William Rogers Brubaker
Department of Sociology
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3.2
Overall Rating
Based on 43 Users
Easiness 2.8 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.4 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.8 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.1 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Participation Matters
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  • Useful Textbooks
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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: B
Nov. 2, 2018

Brubaker is kind of a difficult prof to take class with. He gets upset/distracted if people get up and leave early or come in late. He uses iclickers. Assigns tons of readings, and grades super harshly on the midterm, final, and paper. I wouldn't recommend taking this class if you just want an easy GE.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: N/A
June 9, 2018

selling Human Societies (an Introduction) for $10 (Used - Like New)

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A
June 5, 2018

Brubaker is a really talented speaker/lecturer and is actually really renown in this field. However I think this is my least favorite class I've taken thus far. There's a ton of PDF readings on various sociological concepts (so much printing that I think would eventually cost as much as a course reader honestly) and I personally didn't find many that interesting or useful in life. Although the concepts are really easy to understand if you read about them and take notes, I think Brubaker realizes this and intentionally tries to make the class harder by giving ridiculous exams. If you study really well, it's almost impossible to finish in time. I don't get the point of requiring so much writing in an exam, it's as though my understanding of the class content should be measured by how fast I can write/regurgitate info. I remember being so annoyed taking the exams because I felt as though we don't even have enough time to give the "good" responses they're looking for. What makes it worse is how arbitrary the grading is for exams. Points get knocked off like no one's business and you won't know why because they don't leave comments for how to improve or what was missing. But as for the content, the class was okay and I learned a lot of info, but it almost feels insignificant. Wouldn't recommend taking this with Brubaker if you just want an easy GE but if you're a soc major and care about this stuff, Brubaker would be a great professor to learn from!

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A-
April 4, 2018

At the beginning of class I wasnt sure what to expect, but this class was really enjoyable. The reading load was a bit heavy, but all of the readings were very intersting. The professor was extrenly helpful during lectures he discussed all the readings in detail and provided more examples to make things understandable. His lectures are bruincasted so you could always rewatch. There were clicker question quizzes at the beginning of every class based on the readings, but the questions were easy enough as long as you did the readings. He gave study guides for the midterm and final which were exactly like the exams with less material. If you keep up with the readings this class should be fine! So interesting and such a passionate professor! Recommend!!

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A
March 21, 2018

I would say this is a very balanced GE. Definitely recommend it!

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: B
March 16, 2018

The graded materials consisted of a midterm, a final, a paper, discussion attendance, and a few iClicker questions every lecture that were related to the readings.

Brubaker is very reading-heavy, especially for an intro course like this. It's often 20-30 pages a week, though he does often exclude many of the sections. Each lecture has a pair of iClicker questions related to the readings from the night before, so it's in your best interest to at least keep up with the general ideas of each reading.

He requires the purchase of one "textbook," which is really just a ~$15 book on some general basics of sociology. The rest of the readings are posted on CCLE.

The exams were fairly tough, as they required knowledge from all of the readings to answer completely. 7/10 on each long answer score is fairly common, as your answer needs to excellent to get a 9 or a 10.

Brubaker is a great presenter that brought an incredible amount of energy and passion to his lectures. He shows genuine excitement in what he's talking about. He can get a bit too conceptual at times, but tends to be very clear.

Overall, a good professor that presents clearly and structures presentations really well.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A
Nov. 8, 2017

I really thought Dr. Brubaker was one of the best professors I've had so far, though his ratings may not say so. His class was difficult no doubt and involved quite a bit of reading, but the readings were very interesting. I also took his honors seminar, which was not too bad (additional readings and writeups every week). We had some pretty engaging discussions. Overall, he really seems to care for his students.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: B+
Aug. 18, 2016

If you're gonna take SOCIO1, definitely take it with Brubaker. It's about as clear of an introductory class (and GE) as you're gonna get, even if you don't like the subject material. He has very clear lecture slides (and lectures are Bruincast!) and makes it very clear what is expected. I would recommend going to lecture though because he has two or three iclicker questions each day about the readings (which means you do have to at least skim them or have someone give you the lowdown). Midterm, one 4 page paper, and a final, very manageable and grading depends on TA. Tl;dr - attendance is important, take this course with this professor.

