Professor Moncada is a great man, he chooses extremely interesting texts for the class. The workload, however, is horrendous. This is a colloquium class, so a lot of work is expected, but the readings easily exceed 100-200 pages a week including "memos." These memos are not reactions, but rather critical analysis of 4-5 pages. This, on it's own would be a lot of work, but there is the research paper component requiring large amounts of research. He is a harsh grader on research papers and could be better about communicating what he is looking for. Do not take this as a first colloquium. If you want to take this class, make sure you feel comfortable with other colloquiums first.