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SOCI 1001 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

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    MORAS, BURKE, DavitaGlasberg, Butler-Sweet,C, Chen,P, DelVillar,E, ThomasDulack, Braunstein,M, riepl, Horowitz,M, MitziHorowitz, Kamryn Warren, Ruth Braunstein, NIELSON LATISHA, Burton, L
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    • Profile picture
    Aug 10, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Sociology indeed does open your mind to other societies beside our own. When I first signed up for sociology it was to be less ignorant about the world around me Sociology was the best course for that. I learned many different concepts about the American that I might not have otherwise scrutinized. The first question that I was asked when I entered my Sociology class was, "What does it mean to think like a sociologist?" and the answer to that question was,"to make familiar strange". I can defintely say that after the course, many things that I thought were just normal and were part of how our society functioned were indeed strange.

    Course highlights:

    This course opened my eyes to something crucial that happened in my life. When my professor started talking about institutional racism that is commonly prevalent in schools toward minority students, I felt like I could relate and that is why I am going to take action. All throughout my years in middle schools and high school I felt as if the education system was not supporting me as a minority, first-generation student. I always bottled up these thoughts because like many, we've been taught that racism doesn't not exist in schools. I wanted to take higher-level courses all throughout all in which my counselors would not let me, I encountered many conflicts with my school's administration because they prevented me from taking honors, AP, and university level courses. My algebra 2 teacher did not want to recommend me for honors pre-calculus after receiving a 98 average in her class but easily gave a recommendation to a non-minority student with a lower average than I. My guidance counselor gave me looks and kept telling me "that is too much for you, those are hard courses" when I told her that I wanted to take three AP course my junior year of high school but easily signed up a non-minority for those AP courses. I still graduated with honors and took 7 AP courses in school in which majority of them I received A's. However, I had to fight with the administration constantly and had many people doubted me in the process which should NOT have been the case. After taking Sociology this summer at the University of Connecticut, and having Professor Kamryn list signs of institutional racism at schools. I told her my story because it is one thing to tell your story but another to create action so it does not happen to another innocent, minority, first-generation student. I talked to other minority-first generation students that went to my school and asked them about how the administration, I was surprised to learn that the 15 people that I have interviewed that went to Middletown High School and those in my graduating class have felt the same. Charlene Ngige, now attending University of Pennsylvania said, "I came from Ghana my freshman year and English is our first language there. In my middle school I took all advanced courses in Ghana. I showed the guidance department the equivalences and they did not believe me. My counselor just looked at me and googled right in front of Ghana to make sure that it was our first language and still proceeded to put me in ALL lower-level classes after I asked to be put in honors". This is just one of the stories of the many minorities that felt that the administration discriminated against them and would not let them achieve their goals. The irony is that we all did end up going to college which in their eyes, we weren't expected to do. We made it into great universities and defeated the odds. My Sociology professor is supporting me and is willing to get the Sociology Department at the University of Connecticut involved. I am in the process of writing a letter to the Middletown Board of education and hopefully get media attention. I want to create change, all of the minorities at my school did not deserve this nor should it be tolerated. This all occurred because I took a sociology class this summer so I think it's safe to say that this course really did change my life.

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    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    This course gives you different perspectives on certain things that you may have not realized in the past. Overall, if you put in t he effort it is not that difficult. There are a lot of terminology involved in which you should memorize and also how to apply the concepts. I would definitely recommend this course.

    • Summer 2017
    • Kamryn Warren
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Nov 20, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because the course content is very interesting. This course requires easy work, but it is very time-consuming.

    Course highlights:

    The class is separated into two sections - class notes and the books. Class notes are usually key concepts or history. The books have subjects on class differences, poverty, perception, and the sociology of religion.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take very specific notes from the books assigned. Quiz questions are very specific, however, you can use your notes on the quizzes.

    • Fall 2017
    • Burton, L
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Nov 01, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Great course for students intended to major in sociology or need as a gen ed.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about our society and how many things are not the way they seem, Theirs a lot of material covered.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Pay attention in the course and it will be easier to understand the material being presented

    • Fall 2017
    • NIELSON LATISHA
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions

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