Archaeology: Introduction

Greg Schachner

Archaeology: Introduction

Anthropology department

Greg Schachner

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Overall 3.9
Easiness of class 4.0
Workload 3.4
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.1
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.0


  • Uses Slides
  • Is Podcasted
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Participation Matters


Spring 2019

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Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 21, 2020
Grade Received: A

Okay, so Schachner's class is pretty easy, one quiz every other week, and two papers make up 90% of your grade. The other 10% are attendance if you have him in-person, but for online Spring 2020 it was usually just very short assignments on some reading material.

He also drops your lowest quiz and your lowest paper, so I got lucky and got to finish the class by Week 8. (besides a couple participation assignments) The quizzes are usually pretty straightforward, I would just transcribe the shit out of his lectures and if your quizzes aren't open-note, just try to memorize it to the best of your ability. If it is open-note, go ham on the command-F lmao. I'm not a very good writer but I'd say the papers were relatively straightforward, most people I know got an A/A- which was good enough for the class.

While the class is somewhat easy, it comes at the price of being quite dry (at least for myself). That may be my fault for not picking a GE that I found interesting and instead one that wouldn't cause me too much stress but I found a lot of the lectures kind of boring. It may have also been because for Spring 2020, all lectures were recorded and there were no live lectures at all, but I found it hard to be interested in the material. Doing work for the class just involved rolling up my sleeves and gritting my teeth through it.

Would recommend if you have a heavy schedule and want to knock out a chill GE though...

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 16, 2020
Grade Received: A

Overall this class was pretty chill, but chill as in you don't have a constant workload weighing on you but you'd still have to study pretty hard for the quizzes because they are open book but they're on a time limit and you WON'T have enough time to find individual answers.
The class structure is best 4 out of 5 quizzes given every 5 weeks, weekly discussion assignments -- maybe a short 3-4 question quiz or just discussion board posts and one garbology inventory (pretty fun). There's also a paper that counts towards 30% of your grade, it's basically comparing a janky buzzfeed type of clickbait article with it's original source from a journal, best 1 out of 2 papers, so if you do well on the first you can just ignore the second one.
Lectures weren't too heavy but I HATED the Australopithecus ape shit and did the absolute worst on that quiz, got about a 87/100 and 100 for the other quizzes (so don't underestimate the work you gotta put in for the quizzes tbh).
Lectures were okay, a little monotonous sometimes and he reuses recordings from previous quarters so it might be a little noisy and scratchy but not that big of a problem.
To me it was an easy A in terms of if you put in the work, you'll score.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 12, 2020
Grade Received: A

The tradeoff for this class is that it's boring, but also very straightforward and easy. I appreciated that. Schachner is a G.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted July 8, 2019 Grade Received: A

This class is super SUPER easy and doesn't really require too much effort to perform well. Lecture attendance isn't mandatory, but I do recommend it because he posts his slides but they are very brief. What he actually talks about in class is what you will be tested on. He does podcast each lecture though, so if you don't want to go to actual lecture you don't have to. This is an archaeology class so the lectures aren't very interesting, but they aren't hard to follow or pay attention to. There were 3 noncumulative tests (no actual final during finals week) each worth 20% and all multiple choice. The tests were super easy and all I did to study was read over my notes from class for like 15 min the night before each test. There are also two 4-5 page papers each worth 15% where you compare two articles. They are really easy to write and since they both have the same prompt the second one is even easier to write after knowing how you did on the first one. Discussion attendance is worth 10% of your grade so you do have to go. Discussion was pretty boring but super easy. Also, I never read a single assigned reading so don't worry about those.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted June 22, 2019 Grade Received: D

Harsh grader, not an engaging lecturer. He won’t have mercy even if your first half of scores for the quarter were solid and your TA got changed late in the quarter due to injury with a new out of the loop one. Not a seamless transition and I feel he should have took that into consideration. He doesn’t grade on a curve so don’t drop the ball at any point in the quarter. Workload is heavier than upper division courses. I regret taking his course.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 19, 2019 Grade Received: A

I went into Anthro 2 thinking, "hey, archaeology has a reputation for being boring, but I bet it'll be interesting because we're at UCLA."
Wrong. Nope. Most boring class I've been in in a long time. I went to class almost every day, but I could absolutely not pay any attention to the lecture for more than 5 minutes. I had to Bruincast (thank god for that) every single lecture and take notes before the exams.

Grade breakdown for Anthro 2 with Schachner:
2, four page essays = 15% each, graded by the TA, not hard

3 multiple choice exams = 20% each (not hard if you pay attention in class - everything comes from the lecture, but his slides aren't too fantastic) -- no "final" exam.

10% = going to discussion (discussion was boring and useless, but you gotta go for the attendance grade)

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 17, 2019 Grade Received: A

Two 4-5 page papers required. Pretty easy to write. Exams are kind of tricky, make sure to know the overall subject matter and you'll be okay. Lectures are Bruincasted, so you don't really have to go. Discussion is worth points. I never read a single reading assigned and still got an A.

I would say that his lectures would be really dry if you aren't interested in what he was talking about. I was kinda interested, so they were okay. Overall, is a decent GE to take.

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Participation Matters

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