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I took this class during my winter quarter at UCLA (as a EAP student).
Prof. Hunt was nice, the lectures were a bit boring but eventually they were very useful. It's basically trying to write down everything he says. Sometimes he showed videos to make it less boring.
The Black L.A. book was not really mandatory for the exam but I suggest to read it because it's probably the most interesting part of the course and it gives you examples of the theoretical concepts talked in class.
The discussion class is pretty easy and enjoyable, choose Nan Wang as a T.A.
The research paper was challenging but once you find enough literature it gets easier.
The midterm and the final were fair enough and they were almost all about class notes and class examples.
I got an A without studying a lot and overall I was not disappointed by this class.
Can't really complain. He does a decent job of introducing introductory material. Although he reads out of his notes, he does promote class discussion and shares his own knowledge of the subject. The class is basically memorization of terms and key ideas. Fair exams and light course work overall. You must go to lecture however.
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Sociology 1, Winter 2012, Grade: A
Professor's a nice guy, especially if you go to his office hours. He's late coming to class's (not always bad) and he's also late at posting grades (well, it was a lot of grading).
Lecture is just popping out terms, one after another. Get those terms down for midterms and finals, or have get them for you. Sadly, because the class is just terms, the professor doesn't have a lot of time to get into interesting concepts.
Skim through the textbook before class if you want to have an idea of what you'll hear in lecture, but not everything in the textbook will come up in lecture, and thus not in the midterm/finals. There was a supplemental book, but it only came up in discussions and references in lecture, but its content did not come up in the midterm/finals, so I would say skim that as well. Oh, and discussion is mandatory, so go there and please don't be one of those silent, dead students.
Midterm and finals consisted of 15 multiple choice, 5 short response, and one essay prompt (out of two). One or two of the multiple choice questions do come from the textbook, but if you study the lecture well, you have a good chance to get them. Essays are graded leniently I think.
Now, the 12 page research paper wasn't as bad as it first came up to be. I did write the paper overnight, but I started gathering data (online surveys) 2-3 weeks before hand. The research paper is not that hard if you choose a topic that interests you, and you can pretty much choose anything. Grading on the papers depend on your T.A., and I'm sure they graded leniently because it's only Sociology 1.
Overall, it's a doable G.E.
I took Sociology 1 with Professor Hunt and thought it was GREAT!! I disagree with everyone--Hunt is not boring...
I love the videos he showed! It allowed class time to go by smoothly and make things very interesting--I learned a lot! :) Also, I like the way he reads his notes and he slows down for important terms you need to know which is good for note-taking and studying for exams! The textbook readings are good; I enjoyed them (but sometimes I didn't understand them and they took a LONG time to read). Professor Hunt asks for participation in a large room with over 300 students but it made class time go by quickly, kept students engaged and entertained, I felt. Professor Hunt is really concerned with student learning, seems helpful and very approachable. He explains a research paper you have to do--(I felt it was interesting, but a bit difficult at times, but my TA was awesome and kind and advised me so go to office hours! Prepare in advance and be organized with your essay and you're fine!) Now for the exams--study the notes! (And maybe gloss over the key terms from your textbook). The exam consists of multiple choice (sometimes tricky unfortunately--especially the midterm), short answer questions (great!) and an essay (very good!). Exams were fair--just the multiple choice was at times tricky for the midterm but I got A's on the tests which was rewarding for working hard studying for them. I actually felt the midterm was a bit harder than the final. Try reading over your notes after every week to practice and start familiarizing yourself with the information. Go to discussion and participate! (25% of your grade). Overall--it was a fantastic class that I would recommend to everyone! I ended up with an A, thankfully and I do not regret taking this class.
I agree with everyone below that Hunt is boring, but that's more in the tone of his voice. And yes, lecture is basically copying definitions. However, once you got past these annoying aspects, the stuff is really interesting. The class explores everything from sex, gender, race, economics, politics, stratification, social groups, how people interact... and those are just off the top of my head. If you really listen the stuff is easy. The midterm and final were ALL from lecture, AKA you don't need to read at all, despite what he says about the reader being important. When you study, take a huge note of lists (you'll know what I mean if you take the course) and that's about it. Half of it you kinda BS if you only partially know the answer.
If you're looking for an easy GE, do NOT take Soc 1 with Hunt. His lectures are poorly organized and he plays useless videos at either the end or the beginning of lecture. He constantly tries to ask questions to the class ... yet ends up just telling you the definitions. He talks way too fast to write, so you almost HAVE to bring a laptop or have a friend type up notes. (at least this was the case for me... I can't write that fast!). His exams are .. EHH. He DOES take questions from the book...though MY TA personally didn't discuss the book at all. The class is divided into 4 parts, 25% each on discussion, midterm, final, and research paper. TAs actually GRADE you on both attendance AND participation, so you have go and talk. The research paper is 10-12 pages ... which is a ridiculous amount for an INTRODUCTORY sociology course. like someone said below me, this class is taught NOT like an intro course. If you're looking for an easy class, avoid Soc1 with Hunt. Seriously. You'll regret it and have to work way too hard to get an A in a supposedly "easy" class.
COMPLETELY agree with the person below me. This class seriously killed sociology for me. Hunt stands up there for the full 2 hours and just blurts out terms. All these terms are, of course, possible test questions so you have to put up with the bullcrap. The vocab terms go on for days. There are like 10 words for every lecture and some of those words have like 5 different parts to it. The sections were a complete waste of time. It was basically a miniature lecture where the TA sits in front of the class repeating all the terms discussed in class. They're there just there to check if we took notes on the vocabulary. The research paper was useless and a waste of time as well. We're not really sociologists and researchers so they're really not even interested in seeing what we came up with. This class was a waste of time. So much for higher education and actually learning instead of just filling our heads up with useless facts and having us reiterate them on a piece of paper.
Hunt was one of the worst lecturers I've experienced at UCLA. Although the material isn't particularly difficult to grasp, Hunt tends to make concepts as convoluted as possible. During lectures, he reads straight from his notes, dictating word-for-word what we're supposed to write down. This was incredibly slow and frustrating, as he could have easily saved everybody a crapload of time by putting together a Powerpoint presentation, or even making handouts. But, alas, Hunt apparently prefers to hear his own voice. He also wastes a lot of class time in an attempt to have a "discussion" with the class (a lecture of over 300 people); however, because he never repeated people's questions or comments into the microphone, I missed about 85% of what was said during these "discussions." Additionally, he likes to ask an abstract question to the class, shoot down about five students' answers, and then finally tell you the answer he was "looking for"... again, a colossal waste of time that could have been better spent.
Aside from lectures, the paper is pretty easy as long as you start EARLY. TA sections were pretty much useless, but they're required so you have to go anyway.
Overall, I considered this class a waste of time, especially because I've taken other Sociology-type classes that have been MUCH, much better. Avoid Hunt if you can.
I liked Professor Hunt, but he wasn't the best lecturer. Lectures basically consist of him reading a bunch of definitions, sometimes elaborating on them. As someone who'd already taken other Soc-type classes, it wasn't that interesting to me since it was so broad & theoretical. But he is a very nice, interesting guy so going to class was a pleasant experience. I did very well on the midterm, final, and research paper but other people seemed to struggle--I think if you put time & effort into the class, you can do fine. If you've never taken Soc before, go ahead and take it with him--I think you'll like it.