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Sociology of African American Life

November 08, 2018

Moore, Mignon
Sociology of African American Life

A really great class! Professor Moore does a great job of balancing lecture and discussion, and makes the space really comfortable for people to share in. She brings in a very appropriate amount of her own experience with the topics of the class, and the paper assignment is a chance for students to do the same. As a result, even as a white girl from an upper middle class background, this class did not feel theoretical or tangential at all, and I feel I really got a lot out of it. I would recommend this class to anyone at Barnard/ Columbia who is interested in sociology, American studies, poli sci - this is a great course!

Workload:

midterm, final (both graded very reasonably), and a ~10 page paper about how the theories discussed in the class apply to your own lived experience. very cool

January 10, 2018

Moore, Mignon
Sociology of African American Life

Professor Moore is the best! Her class is really comprehensive and as a Black, African-American, queer woman herself, she provides a very unique perspective to all reading materials. She has done a lot of research herself on the Black gay community, so she ties that in often. We learned about the sociology of African-American life from around the Great Depression until the current period. Attend lecture, take good notes, and do the readings!

Workload:

15%- Attendance (She takes attendance at 3 random classes throughout the year and doxes you one percentage point for each of those that you miss, so you should just go to every class)
30%- An 8-10 page paper based on your own life (yes, you can write the paper even if you aren't African-American or Black)
30%- In-class final (she gave us the questions the day before the exam)
25%- In-class quiz (easy)

January 04, 2018

Moore, Mignon
Sociology of African American Life

This class is WONDERFUL, one of the best classes and professors I have had in college. The course material was so interesting, the readings were fantastic, and Professor Moore does a fantastic job of integrating lecture and discussion. She brings her own life into the course, which made the material real and graspable for me, and invited students to do the same.

Professor Moore really worked to create an environment where all students felt comfortable engaging with the material and speaking honestly, and I have yet to take a class where I find this to be done in a better way. There were days in this class where I felt very uncomfortable, but in the right way - this class helped to grow so much as a student, thinker, and person, and isn't that what college is supposed to help us all do?

Workload:

- "midterm" - IDs and an essay quiz about a month into the semester
- final (short answer/ quote IDs about black political ideologies and 2 essays)
- 7-10 page paper asking students to apply course concepts to their own lives
- manageable amount of reading, very interesting (probably not necessary to do all of it, but makes following lecture much easier!)

April 13, 2015

Moore, Mignon
Sociology of African American Life

Professor Moore's class is absolutely excellent. The syllabus provides for a very broad range of discussion on Black life in America from a variety of angles including race and gender, race and politics, race and motherhood, race and cultural capital and many others. While it is a lecture course, Professor Moore really encourages discussion and often wants us to voice our opinions on what we are learning. She also encourages us to relate our own lives and experiences to the content regardless of racial identification. It is an eye-opening and thought provoking class that I would definitely recommend to anyone from a freshman, which I was when taking this course, to sociology majors, which the majority of my classmates were.

As far as Professor Moore's personality, she is a beautiful individual! Very kind and personable. She is always telling us stories about her life and even relates it to the material. She's great!

Workload:

One midterm in the form of short answers
One 5-7 page paper relating your own life to the content discussed in one unit
One final exam

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