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Professor Levine made Anthro 9 a good class. She responds to questions during lecture and loves to answer email and questions posted on the course website. Although some of the material can be dry, she does her best to make it light and engaging. She scheduled office hours right before the midterm to deal w/ any last minute questions/concerns. Furthermore, Professor Levine answered emails until 9pm the night before the final. Her exams are multiple choice, short answer and/or short essay. They are not overly easy or hard, but if you come to lecture and read the ethnographies, you can't go wrong.
In my opinion, Prof Levine is one of the best Anthropology professors I've had. Her lectures may go fast for most people, but there's a lot of material to cover in a general survery of human society! She's engaging with the class, answers questions without being condescending, and is generally quick about answering questions posted to the discussion board.
The bottom line is, to get an A and a worthwhile experience, take her for Anthro 9, do the reading, attend discussion, and most importantly, pay attention.
P.S. For the more controversial topics in the class, such as Napoleon Chagnon and Patrick McTierney (Darkness at El Dorado), read some of the statements made by Chagnon on his website at UC Santa Barbara to get a fulller picture. Don't rely solely on what comes up in discussion.
Prof. Levine was a wonderful teacher. I had her the first quarter of my freshman year for Anthro 9 and she's definately the best professor I've had so far. I was in her honors discussion section which was really helpful and not that difficult at all. She's really concerned with student learning, and her exams were very easy and very fair. Just study your lecture notes and read the case studies. You don't have to every little detail, she just expects you to understand the broad themes of the class. I got an A and I didn't even go to all the lectures or discussions, and I didn't have to study that much either. I definately reccomend Anthro 9 with Levine.
She is a monster!...she doesn't know what she's talking about....and she's really boring in lecture.....i consider myself a very good student in high school and have never fallen asleep in any of my classes.....but things changed when i went in her class....and if i fall asleep in her class....and i think i'm a very conscientous student...what makes you think you can stay awake....i'm so serious.....the material is good reading...and take it if you like anthro.....but don't take it if you want a good professor....cuz i promise you...she won't give you the time of day and she'll give you bad info's that will bring down your grade......she needs to go back to lebanon or wherever she did her damn research from and preach to those people there....at least they would have a chance to tell her she's a bad professor because they're not getting graded by her....
I thought Prof. Levine was okay. She was a little boring at times and her lecture style definitely made it hard to stay up even at 10 AM. But the topics she talked about were very interesting and for that, the class is worth taking. Everything in her class was pretty straight forward, the grading for Anthro 9 depends more on the TAs than her.
If your an independant learner (you sit in the back, occasionally do the assigned reading) and go to most of the lectures, you should do fine in this class...I never really talked to Prof Levine personally, but I appreciated her organized lectures, (when I had my cup of coffee). She posted all the info you needed to know for the test on the website. A tolerable way to get rid of a GE but not the most interesting.
From my personal experience, Dr. Levine is very helpful. Why?
1) She responded to email and the discussion board the night before the final and midterm.
2) When I visited her during office hours, she spent plenty of time answering any and all questions-and then some, which truly helped me answer questions on the exams.
3) I never felt rushed when I asked her any questions, either after class or during office hours.
4) She answered all my questions during lecture. Others would also raise their hands and she didn't belittle them, from my experience.
Anyhow, please make your decision for yourself. If you were to ask me, I would highly recommend her, for the reasons stated above.