Fall 2018 - I really enjoyed taking this class. I know Gurval isn't teaching it again, but wanted to leave him a positive review anyways! He is an incredibly passionate professor and is genuinely interested in everything he talks about. I would definitely take this class again, even though I usually hate group projects and presentations! Highly recommend taking a small class with Gurval, it's such a different experience than all other classes at UCLA.
Fall 2022 - (Architecture of UCLA and History of Westwood) I LOVED THIS CLASS!!! TAKE IT!!! It was once a week for an hour and we would meet at a different building and he would tour us around and tell us fun facts and little details about everything. I learned so much about UCLA and now am spitting facts to anyone who will listen. There was no homework other than one comment on a picture and our final was leading a tour with another person on a building of our choice. It was definitely worth it and was an extremely low stress class to take, and I met some super cool people! There were also only 15 people in the class so it was very fun to get to know a professor since all my other classes have like 200-300 people. I love Rob!!!
Gurval is an extremely good lecturer that put me to sleep, but I think it was just me because everyone else stayed awake. The lectures that I did manage to make it through, information was organized, precise, and understandable. The only reason I did mediocre in the class was because of my TA - Palaskas; if you get her, transfer out because she grades everything insanely hard because she's just so into the class herself. Just do the readings and memorize the reader and you'll get an A.