Mark Huppin

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COMM 113
Nonverbal Communication and Body Language See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.6

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I don't remember what class I took with him. He is a great professor. You wont regret taking him!

(June 19, 2013)
COMM 146
Evolution of Mass Media Images See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 3.9

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First off, I have to address the rating made by a fellow student on Feb 4 that begins "do not take this class." I know who the student is who wrote this review, as I am currently in both Huppin's and Von Blum's class (the class she suggests you take instead of Huppin's) with her, and I can honestly say that her view does not reflect the view of the vast majority of students in Mark Huppin's 146 class. She is a student who has taken some of Huppin's lecture material completely out of its scientific context and turn it around on him, calling him a sexist, etc. While this class does deal with some delicate issues such as rape and sexualization of women in the media, Huppin is very careful to always surround the information that he gives his students with a scientific background and empirical studies. Furthermore, he never suggests that evolutionary psychology directly determines any aspect of human communication/interaction, and someone who thinks this should pay more attention in class. His lectures balance both the roles of nature (evolutionary) and nurture (environmental) in determining the topics we discuss in class.

Now for an evaluation of the course-- I'm a graduating senior in the Comm Studies department and can honestly say that this has been one of my favorite classes I've taken thus far. The material is interesting and applicable to everyday life and I find myself discussing it with my friends even outside of class.

Course work is completely manageable. There are two multiple-choice exams, a midterm and a final. To some I know the midterm seemed tricky but honestly, if you just attend lecture and do the readings you'll get what he's asking (the readings are interesting, too, so that's a plus). He doesn't try to trick you and he is really concerned about his students and how well they grasp the material. There are also two short papers throughout the quarter that are unlike any I've had in any other classes. I really like the essay questions he asks because they allow you to synthesize the material in the class and apply it to a movie we watch in class (not a really lame academic one, either). It's helpful because the papers are kind of like a review of the material for the exams. Each takes less than a day to complete.

If you want a comm studies course that is both interesting and manageable, take this course. The professor is awesome! You won't regret it.

(March 1, 2011)
Evolution of Mass Media Images See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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Overall, this class has been my least favorite. The professor himself is an extremely nice guy, and I can tell he tries to make his lectures interesting. But, his lectures are extremely hard to follow as it is simply 75 minutes of him listing a ton of facts about different experiments. It’s almost impossible to type or write fast enough to get the information down, and his slides don’t help at all. His tests are based on those tedious facts, so unless you can keep up, it’s really hard to do well on his tests. He says you should be able to guess the right answer if you understand the concepts, but I disagree.

(Spring Quarter 2018)
COMM 170
Legal Communication See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 4.0

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This class was really tough. I didn't have much of a background in legal communication before the class, and it really hurt me. The curve for this class matters greatly, and since a majority of my classmates seemed to step out of Harvard Law, they aced every test while I struggled to stay near the average.

The midterm relied HEAVILY on multiple choice questions from the course reader and cases we didn't talk about in class. Know everything. Read it over and over. The short answers were common sense.

For the final, he switched the test, made the multiple choice questions super easy and mostly from lecture, and made the short answer questions tough. For the final you need to memorize all of the "tests" and lists (you'll know when you get to the material) and know specific cases from lecture and the textbook that could back up your arguments.

Huppin was a good lecturer, but thank god I am done with having him as a teacher. Way too stressful for this Communication major. Never before had I cried with happiness for an A-.

(Winter Quarter 2016)
Legal Communication See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.3 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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This is probably one of my favorite classes at UCLA. The court cases and laws Professor Huppin goes over are very interesting. He tries to connect what he teaches to current/relevant events. He also asks a lot of questions, so participation and discussion are the norm.

If you are interested in law school I highly recommend this class.

(Winter Quarter 2019)
COMM 171
Theories of Freedom of Speech and Press See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.5

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Professor Huppin is one of the best professors I have ever had. His lectures are engaging and thoughtful. I always looked forward to going to his classes and talking with him afterwards.
The workload in his class is incredibly light and he grades fairly easy. You should have no problem getting a good grade in his class if you put in even the minimum amount of effort. More importantly, you will learn a lot and have fun in the process.

(Fall Quarter 2019)
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