Introduction to Latin America

Bonnie Taub

Introduction to Latin America

International and Area Studies department

Bonnie Taub

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Overall 4.8
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Easiness of class 3.9
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Workload 3.6
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Clarity of professor 4.2
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Helpfulness of professor 4.6
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  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Issues PTEs

Grades

Winter 2019
52.9%
44.1%
35.3%
26.5%
17.6%
8.8%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2017
54.5%
45.5%
36.4%
27.3%
18.2%
9.1%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
45.7%
38.0%
30.4%
22.8%
15.2%
7.6%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
39.1%
32.6%
26.1%
19.6%
13.0%
6.5%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2014
38.5%
32.1%
25.6%
19.2%
12.8%
6.4%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2013
29.0%
24.2%
19.4%
14.5%
9.7%
4.8%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted April 19, 2020 Grade Received: A

Bonnie is by far one the best professors I've had at UCLA. This class is very easy and the topic is interesting. The midterm was easy as long as you read the assigned book, skimmed the textbook and went to class regularly. The paper assignment is long, but relatively easy and pretty much everyone in the class got an A on it. Bonnie is clearly passionate about Latin America and makes this class applicable to all majors by including political, medical, anthropological (etc) topics to the class.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted Feb. 12, 2020 Grade Received: A

Professor Taub is easily one of the nicest, most passionate professors I've had at UCLA. Her work in the field is super interesting and hugely diverse, and she has a lot to say about her experiences and is very knowledgable about the subjects covered in IA STD 50. A lot of the topics covered in this class are super interesting and will definitely open your eyes and make you think. That being said, there is a lot of reading for this class. The tests are decently in depth, and there is definitely a lot of material to understand along with a lot of things to memorize. The interview research paper also was a ton of work, and took a couple of weeks at least to gather all the facts and data you need, interview your subject, make sure of its accuracy, and actually write the paper. Even though this research paper was super involved and difficult at times, it was genuinely very interesting to learn from a first hand account. It makes you realize the themes and subjects you are studying in class are present in the experiences of someone right in front of you, and humanizes everything this class stresses over the course of the quarter.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted Nov. 19, 2019 Grade Received: A

I absolutely loved learning about Latin America, but I felt like Professor Taub's lectures were not super helpful towards the midterm and final. I enjoyed this class too because there was no discussion, which actually might have been helpful to have. In all honesty, you do need the textbook for this class. But don't fear. It should be on course reserves in the library. I didn't have to buy mine because of this. There is a lot of content to go over, but it isn't too understand. Professor Taub does create a brief study guide list. Most of the questions on the exams are pretty specific, therefore it is important to read from the textbook. I believe that for every lecture section (2x a week) we had to turn in a printed copy of a current news event on a country in Latin America and write a brief summary of the article and some thoughts. Professor Taub is very sweet, but she is a bit forgetful. She also never claims to know everything which is great compared to other professors. She also speaks a whole bunch of languages and has worked abroad. There is a pretty long essay we have to write where we interviewed someone who has lived in a country in Latin America and discuss their experiences and how they coincide with the events at that time. I recommend doing this as soon as possible because the essay does require a lot of time and research to be accurate. As long as you did all the readings (or just skimmed the main points) and the essay to your best abilities, it is highly likely that you will get and A.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted Oct. 17, 2018 Grade Received: A

Professor Taub is not only a great professor but also a super sweet person. It's easy to tell that she is very passionate about what she teaches and she is very willing to help students understand and learn the material well. There are frequent homework assignments and lecture attendance is taken through those homeworks, the assignments are all super helpful in understanding the material. The exams are not too challenging as long as you pay attention to lecture and ask Professor Taub if you have any questions. She'll go over it as many times needed too! She's great!!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted March 30, 2018 Grade Received: A

This was my favorite class Winter Quarter! Professor Taub is a really kind woman, and an engaging lecturer. The midterm was super easy, and the final paper, which was an ethnographic interview/research paper on change in Latin America, was actually fun to write. The novels she assigns make up most of the exams, but they are short and interesting reads. She also allows for three extra credit assignments, which require you to do anything related to Latin America (read a book, listen to a song, watch a movie, visit a museum, etc.) and write a half-page response to it. Overall, I highly recommend this class and Professor Taub!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted March 21, 2018 Grade Received: N/A

Coming into this class, I knew little about Latin America. I am much more open minded and informed about the subject after taking this class. I really enjoyed Professor Taub as a person. Her lectures were engaging and she had so many diverse personal experiences to share with us. She does give extra credit, which helps a lot. Here is a breakdown:
Class Attendance is important! You have to turn in an article every class to earn your attendance marks. Although she does upload her powerpoint to CCLE, she will put very general words like 'anthropology' or 'Mayans'... which does help at all unless you are in lecture.
Midterm was a breeze if you read the books and went to lecture. However, the final intensely focused on material in the textbook. It was kind of a surprise.
The books are necessary!!! Buy them and read them!!!
Although this class was the most work I've done for a GE, it really was not that bad. I would take it again just because Professor Taub was so lovely and engaging.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted June 1, 2017 Grade Received: A

Dr. Taub was great, I really loved her as a person. She was incredibly sweet. Her class was awesome, we learned so much about Latin America, and she had many first hand experiences to share with us. We did read a lot, but the work load was not that bad. Overall I had a great experience with her.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted April 8, 2017 Grade Received: A

Learned a lot about Latin America which I was otherwise ignorant before. Really friendly and funny professor. Not a harsh grader at all. Material is engaging and relevant. One of my fav professors at UCLA. Easy A as long as you out the work in which doesn't take that much effort. Many extra credit events to attend which she greatly appreciates and rewards you for. 10/10 recommend this professor and class

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  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Issues PTEs
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