Daniel Fessler

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ANTHRO 1
Human Evolution See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.4 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.8

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I think Professor Fessler is really a hit or miss for people. I took this class during Winter 2020, and got a B mostly because of my own work ethic. I do think that the course content itself is extremely interesting as it deals with human evolution.
The course consisted of weekly chapters and quizzes in an online format (the e-book was $60 I believe). We would receive homework in our discussion sections that were due weekly, but they weren't incredibly difficult or time consuming). There was a midterm and a final, and that was the entirety of the course content and grade.
His lecture style was engaging and he was kind of awkward/ funny in a way that made him fun to listen to. He had a lot of knowledge and cool fun facts related to the course content which made it enjoyable.
However, I wasn't a fan of Fessler himself. He is incredibly strict and does not have any type of leniency (that was up until Covid, he made the final optional when everything crashed and burned). He refused to record his lectures to encourage students to show up (he had a fun fact for that too), which ultimately ended up being inconsiderate of students who had other responsibilities or sometimes didn't want to show up to class. Overall not too terrible, but I didn't appreciate his tone about it. ALSO I once saw him literally tear a students midterm paper in half because she was erasing something on her exam two minutes past the deadline. She wound up leaving the room crying, it was really sad to watch. Point is, the course content and his presentation of it is very interesting and worthwhile, but his own character was somewhat unlikable to me.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars: Animals in Translation: Evolutionary Approaches to Animal Thinking and Autism See Full Profile

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ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars: Animals in Translation: Evolutionary Approach to Animal Thinking and Autism See Full Profile

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ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.0 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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Dr. Fessler’s ANTHRO 19 class on animal cognition was pretty cool. We read a book called "Animals in Translation," which revolves around someone’s interpretation on how animals think. The book was interesting but largely unscientific--Dr. Fessler picked up for that in his presentations each week.

He is a brilliant man with a lot to say about biological anthropology. He also has a sense of humor, and he does’t mind going on tangents on topics he finds interesting. Very cool professor and interesting class! Still find myself thinking about the things we learnt.

(May 3, 2014)
ANTHRO 124S
Evolution of Human Sexual Behavior See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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This class was incredibly engaging, despite being taught through zoom at 8 am. Not only is the material fascinating, but Dr. Fessler is a great lecturer. Not sure why some of the reviews say the workload was heavy, since the only homework was coming up with two questions from the reading. I guess there were a lot of readings, but they usually were discussed in lecture and weren't too bad. This class is by no means easy, but if you really take an interest in the material, which is really easy to do, then the class will not be so difficult. One of my favorite classes at UCLA!

(Fall Quarter 2020)
ANTHRO 124S
Evolution of Human Sexual Behavior See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 1.9 Workload 2.1 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.3

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Just a heads up, Professor Fessler posts all of the course evaluations from students on his personal website (danielmtfessler dot com) to help students out. There are a ton more reviews there than here.

(Dec. 2, 2015)
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ANTHRO 129
Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology See Full Profile

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ANTHRO 194
Research Group Seminars: Anthropology See Full Profile

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ANTHRO 220
Current Problems in Biological 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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