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One of my favorite professors I have taken at UCLA so far!!! Makes the class super interesting and interactive. Get ready to do a lot of group work and participate in class. Midterm and final were a breeze as long as you attend the lectures and stay engaged except don't spend too long on questions or timing may be tight!
I could not recommend this class more enough. You learn all about what constitutes journalism, the ethical decisions that go on in the newsroom, and are always encouraged to think critically and deeper about each side of the argument. Abbe is a phenomenal lecturer, and her past experience in working at the LA Times really shone through. She is highly receptive to feedback and you can tell she truly cares about her students. Bonus! she has the cutest dog you can pet during office hours.
The workload is pretty light - every week we're given two controversial ethical cases to read through, do 2 postings advocating for a side, then in class Abbe writes our ideas onto the whiteboard and facilitates class discussion. If you're lazy like me, you can get away with skimming the readings and learn the main points during class. Since each lesson relies on the points that we provide on each case, the class is super engaging and you never know what interesting points will come up. This style of work means that what you put into this class is what you get out of it - you're given more free time to think critically about each case, rather than slave over assignments and deadlines.
Exams were the opposite of rinse and repeat memorization. You write 6 mini persuasive essays, taking different stances on an issue by answering the guiding questions she gives you. Have an understanding of each side of the case and the general themes of this class, and you'll do great. However, your existing writing ability will be important as both exams are essay-based.
Comm 186 with Goldman has definitely been one of my favorite classes here at UCLA. It teaches you a whole lot about persuasion, critical thinking, and you get to hear great ideas from your peers. Give it a try!
This class is super engaging and hands-on. If you're at all interested in journalism and media, it's a great crash course focusing on a lot of important ethical case studies. It's largely discussion- and debate-focused, so it's fun to listen to and talk with other students in the class. The workload is pretty light – just a weekly discussion post and two exams that ask you to take a stance on a given case and defend it. Abbe has a lot of experience working in journalism (she used to write for the LA Times and has a Pulitzer Prize) so she offers really interesting insight.