Psychology of Gender

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Kim Elsesser See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.9

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tl;dr: take this class.

Want a good grade? Take this class. There's a midterm (Week 5) and final exam (Week 10) that are INCREDIBLY easy if you go to lecture and even lightly skim the textbook. They are non-cumulative (55 points each), and not designed to trick you. On top of that, there's a book response paper, but you literally have to read like a 150-page book outside of class, write a 2-sentence summary about each chapter, and it's a free 30 points.

Want a helpful and compassionate professor? Take this class. Kim went through the corporate world, made a ton of money, and left to teach what she does now because she's so passionate about it and teaching students about it. She's literally only here because she wants to be here to help students learn, and that is so crazy rare. She wants you to succeed. It's that simple.

Worried about too much PC rhetoric? Take this class. I'm a straight white man who is semi-conservative but open-minded, and it was literally totally fine. Obviously, there are some terms and stuff you'll have to learn if you're not familiar with them. On the whole, however, the class is really about how gender impacts everyday life (sex in the workplace, communication between genders, etc.). It's not just an attack on men like you may expect (I kind of did). Kim has an agenda, but doesn't try to hide it and always presents multiple sides of an issue.

Really, the only reason I would recommend not taking this class is if you don't plan on attending lectures. She posts slides, but they don't have all the information you need; however, if you go to lecture, you can pick it all up pretty easily, and if you miss a lecture, you can just go to her office hours once and she'll tell you everything you need to know.

That's it. Take this class.

Winter Quarter 2018
Negin Ghavami See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Professor is extremely engaging and enthusiastic making the subject material more interesting. The class is very interactive with group discussions to better understand topics. Pay attention to lecture examples to do well on the exams. Exams are about half short answer, and half lecture based (70% lecture, 30% textbook). Be sure to memorize all of the powerpoint slides to do well on the short answer because she can be very specific of what she is asking. Also daily quizzes based off the textbook reading before class.

Summer Quarter 2017
Shannon Gilmartin See Full Profile

Overall 1.1 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.1 Helpfulness 1.6

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This was the hardest class I've taken at UCLA so far and it really shouldn't be because the subject matter is not difficult. The Prof. is completely inept in "teaching" the students what to know, she simply throws all the subject matter at you and expects you to know everything. I couldn't believe her tests either, the questions were very specific to the book and by the way the final is cumulative and you must remember Ch 1-5 along with 6-10/13, oh and the films we watched in class and her lecture notes. I couldn't believe it when the T.A. told us she had to fight for the "short answer" questions to be given to us or else we all would have failed. And on average those "short answer" questions were at least 2 pages so u had about 6 pages total for 3 questions along with 55 questions of hardcore "detail-oriented" material. This class sucked and I can't believe this wasn't even a major requirement for most people in the class, like me. So I def. would NOT recommend anyone taking this class unless you like a teacher who expects you to know everything and acts snooty toward students who are frustrated about what to study. My worst class yet! Just wait for the other prof. to come back and teach this course!!

March 28, 2006
Letitia Peplau See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.6

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I really enjoyed this class. We watched 6 films throughout the course of the class. They were very entertaining and the commentaries were an easy way to earn points. The extremely short papers we wrote were also a source of easy points. The midterm and final were composed of multiple choice questions. It is critical to read all of the material assigned. A close reading of the material will ensure a good grade in the class. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone. It was very informative and interesting.

March 21, 2002
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