Terri Anderson

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Introductory Sociology See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.4

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Worst GE CLASS EVER!!! Do yourself a favor and DO NOT TAKE this class especially if you're an engineering major. Most of the readings were bullshit and went off on irrelevant tangents. The pop quizzes were suppeeeer detail oriented even if you do the readings (it'll be hard to keep up with them trust me i stopped after week 7ish when the work load just got too much and i was like screw it). In terms of learning, ehhh. People complain she's too socialist or too liberal but that is beside the point; she is just really boring and thinks her class is the most important class. Sum it up, if you're looking for an easy or intersting ge, this class is not it. Take geo 5 or astro. Hell to the no no no...the only thing i learned in this class was how to avoid bullshit classes like this in the future. Thank god for bruin walk i learned the hard way.

(Fall Quarter 2016)
Social Thought and Origins of Sociology See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.4

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Dr. Anderson is one of the best at UCLA. She presents the basic sociology concepts with a lot of real-world context, on both a personal level and on a community level. This method really embeds the concepts and made it far more enjoyable than just memorizing a bunch of terms and definitions. If she offers "extra credit" work, do it; you might wind up needing a couple of extra points at the end. Also, pay attention to the manner in which your TA wants you to write the essays. They're the ones grading them.
Overall, this was a great class. If you have a choice in Sociol 1 professors, pick Anderson.

(Jan. 14, 2014)
Introduction to Sociological Research Methods See Full Profile

Overall 3.1 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.1 Helpfulness 3.2

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This is the EASIEST class I've taken at UCLA. There's no midterm or final (only your one research paper you have the entire quarter to write). I stopped going to lecture after week 1, did none of the reading, and got an A! This was probably partly due to the fact that I'd already written a research paper for my Soc 1 class but really, she makes this class super easy.

She is an awesome lecturer with a soothing voice (she sounds like a yoga instructor) and she made a huge effort to make this boring subject material fun by incorporating guest speakers who shared their research findings. She encourages students to choose research topics that interest them and asks people to share in lecture, so it's a really cool environment.

Even though she claims attendance in lecture is mandatory and the TAs even threaten that you'll get penalized if they don't see you in lecture, they have no way of enforcing that in 200+ person class so you really only have to go to discussion. If the class hadn't been from 4 to 5:50, I probably would have gone but I didn't feel like being in class that late if I could get an A without going.

Overall, TAKE HER! She's amazing and easy!

(Feb. 3, 2010)
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Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.7

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Great professor
Selling course reader for sociology 1 valejandro@g.ucla.edu

(Jan. 6, 2015)
Family Demography See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.6

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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.

(Jan. 5, 2013)
Sociology of Emotions See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 2.9 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.8

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This was a great class! I really enjoyed the material and content in this class. The professor is VERY organized and makes it very easy to follow along and understand the material. The readings are heavy for this class though, but she goes over them in class so it is easy to catch up if you fall behind. There are pop quizzes in this class, but she drops the lowest score and if you study your notes before each class, you will pass the quizzes and learn the material better.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
Self and Society See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.6

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Lots of readings and busy work (weekly journals + 4 experiments) and 2 essays. The essays were not bad at all, though you definitely need to show you've been doing the readings. Luckily, you don't need to do EVERY reading -- and terri knows this, but she just wants you to grasp the main ideas from every piece. She doesn't look for anything out of the ordinary or ask for crazy amounts of detail. But, you MUST be a good writer if you want to succeed in this course (and most of her other courses). Lecture is good, as she goes over a lot of the important ideas and concepts. Experiments were EXCELLENT; though they seemed dumb at first, they really did help our understanding of our selves and our relation to the things we learned in class. All in all, take a class with Anderson; you may have to work a bit, but it's definitely worth it. SHE REALLY CARES ABOUT EVERY STUDENT, SERIOUSLY!!

(June 21, 2010)
Social Psychology: Sociological Approaches See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 4.0

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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.

(June 10, 2012)
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Art, Entertainment, and Social Change See Full Profile

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Sociology of Mental Illness See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.0

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I was so excited to take this class winter quarter of my freshman year for the diversity requirement. The title of the class made it seem so interesting. However, the first day of lecture was already bad. The professor had a boring, monotone voice that you could easily fall asleep to while in lecture. She then said we would be reading 200+ pages a week. You could see why I started to hate this class. 200+ pages + a biweekly journal assignment + midterms/final/essays that had everything to do about the readings, only a little part was based on lecture. To make things short, this isn't what I expected out of a 4 unit class that I was taking for a GE req. However, I managed to obtain a B even when I basically didn't do any reading and rarely paid attention in lecture, I'm not sure how I managed that. But, If you are looking to take this class for the diversity GE, trust me, there are better options, don't do it. Wouldn't recommend this class to anyone that was considering it for a GE.

(Winter Quarter 2018)
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