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Raka Ray
Professor in the Sociology department
at University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
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Overall Quality
4.5
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.4
Clarity
4.6
Easiness
3.9
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33 Student Ratings
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07/28/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Soc1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Raka was amazing, good lecturer, and interesting. She opened my eyes to new ideas and was a great teacher. I would recommend her class.

07/13/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
SOC1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The discussion is much more helpful than lecture. Grade depends on discussion. Lots of time in discussion was spent clarifying what Ray had presented in Lecture-her notes are unclear and often lack a unifying focus. I found that attending lecture was only important because my GSI made everyone contribute to discussion;otherwise lecture is useless.

06/04/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Soc1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Lecture is extremely useful, learned everything there and very little in discussion...but your grade relies primarily on your GSI. Prof Ray knows her stuff and lectures on pretty much everything you need to know for tests. Reading is also big in this class.

05/24/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
SOC1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Professor is very nice. It is difficult to pay attention in class. The midterm questions were given out a week before the midterm, and the final was take-home. All grading is done by the GSIs. The movies were helpful to refer to in the midterm and final.

05/23/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Soc1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Grade mostly relies on your discussions. Papers/tests are graded by GSIs so difficulty depends on your GSI. Raka herself is an engaging lecturer whose lectures are mainly to get you thinking about sociology and delve into readings. She's very helpful in office hours, approachable, professional, and overall a great professor.

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