Teaching

At UCLA, I have been a Summer Instructor for Introduction to Sociology, Race and Ethnicity in American Life, and Social Stratification and served as a Teaching Assistant in 7 courses including those above as well as Urban Sociology and Statistical Methods. These experiences have prepared me to teach smaller seminars of ten to twenty students as well as larger lectures of sixty or more. As both instructor and assistant, I have received strong positive reviews and feedback, along with an Excellence in Teaching Award from my department in 2014.

Courses Taught

Instructor:

2016 – Introduction to Sociology

2016 – Social Stratification

2015 – Race and Ethnicity in American Life

Teaching Assistant:

2015 – Statistical and Computational Methods for Social Research

2014 – Urban Sociology

2012 – Introduction to Sociology

2013 – Introduction to Sociology

2014 – Introduction to Sociology

2012 – Self and Society

2011 – Race and Ethnicity in American Life

For copies of syllabi, please email me at rahim.kurwa @ gmail.com

Excerpts from Student Evaluations

“I enjoyed how the class was organized; it fostered a good learning environment where students were treated as adults. I also very much enjoyed the essays over tests. I feel that I was able to express myself and learn more as a result of the assignments instead of spitting back information on a test. I would have liked to see even more class discussion over lecture however.”

“I really appreciated his effort in class preparation – class notes, recorded lectures, supplementary articles of interest etc. Perhaps lecture could’ve been more interesting/engaging if there was a powerpoint of presentation with more visual elements than just the typed-out class notes or writing on the blackboard because sometimes it felt as if we were just being spoken at. But overall the instructor went above and beyond in organizing the class and ensuring students were receiving everything they could to succeed in the class.”

“You can tell the professor has a passion for what he does; he cared about the subject matter as well as student learning. I really liked that he made an interactive website for the class that summarized each lecture and uploaded audio recordings for each lecture. He put a lot of effort in the class and expected each student to do the same!”

“I really liked the grading structure of the course. Instead of developing a stressful atmosphere, it allows for mature students to enjoy themselves as they peruse the various avenues of study in the field of sociology. I do not intend on majoring in sociology but I feel equipped with the knowledge of the various issues that the field of sociology touches upon and feel that taking this course has made me a more well-rounded student. I really enjoyed having Mr. Kurwa as a teacher. I felt that he was a relatable person and it is clear that he is passionate about sociology and cares that his students learn.”

“I really liked the grading structure of the course. Instead of developing a stressful atmosphere, it allows for mature students to enjoy themselves as they peruse the various avenues of study in the field of sociology. I do not intend on majoring in sociology but I feel equipped with the knowledge of the various issues that the field of sociology touches upon and feel that taking this course has made me a more well-rounded student. I really enjoyed having Mr. Kurwa as a teacher. I felt that he was a relatable person and it is clear that he is passionate about sociology and cares that his students learn.”

“I am very thankful for the TA for this class because I feel like he made it feasible for me to understand course material. He made me feel comfortable asking questions and made very intimidating material less intimidating. He really invested time into every student’s work which made the material more accessible.”

“Rahim always made an effort to help out students in any way he could. I really appreciated the fact that he dedicated a lot of his time to hold individual sessions with students the week before the first project was due. The course was really difficult, and I was admittedly lost a bit during the first few sessions. However, after a few weeks, I was able to understand the material better especially after meeting him individually.”