Akhil Gupta
Department of Anthropology
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3.3
Overall Rating
Based on 7 User s
Easiness 3.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.9 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.3 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.4 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

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

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

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

24.8%
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12.4%
8.3%
4.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

21.9%
18.2%
14.6%
10.9%
7.3%
3.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

23.4%
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15.6%
11.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A+
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June 28, 2021

The premise of this class is interesting, but I took this online (S21) and it was extremely dry. The lectures were recorded but I stopped watching them after the few few weeks without any issues. The assignments were fairly light and easy. There was a food diary, a reflection on a book about medical anthropology, and then you could either write one long paper+1 short reflection on the readings or do 4 short reflections. They were all graded fairly easily. There were definitely a lot of "required" readings, but unless it's for a paper, you only really needed to skim them. Professor Gupta is not a great lecturer and does not engage much but he is very well connected in his field and we had some interesting guest lecturers. Overall, it was not a great experience but was a pretty easy A.

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: B
Nov. 13, 2019

Enjoyed this class. Highly recommend!

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A-
April 3, 2019

I found the class to be very interesting. The workload is A LOT but after the first two articles, the material itself is easy to understand. You don't have to attend lectures but you NEED to go to discussion because you receive a participation grade. End of quarter survey gave me 4% EC even though he says he doesn't give out extra credit and curving is in your favor. His English is not the best and that translates on his tests through tricky questions. Both the midterm and the final had 6 answer options (4 regular and the other two were all of the above or none of the above). Just do all the readings and you can get an A. I didn't study for any of the tests but I never fell behind on the readings.
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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A-
March 13, 2019

Cool class. Ate ass. The content of the course is interesting, but I found the lectures to be more on the boring side and repetitive (although it is better to air on the repetitive side ya know). Highlight of the class for me was the discussions. I was lucky to have Aditi as my TA, and my section actually had really insightful discussions.

The course consists of 2ish reading assignments per week, and most of the grade is the midterm (35% of grade) and the final (40%). The two tests are 60 multiple choice Qs and 2 short answer. The wording of the multiple choice questions on the tests reminded me of a standardized test – it tries to be misleading, so I wasn't a fan.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A-
Feb. 15, 2017

Overall, I really enjoyed the material presented in the class. Everything you discuss is relevant to your everyday life. The workload is intense. We were often doing 400-600 pages of reading a week, which is tough when you have other classes to worry about. You are required to read 4.5 books + weekly articles. Reading is mandatory and lectures are based on your readings. The course isn't necessarily difficult if you keep up with your readings, attend lectures (they're podcasted), and understand the underlying themes of the course. Often times he repeats the themes of the readings, movies, and lectures. If you put in the work, you'll do fine. The grading scale is in your favor. I believe it was 40% receive A and A-, 40% receive B+ and B-, and 20% other.
There are weekly assignments due in discussion. You also have to complete 2 projects, which are relatively easy. The Midterm and Final rely heavily on your understanding of concepts/themes and ability to connect readings/themes.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: N/A
Dec. 3, 2016

First of all, I wouldn't recommend this class unless you have no choice. It is true that you go to lecture and do your readings, then you do well. BUT think of this class is a 4-unit class, but it is way much more stuff, even more than some of the 5-unit classes. You have hundreds of readings to do every week, weekly assignment due on discussion section, two additional assignments (a diet diary and a 1800-word project), AND you have a midterm and final which are not easy at all. His lectures are basically just that he read off his notes/written essays about his review on those readings in a fast, quiet tone. He had nothing on his slides except a few pictures. There isn't any so-called "lectures." All this class is about readings, if you don't read, you can't understand in lecture and you screw up. BUT the readings' workload are huge and they are hard, not easy to understand at all! He requires you to finish reading before every class, but these readings are about like food and Marx theory (WTH?!). I would say give some introduction about the big picture before letting us read will be more effective. It seems like he thinks all students only have this class. SO, if you only think this class as a 4-unit class and enroll it with other major classes, you gotta be careful. ALSO, he has so many requirements. He didn't allow you to argue your grade unless its a calculating error. A lot of "you can't do..." and he takes picture of the scene of every student taking exam in case of cheating, which is a little bit over. He tells us in the last class, "I can tell you right now the final will be a difficult 3-hour exam." I really feel he's intending to MAKE students work hard.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A+
June 28, 2021

The premise of this class is interesting, but I took this online (S21) and it was extremely dry. The lectures were recorded but I stopped watching them after the few few weeks without any issues. The assignments were fairly light and easy. There was a food diary, a reflection on a book about medical anthropology, and then you could either write one long paper+1 short reflection on the readings or do 4 short reflections. They were all graded fairly easily. There were definitely a lot of "required" readings, but unless it's for a paper, you only really needed to skim them. Professor Gupta is not a great lecturer and does not engage much but he is very well connected in his field and we had some interesting guest lecturers. Overall, it was not a great experience but was a pretty easy A.

