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I took this class simply as a filler, and it turned out to be one of my favorite classes I've taken at UCLA thus far. I remember being worried to take this class because her ratings on this website aren't great, but DONT BE FOOLED. Professor Brannon is a great teacher and I absolutely recommend this course. The workload is very very manageable, the tests are easy and open note, and furthermore, you actually gain really cool insights on how psychology varies across cultures. If you're a psych major in particular and plan on doing something in the field of psychology, I think this class is vital for your career. Prof Brannon is also dependable when it comes to answering emails, and she's always more than understanding with anything. The one thing is that her lectures aren't bruincasted, so if you want the full experience of this class attendance is mandatory (but worth it).
Not only was this class easy, it was super interesting. I felt like I learned so much, my eyes were opened to so many things that I never thought twice about. Dr. Brannon is accommodating, kind, and an excellent lecturer who has done many studies in the past that have been revealing about different cultures, racism, and more. Courseload is pretty light, just a few readings before each class which I wouldn’t say are necessary but are interesting to read. She goes over the important ones, and does ask a few questions about some that aren’t covered in class on the exams. Five times in the quarter you get the opportunity to submit “discussion questions” which are just two questions that you have about the material that has recently been covered. You only need to submit three out of the five times to get full credit. There are two papers, a midterm reflection paper and final reflection paper. These are each one and a half to two pages long, just talking about what you’ve gotten/learned from the course. Very easy. There is a midterm exam and final exam, which isn’t cumulative. Each exam is thirty multiple choice questions and you get the full hour and a half of class to complete it, which is plenty of time. They are open note/open book as well, so as long as you understand/know the material and have it on hand you should score well. There are soooo many extra credit opportunities offered throughout the quarter, there’s no way you can fail this class. Overall, this is probably one of my favorite classes I’ve taken at UCLA. Please take it with Dr. Brannon!!
I loved everything about the class! The format for the online class changed slightly. We had two essays (midterm and final that were quite doable), one exam, and discussion questions due every week (for participation and understanding of material).
The only thing I would advise is to not miss class and be on time. She does not record lectures although if it is in person, it doesn't count. She also does talk a bit fast.
The workload was not too much, and the topics were amazing!