Greg Schachner
Department of Anthropology
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4.2
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Easiness 4.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.2 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.9 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.2 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 21, 2020

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...

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Jan. 25, 2022

Took this while still in online format. Course consisted of 5 exams throughout the quarter, one of which you could drop. Your best four exams were worth 80% and just going to section was 20%. Exams were 2 page short essays that you had three days to complete. Solid GE. Lectures were not very engaging but material was interesting at points. Recommend 100% Schachner a G

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Jan. 1, 2022

The lectures were 100% remote this quarter, and were posted asynchronously. He broke them up into shorter videos, which was very helpful. The lectures can be a bit monotonous at times, and I lost interest in the material towards the end, but overall this class is an easy GE. There are five "quizzes," which are 700 word essays which you have a couple of days to complete. He drops the lowest score, so you can skip on altogether if you want to. I was able to finish the class 2 weeks early because of this, as the final was just the fifth quiz. I found the discussions to be very interesting. I definitely recommend taking this if you're looking for an easy GE with a light workload, it was about half as much work as my other classes.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Dec. 22, 2021

This class was still online for me Fall 2021 with in-person discussions and a few virtual discussions. I was in the virtual discussion.

The class was easy enough. 5 shorts papers with the lowest grade being dropped along with discussion attendance making up your grade. I would definitely take the class again if I could.

Only downside was that the professor did not have the best mic quality and I often felt like someone was screaming in my ear when watching lectures.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Dec. 17, 2021

TAKE THIS CLASS. Professor Schachner was amazing. You can just tell from the way he talks how much respect he has for others and is just an incredible person. Why you should trust my review? I'm from south campus and took this just wanting the easy A. It was an easy A but also was very interesting and kinda makes me want to minor in archaeology now.

Grading: An essay every other week based on the previous two weeks material. Roughly 700 words each and he drops the worst one aka if you do well you only have to do 4 short essays out of the 5. Also participation in discussion is mandatory but my TA (Eden Franz) always had an engaging discussion filled with extra tidbits which was interesting and helped with the essays. Basically just 4 essays and show up.

This class covers the dawn of humanity up until the conquistadors disrupted American civilizations and focused on how material culture and sites explain human behavior. I always associated archaeology with Indiana Jones as in find some cool shiny stuff and put it in a museum but this class really focused on the humans behind the objects. My mind was absolutely blown with how cool the past actually is. We watched how stone tools were made (called flint knapping!) which changed my perspective from dumb humans hit some rocks together to actually viewing them as skilled craftsmen who carefully fine-tuned their tools. We also learned a little about what research is like as Prof. used his own pictures to teach us what surveying is and the other tools archaeologists use in the field. This class also tackled the importance of archaeology today and how to respectfully work with the direct descendants of the artifacts/sites studied, aka how to not continually shit on native and First Nation people. We covered some modern policies that help them reclaim the bones and artifacts that we stole from them as well as the struggle between science and respect. This class just brought up so many different points that forced my mindset to open as I had to imagine who the people behind shiny objects were and I highly highly recommend if you wanna learn about cool things without the stress of a grade.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Dec. 12, 2021

This is one of the easiest GEs I took, I definitely recommend taking the class! Lectures were pre-recorded and posted every MWF. Sections are mandatory and participation is required, accounting for 20% of your overall grade. I had Eden as my TA, and she was incredibly nice and accepted answers in the chat as participation. There were 5 bi-weekly exams and the lowest one was dropped; they accounted for the other 80% of your grade. The exams were 1-3 short-essay questions and you had a maximum word count of 700. Although no textbooks were required, Schachner posted 2-3 articles that you have to read. These articles usually pertained to the exams, but I mostly used command-f to look for the answers. The grade you receive for each exam is 80% based on content and 20% based on writing style. I think Eden is a pretty lenient grader, considering I'm not the best writer. I got 3 As and 1 A-, so I didn't bother doing the 5th exam. I got an A as my section grade, even though I feel like I barely participated, and an A as my overall grade. If you have a heavy workload in your other classes, I definitely recommend taking this as a GE since the exams take about an hour each week (max 2 hrs if you're a bad writer like me).

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 16, 2020

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.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 12, 2020

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

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
July 8, 2019

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: D
June 22, 2019

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.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 21, 2020

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...

