All Ratings and Reviews for Lucy M Burns
Her rules are childish and disrespectful. We are college students, not elementary school children.
Burns was very strict about being late, using laptops, eating, talking, basic childish things but overall she was alright. She assigned a good amount of reading and if you want a good grade you have to speak up in class. It wasn't that hard--i think 3 papers and a project. Papers were relatively easy. her lectures are pretty chill but she doesn't post them so she makes you go to every single lecture.
I wish I never enrolled in this class. She makes her classroom a very uncomfortable environment. If you ask her a question, nine times out of ten she will answer with a nasty response that will make you feel stupid for even asking. I have had nothing but kind, inspirational, and caring professors at UCLA. I do not know why she is allowed to teach here. Maybe the Asian American Studies department does not audit her classes as strictly as they should. The quality of her instruction and overall demeanor as a person is completely unacceptable. I hope she does not continue to teach, she is terrible. I will make sure to write a letter to the Asian American Studies department to let them know about her.
I guess I had very high expectations for the class. The class was structured as following: pop quizzes (we had five throughout the quarter); one timeline project; a Filipino Experience in Los Angeles project; an in-class presentation; and an in-class final. Overall, the class is relatively easy, but you do have to do some work and it consumes time. The professor is a good person, but her teaching methods are not quite effective. The class was disorganized and very hard to follow along. It becomes tedious to go to class as the quarter progresses. I guess that if you like ethnic studies classes, you ought to enjoy the classes. Not my particular interest.
I pretty much agree with everything the previous reviewer posted on 2/19/16. As far as being disrespectful, professor has called out students who were on their phones or sleeping and had no problem reprimanding them in front of class. I understand how she would be irritated with that behavior but they way she's handled it was not only petty and annoying, but a waste of everyone's time when she could have just asked them politely to stop what they were doing and moved on. The pop quizzes in class are kind of a bummer as well, even if you do the readings; I'm scared they're gonna kill my grade. Those are two elements which makes this feel like a high school class. However, one of the most frustrating aspects in this class is the lack of clarity in how to do specific assignments and projects. Her directions are terrible and no one actually knows what is going on with an assignment until a bunch of students have to ask and pry for information. It's just a bit shocking to me because I've never had a professor like this, even back in my community college.
Despite this, there are positive aspects of this class. I took it to learn more about my Filipino heritage and have definitely learned a fair amount about Filipino history and Filipino American relations. I got to see a super enjoyable play (which is required and kind of expensive). The movie shown in class, "Amigo" was really good and we also had a representative from the Pilipino Worker's Center talk to us; the whole section on San Francisco's International Hotel was valuable as well. Honestly, those were the highlights of the class and you could probably learn and enjoy these things without having to take the class, haha. On the bright side, the Keyword presentations were pretty cool and fun, the students in the class seemed nice, and professor Burns is very knowledgeable in what she teaches. Overall, it's hard to say whether I would recommend this class or not. If you're someone like me who is very interested in learning about their Filipino heritage, then possibly. But as for an easy-ish and fun elective, there may be better classes out there for that.
I've had my share of horrible professors at UCLA but she is by far one of the most disorganized and disrespectful professor/educator I have ever had. Half of the class was student presentations, movies, and guest speakers. On the days she does give lectures, she spends one hour on a topic that should of taken no less than 10 minutes. On top of that, she assigns on average 100 pages of reading per week on topics she briefly mentions in class. To make sure you do the reading, she gives unannounced pop quizzes that are worth 20% of your grade. She gives no rubric and very vague instructions on her assignments so you have no idea how your papers was graded. Overall, avoid this professor. Avoid her like the plague. It will be relatively easy to get a B and very hard to get an A unless she likes you. However, the frustration you will get from her teaching methods and lack of respect she gives to her students is not worth the B. I wouldn't take a class with her again even if it was a guaranteed A and Emma Watson was enrolled in the class.
What a sorry excuse for a professor.
She has an English degree but doesn't even speak and write proper English. She is very disorganized, and her lectures consisted mainly of her trying to get around technical difficulties to play some slideshows that looked like they were put together by a 4th grader.
There is quite a bit of assigned reading, and the readings aren't even interesting like the readings in AA20. It's mostly pretentious, overly wordy, ramblings of people who get off on denouncing the U.S. as a White capitalist regime hell-bent on enslaving Asian Americans. One of these readings was written by the professor herself.
That being said, if you manage to slog through the readings, some of them do have substance underneath all the pretentious crap cluttering every sentence. There was even one short story that was actually entertaining.
If possible, take Professor Bascara. He is well spoken, well organized, and intelligent, and can make a bs class like this somewhat bearable. Professor Burns, on the other hand, does not speak proper English, is disorganized, and is, well.. you know. I guess that's the difference between an education from Columbia and one from UMass.
Overall, the class is pretty easy as long as you do the readings because there are pop quizzes. There are two papers and one big project which are all just bs-fests.
2/10 would not take again.
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