Summer 2022 - I took this class summer 2022 for session c6. The first week, I thought I was going to have to drop the course because how information heavy it is initially. If you're not familiar with biology its a lot to digest in 6-weeks, I am familiar with a little but with my busy summer schedule I was spreading myself thin at times. To my surprise, the midterm was very easy as long as you used to textbook. Thankfully, the textbook itself isn't dense and cuts straight to the point for topics. I didn't take the final so I can't speak on that, she was VERY accommodating for my situation and I wasn't expecting that at all. The final research paper I got a "C" on only because I had written it on a topic that wasn't considered a paleopathological topic- which I wish she specified more in class what counts and didn't count because I didn't know until after my paper had been graded. Other than that, the class was interesting. I honestly would not take it again but I think she's offering workshops for fall since her summer courses were offered only online.
Fall 2018 - Rashidi is the worst professor ever. I would never ever recommend this class to someone. It is unfortunate because the material is super interesting. She goes through a lot of material very quickly and does not explain her slides very well. The class is paper only and she does not allow laptops for note taking, but honestly her lectures are not much supplement to the slides. She expects you to remember every little detail for her exams and she does not even give a study guide. She also is not very responsive to emails, I emailed her three times in the quarter and never got a response back. She seems to have a lot of going on in her personal life and even cancelled a week's worth of class, which meant that she went through the material really fast so it could be on the final still. Her grading for the exams are not consistent and she was not clear about what exactly she was looking for. Some people were not docked down for only putting one word answers, while others were. She also assigns a lot of reading on top of the class lectures slides. It is like she expects people to be a paleopathologist. I would never take a class with her again.
Fall 2021 - Even though going into this class there's a lot of memorization and a slightly heavy workload, if you find the course content interesting enough then you should be just fine. Personally I went into this class not knowing how much I'd enjoy it, but I was pleasantly surprised by how engaging it was. If you're a kinesthetic learner then the in-person discussion sections are perfect for you as you get to handle real human bones and other related course materials. Rashidi and my TA were EXTREMELY helpful and held office hours often. The only thing I'd say to watch out for is the difficult nature of the exams considering they're graded pretty meticulously, as well as the amount of studying you have to put in to actually do well enough on them, but even considering that I would definitely take this course again :).