course
Unity and Division

Aug 2008

Professor Reider is a great professor. He definately has his pros and cons, but overall you will do well by paying attention to key points in class and focusing on those concepts for readings and exams. Some of the readings seem lengthy, but think basic concepts and terms. Don't get caught up in meticulous details. As far as cons, some students are frustrated by his waivering syllabus changes, but he updates the class daily at the lectures or via e-mail and the changes are necessary in most cases to keep up with the flow of the class. The advantage, is that the test are not really intended to trick you. Know the main concepts and be able to write about their significance in the readings. If you are confused, ask for help. For the papers, he is VERY open to letting you chose a topic and simply support your opinion. The class is not a breeze, but it is definately fair. Also, don't let his terminology overwhelm you. Sometimes he uses complex terms to explain ideas that seem simple, but this will only help you dissect over simplified information better and guide you on what terms you should know for exam purposes. I highly recommend going to class or getting notes if you miss because he covers a lot in one class. Challenging, but I truly loved the class and his teaching style. You will do well if you try. Bottom line.

Jan 2006

I very strongly disagree with the previous review. This class was a huge disappointment and I do not felt like I learned anything new. Rieder's lecture style is dry and he over complicates pretty straightforward concepts. Rieder would challenge students' views by twisting what they said and posing questions in order to complicate ideas on race and identity. Although he is undoubtedly a pro in the world of sociology, I would highly recommend NOT taking this course. The syllabus was disorganized and lacked unity surprisingly enough. I still am left confused as to what he actually wanted on the exams.