Professor Rashid is extraordinarily engaging and entertaining. This was by far my favorite class this semester at Columbia.
There is a -huge- social justice element to this class, and much of the vocabulary that you learn is such. If you are good at analysis you do not need to worry too much about in-class notes, though I took them extensively simply because I really genuinely enjoyed what I was learning.
It is is structured around recent events, so it will largely depend on what is going on in the world at the time. Professor Rashid tries to bring in one relevant piece of news, music, or pop culture reference to each class.
A few of the readings are comic books, and fiction novels such as The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.
Strongly recommend this class!