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Dr. Lazarreff is one of the best professors at UCLA. Take this class if you need an easy A. Note-taking and attendance are not required. The only thing we had due the entire quarter was our final which consists of 5 short answer true/false questions that DO NOT relate to the lectures. He is more so testing you on common sense and how well you can argue your answer. Example question: "True or false. Science is the accumulation of knowledge." Wish I could take him every quarter! It's a shame he teaches just the one class in Winter.
If you need an easy A, take this class.
Dr. Lazareff is very kind and extremely knowledgable, however, he can come off a bit rude sometimes and will call anyone out (ruthlessly) for talking or being on their phone and asks you to repeat your conversation to the class. Aside from this, he is very passionate about neuroscience and is a very smart guy.
As far as the class goes, I never thought I'd say this, but it was too easy! As someone who loves neuroscience, I was very interested in learning a lot of valuable information, and although I did that, I wanted ways to challenge that information and fortify it. There is no homework, no textbook, no projects, no quizzes, and only one final exam. You have weekly quizzes (although we only took 4) and they only count for participation. Then at the end of the quarter, everyone starts off at a 90%. If you get 1 or 2 wrong on the final, you get an A+. 3 or 4 wrong is an A, etc.
Overall, I liked the class I lot. I learned a lot but I definitely wanted something to challenge me a little more. Because I knew there was no assignments or tests, it made me lazy. I would recommend if you need the A and like neuroscience, but the structure of the class needs some adjustments.
Dr. Lazareff was an incredible professor. Due to COVID, he just had pre-recorded lectures and posted them on CCLE along with his slides. He gives the questions to the exams about 15 days in advance and all of the answers are in the slides and presentations so there's really no reason as to why you can't get an A+ in the class. He values the argument of your answer more, so even if you answer a T/F question wrong but you have a solid argument, then you'll still get full credit. It's just him teaching the course; he has no TAs or any other faculty helping him so he's always available via email and a Zoom call by appointment if needed. The final was the exact same way where he uploaded a PDF of the questions 10 or so days in advance, and you just need to find the answers and explanation and submit them before the deadline.
The professor himself was amazing and taught everything that was tested; there were no surprises. I plan on meeting up with him after COVID and having a cup of coffee with him or something; he's so genuine and a very interesting guy!! I recommend taking his course about neurosciences for the social sciences.