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Stephen Hartmark
Professor in the Social Science department
at Towson University, Towson, MD
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Overall Quality
3.0
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
2.7
Easiness
3.3
Helpfulness
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142 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
01/21/2015
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Socio 101 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

Made the class so much harder than it needed to be, would not take this professor again. Rambled on in his lectures and really didn't make any sense. Pay attention to the main topics he writes on the board, and study them because they are usually on the test. You may not be able to read his handwriting though. Would not recommend.

12/21/2014
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
101 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: B
"Get ready to read" "Tests? Not many" "Tests are tough"

Makes the subject more difficult than it needs to be. Unclear and long rambling lectures where he contradicts himself many times. The textbook is heavy and dry reading and doesn't always correspond with his lectures. One paper with little guidelines that is worth 13 your final grade. Tests are worded very confusing.

12/04/2014
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
soci 327 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

OMG! let me start with I got a B--BUT, his text are EXTREMELY hard and he is so random!. He doesn't require much and his class in interesting but if you want complete and utter clarity-do not take him. If you can deal with randomness and corny jokes; he's the professor for you. No busy work, no quizzes, and he gives options for assignment dates.

11/17/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Soc101 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Gives good feedback"

Great professor who's very funny and loves to use his specific life examples, which makes the topics easier. He does lack clarification in some sections that we cover, but everything you need to know is in the textbook. If you show up to class, and you read the textbook, you'll undoubtedly receive an A. Attendance is mandatory.

10/02/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
SOCI 101 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Get ready to read"

I went to every class and his lectures consisted of him lecturing and was very confusing and so were his tests. A lot of double negatives that made no sense. I would never take him again.

07/28/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
SOCI351 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class was a summer class, so condensed material in 5 weeks. A LOT of reading that is partially interesting but also dry and wordy. Exams were very challenging, bc it didn't necessarily reflect our discussions, but the reading. 1 paper, 5 journals, and 2 exams. I'd recommend taking it in 5 weeks just because it was great to get it done.

05/21/2014
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
SOCI101 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT!, take this Professor. Trying to understand him is like trying to read Cantonese when you don't know the language at all. I read through each chapter during his lectures (because he jumped all over the place) and his tests still didn't make any sense! Their filled with double negatives. Also, he has an annoying voice.

04/21/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
SOC101 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Hartmark is very nice, but trying to reach him for questions is actually difficult. I emailed him twice with questions about my final paper and he never responded to them. The class is VERY easy, pretty much common sense actually. He's a very upbeat person, and he has a good sense of humor.

04/17/2014
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
soci101 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A+

Yea very hard to understand... I did not pay attention at all.. usually slpet in class buttttt if you read the book and go over the study guide questions you should be okay.

04/16/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
SOCI 101 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Do not take him! He is so confusing and you can never follow what he says. You are basically teaching yourself. Read the textbook and you will be able to get by. His tests are worded very confusingly.

02/25/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Soci 101 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I would say this is a very easy course as long as you attend the lectures. I have not read the textbook however I received an A on the first exam. Taking notes during his notes is essential and he takes attendance. He has discussion questions every Friday which are about a page long but aren't hard and are graded for completion. He is very nice

01/27/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
SOC 101 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Hartmark is the most confusing lecturer I have ever seen. His discussions are hard to follow. He passive-agressively calls you out for not paying attention in class. His tests all have double-negatives, but the content isn't hard to grasp and it's straight from the book. Easy discussion posts and easy essay, but with little direction.

12/18/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
SOCI 101 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The class was very heavily based on the text, but lectures pretty much cover all the information needed for tests. I didn't read the book at all and I got As on each test. Jumps around in lectures but not too hard to follow. 10 discussion day posts worth about 20% of the final grade, 2 easy tests, an easy final, and a 5/6 page research paper.

12/17/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
SOCI 101 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is very difficult to follow in lecture, but the tests are not too bad. If you read the book and listen to him most of the time, you'll to fine. There are 10 discussion day journals that are easy points and a six page paper about any topic of your choosing.

11/24/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
TSEM 102 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Hartmark seems to be a very intelligent man but he was very hard to follow in class. This was the opinion of every classmate I talked to. He tries to engage with students in class discussion but no one ever knows what to answer...

11/22/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
SOCI 101 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Seems like a nice guy, but a very poor professor. In class, he goes on in tangents and you really can never tell what he's talking about... ever. He's just an odd man who teaches a very interesting course. Reading the textbook is the only way you will do well on tests, theres only 3 (the third one is the final). His lectures are EXTREMELY unclear

11/05/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
soci101 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

His lectures can get confusing and sometimes do not make sense. Cannot rely on vocab only. Know the examples in the book as well. Had to do a lot of discussion posts that were like 1-2 pages. I do not recommend him. He is a nice guy but the class just gets confusing with him as a teacher. If you do the work though, you will be okay.

07/29/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
SOCI101 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He has a passion for the subject, but his teaching style is confusing. He's never up-front about what he wants to say. Best advice is to read the book before class or you won't know what's going on. When you study, you can't just go off vocab definitions, you need to know the examples in the book & ones discussed in class.

05/27/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
SOCI311 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had him for Sociology 311(individual&society). He's nice and the class was easy.I recommend this class if you don't mind a lot of writing. Required to write papers(either 2 pages of informal writing, or 4 pages of formal)once a week, then a 10 page final paper.The papers were mainly based on the readings.No tests for this class.I got an A.

05/21/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
TSEM 102-003 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Only advice I have for Hartmark is to never take his TSEM class. 2 page paper every week along with a 10 page paper and a discussion of a partners paper that is 5 pages. Hard grader and can find any flaw in a paper and kill your grade.

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