Spring 2023 - I took this class as a GE and overall enjoyed the class material, but the lectures were very boring. You really only need good memorization to do well in the class. Lectures were long, boring, and unengaging but the expectations for the class were very clearly outlined which I found helpful. I knew exactly what I had to study for exams, and papers were graded generously. The lecture slides even have a slide at the end with a list of terms you’ll need to know for the tests, and you really don’t need to know anything else. Overall a boring but easy GE. TA Heidi wasn’t very good at explaining things clearly to us and I didn’t really gain anything from sections but it didn’t matter because the class was so easy. However, I would recommend avoiding her if you are able to.
Fall 2022 - This class is very fast paced just like the other 20 series ethno classes, but you will learn a lot from the materials and from Prof Rees!! She is such an amazing professor, cares about the students, the field, the materials, and teaching. She is so sweet, so accommodating! Just do the readings and draw down notes as she goes over them; it will be very helpful when it comes to the midterms and final. One thing really to be aware about is test-taking skill. The tests are timed, including the final! She only allocates 1.5 hours or smth out of the entire 3 hours time slot for you to complete the final. I and many students have found the policy a little unnecessary. Nonetheless, just be aware and don't drift away too much in trying to impress her with all that writing in the early section and save time for the big essays.