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A quick unnecessary update after my graduation: I am Asian, not white. Thanks to Brown and other incompetent instructors, I pushed myself to my limit and graduated with two majors in two years while receiving the Magna Cum Laude. Looking back to this comment, I wish to put more sarcasm to better use! Upon farewell, I want to share a few things with those who are with me, and for those who are not:
1. If you have done nothing wrong, DO NOT apologize.
2. Force yourself to take hard classes, you will learn much more and it worths every penny of your tuition. EASY CLASSES ARE EASY FOR REASONS.
3. If you found yourself in a position where no one appreciates, think through it twice and interrogate it, thoroughly. If you still have found it right, stick with it and voice for it. DO NOT BACK DOWN, or at least DO NOT LIE TO YOURSELF.
Guess I will never come back to this site again. Why Brown should give a damn about my comment? Why should those people who feverishly enjoy cutting corners care? Why should those who blindly submitted their "freedom-to" to an ideology which they do not even know what does entail? They don't, they just don't, yet they will never do.
And welcome to the reality, lads.
First of all, I would like to openly applaud for the "Oct. 6th, 2019" comment on the forum, for his/her courage to be the dissident, amidst this dissident-unfriendly status quo. Hereby, on this precious occasion, I would like to share some of my enshrined subjective experience objectively, in a timely manner, and amidst this delicate nature. Abiding by the first amendment that we used to be proud of, I would like to conjure my fallow peers, regardless of what political propensity you have: you read, you think, you choose.
I took Professor. Karida L Brown's Sociology 180A this fall. Everything does appear roseate, Professor Brown demonstrated her cuddly facade and denounced that she cared about everyone's success. However, the brutal truth might be that she only cares about her "supporters", while leaving her dissidents a cold shoulder. That is not out of my expectations. Soon I realized that 90% of my peers have some extent of political pre-supposition in this class, and concord with professor Brown. No one questioned her inappropriate commentary(politicized, or just not right), everyone seems to agree with her with full consent, and of course, she was delighted about that. What if we take a look at other sessions? Also in this fall semester, I took Sociology 101 and Philosophy 100A (I have two majors). In these two classes, we had a great amount of debate, questions, so long and so forth. Why is this class a far cry comparing to others? The only rational explication for this situation is, perchance, due to Professor. Brown's extravagant teaching skills par excellence.
The conjuncture that I luckily realized what kind of person she is and her per se duplicity, was the grade and the paraphernalia of the reflection paper. With a similar confrontation just like the latest commentator had, or even worse, I got an F- for my reflection paper after a month I have submitted my work. Everything I did, was abiding by her rubric, despite the fact that I wrote a mild criticism to the quote which author Charles Mills wrote. Shocked and frustrated, she left me a concise comment, which was "come to see me with the explanation of the grade". Fair, fair enough. I have a firm belief that UCLA as "the top 1 public university in the U.S", all professors are judging students with their demiurgic consciences as if the Samson in Israel. Professor. Brown, should be one of them. should she? Not quite so for two reasons:
First, she allegedly purported during the lecture, that she will grade everyone's work by the end of the submitted week. Her procrastination directly caused me to drop this class by the last day of the dropping date WITH A W. I do understand that we all have our own business to tackle, but to say the least, I will not show my fabricated zealousness when I cannot facilitate what I have promised.
Second, to use fait accompli as the staunchest evidence, I have received an A+ and an A- for my other two classes, also two A- in my summer session, I am afraid that my writing expertise will not evaporate in a jiffy. With a score like 48/100, Professor. Brown should have offered me an adequate explanation based on the courtesy, or grading the paper on time as she has promised, which neither of them came into fruition, unfortunately.
By the end of my "meaningless, but trying to make it a bit meaningful" comment, I would like to spare my last sentences by asking the professor. Brown a few questions:
First, do you care about your students? if you don't, please do not demonstrate the inconsistency.
Second, if you do care, are you caring for the students who are coming from a financially or socially inferior background, while neglecting the others?
Last but must not be the least, if you treat one group differently from the others which sprouted from ex nihilo, as the dictum goes "one good turn deserves another", may I treat you differently, comparing to other professors? shall I call this "a reverse classism/racism"? I thought this class was supposed to end racism.
In the end, I deeply understand some of you may incur your indisposition, that originated from the confiscated sense of belonging which manifested in irrationality, will dislike my comment. I am hereby stating that everything I have said above is true. We are all engulfed by subjective facts, you and me. University, as the final tender land for impartial knowledge, I should have the bounden duty to remain clean from political trivials that resulted in implicit discrimination. If this is not inequality, not biased and exorbitantly opinionated, then what are these?
If Professor Brown saw this comment, please email me "for the explanation of this comment".
I also do have discontentment with her lecture contents, but I both lack of stomach and time to write since I have to file a complaint and submerge myself with philosophy dignitaries. The purpose of this comment is not because I dislike Professor Brown personally, but due to my conscientiousness and further betterment of UCLA.
Till next time, Fiat Lux.
I took Sociology 180A, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity with Professor Brown.
