All Ratings and Reviews for Gail E Kennedy
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I don't recommend Kennedy. Her lectures were unclear, and the TA's had no idea what was going on, so the only way to study for tests was to read the book and go through all of her lecture slides. This class was HARD. I got a good grade after I pulled 2 all-nighters before the final. Not enjoyable or recommendable.
A great class to take for learning about human evolution. She is a first rate professor and even if you do write a lot of notes in class, thats what you expect, better than some classes where all you do is stare at the wall and wait for it to end. The paper assignment though is very tough. I took it for CR/NCR just so I could enjoy the class and not be stressed out.
I really enjoyed this class, but beware it is time consuming. Dr. Kennedy presents so much detail in her lectures that it's sometimes hard to keep up with her. This is an active note taking class, sometimes during my notetaking I would forget when was the last time I looked up. If you want an A, you're going to have to really put in the time and effort. Out of conceptual physics and stats, anthro 12 took up the majority of my time. Her tests are often times confusing--she definitely uses options D and E to their full potential, so you have to really know your stuff. After it is all said and done, I really feel like I have learned something significant and valuable. It is easy to get intimidated by Dr. Kennedy because she is practically a walking encyclopedia, but this is what UCLA is all about, being taught by the best.
Professor Kennedy is one of the foremost authorities in anthropology--I have NEVER asked a question she could not answer in depth. Unlike some other students here I disagree about papers being graded poorly if she doesn't agree with them. I wrote a paper siding with multiregional continuity--which she totally disagrees with--and received an A....as for lectures, NO she doesn't jump up and down with neon lights on her toes but she is hardly boring...Tests were totally fair and those here who complained about their grades are just whiners who probably did not do the work required. As someone who has taken many classes with her I totally recommend her!
Not the most animated professor .. actually a bit boring. But if you are interested in anthropology at all then this is an excellent course to take. I learned an amazing amount about evolution. As for difficulty? I could see it being very tough to get an A in this class. I took it P/NP, but that still wasn't a walk in the park.
I found Kennedy to be monotone and dead. I went into the class incredibly interested in human evolution but was sorely disappointed when I found myself falling asleep in lecture or attempting to navigate through her convoluted lecture structure. She is incredibly ambiguous and contradicts herself multiple times each lecture. Finals and midterms are heinous and she grades on a bell curve which means you can get a 90% or better and end up with a B. This class is terrible, so cross your fingers for good lecture notes and a TA with a sense of humor.
if you want to get to know prof. kennedy, try to take one of her smaller seminar courses...if you are interested in paleoanthropology, did you know that she owns the original peking man castes? =)
Great class. Kennedy's 124 is exteremely interesting and informative. She is probably the best physical anthro teacher in the department. She knows everything about physical. However, the grading is killer, but this comes from one who likes cultural anthro. Another aspect of the class is that you have to compete with all those backstabbing premed types. I say take the class, if you like physical, can write a good fact based term paper, and do not mind getting a B+. She does not like it when students come too often to office hours, so there is no way of befriend a grade, like how we do it in socio/cultural.
The lectures are a little boring but subject matter is interesting. The midterms are awful and confusing. And a really warped grading policy.
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