Urban Policy and Planning
This was an incredibly easy course with a very easy going professor. The material isn't particularly difficult, although you should be familiar with the readings to get a sense of what is going on in the class. In the end the majority of your grade is based on two essays and a final that he provides the prompts for beforehand. The essays were very open ended but that also allows you to be creative. His lectures are very laid back and his jokes are witty so you remain somewhat engaged. I recommend glossing over the readings, paying a decent amount of attention in lecture, and spending most of your time on your essays. I found that I was able to answer most of the questions on the final based on the research I did for my essays. It's a good class, I'd recommend it.
Spring 2020 - I loved this class! Took it during the first zoom quarter. The prof shortened the lectures so we wouldn't be watching 75 minute videos every other day, which was much appreciated. Instead the lecture videos were shorter, around 30 minutes, with supplemental videos. The vids were always really interesting as were lectures. The lectures posted came with PPTs of the slides in the videos to help with notes. The readings were interesting as well. After some lectures, there would be a quiz based on the lecture content which were very straightforward if you watched the video and looked through the notes. There were also discussion posts required throughout the quarter which were useful in reflecting on the material. There was a Critical Writing Assignment which was a medium length paper based on a specific policy you're interested in. The midterm was on responds lockdown browser, no webcam, similar to the quizzes. The final was the same as well, based on the second half of the quarter's content. Also major props to the prof, she was the first of my professors, and most professors, to make the final optional and she had a very empathetic message for us when everything was happening with the protests. The CWA was also graded very generously due to everything that happened. Long story short, take this class with this prof!!
Spring 2017 - Makes students feel very welcome in having a discussion during class and posing arguments; he talks a little fast, but lectures are a pretty good pace; definitely knows what he's talking about; some of the readings were missing a page or so and some of them were uploaded out of order which made things very confusing, but the reading materials themselves were good; really good professor; helpful; concerned with student learning; definitely go into office hours— he's a professor you want to get to know; good lectures; must do readings because pop-quizzes, reading material is uploaded so you don’t have to purchase anything