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Harold Barrett See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.7

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i took anthro7 with silk in 09w, and we had this guy as a guest lecturer one time when professor silk was gone at a conference. My adivce: take anthropology 7 with silk. She at least has a good enough grasp on the material to present it in a coherent fashion. This dude sounded like he was constantly struggling to think of the words in his next sentence - he would pause every few seconds to think of what to say next, and it just made him really painful to listen to. I usually go to silk's lectures, but if i had this guy i'm sure i would NEVER go to lecture, cause he sucks at lecturing. To be fair, he probably had to cover for her on short notice, and it wasn't even his own powerpoint that he was presenting, but like i said, its just painful listening to him talk. Professor silk doesn't add many brilliant insights to the material either (she mostly just goes over the improtant points in the reading) but her lectures flow, and you feel like you understand the material better after hearing her talk about it. My opinion is just based on one lecture, so it is kind of biased, but i'd definitely take the class with Silk if i had a choice.

Feb. 1, 2009
Robert Boyd See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.3 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 4.0

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The book for this course is his own, so the lectures are pretty much just the main points from each chapter. Consequently, you really only have to go to lecture or read the book so long as you really do one of them. Missing lectures in the beginning is no big deal, but in the second half of the course it can get you behind. The second half is all about the human lineage and recognizing fossils and such, so it gets a little boring, but it's also a lot more memorization then the first part.

Overall, this class is cake as long as you read the book and/or go to lecture. Discussions were useless, but were required as 10% of your grade. Final's half, midterm's the rest. Both tests are all short answer questions, nothing really surprising. Overall a very fair professor and very easy class. Great GE. Take Anthro 7 with Boyd if you can.

March 21, 2005
Katherine Coffing See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.4 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 2.3

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First let me just say that I got an A- on the midterm, i have gone to every class and done all the readings ahead of time. That said, professor coffing is the second worst prof. that i have had at ucla. When she is lecturing, it sounds like she is trying to be quiet because she is at the library. Her voice is so low and monotonous that i just about fall asleep everyday in the front row. The only reason that I did well on the midterm was because a lot of the material was the same as LS 15. I really feel sorry for those students that did not know the material ahead of time. She rushes so quickly through the important material that you do not have enough time to take good notes. If it weren't for Lecture Notes from Ackerman, I would be lost. She really makes no attempt to make the material interesting and she seems like she lacks a personality. I'm sure that she is a very smart person and she might be well trained in her field but she is not a great professor. You would be better off taking this course when it is taught by a different professor; just wait the extra quarter or whatever it takes.

May 29, 2002
Daniel Fessler See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.9 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 3.9

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This was one of my favorite classes. The professor is so funny and definitely makes it so worth it to go to class. His explanations were overall easy to understand and super interesting. I definitely feel like its a class worth taking because I walked out of it with a greater understanding on us as a species and our behaviors. With that being said, the tests are pretty tough but the grading scale is quite fair (an 84 percent is an A). If you get the chance to take this class with this professor, definitely do so.

Winter Quarter 2020
Angeline Gunawardena See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 4.6

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I took IDS 100A this past fall with her and on the up side, it was hands down the EASIEST class I've ever taken at UCLA. On the down side, she is the WORST professor I've ever had. This was the last class I needed for IDS and I've definitely had some inspiring professors. The professor is intensely cynical and is unbeliavably biased. She loathes all the big boys in development such as the IMF, WB, UN and presents her material with an utter hate for neoliberal economic policies. She digresses a lot, her lectures are unorganized and broad and she does not she offer any strong, objective, academic insight into core IDS subjects. Her exams are in multiple choice format/some short answer and are extremely easy; however, that's only because finding the correct answer is not hard since the exams are biased and it always ends up being the most cynical option. I think I would be ok with her if she was just another bad professor, but her one-sided analysis makes me dislike her more.

Dec. 19, 2008
Joseph Manson See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.8 Workload 3.2 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.5

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Manson's a pretty serious dude and and he makes lectures so much harder to get through. His study guides are long. His tests are fair, only because he doesn't test outside of the study guide. I will say that I do feel like I walked away with a solid foundation in bio anthro, but would not recommend if you're looking for an easy/fun GE

Spring Quarter 2019
Dwight Read See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.5

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Professor Read is such a nice guy! His lectures can get a bit boring, but the subject matter is really boring. His tests are MORE than fair. You don't even have to read the book. As long as you go to lecture, you'll do fine in the class. I got the highest grade, so I'm not lying. The homework is a bit tedious and long and I didn't really see a point in it, but it's easy points and not difficult. I would definitely recommed him if you want to get a good grade. He's one of the easiet Anthro 7 professors there are.

Dec. 2, 2003
Brooke Scelza See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.2 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.8

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I loved this woman from the first day I sat in her class. She really does remind you of a character from the show Bones. I would definitely recommended taking her. She does incorporate her research into her lectures, but it does pertain to the material!

Course Breakdown:
Midterm 40%
Final 50%
Discussion 10%

Getting a good grade:
First off most of her exams are lecture based. Study her slides and memorize the examples as well. The TA's are really anal about definitions so memorize the definitions that pop up in her lecture from the book. The book is a good supplement and not really dense at all if you actually do the assigned reading ever week. The final is cumulative, but draws heavily from the second half of the course. Memorize the homework questions and answers from your discussion! Some of those pop up on the midterm and final

Personal Experience:
I got B+ on her exam and a A+ on her final, I ended up with an A+ in the class. I would have gotten at least a solid A on the midterm had the TA's not been anal about the definitions. When they say write only one or two sentences. Write a paragraph with two periods lol. Use examples from the lecture and discussions to get the full credit. Oh, and try to get Kate Brunson as your TA she is really funny and willing to help all the time
Take the class with Scelza if you are interested at all in Anthro! And it is an easy GE for life science.

March 30, 2011
Joan Silk See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.3 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.7

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Anthro 7 is very interesting, but the material is hard to absorb all at once. As a professor, Silk is very organized and effective in teaching. Her lectures may be quite boring since she just reads off her power points. However, it is helpful that she puts it online and she has links on the webpage that are very useful. Take the class if you can handle a lot of reading and info. If you're lazy, forget about it!

March 11, 2003
Jeffrey Snyder Full Profile > 3.4 Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.8 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
selling How Humans Evolved 6th edition $35 (Jan. 5, 2015)
Jeffrey Snyder See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 4.0

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selling How Humans Evolved 6th edition $35

Jan. 5, 2015
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