Professor Thornton is not a terrible professor like how the last reviewer claimed, but he doesn't have a youthful nature especially during his lectures. He tends to be monotone when he is lecturing and shows a lot of slides and videos from his work with the Smithsonian Institute and UCLA repatriation committee. The whole course focuses on the 2 acts and amendment passed to repatriate Native American remains and artifacts to their affiliated tribes or descendants. If this class sounds interesting to you, then you'll enjoy it. If it doesn't, you are going to be extremely bored for 10 weeks. However, this course is incredibly easy. Your grade is based on 20% for attendance and 80% for your take home final. There is no way you can fail...
Professor Thornton is one of the most down to earth, likable, and genuinely kind professors I have encountered in my 4 years at UCLA. He is not the most engaging lecturer, but he knows what he's talking about and is so nice that he makes you want to listen to him. The class is not difficult. Skim the reading, pay attention, and you'll be fine. Take Thornton. He is seriously the nicest guy that will make you feel like you can finally exhale when you walk into his class.
Winter 2017 - Professor Thornton is easily the BEST professor I've had at UCLA. Although the subject material can sometimes be a bit dry, he always tells you exactly which topics will be on the exams. Professor Thornton is incredibly knowledgable and often shares his own relevant experiences with the class, usually from his time as the director of the Smithsonian repatriation committee. If you show up to class and pay attention most of the time, you will do really well in this class (and 172A). Both classes are graded solely on the midterm (40%) and final (60%), but Professor Thornton grades very generously, and most people get A's in his classes.