Evolution of Human Sexual Behavior

Daniel M.T. Fessler

Evolution of Human Sexual Behavior

Anthropology department

Daniel M.T. Fessler

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Overall 4.2
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Easiness of class 1.9
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Workload 2.1
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Clarity of professor 4.2
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Helpfulness of professor 4.3
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  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Fall 2020
19.0%
15.9%
12.7%
9.5%
6.3%
3.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2017
15.6%
13.0%
10.4%
7.8%
5.2%
2.6%
0.0%
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A
A-
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B
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
16.4%
13.6%
10.9%
8.2%
5.5%
2.7%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2014
20.5%
17.1%
13.7%
10.2%
6.8%
3.4%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
15.5%
13.0%
10.4%
7.8%
5.2%
2.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2013
19.3%
16.1%
12.9%
9.6%
6.4%
3.2%
0.0%
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A
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B
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
11.3%
9.4%
7.5%
5.6%
3.8%
1.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2006
12.6%
10.5%
8.4%
6.3%
4.2%
2.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Jan. 15, 2021
Grade Received: B

I enjoyed the class overall. The professor talks very fast and goes on many tangents, but our section classes were always helpful in clarifying the key points of the lectures. The tests were challenging, but as long as you understand the material and do the readings, you will be prepared.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Jan. 4, 2021
Grade Received: A

Okay, this is my favorite class I've ever taken at UCLA. It's SO interesting, I feel like I have such a different perspective on society as a whole. HOWEVER it's very hard. I really like Fessler, though I know some people don't. But be careful on the midterm/final, because they're graded really harshly. Also, your whole grade is basically the midterm and final, but if you get high enough on the final you get an automatic A. Anyway: TAKE THIS CLASS! In conclusion. Thanks.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted March 26, 2018 Grade Received: A

Real quick note before I delve into my review of this course: it is no longer known as 124P, but 124S.

First and foremost, I will come out and say it. This class is NOT easy. I’m sure a lot of students thought the class was going to be a piece of cake given that Fessler provides a study guide which contains the ACTUAL questions that are on the exam. However, the study guide is given to the class about a week or so before the actual exam, which means that one should already be well-versed in the material before the study guide is released. The study guide is LONG and each question has multiple parts. Furthermore, the questions themselves are NOT very straightforward and require deep understanding of the material. The average for the first midterm was about a 55%, which means people simply waited for the study guide to be posted in order to start studying, and this was a bad mistake.

In order to do well in the class, you have to keep up with the material, which is A LOT. Make sure to record his lectures (he encourages you to do so) and listen to them and write/type down EVERYTHING he says. This is CRITICAL in order to make sure you are able to answer the questions on his study guide. If you are able to trabnscripbe everything that he says, you will have what you need to answer the questions, and then after that, it’s just going in and doing some hardcore memorizing. I never went to his office hours, but I made sure to visit my TA every chance I got whenever I didn’t understand anything. My suggestion is to join forces with a couple of RELIABLE and COMPETENT students and start a google doc as soon as he posts the study guide questions. Working on the study guide alone is difficult and it’s best to have some help.

The midterm and the final are just the select questions from the study guide, so make sure to memorize ALL of the answers because he picks which questions he will actually put on the exam. The midterm consisted of about 3-4 questions if I recall and the final had about 5-6. Both exams are pretty grueling given that you are under time crunch to write down everything you remember from the answers on the study guide. My hand was literally trembling after the midterm.

Any who, enough with the scary stuff. This class was actually SO FREAKING AWESOME. You will learn so much and it will stick with you. Professor Fessler is pretty darn intimidating because he is so damn articulate and intelligent, but he will make you look at things in such a different way. Even after the class, my friend and I always make connections to the concepts we learned in this class. Highly recommend if you are looking for super duper interesting class and of course, if you’re up for the challenge.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Feb. 28, 2018 Grade Received: B+

Good: very interesting class (life changing), questions given before exams to prepare, phenomenal TAs, very cheap textbook
Bad: 8am, pop quizzes everyday, tremendous study load, could potentially hurt GPA

