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    Feb 10, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This course is very reading based! If you go to lecture and do the readings, you won't have any trouble getting an A in the class! The lectures aren't the most exciting but it is imperative that you go so you can do well on the midterm and the final (which is 90% of your grade). The readings get easier as the course goes on, but they don't get shorter, still, read read read! Both her exams are very heavily reading based!

    Course highlights:

    Professor Gordon does a good job of relating all the information in the course to our every day lives so you can see how what you're reading about applies to you!

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Just focus on the reading and go to every lecture! I wouldn't recommend writing down every word on her slides, as they won't show up on the test, just write down major concepts and explanations, and then take notes and ask questions on all the readings!

    • Fall 2016
    • Gordon
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments
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    Jul 28, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    With an intellectual and outstanding professor, students are able to emotionally connect with the professor, understand concepts regarding social issues revolving around our everyday lives, and apply these learnings to their own world. A course like Sociology allows students to look past the normality and understand the reasons behind the actions of individuals. It allows one to be more comprehensive towards every situation, for every actions stems from one's sociological imagination - awareness of personal experience and society's history.

    Course highlights:

    Professor Rios would describe situations that enabled students to understand the concepts presented in the lectures. One of the most memorable highlights of this course was a lecture that outlined the events of police brutality. Our professor gave us the privilege of reading a book he wrote regarding the issue and gave us his own insight during the course. I understood, in depth, possible reasons behind the issue of police brutality and comprehended the emotions of individuals experiencing and living under this problem.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to succeed, students must be open-minded towards the concepts presented in class such as topics regarding social issues revolving around the world. Topics range from issues regarding feminism and police brutality. Although the reading may be heavy for some, if one takes the concepts learned in class and applies them to the reading, it is easier to understand the message behind the stories. For studying, I recommend to have complete organization of the reading notes and lectures. When doing the readings, I recommend identifying the connection of the readings with the concepts learned in class. It is important not to stay behind in readings because it might become a workload to go back on track. This has been my favorite course taken at UCSB, thus far - not only because of the concepts portrayed in class, but because of the connections students are able to make with the professor and teaching assistants.

    • Fall 2015
    • RIOS
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Apr 17, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Overall, I would recommend Soc 1 because of Professor Rios. Not only did he make the course fun and engaging, but I also learned real-world skills that I might not have if I didn't take the class. Professor Rios truly cares about his students and values one-on-one experiences, making the overall atmosphere of the class relaxed and enjoyable.

    Course highlights:

    More than anything, I think I learned to be more aware of my surroundings. Professor Rios always said his goal was to "make the familiar strange"; in other words, he was challenging us to question everything around us, including social norms we take for granted. Soc 1 really gave me a new perspective, and I highly recommend taking the class.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to lecture! Seriously, Professor Rios is a great lecturer and really works to help students in any way possible. The readings are important to doing well in the class as well.

    • Fall 2015
    • RIOS
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions

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