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105B is a really special course that teaches concepts that are critical to understand for the betterment of society, especially if you want to go into healthcare, law, social work, public health etc. The course was taught very well by both of these professors: Keel and Panofsky co-teach the class and work well together with their unique backgrounds. Keel is very smart and is a known legend in the academic world; the fact that UCLA was able to hire him in the ISG department is beyond me. 105B has always read his work ever since he published it, now they have the man who wrote the material teaching his material in the class. That is pretty legit. Panofsky is also very well versed in his field. They both come from very impressive backgrounds; I wish more people realized how rare these types of classes are and were more respectful during lecture. Every single non-HBS person that I talk with about this class is really impressed with the topics we learn.
What you get out of this class is what you put into it. Pay attention during lecture, do the readings, take notes, go to office hours to ask any further questions that you have and you will get so much more out of the course. As a senior, I can say that this was one of the top 3 classes of my undergrad career.
This class is in theory, an interesting class. However, I thought that both professors (Panofsky and Keel) did too much. Although the concepts are complex and intricate, there was (in my opinion) an over-complication of the material. There are three essays in this class, no midterm, and a final. The quizzes are somewhat tricky, but if you are able to keep up with the readings (there are a lot assigned for each class--more than I could do) then they aren't too bad. The class requires iClickers for participation. Overall, this class is okay, but I was expecting a much more engaging quarter.
I thought the content of the course was interesting at times, but the quizzes that we took were quite challenging and unnecessarily challenging. I especially liked the course near the end of the quarter, but the first few weeks were definitely challenging to stay excited about the material haha. Try to stay on top of the readings and get close to your TAs!