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May 23rd, 2011 by kdominguez101 in Uncategorized · No Comments

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Francisco Rivera-Extra Credit

May 23rd, 2011 by rivera804 in Uncategorized · 1 Comment

All of my classes that I take normally are fairly interesting at this point of my college career. I am almost done with my major as a sociology major. Some professors while in college have definitely made some of my classes that I have taken a lot more interesting then others. I am really a strong believer that a professor has the complete authority on how interesting a class is going to be. For me personally I love to be engaged in the particular lessons that just lectured. One of the things that I did in fact enjoy doing in class was when we would work in groups and do the different word associations. It was really interesting to see that one word could mean something to someone could mean something totally different to someone else. Something else that was helpful in class was the idea of using specific examples from the textbook in the notes.
Something that I am looking forward though to in a semester when I graduate is the concept of not having to do all the papers that comes along with being a college student. The good thing about this class as well was the fact that the paper load per semester was just right not like we did none, but we didn’t do a lot. Overall this class I found beneficial as a beginner format to all the different types of research there are out there.

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Kareem Ali EXTRA CREDIT :)

May 23rd, 2011 by kali101 in Uncategorized · 1 Comment

For this blog post, I will opt to answer both questions. When it comes to this class, I must first say that I do love this class because, as like other sociology courses, it challenges sociological theories and deals with sensitive issues that most people are afraid to confront. I really enjoyed the class this semester and thought that the information was definitely useful in my sociological studies going forward, but I did feel the concepts and terms were a bit overwhelming. For the most part, the handouts and other resources that we were given were all interesting. I enjoyed the way you taught the course, but I felt that you could have been less “powerpoint dependent”, because you clearly know all of the material very well. I feel that if class was 80% student-professor interaction and 20% lecture, class would have appealing to those who could not pay attention. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I think most would agree that when a professor uses slides to lecture the course it can become  a bit of a drag. I feel that sociology courses should always grab the attention the students, especially since most of the topics are debatable and raise great arguments.

After reading “Your So Called Education” I could see how Arum and Roksa, came to these conclusions. I personally have not felt deprived of a quality education since I started going to college. If anything I can say that it has gone above my expectations, especially coming from a City college. I do agree that the college life is less demanding on students, seeing how they do not require parents to be involved in a students academic progress. In my opinion topic is really hard to dissect. In college, students are expected to hold themselves accountable for their own success. In my opinion, I feel that it would be very hard for a college to attempt to hold every student accountable for higher academic achievement. This is why most, if not all, professors, gives their students a syllabus and tells them what is required of them, if a student decides that they do not want to follow the course load, then the professor will not force them to. This is not an indictment on “higher education”. Everyone is expected to hold their own weight. Maybe in other states certain colleges can focus on students more closely and ensure that they are doing what they need to be doing, but not in the New York City. This city is to busy and fast paced micro managing college students. On another note, we have to take account that there are many adjunct instructors that are teaching in colleges, and because many of them may not have a job next semester, that may weigh on how they evaluate their students. Is the material and assignments in certain colleges less demanding than others, sure, but this does not mean that students are being deprived of a better education. We have to remember that every one learns differently, and everyone absorbs information differently. Simply put, “to each his own”.

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Extra Credit

May 22nd, 2011 by palomaherrera in Uncategorized · 1 Comment

I am definately not a morning person. That would explain why I fall asleep in most of my morning classes but I do try to stay awake and attentive (redbull helps). Although I find many classes boring I never use that as an excuse not to go. I am only absent if something interfered with me coming to class  like that dreaded flat tire I got one time going to school or if I’m sick. But as a college student I know from hearing my peers talk that a class being boring is one of the main reasons they dont attend. Many classes offer power points with notes on them and therefore there is no point of going to class. Also, some classes only consist of papers and no exams, therefore why take notes if you wont be tested on anything learned. I enjoy when classes are small for they are more intimate and you are actually engaging in classroom activity. Large lecture rooms are dull and I find I do worst in lectures for I end up teaching myself the material. I like classes that I actually look forward going to because I know I won’t fall asleep and I’ll actually get something out of the class. I think this applies everywhere. In the world of labor people are more productive when working in small intimate groups. Throw 200 people together and you’ll get chaos.

Obviously college isnt the playgroud. Its hard work. I dont pay tuition not to go to class.  But sometimes I wish that my classes would be a little more interesting. Like I mentioned earlier, I function best in a more intimate setting. Lots of student discussions and even debates. It keeps me awake and alert. I don’t like just staring at power points. Videos are good, I always enjoy those. And I like to see my professor interested in the class as well. I mean if I have to be interested shouldn’t you be too teaching it?

This has nothing to do with this class specifically. Just my college experience overall so far.

Paloma Herrera

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Extra Credit…. Why other students or I dont show up to class..