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Jan. 25, 2022

Took this while still in online format. Course consisted of 5 exams throughout the quarter, one of which you could drop. Your best four exams were worth 80% and just going to section was 20%. Exams were 2 page short essays that you had three days to complete. Solid GE. Lectures were not very engaging but material was interesting at points. Recommend 100% Schachner a G

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Jan. 1, 2022

The lectures were 100% remote this quarter, and were posted asynchronously. He broke them up into shorter videos, which was very helpful. The lectures can be a bit monotonous at times, and I lost interest in the material towards the end, but overall this class is an easy GE. There are five "quizzes," which are 700 word essays which you have a couple of days to complete. He drops the lowest score, so you can skip on altogether if you want to. I was able to finish the class 2 weeks early because of this, as the final was just the fifth quiz. I found the discussions to be very interesting. I definitely recommend taking this if you're looking for an easy GE with a light workload, it was about half as much work as my other classes.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Dec. 22, 2021

This class was still online for me Fall 2021 with in-person discussions and a few virtual discussions. I was in the virtual discussion.

The class was easy enough. 5 shorts papers with the lowest grade being dropped along with discussion attendance making up your grade. I would definitely take the class again if I could.

Only downside was that the professor did not have the best mic quality and I often felt like someone was screaming in my ear when watching lectures.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Dec. 17, 2021

TAKE THIS CLASS. Professor Schachner was amazing. You can just tell from the way he talks how much respect he has for others and is just an incredible person. Why you should trust my review? I'm from south campus and took this just wanting the easy A. It was an easy A but also was very interesting and kinda makes me want to minor in archaeology now.

Grading: An essay every other week based on the previous two weeks material. Roughly 700 words each and he drops the worst one aka if you do well you only have to do 4 short essays out of the 5. Also participation in discussion is mandatory but my TA (Eden Franz) always had an engaging discussion filled with extra tidbits which was interesting and helped with the essays. Basically just 4 essays and show up.

This class covers the dawn of humanity up until the conquistadors disrupted American civilizations and focused on how material culture and sites explain human behavior. I always associated archaeology with Indiana Jones as in find some cool shiny stuff and put it in a museum but this class really focused on the humans behind the objects. My mind was absolutely blown with how cool the past actually is. We watched how stone tools were made (called flint knapping!) which changed my perspective from dumb humans hit some rocks together to actually viewing them as skilled craftsmen who carefully fine-tuned their tools. We also learned a little about what research is like as Prof. used his own pictures to teach us what surveying is and the other tools archaeologists use in the field. This class also tackled the importance of archaeology today and how to respectfully work with the direct descendants of the artifacts/sites studied, aka how to not continually shit on native and First Nation people. We covered some modern policies that help them reclaim the bones and artifacts that we stole from them as well as the struggle between science and respect. This class just brought up so many different points that forced my mindset to open as I had to imagine who the people behind shiny objects were and I highly highly recommend if you wanna learn about cool things without the stress of a grade.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Dec. 12, 2021

This is one of the easiest GEs I took, I definitely recommend taking the class! Lectures were pre-recorded and posted every MWF. Sections are mandatory and participation is required, accounting for 20% of your overall grade. I had Eden as my TA, and she was incredibly nice and accepted answers in the chat as participation. There were 5 bi-weekly exams and the lowest one was dropped; they accounted for the other 80% of your grade. The exams were 1-3 short-essay questions and you had a maximum word count of 700. Although no textbooks were required, Schachner posted 2-3 articles that you have to read. These articles usually pertained to the exams, but I mostly used command-f to look for the answers. The grade you receive for each exam is 80% based on content and 20% based on writing style. I think Eden is a pretty lenient grader, considering I'm not the best writer. I got 3 As and 1 A-, so I didn't bother doing the 5th exam. I got an A as my section grade, even though I feel like I barely participated, and an A as my overall grade. If you have a heavy workload in your other classes, I definitely recommend taking this as a GE since the exams take about an hour each week (max 2 hrs if you're a bad writer like me).

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 16, 2020

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.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 12, 2020

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

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
July 8, 2019

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: D
June 22, 2019

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.

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Overall Rating
Based on 13 Users
Easiness 4.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.2 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.9 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.2 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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