People, Organizations, and Systems
Winter 2021 - This class is WHACK. Dr. Leap is WHACK. The students, however, are also WHACK. Read to the bottom to hear the story. Dr. Leap has a philosophy: don't worry about grades. Do the work, get an A. Super helpful, should create a very generous and happy student population, and a very free-flowing and efficient lecture period, right? WRONG. She still would spend 10+ minutes every lecture talking about course logistics. Section material was not integrated with course material well. The guest lectures were never integrated. Books were not integrated until the final. Some of the lectures/guest speakers were super interesting. But they didn't have slides or handouts, so we had to take notes if we wanted to reference a stat or something. Three reflection papers and a final. Four required books (must be referenced in some papers and the final to keep you accountable). The highlight of the course was being forced to read these books. Just Mercy is required and it is incredible. Story time: Dr. Leap invites the Deputy Chief of the LAPD for Community Engagement to speak with us. This is a black woman. This is a black woman cop who supports defunding the police, spending more on community safety, etc., and she says so in her guest lecture. She is obviously not as left-leaning as the UCLA Pub Aff population, but jesus christ she is about as liberal as cops come. She is my ideal Deputy Chief of the LAPD for Community Engagement because she supports defunding the police! But when I say that these students ripped her apart in the GroupMe, it's an understatement. "copaganda" "racist bullshit" "this is traumatic" like jesus christ can you just listen to someone that has been working on the ground, in the field, etc. before judging? She has lived the experiences of black women in LA, she knows what cops deal with, why shouldn't we listen to what she has to say? Anyway, rant over. Take the class for the books and the easy A.