Fall 2022 - Lectures are just all the professor talking, but you can get good information out of his lectures. He does technically keep repeating the same general idea, but it's not too bad if you're willing to sit through it. Lectures are NOT recorded and slides are not posted (but you don't really need them). There are participation points, but you just being in lectures is good enough (it's okay to miss a few as long as you let him know). There were three papers, but the prompts are well written so you should know what you have to write. There are lots of readings to do, but don't be intimidated by the list of the readings. I ended up not reading everything on the syllabus but just read enough so I could do the papers. If you ever have questions, don't be afraid to ask Professor Gillespie. He is very nice and accommodating, and is willing to help no matter what. He also goes over most of the readings in great detail.
Fall 2016 - Gillespie is a great professor. Honestly, I did not find the material super interesting. Had this been a normal professor I probably would have spent more than half of each lecture zoned out, however, his lecturing style is super engaging. He is super passionate about what he is teaching and this is what makes the class fun. If you are willing to work you will get at least an A- , but the material is dense. He is super helpful and will always be willing to work with you if you put in the effort. Overall, I thought he was a great professor. If I had of been more interested in the material it probably would have been one of my favorite classes taken at UCLA so far.