All Ratings and Reviews for Rafael Perez-Torres
Easiest class ever taken at UCLA with the nicest professor ever. Seriously, Professor Torres is so kind and passionate about what he's teaching and he's really approachable. You never have to go to lecture because the slides are always posted and the information is always common sense (but sometimes I go anyway because he's so nice that I feel bad for skipping).
We originally were supposed to have 1 group project due week 8ish, 1 individual paper due week 10, and a take-home final. The professor ended up shifting the group project due date to week 10 and canceling the individual paper. The take-home final is ridiculously easy and is more reflective (how did this class affect you, etc) than information-based.
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Professor PT is a godsend. First, he is the kindest professor in the world. He absolutely fosters a positive learning environment. He always answers questions, asks for clarification, and makes sure the class is focused to his lectures by simply asking if we are comfy. He edits work as its given and makes sure there is no extraneous work being put on us. To the actual dirty part of the review, we did have guest lecturers throughout the course discussing different topics (we discussed things past literature, like film and music [this class was not like a typical English class and focused more on approaching race than race in literature]) that occasionally made lecture long and boring.
The final was a take-home final of 500-700 word responses to two questions. There is one group project (which was the only assignment) where you discussed any racial topic of your liking. He also lets you rate your group members at the end so you can say who sucked. If there were any negatives to this class, it could be the group project (because sucky members), certain boring guest lecturers, and readings.
In terms of a textbook, he asks for one actual book and a textbook ($8 or $30, respectively). Both are pretty low reads (the book is 132 pages total but a really easy read and the textbook readings are 5 pages tops). The longest readings are the excerpts/PDFs posted on CCLE, which can be 8-48 pages.
In all honesty, TAKE THIS CLASS. It is the best thing I've ever done.
Besides his TA, Abraham, who is literally a phony, the most USELESS, and the most WHINY TA on campus, Rafael is always available to his students. Beware however, his TA's grade work. Make sure you talk to Rafael so he can help you out. His lectures are long, but he makes his presentations interesting and teaches you with enthusiasm. He is very clear in lecture and he emphasizes on what will be on your midterm. There's one in class midterm and one take home final exam (which is an essay.) There is also an essay due around midterms. Lastly, there are 3 discussion papers, which is SUPER easy.
I took him for Recent Chicana/o Lit - not sure if thats M180? Anyway, he's a really nice professor - very personable despite being the head of the English Dept. He's very approachable and friendly. I was initially worried about his class because in another Chicana/o Studies class we used a book he authored and it was an EXTREMELY difficult read. Clearly he is a brilliant man and very enthusiastic about literature and la gente. While I initially enjoyed his interpretations of the texts, it did become just a tad bit tedious by the 5th & 6th week. Loved some of the readings (Cisneros), but hated others (Zeta Acosta - yuck).
The first graded paper was a quote intepretation and it was graded hard. I was really bummed because I thought I did better than what my grade reflected. I didnt know it at the time, but he had a reader grading the papers. I think perhaps someone must have tipped him off that the reader was grading WAY TOO HARD, and for the next paper, he actually allowed us to resubmit if we were unhappy with the grade. After that, the grading was a bit more reasonable. My faith in him (and in myself) was restored.
All in all, he's a good professor to take, ESPECIALLY if your not an English major because he really shows you how to deeply examine the texts - its like mind expansion without having to take acid. He would be a cool person to smoke out with - he's pretty deep.
Although the cluster is a team of professors, prof. perez-torres is the head of the team. the cluster is very interesting, and prof. perez torres is a cool,funny guy. the reader is very big and expensive ($60). the midterm is VERY easy, a simple vocab test using examples. i studied the night before and got an A. the reading is sometimes very very long, but for the most part interesting. the class did make me fall asleep a lot, but that was due to the other prof.'s. the cool thing about this class is that the professors are really concerned with everyone learning the material and getting A's. We had to write 3 papers fall quarter. the first was only a page long, second was 2-3 pages, and the final paper was 5 pages, on relatively easy concepts of the class. the TA's are very easy graders and the work is not hard. you really dont even have to attend lecture as long as you keep up with your reading and attend discussions. i would recommend this class, but warn you that it starts off slow, but i think its worth it for an easy A.
I think professor perez-torres is a great teacher. He makes you on many different levels. He is very concerned about student learning and he really cares if you succeed. Out of all the classes I've taken at UCLA his interracial dynamics class was the best.
Prof. Torres is one of the greatest professors here in UCLA. He cares greatly for his students. I would really recommend taking his GE Cluster not only because he teaches it but also because it is a class that would definetly benefit everyone.
He's a great professor except for his silly attendance requirement. You can ace all exams and papers, have three absences throughout the quarter and have your grade lowered because of it. Whatever happened to getting the garde you earned? Overall the subject matter is vastly interesting. Get ready for endless amounts of time spent hearing your well read classmates discuss the meaning of the works.
Professor Perez-Torres is very personable and is definitely very concerned about student success. He brings an interesting perspective to the classroom and is enthusiasitc about learning with his students.
Perez-Torres is a character. There was not one day that he would not make us laugh. This helped during his boring lectures that are actually pretty helpful when writing papers. If you just write down everything he talks about, you have yourself a paper without reading any books. I would highly recommend Perez-Torres to everybody.
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