ANTHRO 4

Culture and Communication

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H Alim See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 3.2 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.8

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Really easy class, prof was super chill, interesting readings.

Fall Quarter 2018
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Niko Besnier See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.0

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i really enjoyed the class; besnier was a bit long-winded, but overall an interesting character to see in front of a lecture hall. i stopped going to the lectures after the first midterm; it was really easy to do well on the tests, as long as you did the reading and go to the discussions. I felt I gained a lot more from the discussions than i did from the actual lectures. the questions on the exams were WAY easy, and as long as you got down the general principals and a few examples (which besnier and the TAs would beat into your head; i must have heard about tuvaluans a million times) you're bound to get a good grade. overall, i'd recommend anyone who doesn't mind reading to take the class.

March 31, 2003
Erica Cartmill Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Erin Debenport See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.7 Workload 3.3 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.0

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Professor Debenport is awesome. There is a lot of reading for this class, but her readings are the only readings I have ever been excited to do. She picks them carefully and they have stuck with me for years (I cited one in another final paper). I truly enjoyed this class, enough to go out of my way to take another class from her. She is fair, honest, funny, and interesting!

Spring Quarter 2017
Marta De gerdes See Full Profile

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prof. de gerdes isnt that bad of a professor. although her lectures do tend to get a little boring sometimes. but i will say this, her class is one of the easiest ge's. midterm consisted of like 10 multiple choice questions, 5 fill in the blanks, and two one page essays. all the terms, and essays are given to u about a week in advance, so there are no suprises. final is basically the same format. there were three group projects that were very tedious, but they were an easy way to get free points towards your grade. in general, just take the class it doenst have that difficult of examinations and the reading is very little.

Dec. 5, 2001
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Alessandro Duranti See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.4 Clarity 2.9 Helpfulness 3.7

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Professor Duranti is one of my favorite professors. He teaches in a way where you actually learn the material instead of just memorizing it and forgetting it. Showing up to discussion is extremely important because that is where you will go over the readings. You don't necessarily have to read every book he assigns, just read the important parts that are relevant to lecture. There are no midterms or finals. Pop quizzes and tests only, which are usually one or two questions each. Overall, this class is interesting and fairly easy because you learn the material and retain it, so you don't have to study that much.

Winter Quarter 2019
Begona Echeverria See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.3 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.1

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I took Anthro 33 Spring Quarter 2001.

Character

She talks sooooooooooooo fast. She can probably digress, tell an anecdote, make 50 remarks before she stops to breath. Okay so I'm exaggerating. Prof Echeverria has a lot of energy, and wants everyone to sit as close as possible to the front. She makes the effort to memorize names and she does get it right half the time. She's not a comedian, but she's high on adrenaline, and that's enough to brighten your day (in theory).

Lecture style

Before each lecture she has handouts for everyone (most of the time). It is basically an outline of critical concepts and ideas from the readings you have done the night before. She places EXTREME emphasis on having the material read because she wants many people to participate in class (a la raising your hand), and it's pretty hard to understand what's going on without reading the book (although you can still pick up a few things via handout). She encourages participation, even if you're wrong, she doesn't care, and you shouldn't have to worry; she won't pick on you. The only time she picks on you is if you've dozed off in class and sit conveniently in her field of vision like I did.

Reading

Oh why! The course reader is thicker than my math book. *frown* And several of the readings are so verbose, particular one I forever shall remember: the horrorendously long-winded article by Jacqueline Urla. Prof Echeverria will do this to you.

Exams

She passes out review study guides before each exam, and you'll like this because the midterms and final questions come directly from the review. You're given a set of questions in which you get to decided which one to answer (not too shabby). Of course, they are the essay questions, and usually asks you to describe an anthropological concept backed up by several readings of different authors. *moans* You have one midterm and one final. The midterm covers the material from the first half of the quarter, and the final covers material from the second half, splitting readings you have to study (which is absurdly a lot anyway).

Projects

She assigns two group projects (that you can choose to do by yourself, although she doesn't condone it). They do require a lot of effort given the problem of having to find the perfect day to work on the project when everyone is free. So, be sure to keep the groups small. The assignment requirement isn't that much (a 5 page essay usually, double-spaced, single-side), but my group usually went overkill anyway.

Grade

Your grade is based on one midterm (15%), one final (25%), two projects (20% & 25%), participation (5%), and in-class writing assignments (10%).

June 25, 2001
Wendy Fonarow See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 1.1 Workload 1.6 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.9

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I really enjoyed this class. Fonarow is a great lecturer, she is dynamic and brings up interesting points. There are A LOT of readings, but she does a thorough job of explaining everything.

Jan. 8, 2003
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