Culture and Society

Anthropology department

C Jason Throop

Culture and Society

Anthropology department

C Jason Throop

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Overall 4.2
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Easiness of class 3.7
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Workload 3.2
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Clarity of professor 4.2
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Helpfulness of professor 4.0
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Fall 2016
22.2%
18.5%
14.8%
11.1%
7.4%
3.7%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
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C
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D
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F

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

Summer 2016
30.4%
25.4%
20.3%
15.2%
10.1%
5.1%
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.

Fall 2015
18.3%
15.2%
12.2%
9.1%
6.1%
3.0%
0.0%
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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
21.5%
17.9%
14.3%
10.7%
7.2%
3.6%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Summer 2015
25.5%
21.2%
17.0%
12.7%
8.5%
4.2%
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.

Summer 2014
21.7%
18.1%
14.5%
10.9%
7.2%
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.

Fall 2013
22.6%
18.8%
15.0%
11.3%
7.5%
3.8%
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.

Summer 2013
30.9%
25.8%
20.6%
15.5%
10.3%
5.2%
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 Nov. 3, 2017 Grade Received: A

I took this course to satisfy one of my GE requirements. It was very engaging and overall a good choice if you're looking for a GE that is both an "easy A" and engaging. Professor Throop is very passionate about anthropology, which makes his lectures on occasionally dry topics much more bearable. He is extremely vocal about his distaste for laptops in the classroom, so be prepared to take notes by hand if you normally type them.

There is one midterm, two short papers, and the final. Both the midterm and final are very straightforward. He provides a list of topics for you to review beforehand. I made a few flashcards of the material and was able to score a 90% on the midterm and a 94% on the final. The exams contain a few extra credit questions from his own book, which is optional to purchase for the class. I read a bit of the book and felt that I still didn't really know the extra credit questions, so I just gave an educated guess. I'm sure if you take the time to read the book, you could answer the questions, but it's really not necessary considering that the test is very easy and you likely won't need extra credit.

My only complaint with this class is the sections. They were almost always a huge waste of time and attendance was mandatory. The discussions that we had felt very forced, and I didn't really gain much from them. There is A LOT of reading required for the section, and you have to submit a response to each reading assignment every week. I usually didn't mind the readings, but it does take up a lot of time if you are already busy with other classes.

This class is very interesting, and Professor Throop made me appreciate anthropology a lot more than I used to. While this class does have a lot of assigned reading, it is a great GE to take if you're looking for a GPA booster and an engaging lecture.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Oct. 16, 2017 Grade Received: B

Good class, very thorough professor. Class material was interesting, you need to pay close attention to lecture as he does not post slides.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Aug. 18, 2017 Grade Received: B+

Throop was a good professor and I enjoyed taking the class because of the material. Every week there were summaries due on assigned readings. There were two essays. I would've gotten an A in the class but the essays are graded by different TAs, and I got a 90% on the first and a 60% on the second. The quality of writing and effort on both papers were the same so I just kinda got screwed. Good class overall though.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted March 6, 2017 Grade Received: A-

Professor Throop is an engaging lecturer, who presents interesting ideas. I would strong recommend, being prepared to show up to every class, as he does not give out notes, and bringing a pen and paper, as he does not allow computers. It is a tough class for a GE, with a lot of reading, but worth taking ultimately.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Feb. 21, 2017 Grade Received: A-

I thoroughly enjoyed this class. I would advise to taking anthro 9 only if throop is teaching it because i've heard poor things about other professors teaching the same course. Throop is a super chill guy that really knows what he's talking about. Although there is a lot of reading to do a lot of it is very interesting and engaging in that it changes your perspective and assumptions. The midterm and final are also easy, both multiple choice and as long as you go to lecture and review the study guide you'll be fine. Overall a decently easy and interesting class, definitely my favorite class so far at ucla.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 16, 2017 Grade Received: A

This was quite the easy class. There was a fair amount of reading, but doing it guaranteed you an A on the midterm and the final. Make sure you communicate with your TA as to what they want in a paper so you are on the same page. This will help you get the A. Overall, Throop was knowledgeable but a bit annoying, I got tired of him by the end of the quarter. Make sure you go to all of the lectures and you will be fine.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 23, 2016 Grade Received: A

Throop is a super good professor with engaging lectures. However, there's a lot of reading for the class and you definitely need to put time into understanding the texts since they can be rather complicated. The weekly assignments are easy to blow off since they are just summaries of the readings and questions, but you need to understand the articles for the discussion and exams. There are two essays which are simple enough - just make sure you get your article approved and use proper grammar since some of the TAs can be picky. The midterm and final are both multiple choice and I got Bs on both by just completing the study guide the day before.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 22, 2016 Grade Received: A+

For this class, there are 2 essays, 1 midterm, and 1 final. However, there are weekly readings that can be a bit lengthy and require summaries (~3-5 sentences) and your own discussion questions. These aren't too bad and are graded pretty easily by your TA; just remember to cite and quote from the readings. The two essays involve comparing and contrasting two articles: one provided to you and the other you have to find on your own. Both essays are worth 25 points and are 5 pages max. The midterm and final are both multiple choice and include 3 extra credit questions. Use the study guide provided to review your notes and readings and they should both be relatively easy (especially if you can make educated guesses). The final though is longer and slightly harder than the midterm, but I still did well.
Overall, this is a fairly easy GE. Just do the readings and summaries, go to lecture and take notes and you should be fine. Some topics in the lecture and readings were interesting and Professor Throop can be funny sometimes too. Also, participations counts so don't skip your discussion section.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 15, 2016 Grade Received: A

The class looks like this:
2 essays, one midterm, and one final.
The midterm and final are both multiple choice.
The midterm and final are both relatively easy (the final being harder than the midterm for sure... takes some educated guessing). However, you'll be fine as long as you memorize terms, know your anthropologists, and remember your readings.
This class was very easy to cram for, as long as you had your notes!! notes are ESSENTIAL in this class! go to lectures and try hard not to sleep (Throop is a great guy--he's funny, kind, and soon chill.. but he's a bit boring. It's hard to listen to anyone talk for an hour and fifteen minutes) through the lecture because the notes are pretty much what is in the tests.
DON'T procrastinate for the essays. They take some time, even though both are only five pages. They grade pretty leniently, so you should be good.
The class is an easy A if you do the work. Participation matters-so go to your discussions! and you get weekly readings (which is the bulk of the work in the class) which can be quite long. However, I always got 100 percent on my summaries of them (after two or three assignments, my TA looked like he just stopped grading and just gave A+ for effort lol). The summaries were 3 sentences per chapter/reading.
Easy GE, just be prepared to do all the work! Interesting material as well, and the professor is one of the chillest people you'll ever meet.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Nov. 15, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

Initially I thought the content was philosophical and hard to understand and that there was quite a lot of reading, but the readings turned out to the very interesting. Prof. Throop might not be the most engaging lecturer in the world but he is very passionate about his research and eventually I found the content to be eye-opening. The exams are much easier than I had expected. If you pay attention in class and do the reading, you'll get an A.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
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