Tufts University: Matthew Gregory - Sociology - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Despite his penchant for telling the same anecdote/factoid multiple times through the semester and his odd way of delivering jokes that one must assume fits perfectly with the joke-y atmosphere of his fellow car-loving, loose-cardigan-wearing, pool-shooting sociologist guy friends, Prof. Gregory knows his stuff.
Not only does he know it, but he makes it engaging - if only tangentially related to the reading for this lecture course. The class is small enough to make you think twice about skipping out, but big enough and broad enough to make the lectures somewhat useless. Gregory himself is the only reason to really show up: He's cool. He wants to be your friend and crack jokes with you. He's a man's man, but he wants to *toss aside those boundaries,* you see?
The thing with the intro. course to the vast majority of social sciences is this: everything is intuitive. Sure, you've never learned what a "society" is, or even what "collective behavior" is, but you can pretty easily intuit it. A slew of the trademark bolded words (faith, formal education, urbanization, bureaucracy, to name a few) will evoke a "duh." There is only one exam, on the first 1/2 of the semester's chapters. After that comes an 8-10 page paper on just about anything sociological (no sources needed) and a final project. You can handle it, and if you actually read - hey, you'll have learned something worthwhile and applicable!
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