Professor Stanish is one of the nicest professors I have encountered at UCLA. I dont know what people are complaining about. He wants the same respect that you would want from other people if you are talking. I don't think getting frustrated at people having side conversations while you're lecturing is out of context. He totally has grounds for telling those people to be quiet because it not only bothers him, but other students too. The midterm was fair. A lot of people in my class scored high on it. There were a lot of information to take in, but the TA's give you a list of important concepts to know week by week and basically everything that was on the midterm were on the sheets. His lectures were interesting for me, even as a freshman whose just taking this class for a GE. So go figure. I dont think Professor Stanish is the problem, the class just requires you to memorize a lot of information, making it the same as any other class at UCLA. He's really nice. At first, I was afraid of him. But I approached him for help, and he gladly did it without any complaints. The man is available outside of class. Dont think this is a good review because I'm getting a good grade; in fact, im getting an average grade in his class right now so I'm not being biased at all. Basically, Im going to break it down for you: Discussion 20%, Paper (3-4 pages long) 10%, Midterm 30%, Final 40%. I think it's totally fair.
Winter 2016 - I absolutely loved this class. I learned so much and was thoroughly engaged. Dr. Stanish is understanding and respectful to the fact that we are putting our time, money, and effort into his class, and he makes it well worth it! He is incredibly supportive but still has high standards for his students. Easily one of my favorite classes I've ever taken.
Prof. Stanish is the worst professor I have ever had, albeit one of the easiest. I could not tolerate his lectures primarily due to his tendency to mumble and go off tangent and start telling us his life story for half an hour at a time. Incidentally I did not learn anything in this class that I found useful or relevant to my life, and by the end I was so frustrated that I switched out of the anthro major. Basically if you manage to go to every lecture and jot down all the little details he mumbles, skim over the readings, and spend some time studying the lecture notes for the two exams, you should get an A no problem.