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Honestly didn't know what I should expect coming into this class. Since it was asynchronous, every week we would have a movie to watch, a paper to read and lectures pertaining to that movie and other concepts. We would take about them in discussions and have to write about the/analyze the lecture content in a weekly journal entry. We had both a midterm and a final that were open-book and were week long as well as a paper to write on music from a movie of our choice. Personally, I did not watch a single movie since I have no patience whatsoever and didn't take any notes either, just listened to the lectures 2x speed and still managed to do fine. It can definitely feel like a chore if you have no interest in movies and/or music though. (+it is not easy to write a paper about music). I wouldn't takeout again but it wasn't too bad either.
Initially, I was turned off from taking this class because Professor Repologle-Wong had an overall 2.7 rating on BruinWalk (I really don't know how), but after looking at the grade distributions for her other classes and my love of musicals, I decided it was worth the risk. It was such a good idea!! I do not know if this is going to be one of my favorite classes at UCLA, but it is definitely up there. I personally love how unique and different the experience is as I am a STEM major, so normally would not take any class of this sort. Professor Repologle-Wong really knows her material though and occasionally will even bust out some notes on the piano like it is no big deal.
The format of the class is one midterm that has some short answer and then one essay. She provided us with all the prompts beforehand though, so if you had at least kind of prepared, it was very doable. Then there was just a final paper and a take-home final exam that was due end of week 10 and finals week, respectively. That was about the only time that I did a ton of work in the class though. There are weekly reflections that are due on CCLE, but they did not have to be long and I found them a nice break from tedious math problems.
A lot of people stopped showing up to lecture after awhile, but I found the content interesting and kept going. The Professor is not scared of bringing up criticism of some of the most popular and well-loved musicals, and I really found my eyes being opened as I approached music and its plot in ways that I had never previously considered. Where else would I have learned that Hamilton is problematic due to its erasure of African American history? Overall, I highly recommend this class if you are a musical fan or want an easy GE!
Overall, a fun and easy GE to take. The lectures were interesting but weren't essential to attend. They did help answer the questions for the midterm. There were assigned readings, but you didn't really need to read them, only to use them to cite in your midterm.
- Weekly journals (super short, just reflecting on what you learned in the past week)
- One midterm where we answered a few short questions on the material
- A final paper on the music in a movie of your choice
- A final assessment where we answered one long question
This class was such an easy GE and the prof was super chill. The lectures were boring but some of them were cool, a lot of it was the history of film and scores. Your grading is by the TAs but all of them are super lax (the average for our midterm was a 98). You have a weekly movie to watch, some readings each week, and a 250 word journal entry due each week. There's a midterm and final that are essay questions based on the films and readings that you have a whole week to do. You really only need to watch one movie during the first 5 weeks and one movie during the last 5 weeks that you can write about on the exams; some people I know didn't watch any and did perfectly fine. At the end of the quarter, there's a 5-6 page paper due on a film of your choice but you work on it throughout the whole quarter. Discussion sections are mandatory but we never stayed the whole 50 minutes and got out early often. TLDR; easy ge but can be boring at times
I took Music History 7 with Replogle fall quarter of my freshman year.
So easy and so much fun! You learn a lot about the history of music in film without really having to stress about your grade.
Highly recommended as a GE.