Special Topics in Sociology: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity: Considering University

Karida L Brown

Special Topics in Sociology: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity: Considering University

Sociology department

Karida L Brown

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Overall 5.0
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Easiness of class 4.0
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Workload 4.0
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Clarity of professor 4.0
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Helpfulness of professor 4.0
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Needs Textbook

Grades

Winter 2019
35.7%
29.8%
23.8%
17.9%
11.9%
6.0%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2019
37.0%
30.9%
24.7%
18.5%
12.3%
6.2%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 28, 2020
Grade Received: A

Is she the easy A you're looking for? Absolutely not, but she is a great professor who will try to help you if you work with her. For my class, many people did not like her and found her unhelpful, but in reality, those were the same students who did not attend our live meets or did not make any effort to meet with her during her office hours. As a class, we asked for an extension for our midterm and asked for her to cut down the page limit, and she did. She is very understanding and helpful If you do your part. This course is HEAVY in reading and writing. Your total grade depends on 3 assignments the midterm, a reflection about the class readings, and a final group project (which can be done alone). As long as you read the weekly readings and meet with her during her office hours to discuss your questions, you should be fine. If you slack off and give 20% of your energy, you probably will not pass. I loved her class and would definitely retake it with her if I went back in time. However, her TA's are not helpful what so ever. If you are confused about the class readings and need help to understand, I would not suggest meeting with the TA's because they will confuse you even more. I would suggest speaking to Dr. Brown directly via email or during her office hours because the TA's are just as clueless as the students are.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted March 29, 2020 Grade Received: A

What a gem of a professor! She was so charming and helpful to all students. She was extremely relatable and is such a bright light at UCLA. Seeing her constantly made me smile. Her class consisted of short and easy essays and no tests. I would 100% recommend this class!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 4, 2020
Grade Received: A

This class, although difficult at times, is FAIR GAME. If you do not do the readings and don't attempt to understand the readings (go to your TA's office hours and attend the live sessions for help) you won't do well.

A lot of people in my class complained about how the class was too hard and graded too hard when the reality is that they probably just didn't write a solid essay. Dr. Brown is VERY accommodating and wants to push you. Remember that this course is a WRITING INTENSIVE course so don't complain when the writing is too tough... it's literally a part of the class because as sociologists we should know how to write and analyze.

The class was graded on 3 assignments-- a reflection paper (1 page), a midterm essay (5-7 pages), and a final project (can be done in a group or alone). I ended up getting a 100% on the reflection, a 90% on the midterm, and currently don't have my final grade but from the comments of my professor and TA it seems like I am well onto an A.

You won't do well in this class by complaining. Read the articles (there's kind of a lot of reading, but understand the concepts more than finding minute details) and go to your TA's office hours for clarification on the material. They help clear up sooooo many concepts!!

The only annoying thing is that it took until week 9 for us to receive a single grade which is a little ridiculous, but it's not like not knowing our grades would have changed the fate of our final grade since we already submitted them in. And we really can't complain about our grades when Dr. Brown gave us like a 5 day extension on our midterm papers.

Basically, if you are a solid essay writer, take the class. It's interesting and as long as you understand the midterm prompt and analyze you should be able to get a 90% or higher on the paper. As for the reflection paper, it's easy. But if you're not that experienced with college-level writing, this class might be difficult for you.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Needs Textbook
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