Brooke Scelza

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ANTHRO 1
Human Evolution See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.2 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.8

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I loved this woman from the first day I sat in her class. She really does remind you of a character from the show Bones. I would definitely recommended taking her. She does incorporate her research into her lectures, but it does pertain to the material!

Course Breakdown:
Midterm 40%
Final 50%
Discussion 10%

Getting a good grade:
First off most of her exams are lecture based. Study her slides and memorize the examples as well. The TA's are really anal about definitions so memorize the definitions that pop up in her lecture from the book. The book is a good supplement and not really dense at all if you actually do the assigned reading ever week. The final is cumulative, but draws heavily from the second half of the course. Memorize the homework questions and answers from your discussion! Some of those pop up on the midterm and final

Personal Experience:
I got B+ on her exam and a A+ on her final, I ended up with an A+ in the class. I would have gotten at least a solid A on the midterm had the TA's not been anal about the definitions. When they say write only one or two sentences. Write a paragraph with two periods lol. Use examples from the lecture and discussions to get the full credit. Oh, and try to get Kate Brunson as your TA she is really funny and willing to help all the time
Take the class with Scelza if you are interested at all in Anthro! And it is an easy GE for life science.

(March 30, 2011)
ANTHRO 8
Archaeology: Introduction See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 3.6

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Wow, I'm surprised that no one had evaluated Dr. Scelza despite how many people take her class. Pointlessness aside, Scelza is an AWESOME Professor, she is incredibly organized. Class is done powerpoint style, but she places emphasis on printing out slides and writing what she says - Slides can be memorized. She's really cool, looks and sounds like Daisy from the hit TV Show Bones, and she definitely knows what she is talking about. She makes tests sound ALOT harder than they are, so if you're like me, you'll study like crazy, just to finish the midterm in 25 mins. with a Huge smile on your face - I don't mind, I learned ALOT. Bottom Line: Scelza is a great teacher who teaches a fun GE - Take the Class and Learn Something from a GE for a change =)

(March 18, 2011)
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ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars See Full Profile

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ANTHRO 124P
Human Behavioral Ecology See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 3.6

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I have to disagree with most of the reviews here. I found Professor Scelza's lectures entirely uninspiring. While she does put a lot of information into her slides there are a number of problems with her lectures.

First, the module I took (Human Behavioral Ecology) involved quite a number of fairly abstract quantitative models for explaining human behaviour. However, as these were presented on an extremely broad scale: they were made assumptions about hunter gatherer societies in general - it became quite difficult to conceive of how they actually manifested in the real world (HG societies being hugely varied and not complying with extremely basic statistical models).

Had she introduced a concept - e.g. methods of hunting in a particular society, and then demonstrated how a particular model could be applied to that situation, I would have stayed engaged with the class. As it was, she would simply talk in an extremely abstract fashion rarely displaying any applicability to the models in question.

The fact that a good 90% of lectures involved Professor Scelza simply reading out slides, the dull nature of the content kind of inspires you to stay at home. I think the fact that only around a quarter of enrolled students were ever in a lecture at any one time is testament to the level of engagement felt overall.

So, if like me, you do well writing papers - i.e. understanding concepts and demonstrating that knowledge by expanding on the basic points from lectures, you will hate this module - there is no continuous assessment. If however, you enjoy learning content and then repeating it parrot fashion in multiple choice exams then go right ahead, just prepare yourself for some dull hours in the lecture theatre.

(March 1, 2014)
ANTHRO 129
Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology: Mother Nature, Father Time: Evolutionary Perspectives on Parenting See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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My favorite class of the quarter! Really interesting and easy. There were no big exams and only small easy quizzes every thursday that just check that you've done the bare minimum. The unessay project at the end of the quarter replaces the final and is also a lot of fun. Overall a 10/10 class

(Winter Quarter 2020)
ANTHRO 129
Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.4 Workload 2.7 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 3.5

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So backstory, I actually didn't mean to sign up for this class, I thought I had signed up for another ANTHRO 129 class which was supposed to be genes and diseases so I was literally like "what the heck" when the professor said, "Welcome to the anthro of evolutionary parenting!".

However, I decided to just continue on with the class because it fit my schedule better than the class I initially wanted to take and honestly was quite shocked to find out how much I enjoyed the class!!

So basically, there's no midterm and final. The grades largely depend on 7 quizzes (7-8 questions) that are usually held on Thursdays and then a chunk of your grade comes from a life history interview which you'd have to interview someone about their life history from how many kids they have to how the arrangements were when they were growing up (anyone above 45 should work) and then write a 3 page summary from what you've learned based on the material you learned in class.
For the final, it was done in the format of an unessay, so you could literally do things like a comic, a brochure, boardgame, magazine etc about something you found interesting in class and the write a one page summary about your project arguing why it was an important addition and to who.

There are 3 books that are assigned for the class readings and I read everything up to week 5 and basically gave up because she only asked like 1 question from it and it was the title lmao. So honestly you don't need it but it is good general knowledge to have if you're feeling diligent! :)

Section is mandatory but also didn't require much effort, just show up for 50 minutes and you're good.

Lectures are not podcasted but they were engaging enough to keep me from wandering off every few minutes but honestly just read through the slides the night before the class and have a general understanding of what she's trying to get across and you're fine.

I ended up with a 99% in the class, only got 1 question wrong out of all 7 quizzes and scored full points for my unessay & life history stuff.

Overall, very easy upper div that isn't boring, highly recommend you take this!

(Winter Quarter 2020)
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ANTHRO 193
Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology See Full Profile

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ANTHRO 221
Behavior, Evolution, and Culture Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ANTHRO 221
Behavior, Evolution, and Culture See Full Profile

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ANTHRO 297
Selected Topics in Anthropology Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ANTHRO 297
Selected Topics in Anthropology See Full Profile

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