I am biased. I absolutely loved this professor! I took Professor Anderson for three courses: sociology of gender, sociology of education, and social psychology (I think that's the title). She was my favorite professor from undergrad! (I graduated a couple of years ago, but I still remember her.) The material is very, very interesting. Go to her office hours! She is just a very cool person to talk with. She is very creative and artsy and loves films. She is a very interesting person, and that comes out in the way she approaches the class. I loved how she would play excerpts from "This American Life," and the books she chose were so different from the books I had to read for other classes. I remember she had us write journals, and they were very meaningful. I even saved a few because they remind me of the intellectual epiphanies I had through her classes. She really reads them and always left me questions to think about. If you don't b.s. these, she writes thoughtful comments. I also remember a final project she had us do. We were supposed to try to pass as the opposite gender. This was very fun to do as well as intellectually enlightening. I realized it's really hard to pass, but one of the other girls in my group did a very good job. Some people weren't sure if she was a guy or a girl. Wonderful project!
I am not one who usually rates my teachers unless I have a particularly bad experience with one. But this isnt the case with Professor Anderson. While I have to admit the workload was a bit stressful, taking her class really changed my outlook on gender relations in our society. Each essay and reading assignment was truly a learning experience. It isnt an 'easy' A, but if you get into the material, it is fairly easy to get a good grade, and the assignments really let you express your opinions. If you are looking for a ood sociology class, TAKE THIS CLASS. Professor Anderson really opens your eyes to help you embrace all people in our society.
I took Soc 130 and M174 with Professor Anderson, and found both courses to be interesting, thought-provoking, and well worth my time. Professor Anderson is an extremely interesting lecturer, and really wants to make sure her students are "getting it". She doesn't believe in tests because then we're just studying to pass a test rather than thinking critically and reflecting, which is why she only assigns papers. While there is a lot of reading, it's usually pretty interesting, and you don't need to read everything throughly. Her classes allow for a lot of student input and discussion, and she knows many of the students by name. In all honesty, if you put in the work for the class, which is not painful, your grade will reflect that. In short, Anderson is by far one of the best professors I've had at UCLA, take her if you get a chance!
...the review below me is completely absurd. Kate Ceredona is definitely a hard grader, but that's because she wants students to push themselves to learn and understand the material better. She is by no means, a "BxTCH." All too often, students blame their own inabilities on the TA. TAs are there to facilitate student-generated discussion and help students understand the material. They are not there to hold your hand or spoon-feed you answers/good grades.