All Ratings and Reviews for Alan Fiske
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Super passionate guy who is very into his research. However, the workload was a bit much for a one unit class (short assignments every week--on average takes 20 minutes and a 2 page paper due at the end of the quarter); nothing crazy, but still more than I expected from taking a fiat lux. He tends to talk AT the class for long periods of time rather than formatting it seminar-style. The name of the class, "why am I crying over these kittens?", is also a bit deceiving, it's really a class about an emotion being researched by him and his colleagues (think: the feeling you get watching military reunions, wedding proposals, cute animals, a particularly touching movie scene). Overall interesting topic and super nice professor but the class itself was unfortunately not interesting.
Lectures were mostly stories that vaguely helped you get an idea of problems that arise in field work, but otherwise they weren't very helpful. Prof's mic often cut out and even when it worked he mumbled a lot and was hard to hear/understand. He also went through the few slides which had new information too fast for me to take any notes. It felt really discouraging and unhelpful so most of the class stopped coming to lectures by midterms. The Bernard textbook has everything you need. TAs determined your grade. Pretty easy and kind of disappointing overall. The fieldwork assignments are what you make of them, though- if you want to try fieldwork, this is a (relatively) good free space to start from.
Reading materials are very interesting. His lectures is a supplement to the main reading though they do not really connect much with the essays assigned.
Overall I enjoyed the class and learned a good deal of things. In terms of grading, it's really up to his TAs. Personally I found the class to be quite easy.
Probably the best teacher I’ve had in the entire time I’ve been at UCLA. He made me fall in love with anthropology. The work is extremely easy and there is no essay for COVID classes. He is extremely caring and understanding. If I could rank all the professors professor Fiske is number one.
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