Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology

Brooke A Scelza

Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology

Anthropology department

Brooke A Scelza

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Overall 4.2
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Easiness of class 3.4
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Workload 2.7
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Clarity of professor 4.4
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Helpfulness of professor 3.5
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Often Funny

Grades

Fall 2014
29.5%
24.6%
19.7%
14.8%
9.8%
4.9%
0.0%
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F

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

Spring 2010
70.6%
58.8%
47.1%
35.3%
23.5%
11.8%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 30, 2020 Grade Received: A+

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!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted April 6, 2019 Grade Received: B

I didn't show up to two discussions and half-assed all the readings, discussions, and assignments and still managed a B. I went to class, paid attention, and got B-range on the exams. Her exams are fair and direct. You aren't expected to know anything beyond what she goes over in class, and even her slides are pretty clear. You can manage to not go to class and do okay, but I think going to class enriches your knowledge of the material since she goes over it well and gives examples. She does spend a fair amount of time talking about her research, which isn't even tested on (rarely was), but the material she teaches is actually interesting and useful. I recommend her class and her as a professor. She's welcoming, polite and passionate about her work.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted April 3, 2019 Grade Received: A

Literally such an easy upper div if you just need upper div units. There's one midterm, one final, one argument paper, and 2 article reviews that you do in discussion that are dummy easy. There's no readings except for two articles that you pick and the material is exactly super interesting. Both my TA and the professor were really nice and easygoing though, so idk maybe that's why I never once shed a tear from this class. You just need to go to lecture and pay attention and take notes, the concepts are interesting and not hard. I'd take a class with Scelza any day she's cool and the classes are well structured, also the exams are multiple choice mostly with like 3 one-paragraph short answers, true/false, and fill-in-the-blanks.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Often Funny
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