Inequality: History of Neoliberalism

Robin Kelley

Inequality: History of Neoliberalism

History department

Robin Kelley

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  • Uses Slides
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Has Group Projects
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Often Funny
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Fall 2018
55.3%
46.1%
36.9%
27.7%
18.4%
9.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
63.9%
53.3%
42.6%
32.0%
21.3%
10.7%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2017
36.9%
30.8%
24.6%
18.5%
12.3%
6.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2016
41.7%
34.7%
27.8%
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6.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted March 23, 2019 Grade Received: A

Selling "We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now" for $10. Brand new. Call or text 818-856-5589

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 20, 2019 Grade Received: A+

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.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Jan. 25, 2019 Grade Received: A-

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.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Jan. 2, 2019 Grade Received: A+

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.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 30, 2018 Grade Received: A-

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.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 20, 2018 Grade Received: A

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.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 11, 2018 Grade Received: N/A

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.

Lectures:
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.
Not pod-casted.

Notes:
Highly recommend you take notes you will need them for you papers

Reading:
-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

Papers:
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

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted April 1, 2018 Grade Received: A

History 12B is a course that is quite specific in scope for a GE; it is focused specifically on neoliberalism, and more bluntly the negative aspects of neoliberalism. It is taught from a politically left perspective.

The pace of the course is very quick, so you need to keep up with the readings (which can be fairly heavy at times, but nothing insanely overwhelming). Professor Kelley's lectures are jam-packed with information, and he emphasizes the importance of listening and understanding as opposed to trying to rapidly transcribe everything he is saying. He uploads all of his slides.

The coursework consists of two papers and a final group project. There are no tests. The two papers are pretty straightforward essays of moderate length (roughly 5-6 pages), but the group project is kind of a mess. Your entire discussion section will be a group, so you will need to coordinate a lot of things.

Your TA will be grading all your stuff so developing a good rapport with them goes a long way.

I would recommend this course to politics junkies, as it is more of a political science course than a history course. I personally found the material quite fascinating, but I could see how it could become dry for some people.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted March 22, 2018 Grade Received: A+

My favorite class I've taken at UCLA! There are a LOT of readings - you don't need all of them, but there are some that are very helpful when it comes to writing your papers. My best advice would be to take really good notes in lecture and try to at least get to half the readings during the week, because they're crucial for saving time when you're writing your papers. I did not additional research, just used all class material readings notes and notes I had already made from lecture. I didn't enjoy trying to get 20 people to make a single project together, but ultimately it worked out in the end. Overall the best class I've taken, Kelley knows so much and is one of the most engaging lecturers I've ever had.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Feb. 21, 2018 Grade Received: A

This is a great class, if you chose to take it you will learn a whole lot. Prof Kelley is so passionate and dynamic that you will not find lecture a drag. The two papers are very straight forward. As for the group project, I would say it is easy if you have group of dedicated people. Overall one of the best classes I have taken at UCLA.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Has Group Projects
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Often Funny
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
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