SOCIOL 173

Economy and Society

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Zsuzsa Berend See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 3.1 Workload 2.9 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 2.4

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This class is a fantastic combo of being both generously graded and an interesting subject, I definitely recommend it as a Soc upper-div (and honestly maybe even just as a relatively easy upper-div for anyone). The readings are interesting and fairly short for a Soc class. The one weak point of the class would be lecture. Berend lectures without any sort of slides or whiteboard use and tends to ramble so it can be rather dull, but her lecture outlines are both handed out in class and posted online which makes following along fairly simple (and attendance probably optional, although the EC on the final was based on something only said in-class). Class also ended 20 minutes early every day which was great.

There are four short multiple choice quizzes, pretty easy to figure out if you’ve done the reading or at least know what’s going on in class. There are also two short papers (single-spaced, less than 1 page) that are pretty easy to throw together and interesting to write. The midterm is 20 multiple choice and some short answer, plus extra credit questions. The final is in-class and not cumulative, basically a second midterm.

I scored over 100% on the midterm and felt good about the final, too. There’s also an additional extra credit opportunity at the end of the class which only requires you to write three sentences, so I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t do it. All in all, though lecture is a little dry, the readings are actually useful and an A basically requires the minimum effort.

Winter Quarter 2017
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Tamara Black See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.6

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I think Prof. Black is a great professor and this was the 2nd class I took with her, and you have to give her a chance. At first I wasn't very fond of the class structure, and her exams were very challenging because of the wording, but I did have a very fun time in her class. She is a very nice person if you ever get to go to her office, and it's not that hard to get an A in. I would just say to be patient and enjoy it, because it is fun and other professors just sit and talk, and she really engaged us to work together and participate. It was pretty fun overall.

June 23, 2011
Rebecca Emigh Full Profile > 1.7 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 2.1 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness
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Overall 1.7 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness 2.4

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Anne Holohan See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.2

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I thought that the class was overall a good one. She was great about answering student\355s questions in class, and was easy to get a hold of if you had any questions (if you couldn\355t make it to office hours she respond to your e-mails rather quickly). The midterm was a little too detail oriented, but it was easy if you reviewed your notes and went to lecture. The paper involved wasn\355t too bad either, just be sure to start early because it\355s a biggie. The final wasn\355t that bad either. She basically gives the final out and goes over before the final. If you prepare for the final by going over her guide you can easily get a good grade.

Dec. 5, 2003
Ivan Light See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.2 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 2.2

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A knowledgable professor, nice man, boring lecturer. Subject matter is quite dry and his monotonous lecturing makes it even worse. Light produced the best syllabus I've ever seen, gave us outline and questions before midterm, and had TA that was a fair grader. There was no hidden agenda; we knew what was expected from us. Unfortunately TA's heavy accent and lack of confidence made discussions unproductive. This class required little homework. Previous knowledge of Marx, Weber, Smith and Ricardo came handy. Prof. Light has an excellent sense of humor which I only got to experience during his office hours. At the end of the course, he freshned up his lecturing style and even envolved us in a role-playing, which was a nice change. I would recommend this professor only if you are very interested in the subject matter.

April 29, 2006
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Gabriel Rossman See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.8 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 3.3

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I took this class Fall of 2020 and I feel like Rossman gets a very bad rep when he's a great professor. All my other classes were 10 times more work than his, so even though people complained that it was too much work, it was pretty light for me.

His lectures were fantastic. Unlike professors who rant for an hour and a half, Rossman edited his lectures, so that he only provided the most important stuff. Often, they'd be 30-45 minutes which is very little time when you're watching on 1.5x speed like I did. I would pay close attention to what he says and take notes of everything on his powerpoints because they really were useful. I was SO happy that he didn't make discussion mandatory because all my other classes made discussion mandatory and part of my grade.

If your classes are light, this class may seem like a lot. If your classes are heavy on coursework, this class will be nothing in comparison. Yes, we had to write 5 900-1200 papers in the ten weeks, but some of the topics that Rossman discussed were very interesting. If you pick topics that genuinely interest you, the writing flies by. This also wasn’t an unreasonable request because I had another professor also having us do the same work that quarter. Therefore, I used it as a way to understand the lectures and the readings better. I don't think they were harsh graders because I got A's on all of them and sometimes I felt like I just wrote my thoughts.

We also had a midterm and final that were literally a walk in the park. He recommends you write 300 words for each response, but I wrote 100 for two responses in the final and got a 94%. I also got a 94% on the midterm. The final wasn't cumulative. My midterm and final study guides were a compilation of all the notes I took up to that point. If I recall properly, he said that for the midterm he’d only test us on lectures and for the final, he’d test us on the lectures and some readings.

The book report sounds like a lot of work, but 20 pages double spaced is only 10 single spaced pages. That means between two people, it’s only five single spaced pages. They provide a partner and book you will read early on in the quarter, so you have plenty of time to read it. It took my partner and I a week to write the entire 20 pages and another week to do 3-4 edit runs. We split the book reading in half, so we didn’t have to read the entire book.

If you pace yourself and allow yourself to have enough time, this class is extremely reasonable.

Rossman is sarcastic and his emails could be harsh, but this was also after a handful of students emailed him complaining and calling him the worst professor.

Fall Quarter 2020
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Lynne Zucker See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.3 Clarity 1.8 Helpfulness 2.5

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Course Taken: Soc 172, Entrepreneurship

I've been anticipating this class all year, I should have paid attention to all the negative reviews. I've been in the class one day and already it is a shitty class.

Prof Zucker has low self esteem and bad jokes show it because she is the only one who laughs at them.

She goes off on IRRELEVANT TANGENTS about her personal life and I just don't care about that. I'm paying money to learn about entrepreneurship.

Poorly organized. She begins the class talking about things as if we already know what she wants us to do... "Oh look at the tables on this website they will really help you out" why should I go there if I don't know what I'm supposed to be working toward???

BAD FIRST IMPRESSION

April 6, 2012
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