Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Terri L Anderson

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Sociology department

Terri L Anderson

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Overall 3.1
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Easiness of class 2.4
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Workload 2.6
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Clarity of professor 3.1
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Helpfulness of professor 3.2
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Grades

Winter 2017
20.8%
17.3%
13.9%
10.4%
6.9%
3.5%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2010
53.5%
44.6%
35.7%
26.8%
17.8%
8.9%
0.0%
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A
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B
B-
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C
C-
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
44.2%
36.8%
29.4%
22.1%
14.7%
7.4%
0.0%
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A
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B
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted April 26, 2017 Grade Received: B

Honestly, this was one of the worst classes I have taken while in college (I am a junior). The TAs and the professor were not on the same page ever. The professor randomly chooses an assignment from a random section and grades it extremely harshly in comparison to how the TAs grade. The professor does not teach the students the latest technology regarding sociological research, which leaves students unaware of how to effectively conduct research in the 21st century. Every point = 1% in the class, so every single point is important, which makes the class very stressful. Lastly, she basically reads the book word for word to the class during lecture, which is extremely boring and counterproductive. I did not encounter one classmate who had a positive thing to say about this class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Feb. 8, 2016 Grade Received: A

The class is by no means an easy A. You have to put in the work. Here are a few pointers for doing well in the class:

1. Read the Syllabus - Professor Anderson is particularly strict regarding following instructions. Deviating from guidelines will most likely result in the loss of many grade points. (Each point is 1%.)
2. If you have questions, make sure to check with both Professor Anderson and your TA. They may or may not have conflicting views on how your paper should be graded. (From experience, either the professor or the TA will be grading you)
3. Print out/Write down lecture guidelines. (This will help you follow her lectures.)
4. It is advisable to not skip lectures as she gives five pop quizzes throughout the quarter which account for 20% of your final grade. Therefore, do the readings before each class.

Overall, the class was not very hard. The workload is manageable as she splits up various components of a sociological research project over the weeks of the quarter. Do your work on time. Go to office hours and ask questions. Read the syllabus and adhere to the guidelines.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2015 Submitted Feb. 6, 2016 Grade Received: B-

I took Professor Anderson in the Fall '15 for SOC20 and it was my first quarter so I really didn't know what to expect. We didn't have a midterm or a final but we had 5 pop quizzes that are worth 20% of your grade and a research paper due at the end of the quarter that is 12-15 pages. The paper wasn't too bad because you worked on each paper during the quarter. I went to her office hours before she she wasn't really helpful. She just shut down my ideas but didn't stir me in the right direction either..
I would recommend her.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 3, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

Terri Anderson has been awesome! She showed passion when it came to teaching about doing research and it helped me decide whether I want a Master's or Ph.D.

The workload is doable and an A is possible if you follow this information.
1- Do exactly as she and the TA's explain, do not deviate to "Big Ideas" as they might be the reason you'll lose points.
2- Do the readings (it's not bad) before class, that way you can compare what she is telling you in reference to the book.
3- Keep it simple. Don't overthink many of the questions in the quizzes.

The quizzes are a large part of your grade, so I suggest that you ask questions during the lecture if it doesn't correspond with the book. I noticed she uses specific wording during the lecture that might throw you off during the quiz, so stay sharp.

It could come to your advantage to use office hours, not only to get answers to your questions, but to express your plight and its relevance to the class. DO NOT COME OFF DESPERATE! Desperation will not get you sympathy, it will give her a headache and will annoy her (saw that happen with a classmate).

I ended up with an A, but I know plenty of C's, so please take my advice.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Sept. 24, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Selling "Making Sense of the Social World" (edition 4) book for $60!

Like-new condition; bought it for $70. Price is negotiable.
Book was used during Winter 2013 quarter with Professor Anderson. A lot of pop quiz questions were taken from this book!

Please email s029871@gmail.com if interested!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 24, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Selling "Making Sense of the Social World" (edition 4) book for $60!

Like-new condition; bought it for $70. Price is negotiable.
Book was used during Winter 2013 quarter with Professor Anderson. A lot of pop quiz questions were taken from this book!

Please email bru1n126@gmail.com if interested!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 26, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

For sociology 20,
What is the workload for this class?

As in assignments, what type of midterms/finals/essays?

I would highly appreciate it if someone will respond

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 25, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Pretty awful. I am currently taking the class. The subject matter is fascinating, but her teaching style makes it dull. She literally recites definitions from the text. Here, Ill give you a snapshot of class. "Data Cleaning, what is data cleaning? It is cleaning data. Exactly, I'm telling you guys, these are very simple..." No point in going to lectures, so people stopped going. Now she started giving pop quizzes to keep people coming to lecture. Its kinda funny though, people just come for the pop quiz, then leave. She takes her profession serious, and is passionate about sociology, and an interesting person. But as a professor, blah.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 3, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

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!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 16, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

This was a very boring class, but i guess that wasn't terri's fault. she did what she could to make it semi-interesting. actually, i found lecture pointless -- make sure you go to discussion though. Honestly, because this was a 200 person class, most of your interactions will be with the TAs. I had Taekyoon Lim, and he was awesome! so friendly, always willing to help, and will work with you until you clearly understand a concept. Tons of my classmates complained about this course and the TAs, but honestly, i think these students are ill-prepared for UCLA. anyone who thinks this lower division course was tough should drop off. Suck it up, Terri is awesome (in fact, she seems very wacky...but in a good way)...just do the assignments (which are nicely broken up into 5 assignments -- all of which are components of the culminating research paper) and you'll do fine. And i hear anderson is an awesome professor so i hope i could take a class with her in the future b/c this class didnt let her show her true potential (which is there). Take her for sure!

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