ANTHRO 8

Archaeology: Introduction

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Stephen Acabado See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.2 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.5

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Anthropology 8 is really a typical ge course.
Pros: u don't have to even look at the textbook. u don't have to go to class. u can even cheat if u dare. Exams will be easy if you prepare using the study guide. Taking notes may be useful, but quite irrelevant most of times. Papers take some time, but overall it's easy to get an A.

Cons: this is boring for people who only want to take a GE. He talks a lot about Philippines and few care to learn. Sometimes he himself is not concerned.

Jan. 4, 2016
P. Brantingham See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.3

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strenghths: knowledgeable, concerned with student learning, encourages interaction outside of classroom, extremely organized, good communicator, very passionate about subject.

weaknesses: routine, very structured environment for learning

Recommended for anthro majors...make sure you're somewhat interested in archaelogy if you want to take this as a GE because intro to arch covers a very broad depth of material.

April 1, 2003
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G Kelly Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Abigail Levine See Full Profile

Overall 2.2 Easiness 2.0 Workload 1.8 Clarity 1.5 Helpfulness 2.2

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I took Anthro 8 with her, and honestly if given the option to go back in time, I would not take it again with her. There have been multiple instances where i've dozed off in lectures because all she does is read off the slides; hence, lectures are rather boring. She also expects you to do intense reading of the textbook, and there are just so many tiny, irrelevant details she tests you on. I'd say I put in a decent amount of effort into this class, but it wasn't enough to get an A. On the other hand, discussions were fun! Basically, if you're REALLY good at memorizing and mugging up a whole bunch of tiny details and information, then take this class. If you're not EXTREMELY good at memorization, DO NOT take this class with Levine. Anthro 8 is supposed to be an easy class, but with Levine it is the exact opposite.

June 22, 2014
Scott Pletka See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 3.6 Workload 3.2 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.2

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This class was the most boring class I have ever taken at UCLA. The professor was very arrogant and pretentious. He was funny on occasion, though. He is just too smart to teach undergraduate courses, especially a lower division GE course.

The lectures, were however, very easy to follow with nice visuals and good organization. Lecture notes were available on online, and if you read and went to section, there was little point in going to class.

June 6, 2002
Brooke Scelza See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 3.6

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Wow, I'm surprised that no one had evaluated Dr. Scelza despite how many people take her class. Pointlessness aside, Scelza is an AWESOME Professor, she is incredibly organized. Class is done powerpoint style, but she places emphasis on printing out slides and writing what she says - Slides can be memorized. She's really cool, looks and sounds like Daisy from the hit TV Show Bones, and she definitely knows what she is talking about. She makes tests sound ALOT harder than they are, so if you're like me, you'll study like crazy, just to finish the midterm in 25 mins. with a Huge smile on your face - I don't mind, I learned ALOT. Bottom Line: Scelza is a great teacher who teaches a fun GE - Take the Class and Learn Something from a GE for a change =)

March 18, 2011
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Greg Schachner See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 3.9

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Tests are hella easy, just memorize his powerpoints.

Don't bother with the reading. The textbook is dense af, I mean like super SUPER dense, and the important stuff, like I said, is from his powerpoints anyway. The reading is a complete waste of time and I stopped after like 3 weeks.

He is very well-spoken and knowledgeable, but you can skip class. You know why? Because the important stuff is on the powerpoints.

He says the class isn't curved but somehow I always do better on the tests than I expect.

2 bs-y papers, which was probably the hardest part of the class.

April 15, 2014
Monica Smith See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.4

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Professor Smith seems like a genuinely nice lady who is passionate about what she is teaching, but DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. It is absolutely awful, the TA's are complete savages when they grade. I literally got a 20/50 on one of the essays and it completely ruined my grade for the class. You can do as well as you want on the midterm and finals, but the essays will still destroy your grade. The TA's are not willing to review grades and help the students. When I tried to go in for help, my TA lowered my grade even further. I hated this class and I 100% would not recommend taking it as an easy GE. While Professor Smith is a nice lady, her awkward sense of humor and monotone voice both bored and disgusted me throughout lecture. I have major regrets about taking this class. DO NOT TAKE IT I'M SERIOUS.

Spring Quarter 2016
Charles Stanish See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.4 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.6

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Professor Stanish is one of the nicest professors I have encountered at UCLA. I dont know what people are complaining about. He wants the same respect that you would want from other people if you are talking. I don't think getting frustrated at people having side conversations while you're lecturing is out of context. He totally has grounds for telling those people to be quiet because it not only bothers him, but other students too. The midterm was fair. A lot of people in my class scored high on it. There were a lot of information to take in, but the TA's give you a list of important concepts to know week by week and basically everything that was on the midterm were on the sheets. His lectures were interesting for me, even as a freshman whose just taking this class for a GE. So go figure. I dont think Professor Stanish is the problem, the class just requires you to memorize a lot of information, making it the same as any other class at UCLA. He's really nice. At first, I was afraid of him. But I approached him for help, and he gladly did it without any complaints. The man is available outside of class. Dont think this is a good review because I'm getting a good grade; in fact, im getting an average grade in his class right now so I'm not being biased at all. Basically, Im going to break it down for you: Discussion 20%, Paper (3-4 pages long) 10%, Midterm 30%, Final 40%. I think it's totally fair.

March 16, 2002
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