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Quarter: Summer 2016
Grade: N/A
June 28, 2016

selling Human Societies for 15$, willing to negotiate, email me @ buymytextbooks19@gmail.com

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A-
May 22, 2016

Sociology 1 Course reader is so freaking expensive ($75 at the broxton store!!) but you seriously need it for the readings because there's reading quizzes every single lecture. I'm selling mine (lightly used) for $25.
Email me at peprika5@gmail.com

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: B
Nov. 2, 2018

Brubaker is kind of a difficult prof to take class with. He gets upset/distracted if people get up and leave early or come in late. He uses iclickers. Assigns tons of readings, and grades super harshly on the midterm, final, and paper. I wouldn't recommend taking this class if you just want an easy GE.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: N/A
June 9, 2018

selling Human Societies (an Introduction) for $10 (Used - Like New)

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A
June 5, 2018

Brubaker is a really talented speaker/lecturer and is actually really renown in this field. However I think this is my least favorite class I've taken thus far. There's a ton of PDF readings on various sociological concepts (so much printing that I think would eventually cost as much as a course reader honestly) and I personally didn't find many that interesting or useful in life. Although the concepts are really easy to understand if you read about them and take notes, I think Brubaker realizes this and intentionally tries to make the class harder by giving ridiculous exams. If you study really well, it's almost impossible to finish in time. I don't get the point of requiring so much writing in an exam, it's as though my understanding of the class content should be measured by how fast I can write/regurgitate info. I remember being so annoyed taking the exams because I felt as though we don't even have enough time to give the "good" responses they're looking for. What makes it worse is how arbitrary the grading is for exams. Points get knocked off like no one's business and you won't know why because they don't leave comments for how to improve or what was missing. But as for the content, the class was okay and I learned a lot of info, but it almost feels insignificant. Wouldn't recommend taking this with Brubaker if you just want an easy GE but if you're a soc major and care about this stuff, Brubaker would be a great professor to learn from!

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A-
April 4, 2018

At the beginning of class I wasnt sure what to expect, but this class was really enjoyable. The reading load was a bit heavy, but all of the readings were very intersting. The professor was extrenly helpful during lectures he discussed all the readings in detail and provided more examples to make things understandable. His lectures are bruincasted so you could always rewatch. There were clicker question quizzes at the beginning of every class based on the readings, but the questions were easy enough as long as you did the readings. He gave study guides for the midterm and final which were exactly like the exams with less material. If you keep up with the readings this class should be fine! So interesting and such a passionate professor! Recommend!!

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A
March 21, 2018

I would say this is a very balanced GE. Definitely recommend it!

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: B
March 16, 2018

The graded materials consisted of a midterm, a final, a paper, discussion attendance, and a few iClicker questions every lecture that were related to the readings.

Brubaker is very reading-heavy, especially for an intro course like this. It's often 20-30 pages a week, though he does often exclude many of the sections. Each lecture has a pair of iClicker questions related to the readings from the night before, so it's in your best interest to at least keep up with the general ideas of each reading.

He requires the purchase of one "textbook," which is really just a ~$15 book on some general basics of sociology. The rest of the readings are posted on CCLE.

The exams were fairly tough, as they required knowledge from all of the readings to answer completely. 7/10 on each long answer score is fairly common, as your answer needs to excellent to get a 9 or a 10.

Brubaker is a great presenter that brought an incredible amount of energy and passion to his lectures. He shows genuine excitement in what he's talking about. He can get a bit too conceptual at times, but tends to be very clear.

Overall, a good professor that presents clearly and structures presentations really well.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A
Nov. 8, 2017

I really thought Dr. Brubaker was one of the best professors I've had so far, though his ratings may not say so. His class was difficult no doubt and involved quite a bit of reading, but the readings were very interesting. I also took his honors seminar, which was not too bad (additional readings and writeups every week). We had some pretty engaging discussions. Overall, he really seems to care for his students.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: B+
Aug. 18, 2016

If you're gonna take SOCIO1, definitely take it with Brubaker. It's about as clear of an introductory class (and GE) as you're gonna get, even if you don't like the subject material. He has very clear lecture slides (and lectures are Bruincast!) and makes it very clear what is expected. I would recommend going to lecture though because he has two or three iclicker questions each day about the readings (which means you do have to at least skim them or have someone give you the lowdown). Midterm, one 4 page paper, and a final, very manageable and grading depends on TA. Tl;dr - attendance is important, take this course with this professor.

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Quarter: Summer 2016
Grade: N/A
June 28, 2016

selling Human Societies for 15$, willing to negotiate, email me @ buymytextbooks19@gmail.com

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A-
May 22, 2016

Sociology 1 Course reader is so freaking expensive ($75 at the broxton store!!) but you seriously need it for the readings because there's reading quizzes every single lecture. I'm selling mine (lightly used) for $25.
Email me at peprika5@gmail.com

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3.2
Overall Rating
Based on 43 Users
Easiness 2.8 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.4 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.8 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.1 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (10)
  • Needs Textbook
    (9)
  • Participation Matters
    (7)
  • Is Podcasted
    (8)
  • Useful Textbooks
    (7)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (6)
  • Tough Tests
    (7)
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