Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Historical Development
I am a third year at UCLA, and without reservations I would recommend Professor Lemelson to my friends because I think he must be the best professor I have had at this university. He was effective as a a teacher because I was engaged in everything his class offered, including lectures and reading materials. He was concerned about my personal growth and learning because he encouraged to write about something significant to me, instead of taking the safe way out (and analyze Freud, for example). He guided me to write one of the best papers in my life, and I am quite proud of it. Lastly, Professor Lemelson class was small, and he made accomodations to be available outside of the classroom for me. My experience in Anthropology 135A is what all of the college, academic experience should be like.
Although Dr. Tallens lectures are dry most of the time, the material is very interesting. The lectures are very well organized. There was one paper. It was easy since she wanted us to write about ourselves. She is all bark and no bite. She tells you exactly what is going to be on the midterm and final. She gives a few possible questions and you have to answer two of them. She also has short answer Id's which she gives a list of before hand. Nobody should have a problem getting an A on her exams and in the class. I have also heard she is an expert at catching exam cheaters, so don't even attempt it. If you need to cheat in her class you should noty be at UCLA. Give up your spot to someone who wants to be here.
Avoid this guy at all costs. His lectures are sleep-inducing, and for 135A the material is so vague and abstract that you will never be able to give him what he wants on assignments...Plus, he doesn't even tell you what he's looking for! He has bizarre practices like calling a final paper a "take home exam" and distribution an insanely difficult topic 4 days before it's due. It's a paper...why does he have to add extra stress to student's lives by only giving them 4 days to work on it!!!! To top it off, his TAs were worthless. One had no personality what so ever and the other spoke like a 13 year old valley girl. Neither one was truly helpful when I approached with questions and one even admitted that she wasn't completely sure what the professor was looking for in a certain assignment, that she was grading! Overall, this was just one of those weird classes that I'm sorry I took. It is completely useless information and the professor, despite appearing approachable, is arrogant and odd. I left on the last day feeling like I never wanted to hear a world about psychological anthropology ever again. Way to go prof and TAs! They made me happy I'm graduating this year and never have to go through a class like this again.