Kathleen Lytle Hernandez

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HIST 12A
Inequality: History of Mass Imprisonment See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 4.4 Workload 3.8 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.2

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This class is probably the most interesting, yet, easiest class I've ever taken. There is no midterm but weekly summaries or notes you took on the readings of the chapters. The final consists of either a paper, physical project, and time capsule, etc. I went to lecture the first two weeks and only showed up to discussion which is mandatory. Her book is well written and if you can just read the assigned chapters (very short book) you can easily get the A.

(Winter Quarter 2018)
HIST 13C
History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: 20th Century See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.3

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Welcome back to high school! But no, really, I was kind of confused about why this is advertised as a college-level course. I realize it's a GE and that 20th century American history is not on the cutting edge of academia...but if the goal of this class was to transform my historical thinking, then it failed spectacularly.

But yeah, set your expectations for this class pretty low. Professor Hernandez will trumpet the importance of the theme of "freedom." Don't be fooled; this is code for "understand how people in different eras were shaped by social currents." If you can articulate vague ideas about labor, race relations, immigration, and economic thinking while sprinkling in a few examples, you're good to go.

Unfortunately, the course is so broad in trying to hit all of those themes that it never really delves into any critical examination. Example - a substantial chunk of time was devoted to explaining what containment was. Zero time was spent debating whether or not containment was actually effective.

Is the class hard? Well, it kind of says something when your TA sends an email literally begging people who couldn't bother to show up to section (read: not participate, just SHOW UP) to drop the class rather than get a C or fail.

Translation: if you're smart, you have nothing to worry about because this class is full of people who don't give a shit. Just make sure you go to lecture. Reading the textbook is wholly unnecessary; there may be some test IDs from the book, but it's largely irrelevant since that section allows you to discard 3-4 terms.

In terms of grading, there's two midterms and a final, all of which are worth 20%. All the tests have the aforementioned IDs and a short essay asking you to evaluate a primary source. The final also has a question asking you to compare ideas about "freedom" from two different eras, i.e. post-WWII and the New Conservatism.

Section is worth 40% - I know, right? So yeah, you kind of have to show up. Your TA will assign free writes, where you'll analyze a primary source and explain its content, context within the era, and significant. It's a completely vapid exercise because there's zero specificity in terms of how you're expected to respond. Even if everything you say is factually correct, if you don't mention exactly what you're looking for you'll get a 9 out of 10 at most instead of full marks. You also have to take a cultural field trip and write a two page report - not very hard.

I got an A despite literally not studying for the final. If you're looking for an easy class, go ahead and take it, I guess. Just prepare yourself for canned lectures (drinking game: take a shot every time you hear the phrase "orgy of consumption") and uninspiring material.

(June 17, 2011)
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CLUSTER M24A
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S. See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.3 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.3

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She is the most captivating of all the lecturers for this cluster and is quite approachable as well. As for the cluster itself, do not take it if you are looking for an easy "A." The topic is very broad and the essays are graded pretty tough. Also, the readings take a big time commitment.

(Dec. 31, 2008)
CLUSTER M24B
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S. See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.8 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.5

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HIST 96W
Introduction to Historical Practice See Full Profile

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HIST 97B
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Medieval History See Full Profile

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HIST 97D
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History See Full Profile

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HIST 97E
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Latin American History See Full Profile

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HIST 98T
Of One Blood? Race in 19th-Century California See Full Profile

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HIST 134C
Economic History of Europe, 20th Century See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.2

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(HIST13C, not 134C!) Professor Lytle Hernandez was THE BEST professor I've had at UCLA. I honestly don't know why her ratings are so low. She is the most entertaining woman, lectures are more than an hour long but pass by so quickly, and she's just so knowledgeable about American history. I highly recommend this class. Even though there is a lot of reading, this class is definitely worth taking if you want an A and an interesting subject. (And attending/participating in section is 40% of your grade!!! 2 Midterms and Final are worth 20% each)

(July 1, 2013)
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