Susan Perry
Department of Anthropology
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Workload 3.3 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.7 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 19, 2020

From the beginning, I loved Professor Perry. She was so kind and helpful during the remote instruction quarter and battled horrible internet connection and her limited technological knowledge to still provide us with the best class experience possible. Every week we would have a quiz and in the end, we were able to drop three of our lowest quiz scores which was more than generous. I do have to admit that the quizzes were a bit tricky and some of them asked about specific details so you do really have to know your stuff.
Other than that, she replies to student emails really quickly and really cares about students' mental health and learning as she provided us with alternatives if we were unable to purchase the course reader (which I do not recommend purchasing anyways because I did none of the readings and got an A) and even posted recipes and resources for students that need help cooking during the stay-at-home order. Definitely take this class if you love animals (monkeys in particular); not only will you learn about their lifestyle but also how their behavior is paralleled in humans and other species.

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Quarter: Fall 2023
Grade: B
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Feb. 6, 2024

I took this class to fulfill my UD requirements. I felt that at first, her class was really easy. She listed the recommended homework on the syllabus and it was adequately spaced out. I never spent more than 3 hours on the readings each week, which was nice and she helped me overcome my fear of monkeys. I will say that some parts of the class covered really sensitive topics such as SA or Infanticide and that made me uncomfortable, but other than that the homework load was fine, all lectures were recorded, and attendance was not mandatory.

Now on the other hand her class can be boring! It is not interactive, so for 1 and a half hours you sit there watching her walk around on stage and answer one question for 25 minutes! At one lecture I attended, somebody fell asleep! Also, her slides provided a lot of information, but none of which helped on the test. I would seriously recommend skipping lecture notes and just trying to come up with your practice questions or contacting her for some. The practice questions or study guides she handed out (via Canvas) for the math or her book were not that helpful, but the ones discussing other articles were.

In terms of tests and grades, there are only two assignments you have to worry about: the midterm(40%), and the final(60%). The midterm was not for the weak, I underestimated what the class was about and didn't study much other than the day before. I felt that the study guides did not help and I should've come up with flashcards and analyzed the texts days before. However, the final was easier because I studied a lot and reviewed the articles. I recommend looking for the hypothesis of the research, the materials and methods, and the conclusion.
She grades weirdly. It isn't the usual curve method she uses, she puts everyone's grade as a percentile and she decides ok the upper percentile is "on its way to an A" and the middle percentile is "one the way to a B" and so on. In the Fall, the lowest possible grade to get was a C-, and the only way to fail was if you got a 0 or were completely guessing, which I assume she can tell people try to guess the whole test through because some questions are only A/B or basic.

There's a lot to cover, but I would say I would take her again because she seems sweet and I feel like I underestimated the class the first time. Also, I would recommend her class to anyone interested in animal behavior and psychology.

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Quarter: Fall 2023
Grade: N/A
Jan. 8, 2024

This class was probably the hardest anthropology class I've taken as a 4th year anthropology major. Like others have said, your grade for this class is only based on a midterm (40%) and a final (60%), and is curved so the top 1/3 of the class gets an A, middle 1/3 get a B, etc. but you won't really know your grade until after the final. The fact that your grade is comprised of just those 2 components make this class really stressful and had I known that from the beginning, I probably would not have taken the class. The exams are difficult since you need to know basically everything there is to know about primates and the questions are structured in a way that feels like they're meant to trick you/throw you off. The lectures are also a bit boring and hard to follow since the notes she posts don't exactly match up with the corresponding slides she uses during the lectures. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this class to anyone.

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Quarter: Spring 2023
Grade: A
June 20, 2023

TLDR: Class is just a multiple choice midterm and a multiple choice final. Curved so 1/3 get an A, 1/3 B, 1/3 C. Lectures are recorded and notes are posted.

This class is pretty mellow if you watch all the lectures and take notes or annotate the existing notes. I basically just had to study for a few hours in the days leading up to the exam and got a 30/40 and a 46/60 which I like to think was mostly due to poorly worded questions. However this curved up to an A surprisingly so happy with that.

The class is mildly interesting but definitely dry at times. If you can power through the lull you should have no problem succeeding. I personally think monkeys are crazy little critters so it was cool learning about them.

As for Professor Perry, she is lovely. Very soft-spoken yet incredibly passionate about what she does. Her lectures are pretty clear but it is sometimes difficult to deduce what she wants you to know come exam time. Sometimes the studies she presented had contradictory results and she acknowledged that but when we were faced with an exam question it was difficult to know what study we should apply. Other than that I have no complaints. Lovely professor, solid class, nice curve. I’d recommend.

