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Jeff Olick
School:University of Virginia
Department: Sociology
Location:Charlottesville, VA
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Olick is the man. I took his intro to soc. Show up to courses and sections, and skim the readings and you'll be on track for an A. His courses can seem long but he tries to be hillarious and incorporate stories. He is approachable to help with complex themes. At one point our class gave him a round of applause for speaking so intelligently. Recommended
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Olick is a impartially fascinating lecturer when he is actually addressing the content of the class... he tends to go off on tangents that have absolutely nothing to do with the topic. He never stays on schedule with the course either. No textbooks, just a few very dull jstor(type) articles each week. Overall, it was an very simple class.
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Olick is very enthusiastic and presents the material in an fascinating way. He incorporates real-world examples seamlessly into courses to help explain concepts and genuinely values student input and discussion. However, he does tend to assign lengthy readings.
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As you can tell, he does like to talk. His courses generally tend to be somewhat off the cuff and mildly confusing. But overall he does a great job of emphasizing what he wants you to know, and the simplicity of the exams reflects this.
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Like others have mentioned, he likes to talk. He also likes coming to class 5-10 minutes late. Lectures were repetitive. We'd discuss the readings in section and Olick wouldn't mention them until two weeks later. Easy class, but not organized. Midterm, 5-page paper, and a final.
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He likes to talk
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He likes to talk. You will realize after that it wasn't really that accommodating.
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Class was by no means simple but despite receiving a lower grade than I expected, it was still worthwhile. He doesn't make you buy a textbook or a lot of books, just has you read bits and pieces of the great philosophical and sociological works from .pdf files. Though the readings could be dense, he clarifies much of it in lecture.
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Olick is one of the most intelligent people i've ever met, and he requires his students to read original texts by all the greats, as opposed to just giving you a dumbed down textbook that spells out everything. If you do the readings and take great notes in courses, youll be fine. His courses are very accommodating in explaining the difficult texts
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