Spring 2022 - Professor Roy is an extremely gifted teacher, amazingly well-spoken, and a very engaging lecturer; I can honestly say there was never a boring day in class. She's also pretty badass tbh. More than that, her and all the TAs are also very compassionate and will work with you to make sure you succeed if you're having trouble or going through something. I usually don't write bruinwalk reviews, but I enjoyed having Professor Roy so much that I felt compelled to write one for her. Both exams were online and open-book, and all the reading materials were provided; no purchasing a textbook required. Some other reviews here have noted that the readings and materials for this class were pretty radical, which I would agree with, however this isn't true for all of the readings. Her lectures often focus on real-world movements, research, and events, and have practical applications for other classes. I wish she taught more undergrad classes so I could have her as a professor again.
Winter 2017 - The professor is an engaging lecturer, and nice enough on a personal level. I've never loathed a class like this one, though. I've experienced my fair share of ideologues in the classroom, but her dogmatism was on another level. If learning about social justice movements, the "global south", etc., is your thing, then this class is for you (I'm serious: you won't find someone better). Considering many of the students were borderline sycophantic, most people evidently got the memo before enrolling - unfortunately for my sanity, I wasn't one of them. If you have illusions about studying urban planning, as I did, best go elsewhere: other than a handful of swipes at Robert Moses, Le Corbusier, and Haussmann (which is standard practice at UCLA anyway) this class had nothing to do with planning. Exams were straightforward, and the TA was great. Course reader was laughably expensive, especially for a class that often touched on the "neoliberalization of the university", but I digress.
Fall 2020 - For Fall 2020, because of the COVID pandemic, Dr Roy utilized a "non-differentiated" grading format AKA all students received an A. I found this to be incredibly generous and flexible of her! For the class itself, it's VERY heavy with readings. Be very mindful of that! Assignments were 3 short papers (500 words) and the final was essay-format of answering prompts. Dr Roy is very knowledge, friendly, and personable. I would recommend this class if you're interested in planning history but to be very mindful of how heavy workload this course is. You've been warned!