Ratings for Swidler, A

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Swidler, A (SOCIOL 1, Fall 2014)
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Comment: Lovely woman, except I hate how slow she talks. She always goes on tangents and it is really difficult to stay awake in lecture when she talks so slow and about stupid sociological stuff. Not the worst class I've taken, but I will never take a class in sociology or with her again (and I'm a social welfare major!)

Submitted Dec. 10th, 2015

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Swidler, A (SOCIOL 1, Fall 2014)
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10
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Comment: Really easy class, but pretty boring. Professor unavailable and my GSI didn't care to talk more about the material. Easy A, but I could have gotten a similar understanding just by skimming the readings.

Submitted Dec. 23rd, 2014

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Swidler, A (SOCIOL 1, Fall 2012)
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100
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93
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100

Comment: Strict and fair professor--definitely gave me quite a fright about cheating on the first day with her speech. Her tests are fair and easy, as long as you do the readings, go to lecture...discussion helped me a lot too. As an intro to sociology, the course was well-rounded and gave me good insight to the study. GSIs were helpful in guiding me through my first big writing class at Cal.

Submitted April 1st, 2014

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Swidler, A (SOCIOL 1, Fall 2012)
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Comment: She's really smart except none of her lectures coincide with the readings and she goes off on a lot of a tangents.

Submitted Jan. 25th, 2013

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Swidler, A (SOCIOL 1, Fall 2012)
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Comment: Professor Swidler may get too caught up in talking about things not related to the books being read, but she educates the class as much as she can about the topic in full picture. Wonderful professor, and plus the class is so interesting. I'm a science major, so this class gave a refreshing new view of society.

Submitted Dec. 18th, 2012

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Swidler, A (SOCIOL 1, Fall 2012)
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50
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100
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30
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100

Comment: She probably is a great sociologist and extremely knowledgeable. However, she is not so good at articulating her thoughts and delivering the materials to students in non-confusing manner. The course does not have a textbook and her powerpoint is poorly organized (small things like numbering, and format are confusing; don't know what is title or which bullet points belongs to which sub category). Overall, it was not a hard course and the materials learned are very interesting but frustrating course to take. Also, Jaren, who is my GSI, seems to not know what he is teaching. He doesn't have the most basic concepts straight in his brain!

Submitted Nov. 17th, 2012

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Swidler, A (SOCIOL 1, Fall 2012)
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Comment: Professor Swidler is a pretty awesome lecturer but there is SO much reading. There is at least 200 pages per week, sometimes even more.. However, most of the readings are pretty interesting and most are easy to understand. There are webcasts of her lecture but she goes off topic a lot so it's easy to focus in person in class. You can tell that she's pretty into sociology and if you search up her name, she is pretty renown (she was referenced in one of our readings). Overall, good class to take if you like reading and have a lot of time to read.

Submitted Nov. 17th, 2012

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Swidler, A (SOCIOL 1, Fall 2012)
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Comment: Great professor. Loves what she does, and is truly brilliant

Submitted Nov. 7th, 2012

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Swidler, A (SOCIOL 1, Fall 2012)
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Comment: The instructor is nice, and my GSI was really knowledgeable! I found the readings to be kinda boring, and they didn't always match up perfectly with what we were learning in lecture. I found the lectures to be interesting though, and pretty easy to take notes on. The slides were always straight forward.

Submitted Oct. 29th, 2012

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Swidler, A (SOCIOL 1, Fall 2012)
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79
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Really interesting class! Our sections had weekly forums, but you could miss up to three. They were basically completion. My GSI graded exams and papers pretty leniently! Overall, a pretty interesting class. Lots of reading though. You can get away with skimming over some of it though.

Submitted Oct. 24th, 2012