NOTE: I actually took her Honors Collegium 17 class, but it was not listed as an option (and I have not taken Sociology 117 with her or anyone else). - Professor Anderson showed a lot of enthusiasm for this particular class. - She focused a lot on social change in the progression of music throughout the 20th century in this class, but also focused on social change in entertainment in general at the beginning, and social change in artworks at the end. - She lectures primarily off her own notes along with visuals, including movies, documentaries, and music videos. - Many parts of the lectures come from required books she has throughout the course. You really do need to have these books, because she wants you to integrate them SIGNIFICANTLY in discussions, and especially ALL assignments. Without them, you will most likely fail the class as I did. I didn’t have the readings because she was added late as a Professor for the past term, and with both the books not made available in the bookstore and my inability to purchase them online at the time of this class for various reasons beyond my control, she graded down my assignments for not having the readings integrated in those assignments. - If you aren’t able to get the books for this class for your own reason, DO NOT TAKE THE CLASS AT ALL. FAIR WARNING; YOU WILL STRUGGLE WITH ASSIGNMENTS AS SHE WANTS THEM DONE. - Breakdown of grade: 6 journals (of three pages each of a relevant topic in class) worth 3% each, attendance and participation is 10% (she WILL mark you down for not participating), 30% for a 7-page essay focusing on social change in music, 10% for a 3-page LA Art Walk report, and 32% on a research project where you integrate an interview with an artist in a 10-page paper regarding what is necessary for there to be art. NO MIDTERMS NOR FINAL for this class. - There were even special guests who visit in person or communicate via videochat.
Sociology 116- Social Demography Although this class is at times extremely boring... it is very easy to get an A. Make sure to write the weekly essays very well and know what you are talking about. Almost all of the information you need you can find online, in the books or from lecture. The midterm and final are open book and open note. He also gives a practice midterm and final test. Get a group together and have everyone share the answers they found for the practice test. He reuses a majority of the questions so if you have them correct it is extremely easy to get a good grade.