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Loved this class even though it was prerecorded lectures! My TA Aeden was the best and our sections helped with the connection to the class. Dr. Perez is very thorough and I thought his lectures were really engaging. He has such a breadth and depth of knowledge relating to the topic, overall super knowledgable.
There were short quizzes based on the readings throughout the quarter. They were so short that the issue was that if you missed one question out of three it would be a terrible grade, so partway through he made them longer. There were 2 short papers (4-6 pages) based on movies, and a take-home final that was open for a while. The grading was pretty easy in my opinion.
There was an extra credit opportunity through participating in one of his studies, which was really easy and took no time at all, and is 2 points added to whatever grading category you want.
Take it from an international student who has absolutely 0 knowledge in American politics, this class is very enjoyable! First of all, Professor Perez is very knowledgeable in his field and you can see that he teaches his class out of passion and not just because it's his job. Overall, the class is divided into 3 main parts, readings, lecture and discussion. There are 2-3 weekly assigned readings and they are dense/ hard to understand sometimes. However, most of the time he'll go over it during the lectures and although attendance is not necessary, I highly recommend attending the lectures. He will go over the concepts and will use the assigned readings as supporting evidences. However, don't be discourage if you don't understand what the professor is talking about in lectures. It gets pretty technical and packed sometimes but the TA will definitely go over the important parts in discussion. There will be biweekly quizzes and as long as you attend your discussion and take down notes, its pretty easy and straightforward. There will also be 2 midterm papers and a final paper. The grading is not harsh at all and as long as you follow the rubric, you'll be a-okay. Overall, I would recommend this class for any psych majors looking for an upper division electives. I wouldn't say that this class is an easy A, but it is very possible to get an A in this class!
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I really enjoyed this course and it was really great first-hand experience on conducting group research. In the first half of the course, you're working with your group to write a research proposal. Once the class votes on which proposal to use for their papers, the professor sends it to the IRB and they find people to take the survey. During the second half of the course, once the survey results come in, the professor and TAs taught everyone how to use R Studio (which can be difficult, but don't worry, the TAs are really helpful and smart!) so we could use that data for our group paper. Applying the data to our paper was really fun and we were able to draw a ton of conclusions from it since there was so much! Like any group project, there's a risk of being put into a bad group and having to do more work than others, but you get to grade your other group members at the end of the course and your feedback is factored into their grades so just make sure the assignments are done well and you'll do fine. Overall, I enjoyed this course and I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in research on racial and ethnic politics.
I highly recommend students at UCLA who even thinking about doing research to take this course. While everything was online it felt similar to an in-person experience. The course was asynchronous for lectures but discussions were mandatory to attend. We were divided into groups at the beginning of the quarter and then you have to come up with a research topic pertaining to the field of racial and ethnic politics. Then you have to come up with a research proposal draft which you turn in and then you receive feedback and then come up with the final draft. It is a bit competitive because only one proposal gets selected for funding. Additionally, you are taught R programming in this course so you do not need any background in data analysis. Don't be off-put if the Professor does not upload the syllabus right away at the beginning because he is busy with a lot of other tasks but he is always willing to respond to emails or scheduled office hours if you need to meet. I really enjoyed this course and would recommend this to anyone interested in doing research. This course is unique as you are doing hands-on work rather than regurgitating concepts and expected to put it all in an essay. Also, shoutout to my TA Chase if he is a TA again you should take it with him because he is super helpful.