Matthew Barreto

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CHICANO 10B
Introduction to Chicana/Chicano Studies: Social Structure and Contemporary Conditions See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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While the course material was fascinating, Dr. Barreto and his TAs made the experience kind of lackluster. My problems with this class are many.
1. The syllabus for the class required students to buy around five textbooks. We only used maybe half of them for the entire quarter.
2. There is a clear lack of unity, cohesiveness, and standardization among how the TAs graded. My TA, Claudia Rodriguez, was absolutely wonderful. Claudia was great at leading class discussions and was clear about what her expectations were. I had two friends who had an absolute nightmare TA. This TA was rude and condescending to them in emails. When receiving their final grades for a final project that required us to research Latinx populations in various cities across the US, my friends reached out to their TA to ask for an explanation. She gave them both Cs for their project because they didn't include "specific information" required by the professor. My friend emailed the professor back and forth; after re-grading her project, the professor gave her a B+. This lack of communication, cohesion, and standardization could have cost her an entire letter grade.
3. My final comment is about Dr. Barreto himself. His lectures were SO BORING. He would literally just make PowerPoint slides and read off of them the entire time. There were a few pictures here and there throughout the slides, but the majority of the slides were a text that had been copied and pasted from the book. Though a smart and accomplished man, I think he lacks the ability to make the information interesting in a teaching setting.

Though I have many complaints about this class, I will say that (with a good TA) the class was actually pretty easy. There were only three components of our grade, two of which were a final and a final project. The final was easy if you went to lectures, took notes, and made a mental timeline of the events he talked about. I would definitely be wary of taking this class. I say go for it if you want to roll the dice and risk getting a rude and unfair TA.

(Winter Quarter 2019)
CHICANO 89
Honors Seminars: Honors Seminar for Chicana and Chicano Studies 10B, Lecture 2 See Full Profile

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CHICANO M155B
U.S. Latino Politics Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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CHICANO M155B
U.S. Latino Politics See Full Profile

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CHICANO 155B
U.S. Latino Politics Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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CHICANO 155B
U.S. Latino Politics See Full Profile

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POL SCI 181B
Latino Politics in U.S. See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 3.6 Workload 3.7 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.9

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This is the dumbest political science class I have ever taken. The professor is extremely unclear, egotistical, and unengaging for the most part. The first day of class, he spoke for literally an hour about how he founded this Latino research organization, which is actually really cool if he didn't constantly toot his own horn about it. He also bragged for 30 min about how he was close personal friends with every presidential candidate and that he was planning to bring multiple of them in to talk to us, which is honestly the main reason I stayed in the class. However, he never brought any of them despite giving us specific dates and candidates who were supposed to come. His lectures are extremely boring and overly broad, yet the final contained ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE questions about specific percentages and numbers. It was just a regurgitation of extremely specific facts, and you could tell he wrote the test quickly and without much thought because there were many typos. Many of the questions didn't even make sense or were worded confusingly, so people had to consistently ask the TAs for clarification. Furthermore, his final project requires you to use STATA, make graphs, and put it in a powerpoint. There was literally no good reason for us to use STATA for this project, and the day he was supposed to teach us how to use it he had reserved the wrong rooms and literally 100 people didn't have a seat and couldn't learn how to use it. He was EXTREMELY unclear about instructions for the final project and only gave 2 sentences of clarification on his syllabus. My TA didn't give us any extra information, but apparently a different TA provided their group with examples, so it was uneven across the board. Lastly, for the deadline, he extended it without letting my TA know, so everyone was really confused for a day during finals week when we all have other stuff going on. He provides a lot of extra credit opportunities, which is rare at UCLA, however most of them are in DTLA or further and on weekdays, so they're hard to get to when you're a student and working. I enrolled in this class because I was interested in learning about Latino politics, and all I got was a bunch of graphs, his boring ass voice lecturing over and over, and and a test/project that had nothing to do with knowledge that would be useful in the future.

(Fall Quarter 2019)
POL SCI M181B
U.S. Latino Politics Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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POL SCI M181B
U.S. Latino Politics See Full Profile

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CHICANO 194
Research Group Seminars: Chicana and Chicano Studies See Full Profile

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PUB AFF 199
Directed Research or Senior Project in Public Affairs See Full Profile

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CHICANO 202
Qualitative Methods in Study of Chicanas/Chicanos and Latinas/Latinos See Full Profile

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POL SCI 280B
Research Methods in Race-Ethnicity Politics See Full Profile

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