Jay Johnson III
Fall 2020 - Professor Johnson was incredibly accommodating in light of all that was happening during Fall 2020 (coronavirus, elections, etc.). He was very clear with his requirements and grading rubric. Much of why this class is so great is likely because he is a recent grad student himself and clearly emphasizes with our plight. Additionally, I really enjoyed learning about all the different urban planning concepts regarding New York, Chicago, and LA. The class required approximately 5 short MC quizzes, 5 short written assignments responding to a forum prompt, 1 midterm, 1 group essay, and 1 final. If you watch the lectures attentively and skim the readings you should be fine with all of these. The TA Taylor Aquino was especially awesome and made learning really fun. Please take her if you have the chance.
Winter 2020 - I went into this course thinking it would be a breeze since there's only 5 meetings & most of the effort is being put towards your internship. While I probably did rather well, I had to stay very on top of the assignments and scheduling appointments. There is a 2 page weekly assignment due on Sundays based off one or two weekly readings from academic journals. Warning: these do take time. You must read the reading in depth and write these short papers with concise, valid information. So give yourself time for them. He rarely gives 100%'s on these. Schedule ALL your meetings as soon as possible, as Jay is busy and can't accommodate last minute changes, especially towards the end of the quarter. If you miss / can't reschedule one meeting, you cannot pass the class. Theres an 8-12 page final paper based on your internship, 2 readings and 3 other academic sources. All in all, I learned way more than I thought I would in this class. But you have to make time for it and put effort in. Overall, pretty easy A if you follow the guidelines.