May 21st, 2011 by asanchez in Uncategorized · 1 Comment

Sociology is my major, and I enjoy learning about it. But this was the first class to be honest that had me confused most of the time. I’m usually raising my hand and participate in class but I can’t point to what was wrong. But I did still manage to go to class I must of missed 3 classes but that’s because I know I had dr apt and I was sick  Your audios and films I enjoyed hearing very interesting, maybe you can add more that to your future classes interest the students more that can encourage them to want to be there. But even being there I don’t know what really I was mainly confused half the time. The PowerPoint’s are very useful I just didn’t think there was a need to even go to class when the lectures were main just read of the PowerPoint’s which we can get off the your website and stuff just kept being repeating in like different words because of this is the reason probably why half the class was never there or maybe they just really aren’t morning people and thought that they can be able to make it to a 8am class when in reality they can’t get up from bed which makes them absent a lot and they can afford to drop a class because every class a student takes is need. You saw the difference from regular class day to the day the test came the class was nearly filled.

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the college business

May 20th, 2011 by shinjorocks in Uncategorized · 1 Comment

Recently, I’ve been seeing and realizing that everything in this day and age is a business. Unfortunately, this has started to include schools. In sports, players are always questioned on why to go to teams where they offer the most money. And other teams are questioned as to why they don’t pay the big bucks to keep their “star” players. This is how business works. You pay for what you can afford.
Ask any good business person how he makes the most from what he’s got and it’s because he’s smart about the way he uses his money. He invests in areas where he will profit most. That means he might downsize in the appropriate field if it isn’t making him any money. Unfortunately, I think we can apply this model to recent schooling trends as well. Certain universities don’t have the same budget as others. That’s why in certain places you might see more full time, willing to do everything for their student professors. I don’t know if this person is a better professor than the not full time, but for a student to know that this professor has been around the block and is doing the most in his or her power to help the student out, the student might gravitate more strongly towards doing well for that professor. I’m not speaking from experience when i say that a professor chooses a university to teach at based on where he or she will make more money. But in my mind a standout professor might have the same mind set as a star baseball player or a standout employee that can land any job anywhere. So why choose a university where he or she makes little money? No, save those universities to hire the cheaper, younger breed that are just looking to make a buck while they are doing their research to get their final licenses in graduate school. The professor wants where the money is at and that might be the expensive universities.
Again I have no experience reading or seeing any of this. It’s just a personal feeling that the world is becoming one big business.

David Walz

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College Education

May 20th, 2011 by roshnee in Uncategorized · 4 Comments

The findings about the quality of college education in this NYT article by Arum and Roska, were quite surprising to me. I suddenly feel in the minority of college students who actually notice a difference in my writing skills, critical thinking abilities, and simply my view of the world, from my freshman year to now, going on my senior year. Perhaps this has something to do with the types of courses my peers are taking and whether or not they are truly interested in them and have the desire to learn more about it. Ever since I was in high school, I knew what I wanted to major in: Political Science (and plan for Law School after), and I wasted no time in doing that at Queens College. I later on added Business and Sociology as minors, because through taking LASARS I realized I also had great interests in these subjects. I do my research before taking a class, and I’m genuinely excited to go back on the first day and embark on that semester-long journey. While I admit, I am not a morning person, I’m the type of child who was taught “you go to school, unless you’re so sick you MUST stay in bed all day” other than that, my parents never allowed me to use silly excuses, even when I was younger, to skip a day of school.

School has always been a top priority matter for me, even as a 1st grader. However, I know what it’s like the opposite way too! My brother, just a year younger than me, is the complete total opposite; Great kid, but hated school work. His teachers always liked him, after all he was the cute chubby kid in class, but they always had complaints to my parents about how they know he’s capable of doing better academically. He’s now a sophomore at City Tech and at times, even I am surprised at how much he has “taken” to college. It’s like he finally found his thing: mechanical engineering and he’s doing so well, compared to how lazy he seemed to be when younger. For this reason, I strongly believe that when students are deeply engaged and interested in the courses they are taking it will make a difference in the education they allow themselves to receive.

Perhaps researchers need to investigate another social question concerning college education: Is the job market so narrowed that students are simply taking courses they are not interested in, but believe that it will land them a job in the near future? With the stifling economy, and concern for our generation’s financial future, I would be curious to see the results of such a study!

