People, Organizations, and Systems
Winter 2023 - This class is one giant non sequitur: there is zero continuity and no clear topic, purpose, or even a general theme. Topics discussed include jail, sexual abuse, spatial income inequality, covid, STDs in minority gay men, all tied together by Professor Leap wasting hours (yes) talking about her own family, personal anecdotes, experiences totally extraneous to class, etc. The entirety of this courses’ material could be condensed into a 2 hour period. That is not an exaggeration. Prior to this class, I thought “I’d be ok with taking anything that gave me an easy A”. This class proved me wrong. It feels offensive, unbecoming of UCLA, and like a huge waste of everyone’s time. It feels like you in on some kind of inside joke with Leap where you both know that if the administration found out she was “teaching” this course she would get in trouble. I’ve never really thought “my tuition is going towards THIS?” until this class (really, and I swear am not a snobby person). Leap’s frequent attempts at humor go beyond edgy and are totally inappropriate: insinuating that all American veterans “died for nothing” (which yes, elicited laughs in this class) is a totally careless statement and would be wildly offensive to anyone who has lost a loved one in the military. Anyway, I know leap has a large cult of personality here (and this class is easy — like mind-numbingly easy) but I’d discourage people from taking this course. Contrary to popular belief, there are quite a few easy A courses at UCLA, the vast majority are taught by professionals who you’ll actually learn something from. Leap herself is a renowned expert on crime and gang culture — it’s too bad she puts so little effort into this class.