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Wetsman is pretty funny and interesting!! I learned so much from his class and he is very clear. He's very approachable and answers emails at the speed of light. No joke. There is one midterm and one final with quizzes. Quizzes can be very annoying at times and the midterm and final are graded by a TA who is a bit harsh. You could feel like you have the right answer but find out that's not the case. I ended up getting a B+ in the course and I think it was because of the quizzes so try to do well on them! They are 20% of your grade! Keep up with your reading. The book is very interesting so it shouldn't be that hard.
Easy class, and I mean that. There is no paper, and he gives you the questions to the midterm and the final beforehand. What else could you want? It's like being fed with a spoon!
Without a doubt, the easiest way to get your requirement out the way, for both anthro AND bio majors! A must-take!
The midterm and the final are easy. Just focus on the answers to the questions in Prof. Wetsman's study guide, which he gives out conveniently a week before the test. While Wetsman says 6-8 sentences will be enough, I think that unless you have awesome information collation skills, you must be prepared to write long paragraphs.
I have to say, though, that his quizzes are tricky. I did not get a solid 'A', even if I placed in the top ten for both the midterm and the final, because my quiz grade was at a 'B'. The class curve is not generous.
Something I did not find too great was the grading. For our class, the midterm was graded by an outside grader (maybe because the teacher wants to be impartial?? It's like having a TA that you never will meet.) who is strict in assigning points but lax in the inspection of the exam itself.
The curve does not just apply to the overall grade per exam-- the responses in your essay are also on a curve, graded relative to the responses of other students, rather than on what you were able to write on the paper, how much of each question you answered. So if you think you addressed about 90% of one question, guess again; if someone answered it better, you will not get a 9/10 on that question. I don't know if there was also an outside grader for the final.
The professor is a very nice guy, very helpful, answers emails very quickly. He speaks very clearly and he discusses well; however, he cannot hold attention very long. I found that even after 2 mocha lattes and a bottled starbucks frap two hours before class, I still fell asleep for about 15 minutes each meeting. And I doubt that it's because we have "siesta" in my culture.
Prof. Wetsman is very funny:) I am not an Anthro major, I just took the class because the time was convinient. However, he made the class seem very interesting. I've learned a lot of useful and interesting information, like why children fight with their parents and why people cheat, and why having low waist to hip ration for women is attractive to men, ect... I thought this was an easy class, with one midterm and a final. He also gave 6 10 point quizes which were really easy. He gives a study guide before the tests, and all of the questions are either derectly form the study guide or are a little bit modified versions of the study guide. This class does not have a discussion section, which I thought is an awsome thing. No need to waist time with TAs :))jk. The professor is there for the sutdents 24/7, if they have any questons. I would defenetly recomend this class to everyone.
I completely agree with the last comment. This was the most frustrating class to have to sit through because he has no idea what he's talking about!! I dreaded each moment that someone raised their hand to ask a question...because the answer got us NOWHERE. The quizzes are the dumbest things in the world, but count for 15% of your grade...so even though I aced the midterm and final, I still ended up getting a B because of all those lame pop quizzes. Again, not a fun class, don't take it, it'll drive you crazy. CRAZY!!
NEVER TAKE THIS PROFESSOR unless you want to learn about his dumb family! He is not even full-time faculty which means he does not have office hours. you want a copy of the midterm questions and finals they are in the bank exam and they are the same every year. Yet he is very picky with his questions and he thinks he is funny but he only talks about his family and his teaching at some community college. If he likes it so much he should stay there since he is not a very effective TEACHER, he does have all these PhDs but then again I don't see a book written by him or anything else published but the only 3 sentences section in the only one book he makes you read. I wonder why? Maybe because that is the only thing that he has been lucky to get published. DON'T BOTHER ON ASKING QUESTIONS IN CLASS! Most likely he will say..."I can't think of any study right now... OR... the study did not test that and I am not sure." RANDOM QUIZES, he gives out quizzes every now and then so you HAVE to go to class other wise you won't go and he will be all alone. He does not drop the lowest score and no extra credit to help you. Go spend your tuition money in another Anthro Class do yourself a favor. TO THE COMMENT above, he was probably the reader.