HIST 154

History of California

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Economic, social, intellectual, and political development of California from earliest times to present. P/NP or letter grading.

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Overall Rating 1.8
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Most Helpful Review
Winter 2019 - I never do this. I'm not sure why I am doing it right now but I couldn't keep it to myself. Brian Kovalesky is an idiot. He is unfit to be a UCLA professor. He somehow managed to attend UCLA for his PhD- from CSUN- and clearly has an inferiority complex about it. All of his handouts and lectures have auspicious UCLA logos on them and he mentions how elite UCLA is in nearly every class. You do not need to remind us, Brian. We know where we are. Maybe he needs the reminder in the large font at the top of all his assignments because nobody would ever believe that an incompetent troglodyte like him could ever be a UCLA professor. In fact, by constantly reminding me of what a great school UCLA is, Brian inadvertently reminded me of how much he does not belong. I would say his lectures are boring, but in reality, a more fitting word to describe them is simply "useless." There are three quizzes in the class worth 30 percent of your grade. These quizzes are based, not only in large part, but entirely, on the readings. Attending class would be an exercise in insanity. Further, the quizzes are short, 10-13 questions each, and missing one question makes it impossible to score a higher grade. Besides the fact that missing one question on a quiz worth 10 percent of your grade effectively makes it impossible to get an A, he is also an impossibly hard grader and often edits for content, not just grammar. Professors do not have a say in the way that I communicate my message or my word choice... grades should be for accuracy of content and grammar only. Write the essay yourself if you don't like the way I write, Brian. I am sure Brian would brag about the fact that he gives ample opportunities for extra credit. This should have been a red flag from the beginning. In the future it is important to note that any professor that offers so much extra credit must be covering for his or her own teaching ineptitude. One should be able to earn an A by earning an A and not only by raising the grade through extra credit.
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