Selected Topics in Archaeology of China

Li Min

Selected Topics in Archaeology of China

Anthropology department

Li Min

Add Review
from 2 users

Ratings

Bad
Overall 2.5
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 4.0
Easy
Heavy
Workload 2.5
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 2.0
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 2.5
Helpful
AD

Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials

Grades

Fall 2017
90.0%
75.0%
60.0%
45.0%
30.0%
15.0%
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.

AD
AD
1 of 1

Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 2, 2019 Grade Received: A

I took this class to satisfy a requirement as an anthropology major and I don't have much personal interest in archaeology, so I wasn't exactly expecting to love this class, but still it was largely bad. Professor Li does honestly seem like a nice person, but his lectures are really boring and he doesn't do a good job of making any of the things he's talking about interesting. But ultimately it didn't really matter too much whether or not I paid attention or even went to class because he gave a take-home midterm and final where all of the information was based on the book (and graded them easy; I got a multiple choice question marked wrong on the midterm and still got 30/30). Participation and attendance were required per the syllabus but the class was super empty by the third week and he never took attendance. I can personally vouch that I skipped about half the classes and still got an A (though I'm not sure the percentage breakdown). Overall, it's easy but if you're looking for a class that might catch your attention or teach you something interesting maybe look elsewhere.

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

I can tell Professor Li is very smart and knowledgable in his field, but he is not a very concise or organized lecturer. He basically just assigned his own book and lectured from it, but the book was WAY more clear than his lectures. For example, we spent the whole first half of the quarter (literally 5 weeks) on "background" information on the landscape of China. Although I understand that this is helpful for understanding the dynamics of state formation in China, he also teaches a whole other class called "landscapes of China" where this would be more relevant. The actual bulk of the archaeological information felt rushed in weeks 6-9 and he never went into depth about the requirements of the book review.
His midterm was take home, which was really nice and I appreciated it, especially considering that his lectures were sort of difficult to follow (he didn't really use slides, just maps and pictures). The final is also take-home so I guess I can forgive him for the structure of the class. He's really nice and wants students to succeed but I wish his lectures were more clear.
Oh yeah, his "slides" were labeled as "Chinese Civilization 50" which is another class he is teaching this quarter so I assume he just uses the same slides and pictures for all of his classes.

1 of 1

Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
ADS

Report Review

Did this review contain...

There are errors in the report form.

Thank you for the report!

We'll look into this shortly.

It seems like you’re

using an ad blocker. :(


Bruinwalk is an entirely Daily Bruin-run service brought to you for free. We hate annoying ads just as much as you do, but they help keep our lights on. We promise to keep our ads as relevant for you as possible, so please consider disabling your ad-blocking software while using this site.

Thank you for supporting us!