Culture and Communication

H Samy Alim

Culture and Communication

Anthropology department

H Samy Alim

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Easiness of class 3.9
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Workload 2.8
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Clarity of professor 4.2
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Helpfulness of professor 4.4
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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Would Take Again

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Fall 2018
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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. 7, 2021
Grade Received: A+

I took this class online and almost dropped it when I saw the syllabus. It looks like its going to be a ridiculous amount of work but it turns out that you really do not need to do all the readings. He basically goes over all of the important stuff from the readings during the lectures, so the workload is not bad at all. You write 2 essays that are less than 2 pages each and you take a midterm and a final. You also do a weekly submission to your TA that's only a paragraph long. I still did the readings because they are interesting and help with the submission but don't panic if you can't finish all of them (there are like 100 pages assigned a week). Alim is funny and pretty engaging and incredibly helpful with preparing for the exams.

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+

I took this class first quarter of freshman year during COVID-19 distance learning. Professor Alim is super helpful and super nice, and all of his TA's seemed pretty chill and interactive with the work material. Alim is not very strict (except about certain essay due dates) and likes to maintain a friendly class environment. His passion for the subjects discussed is apparent and really improves the class atmosphere. The coursework is very interesting and analyzes/criticizes relations between White normativity and spoken language. Most of the readings were very interesting, there were only a few that I did not enjoy. Not a difficult class as long as you stay on top of the readings and work with your TA groups. Definitely my favorite class first quarter. (To my understanding, the professor for this class changes every once in a while so if you get a chance to take it with Professor Alim it's definitely worth it!)

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Feb. 6, 2021
Grade Received: A+

I took Anthro 4 virtually with Alim Fall 2020 and it was a super easy class. Although there were a lot of readings, the grade is dependent on just 2 mini-essays, a midterm multiple-choice tests, and a final multiple-choice test. Alim prepares you really well for both exams and gives a study guide and holds a review session. The class was completely asynchronous except for discussion sections once a week for 50 minutes. The slides had a lot of information but it was hepful that the lectures were recorded because you could pause it to take notes. I recommed taking this class with Alim, he is super helful, funny, and knowledgeable!

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

I took this class in the first quarter of my first year (virtually), and I absolutely loved it. Professor Alim is a really great professor. It's usually hard for me to sit through lectures, but Prof. Alim is very engaging and makes learning the subject fun. This class really changed the way I think about language every day. I would definitely take this class again!
Be ready for a lot of readings, but they're really interesting. Once you get familiar with the language they use, it's not very difficult to comprehend the readings. The exams come straight from the readings and lectures (especially his lectures), and the papers are short and easy to write if you pay attention.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Jan. 7, 2021
Grade Received: A+

Professor Alim is an absolute joy to learn from. He and his team of TAs are very well organized and are genuinely interested in teaching their students.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Jan. 5, 2021
Grade Received: A+

Alim's class was pretty enjoyable, and the grade consisted mostly of two papers and a midterm and final. My TA was Wilson, and he graded my papers very easily, and I was able to get As on both tests without much effort. Highly reccommend it.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Jan. 3, 2021
Grade Received: A

Selling Linguistic Anthropology textbook, text me at 510-861-1275 (great condition, bought used).

The class itself was pretty easy. While the readings are mandatory for discussion, you can often just skim them quickly for some key concepts to write down about in 3-2-1 assignments (3 concepts, 2 questions, 1 critique). The essays were fairly easy, being only 1-2 pages single spaced INCLUDING at least 4 references (you can start on them the same day they're due and still get an A or A+). Alim himself is interesting, keeping his lectures funny-ish with little jokes sometimes and his emails are very nice. The only thing that I didn't like was that the lecture slides were basically large bullet points with multiple sentences or a quote straight from a reading. Still, you can get an A on exams ("Celebrations") by just carefully studying the lecture slides and examples he says.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Jan. 3, 2021
Grade Received: A+

I loved taking Anthro 4 with Alim!!! He is obviously an expert in the field who's passionate about what he does, and he's a professor who genuinely cares about his students, too. The workload is pretty heavy as there are many pages of readings every week, but I found them manageable if you don't pay attention to every minute detail. The midterm and final were not difficult at all as long as you paid attention to lectures (asynchronous during Covid) and don't skip important readings. The two short graded papers were also fairly easy to tackle and easy to score well on. I took this as a GE but actually thoroughly enjoyed studying anthro, and would definitely recommend Alim and Anthro4!!!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 24, 2020
Grade Received: A+

I loved this class! It covers a broad range of topics but focuses on how language affects the social lives and identities of different cultures. I thought it was interesting, but it may not be if you are not an anthro/ling/comm major. The course is structured like this (COVID times): weekly asynchronous lectures, weekly readings, weekly discussion section, 1 midterm, 1 final, & 2 short papers. The lectures are engaging and short- there are usually 2 per week. This is where most of the information on the tests come from, so they are important! There is a lot of reading assigned each week but they are necessary to participate in discussion. Honestly you can get away with just skimming through and knowing the main concepts. The midterm and final were incredibly easy. I got 100 on the first & 96 on the second without really doing much. He explicitly tells you everything that will be on the tests beforehand so make sure to pay attention! I'm not sure what it's like during non-COVID times, but before the midterm he held a giant review sesh and for the final he gave us a study guide. The papers are short (1-2 pages single spaced), easy, and graded by your TAs. I got a 10/10 on both. Overall, this class was a super easy A but it also had cool content. We learned a lot about hip hop and how it influences peoples lives. Alim is a great guy and very accommodating. He is lighthearted, chill, and just a caring individual. I would 100% recommend this professor if you need to take Anthro 4. Even if not, it is an easy & engaging elective. As far as TAs go, I had Sara Castro and she was great. Take the class you won't regret it!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 24, 2020
Grade Received: A+

TAKE THIS CLASS!! I have absolutely zero complaints about this class and Professor Alim. He is fantastic and if you have an opportunity to learn from him, take it. Regarding the structure of the class, there are a few readings necessary for each week and he goes over what you really need to know in his lectures. There are 2 "tests" which he calls celebrations (how cool right) and 2 short essays and participation which comprise of the final grade. The COOLEST part about Professor Alim is that he is at the forefront of his field and a lot of the readings we discuss are what he wrote! It's so cool and maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity. Absolutely no regrets, easy class, and the professor & TAs couldn't be better!

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Would Take Again
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