All Ratings and Reviews for Robin Kelley
The group project is a joke, but the Midterm and Final essays require some real reading and critical thought. Professor Kelley is a star professor. He's extremely clear in lecture and thinks outside of the box. I'm sad I only found him my last quarter, I would have liked to take more classes with him.
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This class was highly engaging and informative, especially if you're interested in economics and politics on a global scale. The readings can be long and dense, but it isn't necessary to do all of them in order to do well on the papers, although some of them contain information that can seriously alter your world view. I went to Kelley's office hours a few times and you can tell he's truly passionate about the topics and enjoys connecting with students. I definitely recommend this as a GE.
The course material is really interesting and Professor Kelley gives very interesting lectures. I would recommend this class if you're actually interested in the topic, if you're not I guess this is an easy enough GE.
There are no midterms or finals for this class, the two midterms are papers and the final grade is a group project with your entire discussion section. From what I've heard almost every group got a high grade. For the midterm papers, you can only use the course readings and lecture notes, so be sure to go to lecture. He also doesn't post his slides.
I really enjoyed this class and would recommend it.
This is probably the most rewarding GE I have ever taken. I got my A+ by reading all the materials, attending all the discussions, and going to lecture. Biggest pieces of advice are 1) keep up with those readings, sometimes they’re crazy long and if you put them off you will struggle to catch up and 2) attend. Lecture. I cannot emphasize this enough because not only are they engaging but when you are writing your essays it is WAY easier to cite from his lecture than from a reading. There are no exams but 2 essays and a group project. That group project was the most frustrating thing I have ever done. No exaggeration. Me and one other girl were pulling most of the weight which is the only reason it got done. I say this not to brag but to warn you that it was the only part of this class I really didn’t like. When you get there BE ON TOP OF THAT because it’s 25% of your grade and he presents it in front of your 300 person lecture class. Despite that, I’d still take it again because it was so interesting and rewarding.
I would call this a pretty easy GE.
To be honest, I only went to about half of the lectures for this class. I was involved in something else really time-consuming this quarter and I just had to skip this class in order to make time for it. I still ended up with an A-.
I thought it was really meaningful to learn about the effects of capitalism on the world. It opened my eyes to a lot of things. However, the lectures can be a little dull and repetitive, especially for someone like me who does not have a strong interest/background in politics or economics. If you love these topics this class may be a little more engaging for you. Professor Kelley is a really cool, passionate guy, and I feel a little guilty for missing a lot of his lectures or spacing out during them. I wish I could have learned more from him but that's my fault.
There is a lot of reading, but I did not do most of it. I would just read some of the books/articles when writing my essays and I still did fine.
This class has 2 essays and a final group project. The final group project is with your entire discussion and can kind of be a huge mess, but it seemed to turn out okay for every group. Try to choose a topic/project format that is a little more unique to make it memorable to Kelley. Also, do not just focus on neoliberalism in America, make sure to mention its effects on the whole world/other countries. Groups that did this really impressed Kelley.
Also, this class is very very liberal, if you couldn't tell. If you are conservative you may feel uncomfortable with this class since it is essentially how capitalism is evil. Your essays will mostly be on the destructive effects of capitalism.
While Professor Kelley assigns a lot of reading and gives dense lectures, there are no tests, so memorization of material isn't necessary. I would recommend taking notes only on what is interesting or seems important, as this will help when writing the mid-term and final papers. The group project (your group is your entire discussion section) was a quite a mess, but everything worked out well in the end.
History 12B was an extremely easy GE--I highly suggest it. But be fair warned if you have no interest in politics, you will be bored with the course material. Professor Kelley was a nice professor and was occasionally funny in class.
Your class grade is complied from four things:
- you have 2 papers (One around midterms and the other during the last week)
-a final group project with you whole discussion(relatively easy didn't require too much input of effort...hopefully TA is a good facilitator)Due the second to last week
-Attendance to you DISCUSSION, Not Class. Professor Kelley does not take any type of attendance for lectures so you can skip some here and there. But make sure to attend you discussions.
Professor Kelley goes off slides, but he adds onto them--doesn't read word for word
Rarely post the slides online; occasionally he will and he'll mention in class that he will. Most of the time the slides were not posted--so take notes.
Highly recommend you take notes you will need them for you papers
-Professor Kelley gives a lot of reading, I did none of it--got an A in the class.
-You are required two books you can find pdf's online so you don't have to but them.
-The making of global captialism: https://the-eye.eu/public/concen.org/Criticism%20of%20Capitalism%20and%20Globalization%20-%20Collection%2010/Panitch%20%26%20Gindin%20-%20The%20Making%20of%20Global%20Capitalism%3B%20the%20Political%20Economy%20of%20American%20Empire%20%282012%29.pdf
-we're all fast food workers now: https://andrewchernoff.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/we_are_all_fast-food_workers_now_by_annelise_orlec.pdf
The two papers are:
- 5-7 pages
-you can not use outside sources(you must use notes from lecture or from the assigned readings)
-grades depend on your TA, so hopefully they grade easy, if not make good relationship with them
I am the friend of the first reviewer who signed them in. I went to almost every lecture, and tried to listen to Kelley. I can confirm that this class is stupid. A lot of the history Kelley spent hours talking about, I could have Googled and learned more effectively. All arguments Kelley made in class seemed like an exercise in brainwashing young minds against the principles of capitalism.
I can also confirm that the changes in the syllabus were annoying and inconsiderate of the students' schedules. Students, who were responsible for finishing these papers at the whims of their professor.
In addition, the group project is also stupid. Assigned groups, first of all, never work. I personally had to deal with a whiny, crybaby group mate, who made my life much more difficult than it had to be.
The entire grade depends on your TA, so if you end up with a shitty TA, god only can save you.
I hated every minute in this class, because attendance is required. But guess what, my TA revealed to us in 9th week, that lecture attendance might not have any weight in the final grade. And so continues this professor's rule of lying to his students.
I loved this class. The other reviewer clearly just didn't show up to class, it's what you make of it. He was extremely engaging in lecture and the readings were interesting. At times he would make changes to the syllabus, but that was always to accommodate the students complaining about too much reading, so it was ultimately in service to us. The assignments were reasonable and the grading wasn't too harsh because his emphasis was on learning the material, not earning a grade. Overall, I loved this class and enjoyed lectures and would highly recommend it.
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