Introduction to Visual Culture
Fall 2021 - first off, the grade in this class is fully based on 3 essays (only 1000 words tho) and 1 final mind map project (so if you hate writing don't take this class), that are all graded by your TA so make sure to be on your TA's good side. However, the lectures were kind of all over the place as it is pretty much just her talking with pictures on the screen, nothing written down to show you important take aways. The readings/films for homework are WAY too much content. You do not have to look at it all, because there is no graded homework, however, it makes the final project hard if you don't read. I would not recommend this for a GE, but if you are really interested in film as well as how colors/light relates to our culture, this professor has some interesting stuff to say. For me personally it way just alot of over analyzing texts and films that gave me no knowledge i would ever you in real life. Prof is nice tho!
My evaluation is on English M126 which is called Introduction to Feminist and Queer Theory. So far, this has got to be one of the most interesting classes I have ever taken IN MY LIFE! The material is very fascinating and even though it is theory, she succeeds in helping us see the connections between the theories and the present day. I had a wonderful time in this class because the lecture material was so relevant to today's world. I mean, who doesn't enjoy learning about the politics behind sexuality and gender? It's personal, but it's also political and that's one of the lessons I've learned from this class. She records her lectures and she also uses PowerPoint slides, so no need to worry about missing any information. She seriously cares more about her students than any other professor I've seen yet. She cares A LOT about students opinions (she even included them in a lecture). Very few professors take student opinions that seriously. She is also organized, which is always a plus. I recommend her because she is an intellectual, as well as sincere and cordial which is a combination that is hard to find among professors.
Winter 2022 - I absolutely recommend taking this course with Professor McHugh if you have the chance! I took this class as a GE but ending up loving it. The workload was super manageable and TA's were very helpful when it came to walking through what they expected from the assignments and papers. The movies were all super interesting (I genuinely enjoyed every single movie) and the topics we discussed were very engaging. I never felt bored and I actually had a lot of fun in this course when it came to the concepts and applying them to the movies. To be honest, this class was a highlight of my quarter. There were four different types of assignments. 1. Every other week, there was a set of study questions (short answer questions) about the film you were watching that week. Since it wasn't every week, it was very manageable to do. 2. Take home Midterm essay. We were given a bunch of different prompts and got to choose which one we wanted to write on. 3. Final essay. Once again we had a choice on what prompt to write, and the final essay prompts had more options like "create your own prompt" or "do a creative projective" on top of traditional essay style prompts. 4. Participation, which is just going to discussion section and participating. Lecture was not "mandatory" and attendance was not taken (attendance only taken at discussion), nor did the professor call on people (for this quarter, at least?). The professor posted the slides, all the readings, and the films (not immediately, if you missed a screening you had to go find it yourself online, but eventually the films were posted in prep for the midterm and final essays). Once again, highly recommend, amazing course.