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Took Soc 1 with Professor Black. She is a decent lecturer and always uses film clips and youtube videos to engage her students and to help them apply new concepts. I thought this class was beyond easy, even for a North campus class... Yes, you do have to do the readings for discussion but they're important for the tests. The multiple choice part of the midterm was really easy. Overall she's decent and seems pretty friendly.
I really enjoyed Soc 1 with Prof. Black. Her lectures largely follow the textbook and she posts all the slides online which is really great. She tries to involve the class whenever possible. Her midterm and final are multiple choice and short answer but she gives you the short answer ahead of time. There was also a Literature Review assignment which kinda sucked, but it wasn't too hard. I'd recommend taking Sociology with her.
I took her class thinking that I might enjoy sociology but... okay to the point, she is a decent professor. I don't think she is good but she is not bad either. One thing I don't really like is the hard grade cutoff that she uses when calculating your grade. Don't take her class, thinking that it will be a easy GE class because, really it is NOT
Black wasn't particularly a great professor, but she wasn't necessarily horrible either. Her lectures are well-structured and you can tell she really wants her students to do well. The way the course is taught was not for me though. I was extremely interested in the course subject when I stepped into class week 1, and I left week 10 absolutely unenthusiastic about the subject. The class gets dull and repetitive and it's just not fun anymore after the first few meetings. You must attend, however, since she surprises the class with group activities that count for a chunk of your grade.
She's also a big fan of in-class MC/essay exams which I don't really mind, but I didn't feel that this particular subject should have been geared toward that direction. It would have been a lot more interesting if we focused more on how notions of gender and body impacted society (hence sociology!) rather than focusing on the history of gender, sexuality, and the body, different methods researchers used, and general facts. I'm not saying history, research methodology and facts aren't important, but that seemed what was most important for this class. It seemed more like a history or anthropology class than it did sociology.
I think Prof. Black is a great professor and this was the 2nd class I took with her, and you have to give her a chance. At first I wasn't very fond of the class structure, and her exams were very challenging because of the wording, but I did have a very fun time in her class. She is a very nice person if you ever get to go to her office, and it's not that hard to get an A in. I would just say to be patient and enjoy it, because it is fun and other professors just sit and talk, and she really engaged us to work together and participate. It was pretty fun overall.
I took both Sociology 180A (Gender) and Sociology 134 with Professor Black and she is definitely my favorite professor at UCLA. The structure of her class is very clear from the beginning and her lectures are also very clear. She provides a lot of direction for both the midterm and final, providing information as to where the testing material is coming from (ie multiple choice questions were from the lecture slides and essay questions were from the readings and prompts were given out prior to test for preperation). Her powerpoints are posted online which is helpful, however, it is beneficial to attend class because she discusses the concepts in more depth and provides examples through the use of popular culture (ie movie clips and youtube videos) as well as articles from NY Times etc. She keeps the class engaged through the use of these mediums and applies the concepts to current news and issues. Professor Black is also VERY approachable in office hours as well as after lecture. She is not trying to trick students, but rather wants to provide as much direction as is fair and really takes feedback into consideration. She is not very difficult and her class is not very fast- paced, therefore, receiving a high grade should not be a problem! I highly recommend taking Professor Black.