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I was so excited to take this class to learn more about mental illness, which I did. Sociology of mental illness itself is such an interesting topic, but this is the only redeeming quality of this class, which made it somewhat bearable. This class is unnecessarily difficult, with three 8-page papers, including a research project which asks you to do nearly impossible "research", weekly discussion posts, and a 5-page single-spaced data write-up. I took this class as a fun, general elective to broaden my understanding of mental illness (mind you - there are essentially no prerequisites, so I'm sure most of the enrolled students are NOT sociology majors) and it was nothing but a pain because of the outrageous expectations of the professor. She was very obviously unwilling to help students, evident by her unhelpful and late responses on Slack that always seemed to be written in a condescending tone. The feedback on papers was always very negative and it would provide no insight as to what worked/went well, which was extremely discouraging. Ultimately, the workload was too heavy for the "elective" nature of the course and while this professor is definitely an expert in regards to this material, she just isn't fit for teaching it to others. Unless you're a sociology major and truly need this class, don't bother.
I was so excited to take this class winter quarter of my freshman year for the diversity requirement. The title of the class made it seem so interesting. However, the first day of lecture was already bad. The professor had a boring, monotone voice that you could easily fall asleep to while in lecture. She then said we would be reading 200+ pages a week. You could see why I started to hate this class. 200+ pages + a biweekly journal assignment + midterms/final/essays that had everything to do about the readings, only a little part was based on lecture. To make things short, this isn't what I expected out of a 4 unit class that I was taking for a GE req. However, I managed to obtain a B even when I basically didn't do any reading and rarely paid attention in lecture, I'm not sure how I managed that. But, If you are looking to take this class for the diversity GE, trust me, there are better options, don't do it. Wouldn't recommend this class to anyone that was considering it for a GE.
Just as everyone has already warned you; the workload is pretty intense. The readings are very interesting as are the lectures. However a weekly 2 page journal along with 3 writing assignments is a lot to take on. Our class did not have out first assignment due until week 7. The next on week 9 and the final research project on week 10. In total I wrote 50 pages for this class which is an average of 5 pages a week. Interesting, yes, challenging, yes, a lot of work, yes. She did warn us in the beginning that the assignments would all be due towards the end of the quarter and I have to say, it was more grueling than I first realized. It is hard to say if I would take her again, as I found the class stimulating, but a lot of work. An A is very possible but you will work hard for it.
First of all, need I mention that this is an evaluation of Professors and not Teaching Assistants. I believe that the evaluation was a rash response to a poor grade which you more than likely deserved. I agree with the comment below that labeled Kate as a tough grader, but how does that make her a "Bxtch"?--fancy spelling by the way. She graded papers as she saw fit, not to hurt any student's feelings or to respond to the shit pay that TAs receive for the amount of work they put in. Maybe you will just need to wake up and realize that sometimes you won't always get the grade you want, unless you put the work in for it. Professor Anderson's classes are great, and the papers are meant to be challenging. If you do not want to write a lot, don't take the class--and if you do take one, don't complain. Understand that college isn't one big set of GEs.
-"We don't see things the way they are, we see them as we are." Anais Nin
I took soc of mental illness during summer sessions. There were three papers, and weekly journals. NO EXAMS! The first paper was a 5-6 page self-diagnosis paper, the second one is an essay about 6-8 pages, and the third one is a final project around 7-8 pages. The professor is nice although the class is kind of boring. You've got to buy the expensive course reader because all of your papers must cite from that reader. DON'T TAKE WITH KATE CEREDONA! SHE IS THE WORST TA I'VE EVER MET! SHE'S SUCH A FxxKIN' BxTCH! The professor graded the journals and TA graded papers. Well, yeah, that BxTCHY TA have 88% control of the grade.
This class is so pointless. However, it is easy to get a good grade. All you have to do is turn in a weekly journal and do two essays. In the essays and journals you just have to regurgitate the readings. The disscusion sections were required so it was a pain just because it was so boring but not hard at all. I am not a sociology major and I still got an A in the class. I would not want to take a class from her again but if you need this sort of class you can get by fairly easily.