All Ratings and Reviews for Linda C Garro
I feel compelled to speak Prof Garro as well. I took her Medical Anthropology class 4 years ago as a premed and it was one of my most fruitful classes at UCLA. I don't remember what other classes I took at UCLA, but I will always remember this one as it gave me a greater insight into medicine and how I approach people of different cultures. I also think that Prof. Garro was a big factor in making the class excellent. If you're interested in medical anthropology, or in medicine, definitely take this class with Prof Garro!
Garro is a good teacher who gives a fair amount of reading, relevant assignments, and fair exams. If you go to class, do the readings, and do some studying before the exams you'll do just fine. Anthro 139 is definately more interesting if you're an anthro major. If you're planning on doing research or plan on grad school, I think this class is worth taking.
I disagree with the 2 negative reviews here. She's one of my favorites at UCLA. She genuinely cares, and even remembers people's names, unlike most professors outside the Anthro dept. Her tests are fair--no regurgiation necessary. And she reiterates "dialectical processes" alot because it's important and useful to know!
I was very surprised by the comments on Prof. Garro. I found her an excellent teacher, one that gives everything to her class and expands your world view. She is very concerned with students queries and doubts to which she always try to aswer. She is fair with grades. To conclude the class I took with her Anthro. 168 was a great experience.
My experience with Professor Garro was very different from the two reviews posted here. Maybe this is because I am one of those "grad students who doesn't care about grades and is only there to learn"? Excuse me, but isn't learning the purpose of being in school to begin with? I have never seen Garro be anything but fair and open-minded towards opinions differing from her own, as long as they are thoughtful. I have rarely had the pleasure of learning from a professor with such an ability to discuss theoretical ideas in a way that helps you think about them in a clear, immediate way and yet does not deny their complexity. The subjects she teaches are full of ambiguity; if you can't deal with that and only want the "right" answer and a A, maybe you should choose a different discipline--math or chemistry or something.
Never again! She is horrible. The 3/10 review is absolutely right. Probably the worst teacher in the Anthro department. She only says cultural relativism and dialectical (cultural and physical) over and over again. Where is the beef? No freethinking, but not structured enough to be tested on her material. Everything is cultural relative, but come test day, you need to agree with her. Very unorganized and unfair. No breaks. Think the material is interesting... well she will find a way for you to hate it. She should stick to grad students, who don't care about grades and are just there to learn. I have nothing positive to say.
This is one class that will greatly benefit from the semester school year. There is so much material you barely have time to reflect and digest. Prof Garro was very organized and anyone interested in doing traditional fieldwork will really enjoy the readings. This is not an easy class but if you work hard to understand the material you will do fine. My only advice is to make sure you understand what is expected in the assignments she gives and don't take section for granted.
Do not take this class if you hate taking classes where you are graded on the teacher\355s opinions. While a lot of the material in her class was very intriguing if you try to challenge anything she says she will scoff at you and make you feel like an idiot. Her tests are not only based on regurgitation but she expects you to more or less tell her why her ideas are right. In the end, I think she has good intentions however she just needs to allow more freethinking and difference of opinion in her class.
I just finished taking her class and although I found the TA sections extremely helpful in deciphering what in the world Garro was talking about, I would not recommend this class to anyone who is not planning on going to do antrhopological field work. The assignments are interesting and fair, but her midterm and final are a mystery. The amount of material covered in class is unbelievable. Beware of her review sheets..90% of it is not on the midterm or the final and end up being a large waste of time....
I just read all the postings about Professor Garro. She must really have improved her style over the last few years. I took her final today (so I dont know my grade yet) and I believe that she is an excellent professor. Sometimes her lectures jump around and it can get pretty confusing. Luckily, she gave out a ton of handouts with everything you need to know. The downside to that was having to review them all for tests and she would give information you didnt need. If you're one of those people who likes to learn just to learn, then these handouts are great and so beneficial. If you just want to get a grade and move on, the handouts will drive you crazy. The assignments were vital to learning methodology. There were absolutely no surprises on either the midterm or final -- they were very fair. She would literally say "know this for the test." The questions were well thought out and very understandable (as they should be since she does write interviews and ethnographies for a living). She repeats important concepts a lot which is great because you know exactly what she wants you to know and it makes studying easier. Her TA was one of the best I've had in this department. She made discussion fun, was very knowledgable and obviously had great communication with the professor. Garros fieldwork is interesting and she chooses readings that are very relevant and helpful. If you are interested in doing fieldwork one day, think you could ever be interested in it, or are trying to decide if anthropology is right for you, I highly recommend taking her class. If I had taken this class during my first year at UCLA rather than my last year, I probably would have understood other anthropology courses better and probably would have attempted to do fieldwork each summer. I'm expecting a B in the class, only because I didn't try as hard as I should have. But she makes getting an A in her class very possible.
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