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This class is super easy, but it was far from perfect
Here's all the graded stuff in the class:
1. showing up to discussion (you don't have to participate)
2. A 10-page paper that is graded very generously on a labor studies topic of your choosing
3. A multiple choice final at the end of the quarter that's based on the reading (ours was canceled because of the graduate student strike)
- You can ace the class without showing up to lecture
There are a few caveats with this class
1. The books are super expensive, which is super ironic because the professor (who wrote the books) is stealing what his students made (they slaved away at their minimum wage jobs to afford said books)
2. Lecture was super boring in my opinion
3. The reading is suuuper long (like 50 dense pages for some days)
My suggestions to do well in the class are to show up to lecture, listen, read the required reading, show up to discussion, and meet with your TA about your paper before you turn it in. If you do all that, you're almost guaranteed to get an A
6/10 would not take again but the class is doable
Before I get into the entire review, I want to say that this class was very easy and had little work. If you are taking this as GE and as a GPA boost, then I would recommend it. However, this class was very confusing. There were a total of four books required to read on top of other articles that were "necessary" for discussion section. I put quotations on necessary as most people did not in fact read the books; some didn't even buy the books. The four required readings are written by the professor, and rather than sharing a pdf, he makes you buy a set of tiny books that all add up to around 70 dollars. Every week we had lecture for 3 hours. The location of the lecture seemed to change almost every week for whatever reason and the format of these lectures was also very confusing. There would always be guest speakers and no one really knew if we needed to take notes on what they were saying (most of the time, these speakers would speed through their slides) and if the material was on the final. We also rarely had powerpoints on material for the class. In fact, I could probably tell you very little of what was lectured and I assume 75% of the class could not either. I am thankful everyday that the final was cancelled due to the TA strike since there was no way anyone would be able to answer any of the questions considering the content was so nebulous. Discussion sections were required but were also a waste of time, but show up to get those participation points. The bulk of this class is acquiring 5 hours of field work and writing a final 10 page research paper on a labor justice movement. These two are probably the most interesting aspects of the class, however since I took this class as a GE requirement, I did not really care for either of the two. The only work for this class is the reflection paper for the field hours, the final research paper, and the tiny assignments that your discussion TA would assign for you. And during a regular quarter, there is a MC final that tests content in the readings and lectures.
Lectures being three hours meant countless times almost falling asleep and people leaving at the halfway mark. It also meant an overload of information, most of which you would not know if it is useful or not. Honestly, this class was at the backburner of my mind, very little stress and you can get away with procrastinating on every assignment. All in all, if you want an easy A, this class if probably for you, however that A will probably come at the cost of boredom, confusion, and your own money when you pay for four tiny books you probably won't read anyways.
I had a vocal injury this summer and couldn't speak at all. Him and the TA Jonathan was very helpful and made this a perfect experience. We cancelled our final because the TAs are striking and can't help us review. The paper grading was nice, they didn't just give all 100% without comments like other GEs but didn't give you a hard time either. I got tons of helpful comments.
super interesting class! i learned a lot and there were plenty of cool guest lecturers. there is kind of a lot of reading, but you honestly don't need to read all of it to do well in the class. the final was really straight-forward, and we were given study guides by our TAs. there was also a 10-page final paper. super interesting class if youre interested in labor studies and not too hard.