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Anthro 33 was basically an easy class. The reading material was not too interesting to me, but as I got more into it, I found value in it. As far as Professor De Gerdes, I found her to be an ineffective teacher. Her lectures were very disorganized and I found it difficult to relate them to the readings. I attended every lecture and for the most part stayed up on my readings so I'd like to say that I did not attribute to the problem. Towards the end of the year I found her to be a little immature and hostile towards the TA's for some reason. She is only a guest lecturer so I don't think many people will have her but if you have the choice for Anthro 33, take another prof.
I'm very pleased that she's only a visiting professor who will not be coming back for next quarter. Here is the breakdown as to what her class consisted of:
-the reading assignments were interesting, for the most part.
-her lectures were off topic and she didn't state the important points enough
-she teaching style is very unorganized
-she exhibits the maturing of a nine year-old
-her exams are easy, the study guide is concise
-the fieldwork was fun, although sometimes you didn't need to know anything about anthro to do well on the assignments.
-the TA's were really understanding of the students and our inability to "get" her.
I don't suggest her as a professor, but I do recommend the class. The class was pretty easy and in the end I'm not upset I took the class with her.
gerdes is an excellent professor! Her lectures are exicting and inticing. The information she presents is not only rich with content, but they make an individual want to become an anthro linguist. I would highly recommend Gerdes's classes to any individual who is interested in the anthrolinguistic field. Everyone knows that her critics are the people who are failing her class.
Professor de Gerdes is alright if you don't mind boring lectures and the way she puts down everyone else around her, including her own T.A.s. She may have a softspoken demeanor but after a while you will realize she can be unreasonably unpleasant and rude. She was extremely rude to one T.A. whom she apparently didn't like in front of the whole class on more than one occasion and once almost had a fight with a student during lecture which started because they tried asking her a question about the final.
prof. de gerdes isnt that bad of a professor. although her lectures do tend to get a little boring sometimes. but i will say this, her class is one of the easiest ge's. midterm consisted of like 10 multiple choice questions, 5 fill in the blanks, and two one page essays. all the terms, and essays are given to u about a week in advance, so there are no suprises. final is basically the same format. there were three group projects that were very tedious, but they were an easy way to get free points towards your grade. in general, just take the class it doenst have that difficult of examinations and the reading is very little.
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