Anthropology of Food

Anthropology department

Akhil Gupta

Anthropology of Food

Anthropology department

Akhil Gupta

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Overall 2.5
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 2.5
Easy
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Workload 1.5
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Clarity of professor 3.0
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Helpfulness of professor 2.0
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Fall 2016
24.8%
20.6%
16.5%
12.4%
8.3%
4.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
21.9%
18.2%
14.6%
10.9%
7.3%
3.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2013
23.4%
19.5%
15.6%
11.7%
7.8%
3.9%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Feb. 15, 2017 Grade Received: A-

Overall, I really enjoyed the material presented in the class. Everything you discuss is relevant to your everyday life. The workload is intense. We were often doing 400-600 pages of reading a week, which is tough when you have other classes to worry about. You are required to read 4.5 books + weekly articles. Reading is mandatory and lectures are based on your readings. The course isn't necessarily difficult if you keep up with your readings, attend lectures (they're podcasted), and understand the underlying themes of the course. Often times he repeats the themes of the readings, movies, and lectures. If you put in the work, you'll do fine. The grading scale is in your favor. I believe it was 40% receive A and A-, 40% receive B+ and B-, and 20% other.
There are weekly assignments due in discussion. You also have to complete 2 projects, which are relatively easy. The Midterm and Final rely heavily on your understanding of concepts/themes and ability to connect readings/themes.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 3, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

First of all, I wouldn't recommend this class unless you have no choice. It is true that you go to lecture and do your readings, then you do well. BUT think of this class is a 4-unit class, but it is way much more stuff, even more than some of the 5-unit classes. You have hundreds of readings to do every week, weekly assignment due on discussion section, two additional assignments (a diet diary and a 1800-word project), AND you have a midterm and final which are not easy at all. His lectures are basically just that he read off his notes/written essays about his review on those readings in a fast, quiet tone. He had nothing on his slides except a few pictures. There isn't any so-called "lectures." All this class is about readings, if you don't read, you can't understand in lecture and you screw up. BUT the readings' workload are huge and they are hard, not easy to understand at all! He requires you to finish reading before every class, but these readings are about like food and Marx theory (WTH?!). I would say give some introduction about the big picture before letting us read will be more effective. It seems like he thinks all students only have this class. SO, if you only think this class as a 4-unit class and enroll it with other major classes, you gotta be careful. ALSO, he has so many requirements. He didn't allow you to argue your grade unless its a calculating error. A lot of "you can't do..." and he takes picture of the scene of every student taking exam in case of cheating, which is a little bit over. He tells us in the last class, "I can tell you right now the final will be a difficult 3-hour exam." I really feel he's intending to MAKE students work hard.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
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