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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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