Darin Christensen

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I took this class during my first quarter at UCLA which was online. I was hesitant when registering for this course because I'm a stem major and don't know a ton about politics/policy/etc and I was afraid that this class would be a lot like AP gov in high school which I hated.

I was pleasantly surprised by the content of this class. The topics we learned about were actually very interesting (to me at least) and I loved it. Even better was the fact that it wasn't anything like I had been afraid of so I definitely recommend this class to anyone who is interested in it even if it is completely unrelated to your major. The topics are also very relevant to today's society and the professor did a wonderful job applying what we learned to real life situations. It definitely gave me a new lens to view the world through. I read some previous reviews where people complained about the math that was involved in this course so I was slightly apprehensive as well but it honestly turned out to be not bad at all. If anything, it provided greater clarity to what we were learning about and made it easier to understand and was pretty simple. Either way, I don't think the math was completely necessary to the content. It was more a supplement to help you understand the topic better but you can definitely get by without paying too much attention to the math if that's what youre worried about. Definitely don't let it deter you from taking this course.

As far as workload goes, I thought it was pretty light especially for a social studies class. There wasnt much actual "work" besides watching the lectures and the readings for each lecture. Some of the readings can definitely be lengthy and I skipped or skimmed a good amount of them. But you can definitely get by without doing all of them because the professor discusses the readings in the lectures anyway. There were however questions about the readings/authors on the midterm and final so a solid understanding is still required overall.

I really wish I could've taken this class in person because professor christensen is such a great guy. His lectures were always pre recorded so you could watch at your convenience and his explanations of the content was always very clear and easy to understand even if you've never heard of it before. The professor was also very understanding of the difficulties of school being online and with COVID and so there was some leniency with assignments and due dates. Overall great professor who was very understanding.

There was also 2 writing assignments throughout the course. They weren't your typical essays and I thought they were pretty fun to write especially because you're given some room to decide on your topic. They're not very difficult either if you have a solid understanding of the course content and you have plenty of time to work on them.

Both the midterm and final I think were pretty representative of the course. There's always one or two tricky questions but again, if you're comfortable with the topics from class then you will do just fine.

Overall, this was my favorite class of fall quarter and I learned a ton. Definitely recommend it to anyone who is on the fence about taking it or not!

(Fall Quarter 2020)
PUB PLC 290
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