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46.8/100

Learning Materials ( 41.8 )
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Course Content ( 36.8 )
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Course Difficulty ( 66.3 )

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Anonymous
   
SOCY1050 – Introduction to Sociology 49.9

I thought the SOCY1050 course sounded really interesting, all the topics looked really good too. The lecture topics were (mostly) pretty interesting, but attendance was not really necessary. The lectures were basically just the slide shows being read out loud. Tutorials were spent being put in pairs and just talking about our opinion of the lecture topic rather than talking about assessments or different perspectives on the topics. The essays were fairly heavily weighted and not easy to complete. They were unrelated to the course itself and required you to basically say that everything is a social construct. The exam was the worst. I studied the readings and all of the lecture notes I had collaborated throughout the semester and found that I still couldn't answer the questions due to how detailed they were. One of our questions required us to be able to complete a quote from the reading in week 2. Probably my least favourite course so far, I dropped sociology because of it.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2015

Your program/major

BA/BSocSc

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives
  • The actual topics were quite interesting
Negatives
  • The exam had none of the lecture/tutorial content in it
  • Tutorials were spent just talking in pairs about the topic - nothing productive
  • Essays were annoying and quite broad
Posted on August 19, 2015 4:12 pm
Brodie
   
SOCY1050 – Introduction to Sociology 42.1

Do not take this course if you know you will disagree with the biased views purported in it. You must rely on sociological sources for your essays, of which, are usually very biased. Economics and psychology sources don't follow sociological magic theory - so don't expect them to take it seriously.

There is no room to academically debate the extreme views in the course, especially to do with nature versus nurture - of which this course seems to disregard biology almost entirely. Tutorials are filled with first year "how to structure an essay" type topics.

Did not attend a single lecture, read through the power points a few days before the exam, did all the essays the night before and passed.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2015

Your program/major

BIntSt

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives No positive points
Negatives No negative points
Posted on July 9, 2015 3:55 pm
Anonymous
   
SOCY1050 – Introduction to Sociology 37.1

One of the worst subjects I have taken. The content was boring and repetitive. In the first assignment, I got a grade of 4 because I "had too much evidence" and "used too many statistics". I am a third year psychology student taking this course as an elective and that sort of feedback would never be seen in any of my other courses. Absolutely ridiculous. The second essay, I used their criticism and wrote mostly about my own opinions with very minimal evidence to support any of my claims and I got a 7. This is a joke of a subject.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2015

Your program/major

BA Psych Sci

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No

Is the textbook necessary?

Yes

Positives No positive points
Negatives No negative points
Posted on June 22, 2015 9:01 am
Anonymous
   
SOCY1050 – Introduction to Sociology 58.6

I took socy1050 in my first semester of uni as an elective because I thought it sounded interesting. I went into the subject with a very open mind but was quickly disappointed. There was too much content covered every lecture, with the topics jumping around a lot, yet the subject felt oddly repetitive. There was a minor essay due very early in the semester with very vague instructions and because most of the course were in their first semester of uni, there was lots of panic and poor results. The major essays were slightly better, although I would've liked a larger range of topics. The exam was multiple choice and very detail oriented on the weekly readings which included a textbook chapter as well as a journal article every week. The tutorials were interesting however I often felt as if we weren't discussing useful things. But the lecturer was very friendly along with my tutor

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2014

Your program/major

BA

Is lecture attendance necessary?

Yes

Is the textbook necessary?

Yes

Positives
  • Tutorials were often interesting
Negatives
  • Not enough guidance for a semester 1 first year course
  • Exam very detail oriented rather than testing understanding of key concepts
  • Heavy reading load
Posted on November 6, 2014 9:29 pm
Anonymous
   
SOCY1050 – Introduction to Sociology 46.5

While the intentions for this course are good ultimately it leaves one feeling rather blase about the field of sociology. Some topics were very interesting including the urban/city and environment section, however my impression was one of sociology still relying on exploring some of the most boring and obvious aspects of approaches to studying society. The repetitiveness of old theorists was tiring and in a way also very sexist.

The assessment began from a essay which had a oddly narrow scope and high expectations being due only 3 weeks into the course. The second essay however allowed for slightly more relevancy. The tutorials though were engaging, the lectures are passable to miss unless they are linked to a special interest topic. It also relies on racism/cisexist/heteronormative opinions of the world to convey how the field will be explored in further detail later on. Overall has made me not want to continue studying this field at all.

Semester taken

Positives
  • some special interest topics
  • tutorials more engaging
Negatives
  • felt like it didn't explore things in much detail
  • odd essay formats
  • repetitive
Posted on May 29, 2014 12:17 am

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