Steve Barkan - University of Maine

Professor: Steve Barkan
Department: Social Science
College: University of Maine
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: SOC314
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Barkan's exams are nonsensical and loosely related to the lectures. The textbook is your ally in all things, BUT it's random, disorganized, and written by Barkan himself. If you make the commitment to go to class, don't leave during the lecture, he will pass around the sign in sheet again to call you out. He generally replies quickly to emails tho.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: SOC314
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I love taking classes for Prof. Barkan. His lectures can seem kind of long but he clearly covers the information so there is no way to misunderstand. Study your notes and read the chapters assigned and it will be an easy A. Attendance is super important because he passes around a sign in sheet every single class.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: SOC214
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Barkan clearly knows a lot about his field and wants to impart that knowledge in his class. However, his lectures can be extremely boring which makes it difficult to be as invested as you should-- however if you do your best to pay attention and DO NOT USE YOUR PHONE IN CLASS you should be fine.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: SOC225
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Have insomnia? This class is the cure. Almost impossible to stay awake during class or listen. Super nice guy, clearly likes what he teaches and not too many assignments but if you are looking for interactive and captivating this is not the class for you.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: SOC214
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Uses materials both from book and lectures so participation is really important. Sometimes tested on things that had not been covered properly and there for he usually also gives a pretty generous curve. Overall it is fairly easy to get a good score on exams as long as you do study.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: COS310
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Helpful, easy. Sign-ins at the beginning of class but you can miss up to 3 classes and still get 3 extra credit points. He curves if the class doesn't do well - for us, it was over 12 points added. Great guy, Great teacher.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
never taken such a hard 101 course in my life. It is mandatory attendance but yet the lectures are never on the tests, its all from the book or just pointless stuff that ive never seen before and expects you to guess
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Well i got a D+ for a 101 class have to retake the class now. This just goes to show you they shouldnt have the head of the SOC department teaching a 101 class. Hes not teaching SOC 101 this semester either thank God!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Class was my lowest grade this semester! Its a 101 class but i had to write a 10 page paper and have a huge final the same week! very hard class
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He teaches his own textbook, makes his tests far too complicated, and leaves you blind on your grade until its permeantly a bad one. dont take him by all means. boring lectures with mandatory lectures and he even uses substitutes for when hes not there.. is this dude serious?
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Coming from a senior in college, I took his class to allow myself to get into higher level social work classes. This class was some what of a joke. The material was mostly common knowledge and he made the tests way more complicated to make up for this fact. Sociology should be a dialogue, but this class was defined by framed lessons from the text.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: SOC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He was awful! The other SOC 101 class after us did half the work and we were stuck doing 4 tests and a 15 page paper!!!! I hated this class!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: SOC314
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His exams are sometimes more complicated than they need to be. Read the book cover to cover and take notes and you will get an A. He takes minute things out of the book and asks exam questions on them to ensure that you have read. Interesting class but he's more concerned on if you've read the book than if you understand the material.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: SOC000
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class is too much of a repeat of the Criminology material the first half. His exams are hard to understand what the questions are asking. Maybe he could spend more time preparing new and interesting material instead of writing a new text book each year.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: SOC214
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof. Barkan wrote his own textbook. Lecture and exam material is mostly from the book. A lot of interesting material is covered. Mandatory attendance, but assigns an extra credit paper at the end of the semester that can add 4 points to your overall grade, assuming you did not miss more than 2 classes. Will scale exams a ton.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: SOC214
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof. Barkan wrote his own textbook. Lecture and exam material is mostly from the book. As a non-sociology major I found this class very interesting and learned a lot. Mandatory attendance, but assigns an extra credit paper at the end of the semester that can add 4 points to your overall grade, assuming you did not miss more than 2 classes.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: SOC214
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
No Comments
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: SOC214
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class was ridiculously boring, I had to fight to stay awake during every single one of them. His tests come straight out of the book that HE WROTE so make sure that you read it. He's a decent guy, and the topic was interesting but he did it no justice.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: SOC314
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
No Comments
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: SOC214
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Boring and VERY useless to attend class, but attendance is mandatory (hmm, I wonder why?) If you miss more than 2 classes, it counts against your grade. I attended class so my grade wouldn't lower but I was SO bored that I'd read -- bad idea, the prof. refused to accept my extra credit at the end of term since I hadn't been paying attention. Oops!
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