Ratings for Anthropology 3AC
Based on 209 ratings for the instructor(s) that have taught this course.
Comment: This class was relatively easy but was not very enjoyable. Lectures put me to sleep. Hirschkind pretty much stood up there and talked about whatever crossed his mind at the time. There was very little structure and the class was extremely disorganized (something I despise). Midterm and final were pretty easy but graded very inconsistently depending on GSI. My GSI graded considerably harder than my friend's GSI which was frustrating. The ethnographic research paper was somewhat interesting but more so pointless and a waste of time. Discussion section was also terrible.
Submitted Oct. 6th, 2015
Comment: For lectures, Holston puts up a word document outlining the topics he was going to go over. Most of the students just typed down exactly what was on there and nothing else. I don't recommend doing that because it doesn't fully explain the concepts or significance behind them. The readings were super interesting but his lectures were pretty boring at times. I recommend doing the readings before class to get a better sense of what he's talking about. We had one take home midterm which everyone rejoiced in the idea at first but dreaded it once we found out it was a 6-8? page paper which included short identifications and 2/3? essays. The final was the same format. We also had 2 projects which were immigration essays. Overall, the class was not too bad. Studied for the final the night before and bs'd the projects and still ended up with an A.
Submitted June 24th, 2015
Comment: James was a really cool professor and he's a good speaker. Disclaimer: he doesn't post anything up on courses other than readings so you can't really keep up with the content if you miss a whole bunch of class. I had Geoffrey as my GSI and he was super helpful and nice - great GSI. Assignments were easy to do well on, if you read/went to class - you still need to but in a bit of time and effort to the assignments to get an A though. Lots of reading, although not completely necessary to keep up with it every week - it was good to know the readings a little bit for discussions and assignments.
Submitted June 1st, 2015
Comment: I don't think Hirschkind explained the concepts all that well, nor was he that engaging. However, there were only two assignments (one big ethnography and a smaller response paper) and he gives you almost the exact questions on the midterm/final, so reasonably anyone can do well if you read the 50+ pages a week...
Submitted Dec. 22nd, 2014
Comment: Best description of this class came from a classmate: "I don't really know what he's talking about, but he seems really into it." His lectures were almost impossible to follow and not relevant to our readings or assignments, and average attendance was around 50 (out of 300) students. The readings were also pretty bad- too theoretical for an intro class, and he even admitted to hating one of the books he had us read. In good news, no exams. Just a few 2 page papers plus a 10 page final essay. I don't recommend this class with him.
Submitted July 22nd, 2013