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Throop is a great professor and truly has a passion for his work and his teachings. The lectures are for the most part very interesting, but he does not post his power points online, so be sure to take good notes. I would definitely recommend this class to people who are interested in anthropology or looking for a good G.E. class for the social analysis requirement.
The class consisted of 3 writing projects: 1 annotated bibliography of 5 articles that you find on a subject of your choice, 1 thesis statement about the articles, and an 8 page research paper once again about the same 5 articles. The midterm was 45 multiple choice questions and the final was 75 multiple choice questions.
This class was my first anthropology class, and it was very intriguing and Throop really makes his ideas clear during lecture. There was a lot of reading, but the articles and books were not too difficult, and were for the most part very interesting.
My final grade: A+
Avoid this guy at all costs. His lectures are sleep-inducing, and for 135A the material is so vague and abstract that you will never be able to give him what he wants on assignments...Plus, he doesn't even tell you what he's looking for! He has bizarre practices like calling a final paper a "take home exam" and distribution an insanely difficult topic 4 days before it's due. It's a paper...why does he have to add extra stress to student's lives by only giving them 4 days to work on it!!!!
To top it off, his TAs were worthless. One had no personality what so ever and the other spoke like a 13 year old valley girl. Neither one was truly helpful when I approached with questions and one even admitted that she wasn't completely sure what the professor was looking for in a certain assignment, that she was grading!
Overall, this was just one of those weird classes that I'm sorry I took. It is completely useless information and the professor, despite appearing approachable, is arrogant and odd. I left on the last day feeling like I never wanted to hear a world about psychological anthropology ever again. Way to go prof and TAs! They made me happy I'm graduating this year and never have to go through a class like this again.
Throop himself was very good at explaining the topics and his lectures were very clear and easy to take notes on. He does not podcast any lectures or post any slides online, which sucks but if you go to class and takes notes the tests are easy. He assigns a hefty amount of reading, 2 books for the quarter and 1-2 long articles a week. Many test questions are based directly on the readings especially on the final so it's hard to avoid doing them. He provides study guides with all topics that will be on exams. There are 2 papers, which are straightforward if you go to office hours and make sure you're doing everything they want you to. I found the class itself fascinating, which made the work tolerable. Take notes, read, don't screw up the papers and its a pretty easy A.
Throop is a super good professor with engaging lectures. However, there's a lot of reading for the class and you definitely need to put time into understanding the texts since they can be rather complicated. The weekly assignments are easy to blow off since they are just summaries of the readings and questions, but you need to understand the articles for the discussion and exams. There are two essays which are simple enough - just make sure you get your article approved and use proper grammar since some of the TAs can be picky. The midterm and final are both multiple choice and I got Bs on both by just completing the study guide the day before.
Of all the classes I took my first year, this was my favorite. While harder than most GEs, I found the material very interesting and practical. I found myself thinking about the material outside of class and applying it to my life. Professor Throop is thorough and clear. His slides are simple and informative. He was very invested in this class despite it being a GE. You're going need to put in the work for an A, but in my experience it was entirely worth it.
Great class, one of my favorites I took my first year at Ucla. The professor, as other students mentioned is very down to earth, and the material is interested.
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Initially I thought the content was philosophical and hard to understand and that there was quite a lot of reading, but the readings turned out to the very interesting. Prof. Throop might not be the most engaging lecturer in the world but he is very passionate about his research and eventually I found the content to be eye-opening. The exams are much easier than I had expected. If you pay attention in class and do the reading, you'll get an A.
Professor Throop is the nicest and most pleasant professor I have had here at UCLA. Taking cultural anthropology with him was a pleasure--he made the material engaging with just the right combination of general information and his own personal research which of course he was very passionate about. You definitely do need to go to class and discussion to get a good grade. The papers are easy. Midterm and final are all multiple choice. Midterm is easier than final, but both are doable with study guides he provides. Dr. Throop really is down to earth as he plays rock music before class starts, wears the same worn out faded green Converse for the past 10 months now, and is very approachable/caring. Also, you will truly learn how to look at the world from a different perspective. Maybe this class should be the true diversity requirement.