Culture and Society

Jessica Cattelino

Culture and Society

Anthropology department

Jessica Cattelino

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Overall 3.9
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 2.6
Easy
Heavy
Workload 2.6
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.1
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.1
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
  • Needs Textbook

Grades

Winter 2016
23.8%
19.8%
15.8%
11.9%
7.9%
4.0%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
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C
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D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2014
19.9%
16.6%
13.3%
10.0%
6.6%
3.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2012
21.2%
17.7%
14.1%
10.6%
7.1%
3.5%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Spring 2010
21.8%
18.2%
14.5%
10.9%
7.3%
3.6%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted March 13, 2018 Grade Received: A

The class was interesting in terms of the topics covered; Reading can get a bit tedious and builds up, but she tests on them, so go to discussion to get a rough summary of the readings and take down the main points. There are two essays, none of which are extremely difficult, but they do require you to get a solid understanding of the topics covered in class and/or the readings. I especially enjoy the field studies essays since I got some more freedom in what I write based on what I observed.

She doesn't take attendance, but she doesn't podcast her lectures, so the only way to actually understand her slides is to attend lecture, though her lectures don't always make sense either, since she ends up just posing a lot of questions that went unanswered.

Tests weren't difficult, but require some memorization - other than that, this is a fairly interesting class. I wouldn't mind taking another class with her again.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 25, 2017 Grade Received: A-

This class was honestly just fine. Cattelino is really sweet, as mentioned below, but I was always distracted in lectures and bored, since the slides were dull and didn't contain info. the readings were interesting but VERY long and a huge workload, so it was tough to keep up. I was never excited to go to this class, and while I feel i did learn some valuable things, it is not a class i would jump to take again

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 12, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

I took this class as a GE and thoroughly enjoyed this class. Prof. Cattelino is one of the best professors I've ever had; she is sweet, really concerned about students' learning, and really passionate about anthro (she tries to make it as interesting and relevant to students as she can).

Grades are based on:
Participation (15%)
Midterm - all multiple choice (20%)
Essay #1- 4 pages (20%)
Essay #2- 4 page fieldwork paper (20%)
Final Exam- multiple choice, 2 short answers, 1 essay question (25%)

There is so much reading assigned throughout the quarter and I wasn't able to do most of it. But luckily, her exams test on how well you know your concepts and how well you can apply them. The exams were relatively easy even without doing all the readings. But that's not to say that you can get a good grade without putting in work and ignoring the readings. Skim the readings, know the concepts well, go to lecture (take good notes especially on the examples she gives), know the big ideas in each of the reading, and pay attention in discussion.

The essays are a different story. The first essay wasn't too bad, but the fieldwork paper prompt was difficult because the prompt was confusing and less concrete than the first prompt. Go to your TA for help!

I would say that going to lecture is a huge part of doing well in the class. She's an awesome lecturer- she clearly explains concepts and also keeps it engaging and relevant by relating the concepts to current events. This class is definitely not your easy A GE, but it helped me looked at the world in a different way and also gave me a new appreciation for anthro.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Nov. 30, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

i kind of hated this class. the work load was a bit too much for a GE. professor Cattelino is nice but her lectures are long and boring. she assigned too many readings, and you have to read them because the whole class is based on them. the midterm was pretty easy and multiple choice but i did not like the essays (there were 2) because the TAs were hard graders. overall this wasn't the worst class but definitely not worth all the effort and it is not as interesting as I thought it would be. 4/10 probably would not recommend

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted March 31, 2016 Grade Received: B+

Professor Cattelino is a great professor. However this class had a tougher workload than expected and a lot of my fellow classmates agreed with that. Past that the class was an overall enjoyable experience and I felt like this class actually mattered to professor Cattelino even though it was just a GE. Usually GEs aren't high on the professor's list. The essays are graded moderately, don't expect to get an A if you don't work rather hard on them. There is a lot of reading, my TA commented that professor cattelino goes through the readings and changes them each quarter so while it is a lot she cares about what she's teaching us and wants it to something that is relevant to us. The exams weren't too tough they were fair. Review the readings and notes, the concepts are really important. I loved Lives in Limbo, it was a great book and I loved a Latino relevant book being used at UCLA in a non-chicano studies class. Overall if you don't mind a rather heavy workload then take this class, I think it was worth it. I might not have gotten the grade I wanted but I actually really enjoyed a GE for once.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted March 28, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

It was a really interesting class and professor cattelino was super helpful if you go to her OH. selling both books: Trobrianders of papa new guinea by Weiner and Lives in Limbo by Gonzales. email me at sasicha.peechapol@gmail.com

Quarter Taken: Fall 2012 Submitted Jan. 28, 2016 Grade Received: B+

Professor Cattelino was super nice and always willing to help. The class material was pretty interesting and the books were all weird (but fun) reads. She also showed lots of videos and stuff in class that complemented the class well. The papers were graded kind of tough but that was more the TAs then her. Overall, a solid class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 3, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Cattelino is amazing! I loved her class. She is a great lecturer, and the class is very interesting. If you are looking for an interesting GE than you have found your class! This class helped me to look at the world differently and though the reading can be a bit intense at times, the class is totally worth the effort and Dr. Cattelino never fails to make lectures awesome.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 1, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Selling the book "Wisdom sits in places" for anthro 9 for $15. No writings or highlighting. Also selling "The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea" book for anthro 9 with no writings or highlighting, only $15. You need both for the class. Call/text me at (818) 669 - 8152 or email at medvinb1372@ucla.edu if interested.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 13, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Cattelino is a good professor compared to most GE professors. She is very nice and willing to help. The class is pretty straightforward and easy... exams were easy and I scored As on them without much work. The essays were the most difficult part... talk to your TAs about your ideas beforehand to make sure you are on the right track. Overall, a good, interesting, and fairly easy course.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
  • Needs Textbook
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