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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.

05/19/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 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

I agree with the comment below. Sociology is an extremely interesting subject to begin with. It's not that Raka is able to teach well. The class overall had no real focus. Not much is ever learned in lecture. Everything is in the readings and discussions.

04/15/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Soc1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Ray leaves a lot to be desired. For such a fascinating subject, she's pretty mild. I'd still recommend the class though- for one thing, you don't have to show up to lecture, so it doesn't matter that Ray is meh. For another, the reading is really interesting (though yes, you do kinda have to do it). An easy class if you can write.

05/09/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
soc133 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

LOVE the class, the material, the readings, the lecture, her! MUST TAKE HER. Only class all semester I didn't ditch. Kind, funny, relevant. Papers, no final exam. Fair.

04/07/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Soc1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This is a great & easy class. She explains the material very well & is understanding of students (i.e. she scheduled the class so that there was no reading after the midterm because she wanted to give us a break). I had a bad GSI, but still loved this course. I read only 1/3 of the material & was still able to get a B+. Definately reccomended

12/31/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
soc1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

the class is pretty interesting and not too difficult. The readings are also intersting which makes it easier. The final exam is take home essay; their is an in class mt and you are given the prompt ahead of time, and two easy take home essays.

12/21/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
soc1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very good class! I learned so much, and the readings were just as fun and interesting. Professor Raka is a pretty good lecturer (hard to get bored in that class) and very clear. Highly recommend it for anyone. You get the Q's before the exams beforehand to prepare for, so it's not as hard. Just make sure you follow your GSI's criteria as well.

12/20/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
SOC1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Ray is a good professor and is very interactive with the students. However, make sure you get a good GSI orelse the class might be harder than you expect since the GSIs are the ones that do all the grading.

12/12/2006
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 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

Not a good lecturer by any means. Lectures contained some valuable material, but it could always have been presented in about 10 minutes. Half the time Prof. Ray just admonished the class for talking rather than actually teaching. Late for/absent for several lectures. Easy grade, but not interesting at all and I would never recommend this class

12/12/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 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

She's a great lecturer, but knows exactly what she wants and there are stringent guidelines on how to achieve that. I'd recommend the class, but make sure to meet with your GSI before essays and tests so you don't get docked points for no reason.

12/09/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 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

A great professor in every way. However, she's quite sensitive to ppl talking in lecture/leaving early. Clear/stimulating lectures and responsive to students needs (a relaxing movie after the midterm). Absolutely no surprises on any exams (you get the Qs beforehand to prepare). Although depressing subject matter, she makes it interesting.

12/05/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 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

very clear, interesting lectures. also very very, easy as long as you have a reasonable gsi.

11/16/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
soc1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

very good teacher! Because of her I became a sociologist!

10/27/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
SOC1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She is probably the best professor I had so far at Cal. She truly understands students in how they'll learn concepts and how they feel. She gives you much needed breaks from more work after the midterm, and she gives you the midterm beforehand. I wish all teachers were like her!

09/28/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
soc1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

great!

10/15/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Soc of Gender Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Raka Ray's an amazing professor! When confusing topics arise, she's very sensitive to student concerns and clarifies concepts with ease, competancy, and interest. Take one of her classes before you graduate Cal!

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