Selected Topics in Regional Cultures

Anthropology department

D Rudner

Selected Topics in Regional Cultures

Anthropology department

D Rudner

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Easiness of class 2.8
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Grades

Spring 2016
26.7%
22.2%
17.8%
13.3%
8.9%
4.4%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2015
26.3%
21.9%
17.5%
13.2%
8.8%
4.4%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2014
23.2%
19.3%
15.5%
11.6%
7.7%
3.9%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted March 20, 2017 Grade Received: A

*THIS REVIEW IS FOR ANTHRO 9*
Truly Truly Rudner is possibly the most unclear and un-engaging professor I have ever had. He frequently goes on tangents that are not relevant to the course and his powerpoints are boring. By powerpoints I mean the really subpar notes he crudely wrote in a word document that has such small font that most people can't read it.
Honestly, you will probably get a decent grade in the class because your TA knows how clueless Rudner is and will take pity on you; it's not even a particularly difficult class, it is just so horrendously organized. Just don't take Anthro 9 with Rudner, it will absolutely not be fun.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted March 17, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

**HEADS UP THIS REVIEW IS FOR ANTHRO 9**
TAKE ANTHRO 9 WITH ANY OTHER PROFESSOR!! AVOID RUDNER AT ALL COSTS!!! I don't know what I could have possibly done during my lifetime to end up with a professor as horrible and incompetent as Rudner but it must have been something pretty bad. This man has a phd in PHILOSOPHY. I have absolutely no idea why he was considered to teach this course. He has an attitude when it comes to answering questions and 99% of the time he doesn’t answer the question at all, expecting his students to figure out what he has to say. This class is much too specific for an introductory anthro class about culture and society. We spent half the quarter on the history of cultural anthropology. That’s fair. But the second half was entirely spent on the Trobriand Islands and very specific aspects of the Trobriand Islands too. One plus side is the fact that there are no in class exams, only take home papers (2 papers and a final paper worth 20%, 20%, and 25%). BUT when you are expected to write papers about the Trobriand Islands and end up talking about South India 70% of the time in class when he isn’t trying to spend an excessive amount of time trying to figure out the “iClicker technology”...I don’t know what to tell you. TA's will most likely take pity on you, they took pity on us. Honestly I learned everything from my TA. The last part of the quarter you read a book about HIV/AIDS in the Trobriand Islands which is way too specific for an introductory class. People stayed for the first 20 minutes only for the clicker questions and then slowly started leaving.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted March 17, 2017 Grade Received: P

***THIS REVIEW IS FOR ANTHRO 9***
For all that is good in this world, do not take this class with this professor. It was by far the worst class I have taken during my time at UCLA. This class was the definition of a joke. This was supposed to be an intro to cultural and social anthropology, but we spent the better half of the quarter focused on the Trobriand Islands and their culture...that is too specific for an introduction course. It got to the point of being irrelevant, and the work was highly uninteresting. The professor would often be teaching for a while and then suddenly say that he is not sure whether he has the information right or not. He even had the gall to say that he arrived unprepared for lecture and then proceeded to read his lecture to us from a write up he brought. After a couple lectures, people started to just show up for the in-class quizzes and then leave right after. The in-class quizzes were also impossibly specific at times, even for those who did the readings. He would focus on irrelevant details instead of concepts that seemed important. The TAs would agree with us, but there's not much they can do in that regard. Thankfully, there were no in-class midterms or finals, but rather 2 take home midterm exams that were 6-8 pages, as well as a take home final that was also a 6-8 page paper. Many people complained about the prompt for the final essay because it seemed redundant, and he of course would not be willing to change or make it clearer. Although he is an old man and you tend to want to feel sorry for him, the waste of time and money doesn't excuse his lack of professionalism and presentation. DO NOT TAKE THIS PROFESSOR IF YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU.

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