Marriage, Family, and Kinship
Great teacher, great class. Her exams are very fair as long as you learn her lectures(which are short and easily understood) and the case studies in the assigned reading. You don't have to do the rest of the reading unless you want to get more out of the class. She taught this course with another prof and her half of the exams was always fair. She cares for her students and it is a relaxed atmostphere in her classroom. The material in the class is easily understood and you will not regret taking it with Levine. I got an A in the class.
I took his kinship class and while i was very interested in the material before, after i was left confused and half learned. Read is a very nice, caring man but his lectures are confusing and his lecture style is very sloppy. At times he,himself puts up diagrams that once in front of the class has forgotten what the point or connection was. if you have already taken anthro 9 the begining of the class will seem very similar until you get to the complexity that is kinship and at this point the whol class was confused up until the final. while he tries to explain the fact that he is unoragnized at times does not help. there is a midterm and final as well as a family tree project and a second kinship projet. Overall if you can take it with a better teacher do so but Read is a good guy, hes approachable and the class is very do-able.
Silk is a great teacher for this class. She is knowledgable and her tests are fair. Make sure you attend lecture and learn the lecture notes well cause her questions come straight from that. I always had them printed and reviewed them for the midterm and final which really really helped cause I got an A on both. The reading is optional(in my opinion) cause the lecture highlights what you need to know from the readings. She taught this class with another Prof. Levine(also great and fair teacher)