I took Professor Macleod's section of CC in 2018. I have been debating whether to write this review for 2 years, given that my experience was not the opinion of all students within the class. Still, I think that someone may benefit from reading this before deciding on an instructor for this core class.
To be blunt, if you are a neurodivergent student, I would highly recommend taking a different class. Professor Macleod, while extremely knowledgeable and intelligent, is a very by-the-book professor. Every class is a lecture, and there is very little student engagement, although some level of participation is required for every session. It is difficult to feel excited about the texts assigned since most of it is lecture, and so class can be a bit boring. Many of my classmates, including me, switched out after one semester.
Papers are graded pretty harshly, according to a high academic standard. However, Macleod is open to giving extra time (a few weeks, in my case lol) and having one on one meetings to help you to rewrite a paper if it sucks. You will not get below a B minus for a paper, ever, period.
When we were in person, he did not allow laptops unless you had a specific reason for it (like some backup from ODS).
Honestly, for me, this class was the number 1 most stressful course I've ever taken at Columbia. I cried like every day LOL. The main thing that drove me to write this review is that I haven't been able to write a paper since then without feeling panicked and remembering struggling so much in this class.
That is not to say he isn't a good professor. He is, as stated previously, extremely intelligent and he really knows his stuff, especially pertaining to classic texts. He does not want you to fail, and so he works hard to accommodate students on due dates and such. If you take this class, you will probably get around a B minus minimum, or maybe even an A.
However, if you are a student who would struggle in a class like this, I suggest looking for a professor with more fun, engaging approach to the course. I excelled once I switched to a different professor, but that is my personal story.