Culture and Communication

Alessandro Duranti

Culture and Communication

Anthropology department

Alessandro Duranti

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Overall 3.7
Easiness of class 3.8
Workload 3.4
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 2.9
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 3.7


  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Often Funny
  • Issues PTEs
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Would Take Again
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks


Winter 2019

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

2 of 5


Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted June 28, 2019 Grade Received: A

Duranti goes off topic all the time and likes to talk about himself and his studies a lot. Even though this class is very easy with very easy "tests" and "quizzes" -basically the same thing - with just 3-8 questions and no midterms and finals, you need to do the readings. Very easy GE and a fun professor, and my TA was very good in summarizing his ideas. I recommend this course by him but I do not recommend taking a harder Upper Divison course from him.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted June 9, 2019 Grade Received: A

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Easy GE class even though lectures were a little all over the place. TA's really help with what's going to be on the test. You do have to attend lecture because there are weekly quizzes and tests BUT NO FINAL or even a midterm!! There are weekly readings (3 books). Quizzes were at max 8 questions and tests were easy. Duranti is a great guy, but the class can be a little boring at times and he goes off topic quite a lot.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted June 1, 2019 Grade Received: A

Duranti is a very distinguished professor, but he is not a very good educator. He doesn't ever seem to come in with a plan for his lecture, and very quickly goes off on semi-related tangents that are mostly about his own work and observations. That would be fine if his pop quizzes didn't concern the lecture material. Most of the time, I was at a complete loss as to what I needed to absorb and what was just Duranti giving us his unchecked thoughts of the world.

I'm very thankful that my T.A. during the quarter was such a big advocate for the students, and was a better educator than Duranti himself.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 28, 2019 Grade Received: A+

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.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 18, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Tests are extremely detailed questions on books, so you actually have to read, but I read all the books and got As on all the tests, which count for 50% of the grade. The quizzes (worth 30%) are based on the slideshows. Tests and quizzes are all pop, so he never tells you when they are, which makes you attend all the lectures so you don't miss one. Selling all 3 required books in brand new condition (no markings), Confronting the Death Penalty ($30), Forms of Talk ($25), and Everyday Language of White Racism ($40), FOR ONLY $45. Can deliver to you on campus for free. Email

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 20, 2007 Grade Received: N/A

Professors Duranti is basically a genius, however his teaching skills are a bit average. His accent can make things a bit confusing at times and he likes the make jokes, which bothers those students that like flow and structure within their courses. However he passes out review sheets before exams which helps A LOT and is basically the entirety of the exams. My TA was TERRIBLE (I can't remember her name, but she was short with short brown hair), she basically just read off the book during the entire lecture. Overall, the class is pretty fulfilling and you learn a lot.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 12, 2007 Grade Received: N/A

I love this guy! it's sad to see people bash him so bad, but i enjoyed his class. He is really into what he teaches, and his stories were entertaining and necessary for the course. There were 3 assignments, a midterm, final, and random pop quizzes during the quarter. If you have read the material, and at least carry a general understanding of the material you can get an A. I also attribute this to the TAs willingness to fill in where the professor might not have completely covered a topic. Duranti is not so bad!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 22, 2007 Grade Received: N/A

i couldnt get myself to go to the lectures (too random, no structure... eeeeasy to get all ADD), and my t.a. was a nightmare. the assignments werent clearly outlined, so the grades really came down to your t.a.'s style. theres a lot of reading for this class that last throughout the entire course, and i found it really easy to fall behind if you like to read for detail, opposed to just skimming and not really understanding. section didnt help me out at all, so i wasnt a big fan of the class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 17, 2007 Grade Received: N/A

duranti has a rep for being unstructured and quirky. he's pretty weird to me, but i've never met a "normal" linguistic person. the class was alright, my TA was cool. answer all the questions on the study guide and you'll do fine. the projects are a bit weird and tedious, but it had to be done. i wouldn't take it if i wasnt' an anthro major. i feel like only people interested in linguistics and jazz will love this class. it can't be that bad if there were so many athletes in the class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 19, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

He's a nice guy and very famous researcher, but I found his class and the readings, dull, simplistic, and self-important rather than educational. Make sure to get a good TA and at least skim the readings. I would recommend strongly against taking his class, but you almost must if you're an athropology major (unless you go to summer school).

2 of 5


  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Often Funny
  • Issues PTEs
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Would Take Again
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks

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