Absolutely life changing class... as another person said this class will totally change the way you view yourself and the world because you learn the ultimate reasons why humans are the way they are; the information you learn in this course is priceless and I think everyone should take this class in general. However, Fessler does not mess around. He gives 1 question pop quizzes right at 8am almost every class (first quiz was the second lecture of week 1), the reading can be very dense and difficult, the study load is absolutely tremendous, and there are many concepts to know. He does give out potential exam questions before the midterm and the final. The knowledge is very interesting and life changing, but truthfully it could semi-hurt your GPA. I worked very hard, read everything, participated in discussion (with Brittnay), went to office hours, was above the curve for the first midterm, and still did not get an A. This was kind of frustrating given how much I was invested in the course and spent a lot of time studying for this class and I loved what I was learning; in the end my answers to the exams mostly were just incomplete. The TAs and Dr. Fessler cannot tell you if your answers to the study guide are incomplete or incorrect. I don't think his lectures were at all disorganized but what helped me is recording his lecture, then listening back and fill in my notes (best strategy is just to listen and absorb the information). This strategy helps the most because he is very intelligent and that kind of smartness is just too much sometimes at 8am. I don't know what I could have done differently to actually get an A (probably make friends with the smart people in class), but I DEFINITELY don't regret taking the course because I will use the information I learned probably for the rest of my life. "Knowledge is power, but not over other, but for yourself" -- Dan Fessler

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Jan. 21, 2018 Grade Received: A-

This was probably my favorite and most difficult class at UCLA. The workload and concepts taught in the class are tough and you have to put in a lot of effort to succeed, but trust me, it's worth it. I can apply everything I learned in this class in my life and now I have a completely different way of viewing the world. Make sure to form study groups and start going over the study guide together as soon as it's posted. He posts them about a week before the exams and they cover a lot of material. The exams require you to know the material in depth and be able to explain your answers. The average on the midterm was 45% and the final average was a bit higher. Also, get to class on time because there are usually pop quizzes that start on the dot.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted March 25, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

Fessler is a very knowledgable professor but his lectures are a bit disorganized -- the readings really help understand the material before class but the 8AM pop quizzes suck. Go to office hours and stay on top of the reading material. Midterm is 3 written questions that he chooses from a pool of 10, given beforehand to study. Final is 6 written questions from 19 questions (the 7 he didn't use for the midterm plus 12 new), also given beforehand to study.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 2, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Just a heads up, Professor Fessler posts all of the course evaluations from students on his personal website (danielmtfessler dot com) to help students out. There are a ton more reviews there than here.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 1, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted July 10, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Fessler's class on Human Behavioral Sexuality has been one of my favorite classes at UCLA. He explains the material in a way that is easy to understand, but you should definitely do the readings first before going to class! Not that I always did, but I'd go back afterwards -- the readings are definitely required.

One thing I'd suggest, though, is recording lecture! Fessler does not use slides, and most of the information he gives is verbal and easy to miss. Friends or having someone to trade notes with is also good in case you both might have missed something. That's not to say Fessler's boring, though - he can be pretty funny.

Before the midterm and the final, he gives you a list of all of the possible questions that will be on the exam. They're very doable as long as you've been caught up with the work. Answers are not simply taken from lecture; you'll need to think through the theories presented in class and apply them logically. Also, the top 15 scorers on the final get an automatic A in case you do badly on the midterm and really strive for that A.

On a personal level, I really felt like I began to understand myself in this class. By learning about human behavior, I realized that my attitudes and behavior are, while not necessarily always moral (do not give into the naturalistic fallacy!), well, normal! And you just learn so much about the why humans have come to behave the way they do. So in all, this really was a rewarding class.

I am not an Anthropology major or in a biological or psychological (or anything else related) major. But I did get an A+ in this class, so don't let the bad reviews suggesting you have a background in the topic deter you.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 23, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

I thought that Fessler was one of the best professors I've had at UCLA. Although it was annoying to have the quizzes at the beginning of class, I always wanted to go to the lectures. The lecture material was more useful and interesting than the readings, Fessler is a pretty great lecturer. The readings are sometimes very lengthy and boring (at least for me). Also, he gives out the questions for the midterm and final beforehand, what more could you ask for?

As far as the class goes, going to lecture and discussion, and then really studying the study guide before the midterm and final should get you the grade you want. Before each test, I would write out the key points for each question so when taking the test, I would be able to answer each question without hesitation. Sometimes the grading can be kind of annoying because the TA's will take off points for really trivial things, so make sure you study everything carefully and accurately. Personally, I scored a B on the midterm, a B- on the final, a low-ish quiz score, and a perfect discussion score. But ended up with a solid A in the class because he gives out A's to the top 15 scorers in the class on the final...I felt so lucky. So Fessler does reward you if you study well for the final.

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Tags

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Would Take Again
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