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this is NOT the class to take if you're taking it for a GE. There is way too much reading to do, and the course reader is really expensive also. Her levtures are incredibly boring. And her tests are hard. They are all short answers but it is hard, and she does not do any kind of reviews for them. I would not take this class purely for GE
I really enjoyed this class. Fonarow is a great lecturer, she is dynamic and brings up interesting points. There are A LOT of readings, but she does a thorough job of explaining everything.
From a jaded third year who is sick of too much reading and of lower division classes in general, do not take this class. The professor assigns an insane amount of thick, complicated, scientific reading, of which you are to make sense of and recite back verbatim for your midterm. The TAs straight out said to us, "You don't need to know the rituals of every tribe and those details, just know the broad abstract concept." Unfortunately, my friends, that is BS. Write down everything, read everything, remember everything, or perish. Like I did. If you're a Comm major and don't particularly like Antropology, I swear, do not take this class. There are other less painful ways to fulfill your prep requirements.
Although some of the concepts discussed are intriguing (as a linguist and an anthropologist, I would know), Fonarow teaches the class in a condescending style, throwing out complex terminology and saying, "but you didn't need to know that", and is also very authoritarian: after she spent most of a lecture talking about her "analysis of audience spacing" at her indie rock concerts and the students all got up and left a little early, the whole class gets this email threatening to cut short exam times. I think she has an inferiority complex, and I would certainly not recommend taking her class--at least, certainly not anthro 33. And don't get me started on the group project.
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