Winter 2022 - IF YOU TAKE SOCIOLOGY 1, TAKE IT WITH PROFESSOR ANDERSON!!!!! SUCH a great class omg. Keep in mind that I took it asynchronously. It was still super engaging and interesting. I came in with no sociology class experience (but with knowledge and opinions on the social matters we discussed) and honestly, I thought that this class would just be "common sense" and I know that with other professors that's basically how it is. Nevertheless, Professor Anderson had a very interesting approach. She thought of Sociology as a way of seeing society and the examples that she gave were very helpful to make the concepts more digestible. Super light workload. TAKE IT!!!!!
==I TOOK SOCIOL 1 WITH ANDERSON== 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.
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!
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.
Fall 2017 - I really enjoyed the lectures in this class and learned a lot, midterm needs lots of studying and final is a take home paper. With one short essay and 5 journals required in between. Lots of readings for the course. 8 books required, selling all for $100. Email me: email@example.com
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.
Spring 2020 - This was hands down my FAVORITE class that I've taken at UCLA! I was just taking it to fulfill my Honors Collegium requirement, but it ended up changing what I want to do with my life! Yes, there's A LOT of reading, but everything Professor Anderson assigns is so interesting that you WANT to read it. Plus, everything she assigned was just news articles, videos, and interviews, so no need to buy anything. She really demands that you stay engaged in the class (i.e. respond and discuss), but she's so sweet and the discussions are really interesting! This class inspired me to focus my overall research on the ways that art can shape community development, which I now hope to pursue in grad school. Take this class! It's a lot of reading and mandatory participation, but soooo worth it!