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I don't know why everyone gave such a high rating for this class. I personally think the workload for this class is not light. We have 3-4 short lectures, about 50+ pages of reading, 2-3 reading quizzes, 2 discussion posts, and sometimes an essay homework EACH WEEK. This is a lot. Also, the reading quizzed are timed to be 5 mins, so even if she says "open book quizzes", there is absolutely no time for you to search through the book. The exams are also somewhat hard. Also, if you are someone that is a little socially awkward, this class has many group discussions and group homework that makes you super awkward. Anyways, the professor is clear in her lectures, but I just don't like this class overall.
This class is great... for some people. This class wasn't terribly hard, but I always did poorly on the tests because I just could not get myself to study for more than an hour or so for this test. I'm a math major and I found it interesting going over the material once, but after that I just found it pointless. It's a decent amount of reading every week and some of the readings are draining. I have friends who love the class and it was an easy A, and others like me that just found out that this class wasn't made for them. I don't recommend this class if you are very math/science oriented.
Sociology was my first GE taken here at UCLA. The overall class was more difficult than it needed to be. Professor Collett assigns readings and lectures then proceeds to test on the weekly content with the quizzes. The quizzes felt a little obscure and sometimes did not reflect the content that was provided to us. The midterm was somewhat of a disaster, and did not reflect the surface level content that was reviewed in class. The overall class was considered by my peers and I as one of the more harder GEs at UCLA. The content is very interesting and makes you think about how social interactions work, however, the class itself does not promote this "interesting" nature.
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Let me give you the honest BruinWalk review you'll ever see that all students can agree with. I took this class recently and ended up with an A. Although Collett does offer 2.4% of total extra credit, the class is relatively hard for a GE in my personal opinion. I'd estimate the workload to be around 3 hours a day without procrastination based on my past experience. Collett provides pre-recorded lectures which are typically one hour long, along with readings that also take about an hour. Following up with that, you are tasked for a quiz daily on what you learned through a series of five multiple choice questions. This doesn't sound too bad, but taking notes is what lengthens the workload time duration. Nevertheless, despite the workload being excessive for a GE, there is also a homework task due every weekend with two assignments being an essay. She grades the essays very harshly, with the averages often being around 8/10 that lowers your grade pretty heavily. You will also be tasked for one midterm and one final, which consist of applying readings to any past sociological concepts. This class is one of the hardest GEs offered at UCLA, agreed upon by all of my STEM friends. I've asked nearly every student who has taken this class in the past, and not a single student would want to take this class again. When I say the workload is hefty, I mean it.
I loved Professor Collett! She made lecture so fun with her little anecdotes, and this helped me remember concepts better, as I could try relating new, difficult concepts to occurrences in my life! I didn't really know much about sociology before taking this class, but this class has opened up my eyes to several inequalities and injustices that happen in our society, that I never realized or thought about. It was overall very informative and made me interested to take even more sociology courses. I know you won't regret taking her class!
The professor really made this class interesting. She talked about certain topics that I personally was interested in. To keep the class engaged, sometimes she'll show videos. She has clicker questions so you do have to go to lecture. They're based off all the assigned readings for the week so you do have to do the reading. They are a little bit difficult so make sure to read the questions carefully. Section attendance is mandatory but my TA (Angela) was honestly super helpful so it was worth it to go. She made sure we understand all the concepts pretty well and that were we able to draw connections. This class has two midterms and a final. They're a mix of multiple choice, short answer, and an essay question. The multiple choice are kind of like the clicker questions. Mainly make sure you know the readings and are able to draw connections to the concepts talked about in class. The textbook is required in the class but if you don't want to buy it, it's on reserve in Powell. She does seem kind of unapproachable but if anything you could talk to your TA.
Basically you do have to put some effort in this class. You do have to do the readings, but most of them are interesting so it shouldn't be too bad.
If you're looking to take this as a GE, don't. There are easier GEs out there. I took this as a major prep course so I didn't mind the workload as much, but those who took it as a GE were disappointed when it turned out to be much harder than they expected.
With that said, if you want to take this class because you're majoring in sociology, then Professor Collett is the one to take! I developed such a great understanding about the field of sociology because of the way that she taught and explained the topics.
If you take this class, make sure to show up to her weekly Sunday Q&As!! Barely anyone went but I showed up as often as possible and these sessions really helped me solidify my learning. I think that these Q&As are the reason I did so well in the class. Because not many people showed up to them, the small group of people that came regularly got to know the professor very well and it helped me feel more comfortable to ask questions and develop a sense of community during online learning.
Because it's asynchronous and flipped, you need to be a little disciplined in getting things done early. I'm a big procrastinator so I often found myself doing the entire week's worth of stuff on Wednesday night, working right up to the midnight deadline.
I found the lectures very engaging, and because they were recorded, we had the added benefit of being able to pause them and replay certain parts to really get a better understanding. Get ready for a lot of reading! The reading is super interesting so sometimes I lost track of how much it really was, but it was a lot. There were also weekly timed quizzes that were not worth much but they made sure that you watched the lectures and read all the material.
One con was that the tests were a little too difficult. The tests consisted of 1/3 multiple choice, 1/3 short answer, and 1/3 essay. They were timed to be pretty short because she wanted to avoid any cheating, but because of this many of us struggled to finish them in time.
Finally, I didn't personally experience this, but I heard from some other people that she wasn't very accommodating when students had emergencies come up that conflicted with the class. If you know that you have a busy life where lots of things tend to come up, this might be something to think about.
Prof Collett is amazing, and I would highly recommend this class! She is helpful, passionate, and engaged, and she made this class easy to understand and enjoy. Her lectures are well organized and clear and she does more teaching than just reading off the powerpoint slides. She provides an abundance of resources and truly seems interested in her students' learning. The weekly readings and daily clicker quizzes contribute the most to the workload, but they were fair and easy to adjust to in my opinion. Her tests were also fair and straightforward as long as you attended lecture, did the readings, and studied.
Definitely an easy GE. Tests are 20 multiple choice questions, 6 short answer questions (but you only have to do four of them so you can attempt all 6 and get credit for your highest scores) and one essay (you can pick out of two prompts). If you do the readings (which are pretty interesting), the tests are super easy. Finals aren't cumulative. There are iclicker questions on the reading every day in lecture, so you have to stay on top of it. However, Professor Collett drops a ton of quizzes at the end, so don't stress about it early on- I ended up with only 1 point off in that category even though I got a ton of 4s out of 5. Professor Collett is a good professor because she gives us a lot of relatable examples during lecture that we can use on the exams. There were also some really fun lectures that made me think about things in a new way, so I felt like I gained something from this class.