Robert Prus - University of Waterloo

Professor: Robert Prus
Department: Sociology
College: University of Waterloo
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: SOC223
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Good guy, very interesting, accessible
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: SOC410
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prus is an anomaly. He has managed to take an interesting subject and turned it into the most unkind dredge in learning. A prolific researcher, he is well-respected in his field, which affords him the luxury of being a joke-educator. And unless you are the select few of his pets, from which the common denominator is hotness, expect to do poorly.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: SOC234
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Yes, he's intelligent and yes, he wants his students to do well. Unfortunately, he's the worst prof of history. His textbook (which he wrote himself) is just as disorganized and confusing as his lectures. He can talk about nothing for hours and you're left wondering if the lesson has started yet or not. Seriously, don't do it.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: SOC223
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I'll start by admitting that this wasn't an easy class. I am not a sociology major, and I found this class very, very difficult. But it was so interesting that I didn't care. Prus is totally passionate about this stuff and his enthusiasm is infectious. I would take another class with him in a heartbeat.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: SOC223
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The workload is way too heavy for a 200 level class. The professor is not clear in class or on assignment the feedback. He requires an incredible amount of reading and expects students to know all of it for an exam. Do not take this class if you don't have to.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: SOC223
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Worst professor ever. Dropped his class while sitting in class. Picked on me twice for doing absolutely nothing. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. You’re welcome.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: SOC234
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prus is my boy. Just do the work and you will be fine. His lectures are future explanation of the text and courseware. Make sure you read the text before attending class, because the lectures are a further explaination of the text. You can get through the course without attending the lectures.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: SOC223
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Only take his class if you care to challenge yourself. He's fair and passionate about his work but that does not make him a good teacher.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: SOC234
  • 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:
just ridiculous. yeah he is very smart but he is not an educator. very heavy workload, VERY dry textbook (that he wrote himself, not surprising), HUUGE ego, unclear with initial expectations for essay writing.. yet very picky when marking for word choice, etc. very theoretically heavy... large emphasis on biographies and contributions of theorists
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: SOC234
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Extremely engaging professor with a wealth of knowledge on symbolic interactionism. He personally helped me obtain notes for class after my laptop was stolen. Only complaint is no slides/PowerPoints, which led him to get off topic at times.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: SOC234
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Extremely unengaging and traditional; if you're going to be using your laptop for notes at all, expect him to contact you about sending them to him. Material in class tends to be vaguely expressed and drawn out unnecessarily; your notes will likely be of little use. Assigned a 25-pg paper oriented around speculation on vague terms.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH000
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pretty boring guy. Content was a little dry, but not too bad. He doesnt really care about his students
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: SOC234
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Ignore all the negative comments. This man is a genius. Those who think otherwise clearly did very poorly in his class. Ps, this teacher doesnt flirt with girls- he likes everyone and is interested in everyone.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: SOC243
  • 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:
ok well I dont think the course code is right so forgive that. This guy needs to get one of those news anchor mics, or you should wear a hearing aid to class. He is cute like an elf. I dropped his class because I could not hear a damn thing.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: SOC234
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
WORST PROF EVER. he puts zero effort into creating any interest in the topic, and his 2 hour classes are just him babbling away incoherently. he is a waste of your time.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: SOC409
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very weird man, and he is a huge creeper (loves flirting with girls!) He may be smart, but he is unable to teach. He needs some serious help. With him teaching, it shows how concerned UW is with their teachers --- they dont care!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: SOC234
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Seriously, this man needs to be fired. Waterloo is a great school and it's hard to believe they could hire such a useless man. You can't understand him and he never makes any sense. Worst prof ever.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: SOC223
  • 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:
I've already written a review, but I wanted to add this: the material seemed very irrelevant and useless. Something as simple as "interacting with friends (e.g. '3rd parties')" became a 30-page chapter explanation, making a simple idea unnecessarily complicated!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: SOC223
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The worst ever.. by far
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: SOC223
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I agree whole heartedly with the comment below. Prus is the worst educator I have had in my entire academic career. If people are failing midterms and finals it reflects the professor, not the students. He is unhelpful in every possible way, and the amount of information required for memorization for tests is riducilous. He should be FIRED
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