All Ratings and Reviews for Kathleen A Lytle Hernandez
Hernandez is one of the more serious lecturers and does not seem like someone you want to joke around with , but will probably changer her style as she goes on because she is a relatively new prof.. One important thing about this class is that you can see that all 4 professors really have an interest in the subject and are very enthusiastic about it.
Lecture notes were usually posted online, but there were some stuff they just said, so SHOW UP to class. I had a feeling that the teachers who aren't lecturing look around so make sure to be paying attention. Essay prompts could be tricky, if not read closely, I definitely reccomend getting a rough draft done very quickly and consulting with your TF since essays are 50 percent of the grade.
On a second note, get to know your TA well because you could have them for 3 quarters possibly. They grade everything, so make sure you communicate with them during discussion and show an interest in the topics. Definitely only take the class if you are interested in the subject, because if you are not, you will hate the readings. I liked the topic so this class was a wonderful choice for me.
Very hard to reach outside of classroom, especially if you need to ask something by e-mail (a question or two). As a result, she lacks a concern for communicating with students outside of the classroom.
She also reads her lectures verbatim as a written speech, adding a couple of colloquial words here and there to make it seemingly casual and conversational. Without those written notes in front of her to read absolutely verbatim, she doesn't know what to talk about, questioning her role and authority as a genuine knowledgeable professor about her topic.
Tries to establish a strict presence in class so that people may take her seriously as a new associate professor. What she doesn't realize that she needs to be a little more humanistic/personable and less about sticking solely to rules.
Would not recommend if you want to feel ignored when attempting to contact her. You can save yourself some time and get the lecture out of any readings or even wikipedia than sitting there listening to her recite verbatim. Anyone can do that.
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.
This class is great if you're one of those people who takes classes with their best friends because half of the grade is based on paper's you write with a partner and you share the grade. However, if you're not one of those people and don't have your best friend in the class- AVOID. If you want to do someone else's work and write someone else's papers, take this class. But you could probably avoid this class and do the same thing and get paid for it. BEWARE.
Hernandez was the best lecturer out of the 4 in my Cluster class. She really wanted the students to understand the concepts in her lecture instead of just reading off the slides. She's very conversational in her lectures, which is beneficial to us in understanding. I highly recommend her.
I loved Professor Lytel-Hernandez's lectures, and always found them interesting.
She is always approachable after class if you have questions.
I DIDN'T TAKE THE ABOVE COURSE; i took the GE CLST M24: Work, Labor, & Social Justice in the U.S...Professor Hernandez is interesting & funny. She was one of my favorite professors from the cluster. She made lectures alot more interactive & made alot of jokes too. Even though she did stick mainly to her power point slides, I still felt like she was able to expand on the material. She always encouraged participation & made you feel welcome in class. I highly recommend her!
I have no idea why there are multiple lecturers for this class because they're all capable of spouting the same stuff. Powerpoint lectures are posted online but they are pretty useless because the lecturer just uses them as a guideline. Grading consisted of two papers, a final project (two smaller papers), and discussion. First paper and the final project weren't too difficult but you had to do some thinking for the second paper because the prompt was much more open ended. I literally never contributed once in discussion and it didn't show in my grade so I don't think discussion was graded too harshly. I hated this class because of all the writing but I ended up doing pretty well.
(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)
History 156 is the best class I have ever taken at UCLA, and Professor Hernandez is the BEST teacher. She cares so much about the students, she even learned almost everyones names (in a class of 130)! This class really opens your eyes to the problems in the American prison system. It's extremely interesting and something everyone should know. Her lectures are formatted like she is telling a story, so they are very engaging. Once a week, instead of lecture she has an activist come speak about what kind of work they're doing. These people were all very inspirational!
The field trips to prisons and jails are such amazing opportunities that you should definitely go on if you take this class. This class was the first A+ I ever got at UCLA and I would recommend it to everyone! Take this course if you're looking for a REAL college class experience!
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