BAM!