Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Spring 2019 - He is one of the most enthusiastic and passionate professor that I’ve encountered so far in regarding to not only teaching the material but explaining it! The class overall is fairly easy if you attend lecture on a regular basis and go to section! The PowerPoint slides are honestly just for him to reference on what he is saying about that weeks subject and relating it back to readings. He does include YouTube videos and a couple movies in lecture as well (talk about fun!) Although the readings are mandatory and are a lot if you miss any he references them in lecture so you have an idea what’s happening but it’s best to go back and skim/read them! There is 1 mid term with 3 short answers and 1 long essay question. There is a paper that’s due but it’s early on the quarter so you don’t have to worry about it during finals. The final is in similar format to the mid term with 4 short answers and 2 long essay questions. Honestly his teaching style and enthusiasm made me excited to go to his class and I would take him again if I could! One of the best anthro professors out there! I highly recommend! He will rejuvenate your excitement and interest in being an anthro major if you’re in a rut on questioning if this is what you wanna do! If you can take this class and introduce yourself to him, especially with going to office hours he appreciates it and invokes new thought!
Fall 2019 - Took this as Race and Gender in Comedy, which was a fantastic introduction to race and gender studies. We had about 2-4 articles of reading per week, all uploaded on CCLE. Never had to buy any materials for this class, and Professor Antoine is very considerate and accommodating to everyone's needs. I loved how the Professor fostered a safe and open environment for discussion of sensitive topics which are relevant to everyone, both through class discussion and weekly reflections. We had one midterm exam and a final paper, which weren't too hard if you kept up with readings and lectures. I really loved this class and recommended it and the readings from it to multiple people when I was taking it, and will continue to do so going forward. 10/10 would take again
Anthro 137 is a must take for any UCLA student. The readings she chooses is very interesting but at times could be too much. The projects she assigns are interesting. The only negative thing about her is that she can be intimidating at times but how many professors aren't. Just take the class. If you have anymore questions just email me.
Fall 2019 - Professor Garro is a very knowledgable scholar, but an absolutely terrible lecturer. Her lectures are mostly explanations of readings for that week, but her explanations were hard to follow due to her constant stuttering, lack of proper wording, and confusing use of quotes from readings. This accompanied with uninformative slides which often do not pertain to what she is saying, made listening to her feel more like a headache than a relief from understanding the class material. The lack of coherent structure in her lectures made it confusing to take lecture notes due to the frequent rubber banding between going back and going forward on content and concepts. As for the material itself, there's 1 to 3 readings of 6 to 30 pages required per week from her own work published in the early 2000s or from older medical anthropologists' publications from the 1970s to 1990s. The contents of the material were not too hard to follow, but most of them included complex themes and concepts were often confusing and needed further explanation are severely lacking, as previously stated. Lastly her attitude towards the class was supposedly very supportive and positive, according to the TA, but Garro's interaction with the class has mostly been absent or otherwise negative. In the earlier weeks of the class she used to ask questions but as the students answered her question, she would reply with an uninterested "Ok" until one student barely scratches the "right" answer which no one but her seemed to have been able to guess correctly. Other times, she would outright tell the student they are wrong or give a sarcastic answer of 'Is it?' while trying to speak over them without letting them finish their thought/answer. Unsurprisingly the students stopped participating in fear they would just be dismissed for attempting. Overall, I would not recommend Garro. Her class has been the most unenjoyable experience I've had in my 4 years in UCLA. The content I've consumed from this class seemed to just turn me further towards disgust and annoyance about a topic that initially interested me due to its premise of understanding cultures' approach to medicine. Garro's teaching seemed to have entirely dismissed the objective truths we know about biomedicine while exoticising the non-Western approaches to medicine.