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: B
Nov. 13, 2019

Enjoyed this class. Highly recommend!

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A-
April 3, 2019

I found the class to be very interesting. The workload is A LOT but after the first two articles, the material itself is easy to understand. You don't have to attend lectures but you NEED to go to discussion because you receive a participation grade. End of quarter survey gave me 4% EC even though he says he doesn't give out extra credit and curving is in your favor. His English is not the best and that translates on his tests through tricky questions. Both the midterm and the final had 6 answer options (4 regular and the other two were all of the above or none of the above). Just do all the readings and you can get an A. I didn't study for any of the tests but I never fell behind on the readings.
Selling all books $4 each
text me 510-756-9929

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A-
March 13, 2019

Cool class. Ate ass. The content of the course is interesting, but I found the lectures to be more on the boring side and repetitive (although it is better to air on the repetitive side ya know). Highlight of the class for me was the discussions. I was lucky to have Aditi as my TA, and my section actually had really insightful discussions.

The course consists of 2ish reading assignments per week, and most of the grade is the midterm (35% of grade) and the final (40%). The two tests are 60 multiple choice Qs and 2 short answer. The wording of the multiple choice questions on the tests reminded me of a standardized test – it tries to be misleading, so I wasn't a fan.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A-
Feb. 15, 2017

Overall, I really enjoyed the material presented in the class. Everything you discuss is relevant to your everyday life. The workload is intense. We were often doing 400-600 pages of reading a week, which is tough when you have other classes to worry about. You are required to read 4.5 books + weekly articles. Reading is mandatory and lectures are based on your readings. The course isn't necessarily difficult if you keep up with your readings, attend lectures (they're podcasted), and understand the underlying themes of the course. Often times he repeats the themes of the readings, movies, and lectures. If you put in the work, you'll do fine. The grading scale is in your favor. I believe it was 40% receive A and A-, 40% receive B+ and B-, and 20% other.
There are weekly assignments due in discussion. You also have to complete 2 projects, which are relatively easy. The Midterm and Final rely heavily on your understanding of concepts/themes and ability to connect readings/themes.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: N/A
Dec. 3, 2016

First of all, I wouldn't recommend this class unless you have no choice. It is true that you go to lecture and do your readings, then you do well. BUT think of this class is a 4-unit class, but it is way much more stuff, even more than some of the 5-unit classes. You have hundreds of readings to do every week, weekly assignment due on discussion section, two additional assignments (a diet diary and a 1800-word project), AND you have a midterm and final which are not easy at all. His lectures are basically just that he read off his notes/written essays about his review on those readings in a fast, quiet tone. He had nothing on his slides except a few pictures. There isn't any so-called "lectures." All this class is about readings, if you don't read, you can't understand in lecture and you screw up. BUT the readings' workload are huge and they are hard, not easy to understand at all! He requires you to finish reading before every class, but these readings are about like food and Marx theory (WTH?!). I would say give some introduction about the big picture before letting us read will be more effective. It seems like he thinks all students only have this class. SO, if you only think this class as a 4-unit class and enroll it with other major classes, you gotta be careful. ALSO, he has so many requirements. He didn't allow you to argue your grade unless its a calculating error. A lot of "you can't do..." and he takes picture of the scene of every student taking exam in case of cheating, which is a little bit over. He tells us in the last class, "I can tell you right now the final will be a difficult 3-hour exam." I really feel he's intending to MAKE students work hard.

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3.3
Overall Rating
Based on 7 Users
Easiness 3.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.9 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.3 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.4 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (3)
  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (2)
  • Needs Textbook
    (1)
  • Useful Textbooks
    (2)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (2)
  • Participation Matters
    (3)
  • Would Take Again
    (3)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (2)
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