Mark Jepson

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Introductory Sociology See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.3 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.3

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I didn't do great on the midterm or the one page discussion essays. I thought I could kind of just wing it, but that didn't work out. I studied more for the final and ended up getting an A- when I for sure thought I would get a B. DO the readings and take note of little details, also go to Jepson's office hours! No one really goes and he answered questions about the final for me that really helped.

(Spring Quarter 2019)
Social Thought and Origins of Sociology See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.2 Workload 1.8 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.8

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Selling course reader for Sociology 1. Contact me at <> Some useful writing and highlighting but overall good condition. $25

(Jan. 5, 2016)
Introduction to Sociological Research Methods See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.0

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He was a really good professor. I enjoyed his lectures. His study guide for the midterm and final are really thorough and practically everything he says during lecture so if you did miss a class or did not do the reading, it's covered with the study guide. But it's better to do the reading and go to lecture since more of his test questions are not so much definitional but require you to use what you know (such as definitions of terms) and be able to apply it! A bit challenging, but great professor!

(March 25, 2012)
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Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.6

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Took Intro Sociology with Professor J. He's a nice and funny guy, and he tends to go on a lot of entertaining tangents, so lectures aren't too intensive(nice given the 8am time). He also encourages student participation in lectures for you vocal types.
The writings are very simple; 5 one-page double-spaced essays - 2 reading summaries, 2 current events that relate to the readings, and 1 on how a sociological concept relates to your life.
The midterm and final both consist of roughly 50-60 multiple choice questions and 2 one-page essays among 7 topics. Midterm is a cakewalk if you do the readings (which I neglected) and visit the testbank (see neglect), and the final only covers the other half of the readings, but is not in the testbank. Jepson gives thorough study guides for both tests the week before, so do the weekly readings and don't fall behind like dumbass me. With regards to TAs, Fox is highly knowledgeable and very helpful. Overall, easy GE course, just do the readings.

I'm selling my course reader as well, no writing or marks, good condition, all that good stuff. Email me at if you are interested.

(Dec. 23, 2012)
Development of Sociological Theory See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 3.8

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I normally don't write reviews, but this professor is awful. His lectures comprise of 10-15 minutes of actual information about the subject and the rest of the class is him ranting about current issues. His grading is awful as he only gives out a certain amount of A's, B's, and C's which means that you may get a lower score if your test is graded last even if you have the same answers as someone who got a higher grade and turned it in earlier (his tests are short answer). He is very sketchy with his grading and the final grades seemed kinda arbitrary. Also, he did not post what we got on our paper or our final which comprised about 60% of our grade, therefore I had to email him to figure out what I got. I did 1.5 points better than someone else in the class on the midterm and we got the same grades for all the other assignments and she received a B while I received an A-, so basically if you want to be graded fairly do NOT take this class. This class caused me so much frustration and I honestly have no idea how a professor like him is allowed to teach at UCLA because he is costing people their chances at grad school due to his stupid grading scale (which he refuses to explain to the students).

(Winter Quarter 2020)
Contemporary Sociological Theory See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.3 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.3

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Professor Jespon is an amazing lecturer. Although he does not use slides which can be difficult at times he tries his best to apply the material to our world today. However, keep in mind that he grades on a curve and it is not an upward curve. I ended the class with enough points to have secured a B+, but due to his curve I received a B. He does not go over grades with you so the grade he gives is the grade you get no exceptions. Other than that the lectures were useful when studying. There is only a midterm a final and a small paper. Make sure to do all the readings as well a few questions may appear on both the midterm and final.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
Culture and Personality See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.0

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Professor Jepson is one of the best Sociology professor's I've had at UCLA so far. He presents his lecture in a well structured manner that allows for his students to easily follow. He also provides an outline for each lecture so that we are able to stay on topic and understand what will be discussed that day. I highly recommend taking a class with Jepson!

(April 22, 2015)
Political Sociology See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.9 Workload 2.7 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.3

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Great professor, took is SOC 182 class. One paper and two blue book tests.

I am selling the course reader for SOC 182 by Jepson.

email me at:

(Sept. 16, 2013)
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