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This professor is THE best professor that I have had while at UCLA. He is the first professor at UCLA that I have had that genuinely cares about his students and their mental health. His lectures are very entertaining as he loves to make jokes and are also very engaging. He talks fast, so you have to pay attention in lecture but overall the course load and material is very manageable. I also highly recommend going to his office hours. I found them to be very beneficial to my understanding of the material and enjoyed discussing different theorists with him. 10/10 recommend this course.
He definitely cares about his students. The class went through a rough start, as he gave us super hard readings, but once the class gave him feedback the class was actually really doable and I was able to learn a lot from it. He is also funny. If just want the A it is doable, but not easy at all. If you really just want to learn I highly recommend.
Everyone loves Guhin, and he's a really sweet person and a caring, welcoming professor. However, I have to say as far as explaining the actual subject matter, I didn't find him that helpful. The lectures were a little too focused on his ideas and thoughts about the theorists and reading, rather helping students to understand the arguments of each theorist. You could come away from a lecture knowing Guhin's ideas and passions more than with a breakdown of the theory or argument, which is bad because later you have to write a lot of papers about that argument. TAs are helpful to a point with that but it's a crapshoot whether you get a helpful TA or not. In any case be prepared to read a lot and DO NOT get behind on reading.
Professor Guhin is very passionate about sociology and has very engaging lectures. He really cares about his student's mental health, makes jokes (be prepared for dad jokes!), and he's very approachable and kind. The study guides were a bit difficult in my opinion and sometimes during lecture, he placed more emphasis on his own thoughts about the sociologist in question. The tests were a bit tricky in my opinion, but maybe I should have taken better notes. If you take this class, take thorough notes and stay on track with the readings!
Professor Guhin is amazing. He is very nice and heartwarming. However, by no means was this class an easy A. The content is difficult. Theory overall is difficult so if you want a good grade, be prepared to work for it. He gives out 12 hour grace periods for every assignment except the final, so make sure to take advantage of those opportunities.
Dr. Guhin is a gem! Such a sweetheart and ALWAYS puts students first. He is very lighthearted and is interested in getting to know each of his students. The only stress of this class are the essays, which are very doable even if you fall behind. I had J as a TA and they were amazing (always clarified information, super relatable, and kind). J was very helpful when writing the essays. TAKE THIS CLASS and try to get J as your TA!
Highly recommend this class. I took it the first quarter it was offered and even completely virtual the class was super engaging and interesting. Since it's a cluster you spend a year focusing on Islam from a variety of different perspectives from some of the most knowledgeable and amazing professors on campus, and I have to say it has definitely changed the way I think about the social sciences. As a STEM major, like many others I took this class because it satisfied a lot of my GEs, but I got way more out of this class than that.
To start with, the papers that I've written in this class have been some of the most interesting and unexpected, and I've been able to learn analytical skills both within and outside the social sciences that I don't think I would've learned outside this cluster and that I'll probably continue to apply beyond this class. The professors are so approachable and are always willing to help with research for your papers or your understanding of a topic.
The third quarter of the cluster is also organized into small seminars where you delve into a subtopic with a small group of students and a TA (there are multiple seminars, each on a different topic, which you can chose from). I've had some of the most interesting discussions there and the small class size (it was about 10ish people) made the class way more engaging than your typical GEs. There was also a lot of focus on connections with present day issues, which also made the seminar an awesome opportunity to become more informed and aware of how the subject (and the social sciences more broadly) intersects with contemporary environmentalism, politics, science, etc., and learn things I can take with me beyond this class.
There is a bit of work and reading that comes with the class, but if you stick with it it will be worth it, and you'll be proud of the diversity of what you've learned and of the work that you've produced. It's not the easiest class you'll find, but in a way the challenge made it worth it :D
I am going to keep it real with all of you, there is not one person who I know that took this class and loved it. For all of my LS majors, I am still deciding whether this class is worth the extra GE credits. For other humanities majors I advise against taking this class unless you're really into learning about Islam.
I believe this class has potential but right now it is a little bit of a boring, confusing mess. The faculty involved in Global Islam are all very understanding and are really good at getting back to you. However, I found a lot of their instruction as vague. You are required to do about 3 hours of reading a week which is not fun because they are long and dense, but you have to read them and pay attention in class because you never know what will be asked on the weekly quizzes. The topic is very broad and although the professors try to centralize on the 4 "big themes", a lot of the information is random and doesn't exactly follow a pattern. Although I do like the professors as people, they somehow make the topic extremely boring. The research and writing specialists are nice, but are also not very helpful with the assignments.
The grading structure is based on 6 things. Attendance 10%, Participation 10%, Weekly Quizzes 20%, Response Paper 25%, Final Paper 20%, CoCurricular Activity 5%. The lowest quiz grade is dropped. There are 4 prompts for the response papers, you only have to do 3 of them, 500-600 words each. Final paper, 5-6 pages max, is broken down into 5 sections including related questions, articles, thesis and outline, revised thesis and outline, and final draft. I had a really difficult time figuring out what the paper needed. The directions and rubric were unclear and vague. The cocurricular is just a 2-3 hr activity you do outside of class and you have to write a 2 page response on it. The key to doing well in this class is building a good relationship with you TA, doing all the assignments, and participating in discussion. Your TA is your grader for everything so questions or details on assignments should be reviewed by them.
It is not inherently a difficult class, it is just a lot of work and it is not very fun. I do appreciate that faculty and staff are all a really nice and passionate about what they do but the structure and clarity needs a lot of work. Just prepare your friends and roommates for complaining about how much you dislike the class. I hope this helps.
He's a sweet professor! His class consist of 3 papers (1 is a rough draft outline, and one is a final). The papers are revolved around the theorist you choose, which choose wisely because theory is a bit complex. I had a picky TA when it came to my papers, however, the average grades for all these papers were 85-95. Most people got Low A's in their papers for the most part. Also final consist of 2 theorist you write that he chooses randomly for you!
Basic rundown: funny guy, cares about his students. talks the whole class - so recording lectures will probably help.
1)Midterm format: 20 questions multiple choice
-he has two midterms with 4 weeks worth of lectures in each one
2)Finals format (cumulative)
-50 multiple choice (fairly easy. 25 of them were from the midterms he gave us. you can study those very easily) and one essay. He gives you 6 prompts a week before the final and he choses two the day of your final and you write about one
HONESTLY: study with a group for the final and you will do just fine. I studied for the final for only one day and I feel like I did fine