All Ratings and Reviews for Alan Fiske
This class is a joke. You can learn everything in the class by just reading Bernard's book that he requires. The second book is useless and do not even buy it, you do not need it for the weekly assignments, discussions sections, or the final. The lectures as very dull, quiet, and unnecessary. He did not go over anything that was needed in the assignments, book, or the final. Over time, fewer and fewer people showed up, and I started to attend the lecture every other class. One day, there were only 20 of us, out of 150.
There are weekly assignments, some require you to go out and do some fieldwork, which can be fun or intimidating. My TA was Eric and he was very helpful. Those fieldwork assignments are 50 percent of your grade, and the final is like a bigger version of the assignments, which is 25 percent of your grade. There are strict guidelines, and if you follow them, you will end up with a grade you'd like.
I would not recommend Fiske but I did learn a lot in this class.
Fiske is amazing. By far the best anthro professor I've had at UCLA. He doesn't use visual aids or anything, but quite often his classes were so interesting that I actually forgot to take notes. 135B was a very easy class (four essays, 2 pages each!) and my TA was great, but professor Fiske is a lecturer that I will never forget!
LOL that picture is NOT Fiske!
I cannot recommend Dr. Fiske enough- this class was amazing. I was astonished to be totally engaged and fascinated by his lectures, each one of which seemed to teach us something about human societies and thought patterns that I'd never imagined before. I never fell asleep or even nodded off once, which, given that this class was at 9:30, is amazing. In addition to how much you'll learn, the ethnography readings are fascinating (I won't say the same for the reader ones, but they're informative) and the workload is light and fairly easy. TAKE THIS CLASS!!!
Professor Fiske is a great lecturer and is able to keep most everyone awake during an early class period. He is not all that difficult although his ratings put him somewhere around an eight for that category. The readings assigned will keep you interested in the subject and his lectures are a great supplement. Four papers are assigned, but each is quite short; the average being 3 pages. The midterm and final are both papers, they make up two of the four papers assigned. Overall, I highly recommend this class and this professor.
Professor Fiske is an outstanding professor. He is passionate about his research, and he is determined to make his class as interesting as possible through presenting the most fascinating (and sometimes almost outrageous) material, rather than engaging in the cheap parlor tricks that some professors use (like playing a guitar). I mean, some of the cultures he described to us were down-right bizarre... like people who wear gauze on their mouth because they are afraid of hurting the bugs that inadvertently fly into their mouths, or folks who eat the corpses of their relatives four days after the fact! Spew! Considering how full the class was for an 8 am class, I would say he does a pretty darn good job lecturing. Kudos!
Professor Fiske covers quite a large cache of material in his course, so it's important to stay up to date on the lectures and readings. The topics covered are fascinating, and lectures are always very engaging. Sometimes tangents will pop up in the lectures, but they shouldn't affect overall performance. There is *a lot* of reading and writing for this class; suffice it to say, A's are not guaranteed. Professor Fiske also keeps a very lively course Web page, which is a valuable asset when it comes time to write a paper for the course. Overall, I recommend this course and professor with enthusiasm.
It's a shame that Professor Fiske isn't teaching a course this quarter or next quarter. I took him for Anthro 135A Winter 2000 and he was awesome. He expects a lot out of you (in comparison with other UCLA professors), but is fair when it comes to exams and grading. He challenges you to think and to go beyond just memorizing things out of the text. The readings he chose were excellent--informative and interesting, much like Dr. Fiske himself. His lectures are pretty good too. (Hey, if 90% of the students showed up for an 8 a.m. class that didn't have required attendance, that says a lot about what a great professor he is). As far as accessibility goes, he'll always reply to your e-mails within 24 hours, he'll be in his office when he says he will, and that telephone number he gives you for his home office IS a real number. I would totally recommend taking a class with him, particularly Anthro 135A.
Awesome class, awesome professor. You WILL work hard, and you WON'T get it all handed to you all tied up with a nice litte bow. What you'll end up with is a lot of provacative information from someone who knows his stuff, and a chance to develop your own ideas. Classes like this make me sorry we're on the quarter system.
Professor Fiske was the worst anthro professor I've ever taken a class with. He is abstact and very tangential. His lectures and the readings are two separate entities in his class. I took 135B with him and regret doing so. He talks to fast, does not stick to one particular topic and has very little patience for questions and comments. I do not recommend taking a class with him.
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