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This class was tough.
This course contained highly interesting subject matter, but the workload was astronomical. For a GE, I found this class to be overkill, and while I wanted to enjoy it, I found myself resenting it because of how much time it took up. In fact, I spent more time on this class than the rest of my classes combined last semester. If you love to read and write, and are willing to put the time into this course, definitely take it. But be forewarned--it is quite a commitment.
As a student from out of state, I certainly gained a significant amount of knowledge about Los Angeles and its history from this course. It was neat to be able to connect themes of the course to everything that was covered. There were some good films shown, and the projects, while time-consuming, were original and interesting.
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Advice for students:
Pick out significant quotes as you read the books--they will come in handy later. GO TO CLASS because Professor Gustafson often reveals midterm and final questions and their answers in lecture. Be smart about WHAT you read--there are tons of articles and books assigned for class, but the most important ones are those he discusses the most in lecture. Also, go to his office hours, just to talk. He likes getting to know his students and will think of you in a better light if he can put a face to your name. And NO electronics in class.