Professor Cooperson is amazing. The best Arabic professor on campus hands down. The fact that I could find him anywhere, walking on campus, eating lunch, even at various demonstrations and protests, and I could *still* ask him for help on my Arabic is a testamant to how much he cares for students' learning. He's funny, which makes it easier to swallow his grading, which at times can be a little on the tough side, but hey, that's the price of learning a great language. Even though with Arabic, you don't get much choice of professors here, consider yourself lucky if you get Prof. Cooperson.
Spring 2023 - Literally my favorite class that I've taken at UCLA. A bit of history, a bit of time travel, a bit of reading. Each week is a different topic in time travel. The class mainly revolves around looking at various written works that include some type of time travel, and discussing why the author used time travel as a device in that narrative. Stories are in all different languages, all different genres. I honestly just skimmed the stories occasionally or before a test and was totally fine. Professor Cooperson usually gives a run-down of the story before you have to read it and tells you most of what you need to know. His lectures are super engaging. You can tell he's interested in the topic and is super knowledgeable and friendly. (The final was scheduled for 8 am but he let us come at any time between 8-11 to take it since it would only take 25 min, and he had coffee there for us as well. Super kind.) There's 4 quizzes in the quarter, they're each 10 q and not too bad. DEF take this if you need a lit GE. Super chill. I honestly didn't really even study for the final cuz the 4 quizzes already covered most of it, and I did well. I did pay attention in class tho, which is kinda all you need, but that wasn't hard 'cause it was super fun to learn about.
Fall 2017 - I really enjoyed this class, it was a super easy upper div! Professor Cooperson is knowledgeable and clearly cares about what he's teaching. His Powerpoints were easy to follow and got really interesting, especially toward the end when you talk about modern Islam. He provides lists of key terms to know for each quiz, which you should definitely take advantage of. Quizzes were multiple choice and the final was crazy easy -- multiple choice, fill in the blank, labeling a map, and matching. I finished it in 10 minutes. I'd for sure take this class again