Spring 2019 - This class is super straightforward and Professor Berenji is great! Lectures are engaging and he makes the concepts and theories very simple to understand. Readings are also not difficult to understand and connect perfectly with lecture. Class is structured like the rest of his courses- 4 simple reading quizzes, midterm, and final. Definitely learned a lot and would recommend this class
Spring 2020 - I really enjoyed this class and this professor! The readings were interesting and topics went along perfect with lecture. The readings can be pretty long and the quizzes ask for specific points in the readings but the class is overall worth it. He also always recommended students to come to office hours which were pretty helpful. I would definitely take him!
Worst professor I've had at UCLA (5 year tenure). His tests are ridiculous, if you (god forbid) miss any of his 3 days a week 8am lectures you will live to regret it. The 50 minute lectures are rushed and often wander, and his extreme personal bias is not very encouraging for those attempting to actually learn something new. The midterm and final were both take homes, and counted for 40% and 60% of the total grade respectively. The midterm was given in the midst of a busy 5th week, and consisted of 5 short ID's and 3 essays. The grading was ridiculous, and I can only imagine the nightmare those who did not attend lecture consistently encountered if they tried to use the skimpy readings to get anything more than a C. The final was something of a case study, and contained two parts (a short ID sort of essay and a much longer essay which was horribly put vague). If you wander from his violently liberal material, you will assuredly fail. In short, if you have no issue sitting through rushed and poorly organized 50 minute lectures at 8 am three times a week, and have no opinions of your own you're probably in position for a high B or A. On a personal level Liljeblad is kind of strange. He's USC JD and Political Science PhD, and is intelligent but definitely falls under ivory tower category. He speaks down to you, and has very little interest in teaching anyone who is not already liberally inclined. He has very little interest in general in people, and seemed to only favor students who were heavily interested in the sort of conceptual issues he was. Classes like this are a bit of a joke in my opinion. Certain professors, often unqualified younger ones who are not full professors, are given far too much leeway to teach classes like this one. This course was a mess of one man's heavily biased unscientific opinions, and had little to do with what was suggested by the title or the synopsis given. You'll clearly see the difference when taking a course with a more experienced professor, and there are many far better ones in the department. I believe Liljeblad was laid off, which was long overdue. If he does ever rear his head again, steer clear unless you share his environmental views and liking for children's cartoons.
Professor Lohmann is a very passionate professor who really cares about her subject material. She sometimes talks a little fast and goes on tangents, but she's able to relate everything back to what she's teaching. She's really knowledgeable about climate change and talking about shifting data trends. She's also incredibly sweet and really into hearing from her students, so it's very easy to ask questions or discuss your opinions with her! The work is manageable, but you need to put effort into it. This is a professor who will help you if you ask, and wants you to succeed, so take advantage of it. She is hands down one of the best professors I've taken at UCLA, highly recommend her as a professor.