SOCIOL 180B

Special Topics in Sociology

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I took Sociology 180A, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity with Professor Brown.
Do not even get me started on this class. This professor claims to preach and make the class 'fair' for everyone, but in actuality she does the exact opposite. First of all, my friends and I were never able to properly follow along or know what was going on in class. The only interesting part was when she would randomly show videos, but lectures, and her slides, never made sense. Not helpful in any way. She comes off as sweet, but she can actually be rude and is not fair at all. I spent so many hours with my TA working on my midterm and final, only to find out that they submit all the students work in a 'pool' and is graded at random. Someone please explain the logic there. Why would I spend countless hours with my TA (which I did) only for another TA to grade my stuff? I specially geared my assignments the way my TA advised me too and the TA who ended up grading my assignments didn't like the way my assignment was going.
Another important thing to mention that makes me extremely angry is the fact that I have asked Professor Brown (and the TAs) CONSTANTLY how they would want my paper and project do go and what they thought of my ideas. I KID YOU NOT, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME I would ask, they would say, "yeah that sounds great go for it! This is really up to you, we want to see how you think and we want to hear YOUR opinions!! We want you to take this the way you want to take it!" BS. THIS WAS BS. Not true at all. Because when I did do this and gave my own personal opinions and the way I viewed the prompt, it was not up to their standards or correct (*EVEN THOUGH I WENT TO BOTH MY TA AND THE PROFESSORS OFFICE HOURS. ANDDDDD THE WRITING CENTER!!!!*) Better yet, the way I viewed the quote wasn't what the quote was saying. Are you kidding me? It's a quote, everyone dissects quotes in different way, ITS OPEN ENDED, and if you are specifically stating in the prompt that you want to hear from US and hear what WE THINK, it is excruciatingly unfair to put my grade in jeopardy for that. (Prompt was to explain what we think the quote means and what the man who wrote it wanted to make clear, and connect it to class ideas). Same for the final project, they wanted us to personalize it, and guess what happened there..Yup, you can probably guess. This class is honestly horrifying.
Next, Professor Brown and the TA's never noticed, acknowledged, or even recognized effort. Ever. It was always about what we got on our assignments. I wish they would have thought, "Okay this wasn't exactly how I would have pictured this to go, but this student showed up to our office hours, cares, and really did try". I was always at office hours, would sit in the front and take notes, and I ended with a much lower grade than my friends who would sit on their phones in the back of class and chewing on their snacks every class. Not to mention, one of my friends did his midterm paper the day it was due, did not care about the class, and even took my advice on how to organize his paper, got a 100%. I on the other hand, who worked on my paper for weeks, ended up with a high C low B, and there was nothing I could have done to change that.
It takes a lot for me to dislike a class, because I personally enjoy being a student, but this class was a whole other story. Only take this class if you need to. I regret it beyond measure and got nothing but anger and frustration out of it.
The whole point of the class is to expose us' inequality' and how detrimental that can be for people who feel unequal in society, while I personally felt like I was not treated the same way other students in the class were being treated. It was assumed that I was not able to connect to the material and for that I was not given the time of day the same way others were.

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