Professor

Terri Anderson

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Overall Rating 3.4
Easiness 2.3 / 5
Clarity 3.4 / 5
Workload 2.6 / 5
Helpfulness 3.7 / 5
Overall Rating 3.6
Easiness 2.4 / 5
Clarity 3.6 / 5
Workload 2.6 / 5
Helpfulness 3.6 / 5
Most Helpful Review
NOTE: I actually took her Honors Collegium 17 class, but it was not listed as an option (and I have not taken Sociology 117 with her or anyone else). - Professor Anderson showed a lot of enthusiasm for this particular class. - She focused a lot on social change in the progression of music throughout the 20th century in this class, but also focused on social change in entertainment in general at the beginning, and social change in artworks at the end. - She lectures primarily off her own notes along with visuals, including movies, documentaries, and music videos. - Many parts of the lectures come from required books she has throughout the course. You really do need to have these books, because she wants you to integrate them SIGNIFICANTLY in discussions, and especially ALL assignments. Without them, you will most likely fail the class as I did. I didn’t have the readings because she was added late as a Professor for the past term, and with both the books not made available in the bookstore and my inability to purchase them online at the time of this class for various reasons beyond my control, she graded down my assignments for not having the readings integrated in those assignments. - If you aren’t able to get the books for this class for your own reason, DO NOT TAKE THE CLASS AT ALL. FAIR WARNING; YOU WILL STRUGGLE WITH ASSIGNMENTS AS SHE WANTS THEM DONE. - Breakdown of grade: 6 journals (of three pages each of a relevant topic in class) worth 3% each, attendance and participation is 10% (she WILL mark you down for not participating), 30% for a 7-page essay focusing on social change in music, 10% for a 3-page LA Art Walk report, and 32% on a research project where you integrate an interview with an artist in a 10-page paper regarding what is necessary for there to be art. NO MIDTERMS NOR FINAL for this class. - There were even special guests who visit in person or communicate via videochat.
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Easiness 2.5 / 5
Clarity 3.3 / 5
Workload 2.5 / 5
Helpfulness 4.0 / 5
Most Helpful Review
I skimmed through some of her past reviews and I honestly have no idea what those particular students are talking about when they say, "Don't take her!!" etc. etc. I took Social Psychology and it is thus far my favorite class at UCLA. She is also one of my favorite professors at UCLA thus far as well. And to give you an idea of what type of professor I like, here's a short list: Victor Bascara (Asian American Studies), Bruce Barbee (Education), Neil Garg (Organic Chemistry), Matthew Fisher (English), Akram Almohalwas (Stats), and Debra Pires (Life Science). As you can see, these professors teach completely different courses (and some are a lot tougher than others) but what they all have in common is that they really care about their students, have a passion for material they are teaching, and they love teaching in general. So for SOC132 specifically, there were readings every week but they were doable. If it's "too much" for you, you probably shouldn't be in the humanities to be honest. They were doable, period. They were also very interesting! And she makes you apply what you learn through journals, essays, etc. It's a very good class. I would explain how much I love it, but then you (the reader) might just think I'm biased or something. All I can say is that she is an excellent professor. If you don't like her, you honestly probably just disliked the course material or the way she structured the class. She's a wonderful person and wonderful teacher. Please take her. I highly recommend it.
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