Trends in Black Intellectual Thought

Caroline Streeter

Trends in Black Intellectual Thought

African American Studies department

Caroline Streeter

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Overall 3.0
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Easiness of class 3.7
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Workload 3.0
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Clarity of professor 2.7
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Helpfulness of professor 3.7
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Gives Extra Credit

Grades

Winter 2017
57.5%
47.9%
38.3%
28.7%
19.2%
9.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
78.1%
65.1%
52.0%
39.0%
26.0%
13.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2016
35.0%
29.2%
23.3%
17.5%
11.7%
5.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2015
70.6%
58.8%
47.1%
35.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
25.4%
21.2%
16.9%
12.7%
8.5%
4.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Summer 2019 Submitted Sept. 24, 2019 Grade Received: B+

Took this class as a ge req., and it was not a bad class; however, the professor does tend to get off topic at times, stick to a certain idea for a long time, or changes what she says often during her lectures. Despite, she is very helpful, if you have any questions email or go to her office hours, she is clear and will answer your questions/provide the help you need.
YES you need to READ the books, her lectures and assignments are based off what is read and learned from lectures. Also, the final exam is multiple choice and will ask you in depth/specific questions on the books. So basically, if you don't do the readings assigned, you will not pass the exam, or if you do read, make sure you thoroughly understand the books (do not skim read).

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted April 3, 2019 Grade Received: A

As the other reviewer said, the lectures are sometimes quite repetitive, and the slides usually don't contain much information relevant to what we're tested on. She'd also go off topic easily about current events or her daily life.

The grading scheme was:
20% attendance at discussion (every absence after the first is -1%, and they were all at 8 or 9am so yikes)
20% two 2-page double-space papers (due Weeks 2 and 4)
30% take home midterm (due Week 6)
30% take home final (due finals week)

For the entire course we were required to "read" six books: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, The Light of Truth by Ida B. Wells, The New Jim Crow, and two books by Angela Davis.

I got by without reading more than a chapter of each, as the first two books are on Sparknotes/Cliffsnotes and the rest you can find as pdfs or just buy hard copies. The lectures were sometimes useful before Week 6: she would drop quotes with specific page numbers from the first three books with the page numbers, and you could just use them on the 2-page papers and the midterm, which was a few short response and one three-page essay. After that, though, the lectures became propagandist and mostly irrelevant to the final, which was two 4-page essays connecting the last four books (she reuses Ida B. Wells from the midterm), as well as an additional 3-page essay you could write for 5% extra credit, all of which were due on Wednesday of finals week. I did fine just pulling a couple random relevant quotes from each book and tying them all together. (One tip for my TA: insert a sentence or two of fluff after every quote, even if it's background info, because she said that shows her that you actually did the reading.)

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted April 2, 2019 Grade Received: A

Streeter is very passionate about African American studies, but honestly I did not enjoy this class at all. The lectures are very boring, and they are often repetitive. One time she spent a whole one hour talking about one slide (and many things that weren't on that slide), and it felt like the lectures were very confusing. Also, my TA was very strict on grading, and he took off points in places that I didn't expect him to. The other TA, however, was more lenient, so your mileage may vary when you take this class.
The workload for this class though is fairly light - 2 responses papers (2 pages each), 1 take-home midterm, and 1 take-home final. If you're willing to endure thru tiring lectures and get a fairly simple class, go for it. Otherwise, I'd recommend finding another GE.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Gives Extra Credit
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