History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: 19th Century
Note: The following information is subject to change. Lecture: Professor Aron is an enthusiastic lecturer. The lecture slides are uploaded to the course website, but they mostly contain headlines. The professor uses the slides as a guideline and gives more in depth information in lecture. Discussion: Participation counts for 20% of grade. Depends on TA, but in my section (Aaron Freeman) we discussed the coursereader assigned readings. Some TAs may give extra writing assignments. Textbooks: The Foner textbook contains assigned readings. It can be used for papers but is not required for the midterm. The coursereader contains the assigned readings that are discussed in section and is the best source for quotes for the papers. Midterm: The midterm (20% of grade) is composed solely of information found on the lecture slides. It includes three sections. Section 1 consists of 15 people/events and you choose 10 and write 3-4 sentences about each. Section 2 consists of 3 primary source quotes and you choose 2 and write 4-5 sentences about each. Section 3 consists of 5 images and you choose 3 and write 4-5 sentences about each. Any event/person/image is fair game no matter how seemingly unimportant (i.e. Mungo Park). The exam is not difficult as long as you prepare. Papers: The class includes 2 papers (the second in lieu of a final). The first paper (20% of grade) is 1000 words and is fairly open ended. The second paper (40% of grade) is 1500 words and includes a choice of various topics. The TA grades the paper so they will set the required number of primary source quotes. I ended up with an A in the class.
Prof. Dubois was a great professor. She's one of the best professor i've had at UCLA. She shows concern for the student's learning. She even came to discussion and sat through the whole thing, making sure we were grasping the material. She shows an outline of what each lecture is about and goes through the outline. She is very organized in her lectures - showing slides as she lectures, providing an excellent way to have good mental picture of what she is talking about. DuBois makes history very very interesting. She tells history like its supposed to be - a story. The lectures are very easy to follow and DuBois effectively lectures in way to understand history from different aspects. You can tell that she's very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the subject. The midterm and final weren't too difficult. the lectures are basically of what is covered in the textbooks, not to mention the textbooks are easy to read and not boring. i would definitely take another class that is taught by DuBois.
Winter 2021 - Grading: 20% InQuizitive quizzes that have unlimited attempts 20% Midterm Paper (1000-1250 words) 30% Participation (includes weekly 300 word discussion posts and attendance at discussion sections) 30% Final Paper (1500-2000 words) I liked this class a lot. It was definitely the class I looked forward to going to the most this quarter. I liked how Marino gave a holistic perspective of US History. Lectures were super interesting. Her slides had fewer words on it and had more pictures. My advice would be to be attentive and take a lot of notes so that you can use some of the points she made in lecture for your paper. This class was essentially just APUSH Periods 4-6. I think anyone who took APUSH in high school and got a 4/5 on the exam will do extremely well in the class because most of the class's content will be review. However, this class also spends more time talking about the history of all groups in the US--stuff most APUSH teachers and classes largely ignore. For people who enjoy US History, I seriously recommend this class. It's an easy GE imo and it was always super interesting. Also, Prof Marino is a great teacher.