Spring 2018 - 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.
Do not take this class. All he does is preach about evolutionary psychology. I cannot believe this pseudo-scientific sexist crap is being taught at a prestigious University like UCLA. Pornography is "natural", killing stepchildren is "natural", and rape is an adaptation. Men are only attracted to women with good looks, women are only attracted to men with a fat wallet, and all humans are just pre programmed robots. If you believe humans are free agents, and in charge of their own destiny, take a class with Paul von Blum instead.
Spring 2020 - [spring 2020 covid online quarter] Once Huppin subbed for one of my classes in Winter quarter I knew I had to take him. He was fantastic but I'll wager he would have been better in person. His teaching style revolves around asking students to discuss and critically think about the cases and legal debate issues he brings up in class. The same 10 students out of 100 ended up being the only ones talking week to week (you bet I was in the 90). He places an emphasis on showing up to class and engaging yourself (he only sent class recordings to students in other timezones/good reason for missing, he didn't post it for your general review/replay). If you don't listen and take notes, you will miss things, and his slides purposely only guide his lecture and cannot be relied on to help you study. That being said, idk if was because of that, or because of his engaging, very human and sensitive approach to the new circumstances of this quarter, % class attendance was really high every time. He also adjusted the class to talk about current events with COVID and BLM and stuff, very take it as you go guy. There was a good amount of reading, which I didn't do very sincerely, but if you do scan over it, it lines up with the lectures pretty well and will help you do well on the tests. (Ah, I remember he said he usually assigns a course reader which I assume would be $$ but this quarter he uploaded everything online so I escaped paying for that ig, nice.) He also assigned 2 movies which were a good time, 8/10 (also gave us off class on the days we should watch those on our own, I think he usually shows them in class). Grade was based on two tests. The questions to be honest weren't very straight-proceeding from the class material and really wanted to see whether you were thinking, which I think should be the point of school, but made it hard to figure out what to say in order to get the points. In all, definitely take this class, but know that Huppin's teaching style almost certainly suits in-person the best.
Spring 2022 - Class breakdown below: Exam 1- 40% Exam 2- 40% 1 thought paper- 20% (usually there are two worth 10% each) I found Huppin's lectures to be engaging and interesting. I really enjoyed the material as I felt it to be relevant information. The reading material is manageable; there are a few articles/ cases to read prior to lectures. I read all of the readings for the exams and did well. The exams are fair and straightforward. You should be fine if you put in the time to study and read the material. He offers office hours after class and also meets with students via appointment. He isn't great at communicating and doesn't answer his emails. When students had positive cases of COVID and couldn't take exams, he had difficulty getting back to them. Other than poor communication, I would recommend Huppin and this course.