Do not even get me started on this class. This professor claims to preach and make the class 'fair' for everyone, but in actuality she does the exact opposite. First of all, my friends and I were never able to properly follow along or know what was going on in class. The only interesting part was when she would randomly show videos, but lectures, and her slides, never made sense. Not helpful in any way. She comes off as sweet, but she can actually be rude and is not fair at all. I spent so many hours with my TA working on my midterm and final, only to find out that they submit all the students work in a 'pool' and is graded at random. Someone please explain the logic there. Why would I spend countless hours with my TA (which I did) only for another TA to grade my stuff? I specially geared my assignments the way my TA advised me too and the TA who ended up grading my assignments didn't like the way my assignment was going.
Another important thing to mention that makes me extremely angry is the fact that I have asked Professor Brown (and the TAs) CONSTANTLY how they would want my paper and project do go and what they thought of my ideas. I KID YOU NOT, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME I would ask, they would say, "yeah that sounds great go for it! This is really up to you, we want to see how you think and we want to hear YOUR opinions!! We want you to take this the way you want to take it!" BS. THIS WAS BS. Not true at all. Because when I did do this and gave my own personal opinions and the way I viewed the prompt, it was not up to their standards or correct (*EVEN THOUGH I WENT TO BOTH MY TA AND THE PROFESSORS OFFICE HOURS. ANDDDDD THE WRITING CENTER!!!!*) Better yet, the way I viewed the quote wasn't what the quote was saying. Are you kidding me? It's a quote, everyone dissects quotes in different way, ITS OPEN ENDED, and if you are specifically stating in the prompt that you want to hear from US and hear what WE THINK, it is excruciatingly unfair to put my grade in jeopardy for that. (Prompt was to explain what we think the quote means and what the man who wrote it wanted to make clear, and connect it to class ideas). Same for the final project, they wanted us to personalize it, and guess what happened there..Yup, you can probably guess. This class is honestly horrifying.
Next, Professor Brown and the TA's never noticed, acknowledged, or even recognized effort. Ever. It was always about what we got on our assignments. I wish they would have thought, "Okay this wasn't exactly how I would have pictured this to go, but this student showed up to our office hours, cares, and really did try". I was always at office hours, would sit in the front and take notes, and I ended with a much lower grade than my friends who would sit on their phones in the back of class and chewing on their snacks every class. Not to mention, one of my friends did his midterm paper the day it was due, did not care about the class, and even took my advice on how to organize his paper, got a 100%. I on the other hand, who worked on my paper for weeks, ended up with a high C low B, and there was nothing I could have done to change that.
It takes a lot for me to dislike a class, because I personally enjoy being a student, but this class was a whole other story. Only take this class if you need to. I regret it beyond measure and got nothing but anger and frustration out of it.
The whole point of the class is to expose us' inequality' and how detrimental that can be for people who feel unequal in society, while I personally felt like I was not treated the same way other students in the class were being treated. It was assumed that I was not able to connect to the material and for that I was not given the time of day the same way others were.
I cannot articulate how awful this class was, so I will just say that the review from "fiat lux" is 100% accurate. One thing I would like to add is that professor brown and the ta's insinuated that my class started a petition to change the deadline of the midterm because she is black. This was of course not the case, and the template that was used for the petition was the same for another class that had a white, male professor. Although I was lucky and received an A (emphasis on lucky), many of my peers were not as lucky and ended with very low grades. I would highly recommend AGAINST taking this class as it caused me and my peers an enormous amount of anxiety. This was by far the worst experience I have had while at UCLA.
Professor Brown is absolutely an amazing Professor. Her assignments are extremely fair and provide clear instructions. Her lectures are very engaging and she gives plenty of time on midterm and final. Overall grade is consisted of a midterm, participation, final, and reflection paper. Extremely easy class and great Professor. Will definitely take her class in the future again!!!
I can't believe she doesn't have stellar reviews. This professor is incredible. Her class is powerful, at times feeling more like a seminar despite there being 300 people. It's amazing. Very fairly graded. 1 paper. 1 final project. 1 reflection paper. and participation. So wonderful. She will leave you inspired and hungry for more knowledge on the subject. I literally remember every single reading for the class, and genuinely enjoyed every lecture. AMAZING. 10/10
Dr. Brown is an excellent professor! Her class was informative and entertaining. She provides pdf's for a majority of her assigned readings, we only had to purchase one book, which was affordable. The workload for this class, makes taking other classes along with this one, very doable. I highly recommend taking her class. She is incredibly knowledgeable and sweet. We had one reflection paper, a take home midterm, and for the final, a multimedia project.
After reading other reviews, I literally cannot fathom how anyone did poorly in 180A. I am a junior transfer and a sociology major, and this was my first sociology class at UCLA. It was a breeze and I recieved an A+. The readings can be fairly dense, but Dr. Brown does a great job of clearly and concisely explaining them. There's only three assignments: a midterm essay, a one-page reflection paper on one reading of your choice, and a final group project. As long as you reflect on personal experiences in your reflection, you're practically guranteed 25/25 points. I can't speak on how helpful office hours with the professor or TAs are -- because I never went and I still got perfect scores on all of the assignments. The one time I personally interacted with her was to ask for an extension. Despite not knowing me at all and my extension being a last minute request, she still granted it to me in a kind, understanding manner. I don't know why some reviews paint her as rude or uncaring because she cares so much about the success of her students. Dr. Brown extended the midterm by several days after some students were affected by local fires and also provided extra credit opportunities and office hours over Skype. She also passed around the mic during class to allow students to share their thoughts and ask questions. I would definitely take this class and this professor again and I hope a couple of negative reviews do not stop people from taking it.