All Ratings and Reviews for Kathleen A Lytle Hernandez
This is a very easy and interesting GE, so long as you COME TO CLASS. Don't skip class or discussion. They modified this course from prior years so that you can't just skip without it affecting your grade. There are iClicker quizzes usually 1-2 times a week, so plan for that however you wish. There are weekly reading responses which are graded very leniently. Lastly, there is a very open-ended final project, and you have the option to do it in groups of up to 5 people, which I highly recommend forming. You could push it off all the way until the week it's due and complete it by yourself in like a day or two of reasonable effort (just do a time capsule).
This year they tried to make the class less easy by adding lots of participating grade percentage, but the distribution is highly unreasonable. You get 30% for several class pop quizzes which tests your memory on trivial, factual questions, while in the meantime, it remains an easy A.
However, I do recommend this course as a GE because it really affects your way of thinking about activism if you are willing to do so. You don't have to agree with the professor or TAs at all because this is exactly a course on debatable issues. Initially I thought that the professor was too radical on her pan-Africanism by phrasing the modern incarceration as aiming to eliminate minorities, but as I learned more, her words started to make sense --- not that I agree 100% but this theory is scientifically grounded.
Especially it inspired me a lot about navigating through activism, myself having experienced numerous human right inequalities with regards to sexuality and race. I've seen people right in this course being disrespectful to those unprivileged (and yes savage things still happen in the year of 9102), so I would say that this kind of education is imperative for students here.
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.
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.
I highly recommend this class to anyone who is looking to satisfy a GE or needs additional credits as it is super interesting and a relatively easy course. Professor Hernández is an excellent teacher and brings in guest lecturers that also deliver quality content. The course itself is fascinating and rewarding. I ended the quarter with far more knowledge about Jim Crow and the Prison Industrial System than I feel that I would have ever learned. I highly recommend the class.
In terms of the class the grade breakdown is 30% pop quizzes, 30% for a final project, and 40% for discussion participation/weekly reading assignments.
The pop quizzes are usually based off of the lecture that day so if you pay attention in class you'll get 100%/ they are mostly common sense. You'll need an iclicker. The final project is based off of the whole class (including the content from guest lecturers) so make sure you have some notes from each lecture at least. Participation in class is super easy if you do the readings (or at least skim) and the responses are only a page double space due online before discussion.
Overall I again highly recommend the class for its fascinating content, badass professor, and relative easiness. Loved it truly, 10/10.
Cool GE, professor is a real expert on the area, has written a book (pretty much our textbook for the class) and invites guest speakers regularly. Starting this quarter there are quizzes in lecture in addition to weekly page-long write-ups and the final project has a pretty extensive scope and criteria based off the book, lectures and some other stuff. But if you have any interest and are willing to learn about the extensive history of incarceration and its factors and impacts this is a great class to take. I feel that my own views on imprisonment have been refined and somewhat changed and I have a much better understanding and would be able to actually discuss this topic with real basis and evidence. Would recommend this GE but don't take it just because it's easy, cos it was more time-consuming than I had expected to be honest
This is honestly the easiest class I've taken at UCLA. It required no effort, only a one-page double-spaced summary/analysis of the reading due in discussion once a week. Lectures were not mandatory for attendance and the "group project" at the end can be done by yourself. The grading was extremely lenient and easy. Even though I never attended lectures, I still learned a lot and found the discussion section to be engaging! As a bonus, there are a ton of extra credit opportunities available. I would definitely recommend taking this class.
I am writing this review regarding the course coordinator Amber because I never actually interacted with Lytle-Hernandez.
I was not happy with this course. I think that it is unreasonable that while already working for free at an internship, students are expected to also complete the heavy workload of this class. While the assignments are basically graded for completion, they are still a lot of work. I had to write a 2-3 page paper every week and a 10 page research paper for the final.
Amber was not very clear in her instructions and was not great about responding to emails. The lack of effort she seemed to put into the course made me unmotivated to put in effort in return.
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.
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