All I learned from taking a class taught by Tanya Stivers was: 1) How to cram without actually learning material. 2) How to take verbal abuse from a professor. 3) Acceptance that no work completed is good enough. Shes on a power trip and it wouldn't surprise me to later learn she was secretly a psychopath. Judging from the other evaluations, I think its safe to say Tanya and her family have employed self rating.
DISREGARD SOC 24, I took SOC 20 with Prof. Stivers and she is a great teacher and her material is interesting. If you go to every class and take good notes you dont need the book. What makes the class hard is having a bad group (THERE IS ALOT OF GROUP WORK) and/or a bad TA. Other than that the material is pretty simple. The class requires alot of time but nothing to confusing, just alot of observing and working on the group project.