David Gauss - San Diego State University

Professor: David Gauss
Department: Sociology
College: San Diego State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: SOC102
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Gauss was a decent professor but he wasn't as invested in lectures, he uses a slide show to present the topics and he doesn't read off the screen which I liked but sometimes got boring, sometimes he told us interesting stories, sometimes made us watch videos. Attendance isn't mandatory so I stopped going after a while and the tests are decent
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: SOC102
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Prof Gauss is very understanding and tries to engage in conversation during his lectures. Take him if you want an easy A. Because of his advanced age, he forgets what is due, but he usually extends his assignments giving us more time to work on it.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: SOC102
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
One of the easiest classes ive taken at state. The papers are annoying to write but he grades very easily. I probably went to class a total of 4 times. His lectures dont make a lot of sense so you have to read the textbook in order to do good on tests as they are heavily weighted.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Gauss is fine. You really either are fine with him or you cant stand him because his class isnt very engaging. I got an A on every one of his papers, but you need to make sure you study for the midterm and final (heavily weighted). 400 pts: 100 pt midterm, 100 pt final, five 2 pt reaction papers, a 40 pt paper, and three 50 pt papers.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: SOC102
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Funny but completely off the syllabus lectures. Just study from the book, no need to show up for class. Lots of papers but they're usually graded well. Helpful if you go to his office hours regarding any papers/scores. Gives many extra credit opportunities!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Hands down the most boring class I've ever taken. I eventually just stopped going because it was so pointless and I would always end up falling asleep. Made me turn in a paper 3 times because I didn't do "the APA right" EVEN THOUGH I went to a tutor. Papers are easy but he is a sporadic grader so you don't really know what you're going to get.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Gauss's class was ehhhh. I had his 2 hour and 40 min class and that alone was horrible. When I did go to class I hated myself for going since I knew I would be able to understand material better on my own. All the assignments were completely manageable and easy A's. The hardest part about this class is the midterm and final, be sure to study.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I took the 2 hr 40 min class and almost fell asleep every time. Besides a random joke here and there, lectures aren't exactly riveting, but assignments are graded easy as long as you follow the prompt. Not tech savvy so grades are posted much later. He hated people leaving early or coming late (but he usually released my class an hour early).
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Funny guy. His lectures were fun but pointless. NEED THE BOOK! His test are simple but hard (if you dont read the book).
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Im a soc major so I don't really need to endlessly study to understand these basic soc concepts, but if you want to do well you're gonna want to buy the book. Test questions are mainly just big ideas and details from the book. Also, he made us retake the midterm because he didn't print out enough copies so he's kind of neurotic but I find it funny.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: SOC102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Went to probably 3 classes max the entire semester, got 100 on midterm & final. I left after turning in assignments. Useless lectures, just read the textbook for info. Dont bother putting in a lot of effort on the papers just fulfill the requirements. Pretty insensitive guy, not afraid to kick people out of class for being late or eating.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
If you find sociology interesting, you will love this professor. If you don't like soc, still take this class because you only need to read the book to pass, his lectures aren't on the test. There are 4 easy papers and 2 tests. The only thing is he is strict and odd.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He will wake you up if you fall asleep kick you out for being late or on phone/laptop class always out early. 6 page book review, 2 essays (5 pg each) 1 midterm 1 final (both straight from book 85-115 questions) 10 SUPER EASY reaction papers which are 2 pgs ea based on your opinion of documentary or film shown in class. grades on curve
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: SOC102
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I didn't go to most of his classes because all he would do is ramble off about irrelevant topics that have nothing to do with what we would be tested on. Basically it's a teach yourself everything from the online textbook sort of deal
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
You don't have to go to class except to take the tests and turn in your assignments. If you do go, he will call out those who are sleeping, late or using any electronic device. His lectures rarely have anything to do with the test and you'd be better off studying the textbook homework. TA grades everything. Easy A as longs as you do the assignments
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Gauss has really interesting lectures and the few papers you have to write in the semester are explained very clearly in those lectures. The midterm and final though are hard. They're based a lot less on the lectures and more on the (rarely used) textbook. Overall it's not an easy class but it's a very interesting class
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Rambles off into tangents, he couldn't hear us because of his ear problem and it really distracted me because he had to have everyone repeat what they said. Calls you out if you're on your phone, eating, or late. Don't have to show up, just turn papers and leave. Forget to do one assignment? Automatic B, and that's if you get A's on your tests.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: SOC102
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Assignment prompts are pretty vague; I think it's done with the intention of letting students go their own way, but in practice it's confusing and frustrating. It's true; the TA grades everything, bless them. Most class sessions were documentary viewings; cool, but sometimes irrelevant to the course content, especially since exams --> textbook.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He really cares about what he is teaching and really cares about his students. If you have any questions on homework or due dates, he won't know so you'll have to ask his TA. He doesn't plan out his lectures much, just goes with the flow. He does not take attendance and the notes are minimal. Definitely recommend.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: SOC102
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Easiest class at San Diego State hands down. You can receive an A without going to class. You have to write a lot of essays but you can write about anything because his TA reads it not him. If you do go to class its mainly focused on videos about social issues. His humor is sort of cynical and crude but i find it funny.
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