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Sigmond was a pretty good professor, I enjoyed the small tangents and personalization in his lectures. Everything on the final exam was on the slides, I would be cautious on the exams because there is accurate and false questions in which you have to write why something may or may not be wrong and the short answers. But the majority is multiple choice and there's one research paper. The class can most def drag on, but he's def one of the better sociology professors.
The class itself isn't too hard, but Sigmon is super boring and makes the lectures feel twice as long as they actually are. That being said, you don't really need to attend lectures because his exam questions come straight from the slides. He's really approachable though and his office hours are great if you ever need to talk through paper ideas or class material with him!
Structure of the course was Midterm, Paper, Final with both exams being 30% of the grade and Paper and discussion both being 20%.
Midterm and Final were mostly multiple choice, a few short answer questions, and true or false questions where, if false, you had to say what's the correct answer.
It's important to preface this review with that Sigmon's teaching style is not for everyone. As the more negative reviews have said, he does only read off his slides "in a dark room" and the material can be quite challenging. However, I found this class greatly reinforcing why I even love Sociology in the first place. It's completely valid to feel like this stuff is just recalling material since it's all multiple choice, but I found that if you really enjoy the topics he goes over you'll easily learn it. There's so many types of concepts like group dynamics, aggression, interpersonal attraction, etc. that are, to me, really fun to learn and helps you uncover the "facts" of our daily lives.
His lecture style isn't for everyone. Yeah, it can definitely feel like it's dragging on a bit. I've taken his classes multiple times so I'm used to it, but it's totally fair to feel this way. I felt this way myself, but I really grew to enjoy the comments he makes during lecture that helps reinforce the concepts. And if you don't quite get it, he's more than willing to clarify things during office hours so you truly understand the material. He's a great professor, and I'd take this class again any time. Don't let the negative reviews dismiss what I found to be a genuinely wonderful class with a kind and caring professor.
I am a 4th-year student, and I can tell you that you won't learn much in this class because of the way he organized it. He basically reads off his slides, in a dark classroom, so you can already assume that the lectures are not engaging at all. The exams do not test your knowledge in any way, it is simply memorization which is not very rational for a university social psych class. There is a term paper, which you would think is worth a lot since it is a sociology class, but unfortunately, it is worth the same as attendance, which means to have an A and to be an A student you just have to basically have a great memory and memorize the material, not thinking or analyzing concepts-only learn the answers and recall during the test, and based on that you'll know where you stand. Prof is a nice guy, but the class isn't what I imagined
This class can be an easy class if you don't underestimate it. This class was made up of work for discussion sections, a midterm, final exam, and a final paper (the final is not cumulative). The professor gives you all of the necessary tools to pass the exams because he posts all of his slides and he gives you a study guide like a week or so before the exam. The exams are made up of multiple choice, true or false, and open response questions and the majority of the exam is on lecture material with some questions on the readings thrown in there (so make sure you understand the gist of them leading up to the exams).
The study guides pretty much have all of the answers for the exams on them but don't think you can just wing these exams. I made the mistake of underestimating the midterm because the class seemed super easy up until that point. But the exams are made to really test you on the material and guessing won't get you very well. For example, for the true or false questions, if you answered false, you had to fix the statement to make it true. So you really have to know the material to get a good grade.
Overall, the class can be a breeze as long as you keep up with the work in discussion sections and study well for the exams. I will say, the professor is a nice guy but he's not the most engaging of lecturers so his lectures do feel pretty boring. Also, the TA strike kind of messed up the flow of the class and the professor wasn't that accommodating about it but other than that it was a good class.