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Extra Credit

May 19th, 2011 by akatsaros in Uncategorized · 1 Comment

 I consider myself a fairly good student , now this does not mean i study for hours upon hours each day nor listen to every lecture word for word. I could never do that . It was never the professors fault or the class i took i just found it very hard to pay attention . And for many classes i found myself teahing myself the material. I enjoyed this class unlike my other classes the video clips were very help ful and so were the audios . TI usually attend morning classes the only classes i might skip every once in a while are afternoon classes after a long day of classes running around the last thing you want to do is go to another class. I was actually talking about this to one of my friends this year, the classes i took all over lapped eachother and there was common material that i could relate to each class . Therefore i think out of my three years in college this year i truely learned alot. The first two years i can not say the same. I do think the value of education is going down , but in a way this also keeps students attending. I know many students that if the course work were to get heavier they would drop out.

angela katsaros

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Extra Credit- Sylvia Nawaz

May 19th, 2011 by snawaz102 in Uncategorized · 1 Comment

I normally don’t miss classes often, but if I do it’s either I have to take care of something important (family) or I wake up too late or I’m sick. I really think its disrespectful to walk into class extremely late (30 mins-1 hr into class), so it doesn’t disturb the class or professor, plus I’m going to be lost in the lecture. I’d rather miss class and catch up on what I’ve missed with other classmates or the professor. I’ve realized this semester that I’m not a morning person anymore, I felt torturous waking up at 6am and being in class at 8am. That was a reason why I was very quiet in class, because normally I love talking and participating and being active in class discussions. I also believe many people register for early classes just so they can get it over with earlier in the day and have the entire day free (those who don’t work). I believe the timing of the class causes repetitive absence, many students make that mistake.

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Why I do not come to class

May 19th, 2011 by mfahey1 in Uncategorized · 2 Comments

Although I find sociology very interesting, and am actually majoring in it, sometimes it is very hard for me to focus in class. I thought your powerpoints were interesting and full of useful information, but I also found your lectures to be very long and wordy. Things do not need to be repeated or reiterated five times in different words each time. I really enjoyed all the audio and short films we listened to and watched and found them very interesting. For the most part though, I know most teachers usually go off of the slides for their tests and lectures and therefore feel it is okay to occasionally miss class if their are powerpoints of the notes at hand and ready to use for studying.


Extra Credit Elizabeth Feliciano

May 19th, 2011 by efeliciano510 in Uncategorized · 2 Comments

Its somewhat hard to answer this question. For me going to class is something I find important for myself personally where if I miss I feel like ill have a hard time picking up where i last left off and end up working double to make sure I’ve digested all the information I missed. Majority of the time i do attend class and yes sometimes it is a challenge to stay focussed and there doesn’t seem to be a real reason why, boredom definitely kicks in but to me it seems to happen regardless of how interesting I find the material, almost something innate. Day dreaming in class doesnt mean I’m not learning it just means that I’m thinking about all the things I could be doing if I wasnt in class. It isn’t something thar happens everyday, I mean we all have the unconscious right to day dream, it just happens in my case. At the end of the day I still am aware of the iimportance of my education and what I have learned 🙂


Kimberly Morse.. Extra Credit Assignment

May 19th, 2011 by kmorse in Uncategorized · No Comments

The days that I do not come to class it is either because I am sick or because I know I won’t be able to stay awake during lecture. Throughout college I have found that I don’t learn during lecture. I don’t absorb any material in any of my classes during lecture, so I tend to zone out. Thank god for those review sheets though =)

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“Your So-Called Education” – Extra credit option 1

May 19th, 2011 by Prof. Hala in COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS!!! · No Comments

New research from  questions how much students really learn in college, as reported in a recent Op-Ed in the New York Times. The writers are Richard Arum, a professor of sociology and education at New York University, and Josipa Roksa, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, who are the authors of “Academically
Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses.”

Here’s a PDF of the piece: “The Poor Quality of an Undergraduate Education“.  And here’s a link to it at the NYT website.

Arum and Roksa ask: “Why is the overall quality of undergraduate learning so poor?”  And they offer some explanations.  I’d like to hear your thoughts about the education you’re receiving in college.  If it’s poor, why do you think that’s so?  You may post here on the blog, or email me your thoughts (if you don’t feel like going public).  I’m really looking for your honest answers — free of “social desirability bias” 😉

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Revised/updated review sheet

May 17th, 2011 by Prof. Hala in COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS!!! · No Comments

Here’s the revised and updated review sheet: SOC 212W_Review Sheet_5.17

And here’s a book review that should be helpful in answering the essay question (I’ve highlighted the most relevant portions):“Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets,” The Nation, February 8, 2008

And I’m re-posting the recent background article of “culture of poverty” research from the NYT.  This, along with some slides from the last two GLFD PPTs, should help in answering the extra credit question: “Culture of Poverty Makes a Comeback, New York Times, October 17, 2010.

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Review session at 9am — and I’m available in my office in the afternoon

May 17th, 2011 by Prof. Hala in COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS!!! · 2 Comments

Our review session will take place 9-10:30am in Powdermaker 347.  I’m willing to hold a 2nd, smaller session in the afternoon, if there’s interest (even something informal, in my office, or a lounge).  So far I’ve had one request.  Please comment below if you’re interested.