Culture and Communication

H Samy Alim

Culture and Communication

Anthropology department

H Samy Alim

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Overall 3.8
Easiness of class 3.2
Workload 2.5
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 3.5
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 3.8


  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Has Group Projects
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Useful Textbooks


Fall 2018

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

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Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted March 7, 2019 Grade Received: A

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Really easy class, prof was super chill, interesting readings.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 19, 2019 Grade Received: A


I took this class with Professor H. Samy Alim. He seems like a great guy but this course was extremely disorganized. As a first year, it was very overwhelming to not know what was happening, and also for my TA to not know what was going on because of constant changes in the syllabus. Though I felt like I learned a lot about Black vernacular and ended up finding it interesting, I was not aware that this was what the class was about. ANTHRO 4 changes professors every quarter and going to the test bank to find exams is not helpful. I liked the energy in the class but it was constantly frustrating not knowing what was happening. There's quite a bit of readings and they are necessary to participate in discussions and for the exams. The exams were pretty easy if you attend lecture (since many of the questions are specific to lecture and not to readings). Overall this wasn't my favorite class because of its disorganization and me not knowing what the topic of the class was going to be. I did really like my TA Joelle! She's amazing!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 18, 2019 Grade Received: B+

Professor Alim is truly a nice guy. He always came to class super happy, always in a good mood. But honestly, for a GE, the workload was pretty intense. Huge amounts of readings assigned every week. The midterm and final were easy, given that the final had a study guide, but originally our exams were not suppose to be like that. He changed it up because he really enjoyed the class. The effort for the readings were condensed because the TAs were super helpful. If Wesley Wilson is still a TA, definitely recommend taking him. Extra credit was provided, twice if I remember correctly and two essays were assigned. Alim's lectures could improve. His slides are were chunks of text and he doesn't upload. However, lectures can be fun because guests are brought in to present their research and they were always refreshing.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Jan. 31, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Anthropology 4 was a really interesting class content-wise. Professor Alim is also a very fun-loving professor, however, his slides can be an absolute nightmare to read. He literally copies chunks from the readings and places it onto the slides. Readings were informative and interesting, and the guest lecturers were truly the highlight of this course. His midterm and final were both multiple choice, and relatively easy, however, one must really put in the effort to study the material. This is because, both the midterm and final are very detail oriented based on the reading material. The ethnographic paper was also quite a lot of fun to do.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 29, 2018 Grade Received: A

This class is now called Anthro 4. Alim was a very knowledgeable and compassionate professor. He really cared about engaging and teaching his students. He brought in tons of guest lecturers that were equally interesting. But the class material seemed repetitive to me. It focused raciolinguistics but the majority of the quarter was spent talking about African American vernacular and its effects and left out other racial groups. The tests were not difficult if you study for them and there was opportunity for extra credit. If you try at all you can get an A.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Nov. 27, 2018 Grade Received: A

I feel that the below reviews are somewhat unfair. This class is now called Anthro 4.
Professor Alim is very passionate about raciolinguistics, and so, as is his prerogative, he made it the focus of his class. He is very good about making us feel like colleagues, rather than lowly undergraduates, and makes an effort to keep it interesting. He invites leaders in their fields to come speak to us, including Boots Riley, director of Sorry To Bother You, whose panel was extra credit. His midterm was 25 multiple choice questions, which were pretty easy but if you get 3 wrong its already a B. He changes slides super fast, which is kind of annoying, but the TA's were very helpful during discussion to clarify things. There are a LOT of readings, but as an anthro major, i'm used to it. Alim is at the forefront of the raciolinguistic field and I feel lucky to have been in his class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Oct. 29, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

Hmm, it's really surprising to me that some people write in such strongly negative reviews for Prof. Alim; ie "avoid at all costs". I would recommend ignoring those reviews, as I had a really great experience with the class, and its hard for me to believe that people actually feel that way. This class truly changed my perspective on the world in a really meaningful way, and I still think about things I learned in the class all the time. Alim is a really cool person who cares about student learning and making the class fun. The lectures had lots of variety in media--ie youtube videos, films, etc. This class was not easy, and doing the readings and going to lecture really was necessary, but if you work hard to understand the concepts and examples, you should do fine on the exams. I definitely recommend this professor, and will try to take him again if he teaches another class in the future. My grade: A+.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 2, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

At first I was not a big fan of this class but as time progressed I started to enjoy it more. It seems overwhelming at first with all of the readings but I realized later that professor alim did not expect students to know every little detail. Nice teacher and nice TA's at least the guys, the girl TAs scared me a bit. Overall good class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 31, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

this was a great class! it focused on language inequality, which turned out to be a really interesting subject. a lot of assigned reading but you didnt have to do it all. if you go to lecture and skim the readings, you should be fine. alim is a really nice/cool guy who cares about the students. he's very open to talk to you during office hours, which you should talk advantage of for sure. pretty easy class and a lot of fun.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 14, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

This guys was an amazing professor. He is very concerned with a students grade. He also has lots of people come during the lecture within linguistic anthropology to get you interested in the field. There is lots of reading and hw to turn in every week. But you get attendance points. He also gives you a paper to write about 6 pages this is just to help bring up your grade since they really dont focus on details as much. The final was also an autobiographical essay. He also gave us an extra 2%. He is really approachable and really helpful but you must go to lecture to do well in the class. If you got to lecture you will get a B and higher at the very least if not you will be lost in the class and the reading. But he its a fun class, so help fun during his celebrations of knowledge.

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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Has Group Projects
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Useful Textbooks

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