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SOC 207 is most commonly known as the “Sociology of Suffering”. Kind of morbid, don’t you think? It is, but don’t let that deter you. Even though it does touch and reflect upon subjects that are extremely emotionally heavy, the class is, without a doubt, a must take.  

1. It grounds you

It’s no surprise or lie that most of the people who attend as prestigious a school as the University of Michigan aren’t from low-income families. Because of that, they’re not used to some of the types of “social sufferings” that the class discusses. It’s really outstanding and, frankly, quite shocking to see how so many people suffer in ways that aren’t even conceivable (or normal) for “first-world” citizens. The levels of poverty and degradation that you see on the lectures really make you appreciate everything that you have in a way that nothing else does.

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2. It makes you see a different point of view

Another fact at hand is that the minority of students have traveled to poverty-stricken countries across the world. Seeing how billions of humans live and survive on a daily basis gives you a different outlook and point of view on life. It shifts society’s ever-growing focus on materialistic possessions to a more simplistic, family and friend oriented one.

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3. It’ll make you feel an array of emotions

Once the discussions about rape, genocide, religion and mass murders commence, you’ll feel so many emotions at once that you won’t know how to deal with them properly. That’s okay. That means the class is impacting you and driving you to what, hopefully, is a more justice-seeking and morally-driven human being. Let those feelings drive you into being the change that you want to see in the world.

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4. The instructor is great

The professor who teaches the course is a Chilean named Luis Sfeir Younis looks like the type of quiet and sweat grandpa that you want to just sit next to on the couch, TV turned on in mute in the background, and swap crazy stories and life lessons with. He’s clear during his lectures and he tries to make the material sound interesting and interactive. He’s also very friendly and helpful during his office hours.

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5. It’s all-around not a difficult class

Homeworks consists mostly of reading assignments that, even though lengthy and sometimes dull, are filled with eye-opening information that’ll be discussed during class. Also, all of the exams are take home. That means that you don’t have to worry about studying for a certain date and going to a specific location to take them. You usually have a weekend to do them wherever you want!

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All in all, SOC 207 is a great three-credit course to take if you’re low on credits and looking for a good space-filler or if you’re genuinely interested in going through the experience. Even if you’re not interested in sociology at all, the lessons you learn and the people you meet will make it all worth it. No matter your reasons, you won’t regret it.


Natalia Carolina

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