History of China: 1000 to 1950
Professor Bernhardt was the one of the best professors I've had in UCLA. Even though her lectures were kinda early for me, 9:30, I still tried to make it to every single one of them not because I was scared of missing stuff that might be on the midterm, but because I really enjoyed her lectures. Her lectures were very interesting and funny. She sure woke me up every Tues and Thurs mornings. I highly recommend taking her Chinese History 11B class! She makes you see things from different perspectives too, which is what studying history should be like.
Professor Garavente is overall a pretty good professor. His lectures are interesting, but I felt like it was a lot of information presented within one class period. The reading can be a lot if not spread within a few days. However, the reading is mainly supplementary. The key to this class is GOOD LECTURE NOTES. Take down every detail during lecture. These notes and the handouts he gives during class are what you should study. The mini tests were tough since they were very specific. The thing I liked was that he gave us study guides for both the midterm and final, so no curveballs. This is NOT an easy GE, but if you love history, especially Chinese history, you will be fine. It is do-able, just pay attention during lecture.
This GE class is one you should take if you are EXTREMELY interested in Chinese History. She covers a very broad range of material and expects you to remember most if not all of it for the midterm and final. Thankfully the Midterm and final focuses on the lessons of the first half and second half of the class respectively, but you still need to remember many key ideas from the first half of the course for the final. She is a newer teacher and is obviously very interested in this subject and is helpful during her office hours. However, beware of the TA's because they grade very subjectively and after talking to most of my peers, getting an A on the 2 essays is a really difficult feat. Thankfully even if you are worried about your grade she does curve up a little at the end so it's not just a pure points system. Be prepared to study hard for the tests and memorize her study guides and the vocab, for the final we had 100 key terms and 17 possible essay questions just to give an example of what you have to memorize. Also as hint there probably will be an essay question about women on your tests.