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Note: I believe Professor Teeter is moving on to do some work with indigenous tribes so this is more of a review of AmIndM10 in general.
You should take this class if you want an easy GE. Firstly the grading is very lenient: it’s based on 5 discussion posts (full marks for engaging i.e a paragraph or two), discussion attendance (both being present and contributing), and 5 essays (750-1000 words each). The essays were quite easy to score well on because only 5/20 pts were based on content, the other 15 was things like citing enough sources and meeting the word count.
The workload depends on you. The readings are often very long, but not all readings need to be read for the purpose of the essays/discussion post so you can actually skim/skip a lot without having it negatively affect your grade. The 5 essays are usually once every fortnight and are 750-1000 words so relatively light.
Overall the course is fairly easy but also what you learn is definitely very enlightening.
Really enjoyed this class a lot! I actually took it for my global health minor and didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did since it's outside of my major/minor focus more generally. Class structure involved lectures once per week, weekly readings, and then alternate assignments of reading logs and essays. Reading logs were really easy as we just had to reflect on a couple of the readings for completion credit, but essays did involve a bit more work (as we had to incorporate outside sources), but at least in my opinion were not graded harshly at all. Overall, I felt like the grading was very fair and never once stressed about my grade in the class as long as I kept up with assignments (1 week grace period helped as well) and often could get away with skimming the readings for key themes/ideas (since I didn't have time to read every word). Beyond the grades though, the subject matter of the class was something I never really learned that much about in high school touching on things like: genocide/displacement, boarding schools, indigenous activism, cultural appropriation/use of the "Indian Mascot", and indigenous futurism. I found all the topics, lectures, course discussions etc. to be extremely interesting and valuable for anyone who wants to be mindful of the foundations of the society we live in. Note, I had Elizabeth as a TA and she was amazing as well in terms of leading interesting class discussions every week. This class was one of my favorites at UCLA (I'm a senior) and I would highly recommend it if you have the chance to take it for your major, minor, GE, or just for fun/to learn. Dr. Teeter is great and makes the class accessible to all!
I took this class to fulfill a GE requirement, and it was my favorite GE by far. Professor Teeter was extremely clear during lecture and the workload was extremely manageable. We had 5 short writing assignments as opposed to longer papers or tests, and the prompts really helped to make connections between the course's different topics. Marina was also an amazing TA and extremely accommodating!