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Quarter: Spring 2023
Grade: A
June 19, 2023

If you're not at all interested in the primate "nonhuman" part of "nonhuman to human," you shouldn't take this class. It is almost entirely primate focused, not human. I will say that I don't think I was especially interested in primates before, but I am now! Some prior interest in wildlife would definitely make the class more interesting though. Once you get past the first few weeks, which are mainly introductions to basic concepts of studying behavior and initially learning about different primate species, the class gets much more interesting! You'll learn about how the diets and social structures of different species affect their brain size, for example. I always enjoyed hearing about Dr. Perry's personal experiences with studying capuchins. She built resources and optional activities into the class for aspiring anthropologists and people who want to work in wildlife conservation, and held a more casual lunch with students towards the end of the quarter. You can tell she really cares about supporting students. Even though your grade in the class is entirely based on exams (40% midterm, 60% final), the exams are multiple-choice Scantrons, and the curves are generous!

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
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Feb. 1, 2022

Her class is graded on a curve such that only 33% of the class gets each grade, A,B and C, So no one fails. Her powerpoints contain audio with critical information.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: B+
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Jan. 4, 2022

Def take this class, hella easy, super insightful, Prof Perry is so nice, kind, helpful and smart. Really cool class on monkeys.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: B+
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Dec. 19, 2021

The class was a little bit harder than I was ready for but I still really, really enjoyed it. The book for the class was written by her and is incredibly interesting and she is one of the foremost in the field of studying white-faced capuchin monkeys. I would have loved to take her class in person as the lectures were a little bit dull through PowerPoint but still super interesting. The quizzes were fairly hard, really, really study before them and you should be fine but they're a bit awkwardly worded so it can be hard to get every one right. But she is flexible with the grades and lets you drop the lowest two. She also is super sweet and offers a lot of resources, for the class and otherwise, another reason why I wish I could take her class in person. Overall, if you like animals, especially monkeys, and animal behavior this is a great class!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: C+
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July 7, 2020

Took this class online Spring 2020. Professor Perry's lectures were clear and the class overall doesn't require too much of your time. I think the topics were very interesting. She is very responsive when it comes to replying back to emails. I don't regret taking this course. Her grading was based off only weekly quizzes, no final or midterms. She is very passionate about her work. I did end up with a 79.45% and emailed her and she wasn't willing to round me up to a B-

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: B
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June 10, 2020

It should be fair to consider that I took this class during the Spring 2020 Covid-19 outbreak. With that said take this review with partiality, because I was not able to receive a full intellectual experience in-person. I have read here in the reviews that she gave in-class short essay exams for the midterm and final. But for distant learning she gave us weekly quizzes. Each quiz consisted of 10 multiple choice questions each. I have to say these quizzes required you to know the weekly material in very fine detail. She also assigns weekly readings which comprise of her book and a course reader that includes several research articles. Her book cost $35 and the course reader cost $28. You’ll have to make a trip into Westwood to purchase the course reader because you can not purchase it online or on campus. I’m not sure if she used slides in class pre-Covid outbreak but for us she uploaded slides with audio commentary to further explain the material. I learned a lot about sexual selection, social intelligence, primate taxonomy, dominance and the evolution of intelligence. This class is not difficult, but it’s not an easy A. I probably spent more time studying for this class then my other two classes and I still got a B. I really enjoyed her class, she seems very approachable if you have questions, and she added all types of interesting optional assignments (how to write grant proposals, primate research opportunities, and tons of other interesting stuff if you want to further your academic career in research). I would definitely recommend this class if you’re interested in primate behavior.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 19, 2020

From the beginning, I loved Professor Perry. She was so kind and helpful during the remote instruction quarter and battled horrible internet connection and her limited technological knowledge to still provide us with the best class experience possible. Every week we would have a quiz and in the end, we were able to drop three of our lowest quiz scores which was more than generous. I do have to admit that the quizzes were a bit tricky and some of them asked about specific details so you do really have to know your stuff.
Other than that, she replies to student emails really quickly and really cares about students' mental health and learning as she provided us with alternatives if we were unable to purchase the course reader (which I do not recommend purchasing anyways because I did none of the readings and got an A) and even posted recipes and resources for students that need help cooking during the stay-at-home order. Definitely take this class if you love animals (monkeys in particular); not only will you learn about their lifestyle but also how their behavior is paralleled in humans and other species.

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Quarter: Fall 2023
Grade: B
Feb. 6, 2024

I took this class to fulfill my UD requirements. I felt that at first, her class was really easy. She listed the recommended homework on the syllabus and it was adequately spaced out. I never spent more than 3 hours on the readings each week, which was nice and she helped me overcome my fear of monkeys. I will say that some parts of the class covered really sensitive topics such as SA or Infanticide and that made me uncomfortable, but other than that the homework load was fine, all lectures were recorded, and attendance was not mandatory.

Now on the other hand her class can be boring! It is not interactive, so for 1 and a half hours you sit there watching her walk around on stage and answer one question for 25 minutes! At one lecture I attended, somebody fell asleep! Also, her slides provided a lot of information, but none of which helped on the test. I would seriously recommend skipping lecture notes and just trying to come up with your practice questions or contacting her for some. The practice questions or study guides she handed out (via Canvas) for the math or her book were not that helpful, but the ones discussing other articles were.

In terms of tests and grades, there are only two assignments you have to worry about: the midterm(40%), and the final(60%). The midterm was not for the weak, I underestimated what the class was about and didn't study much other than the day before. I felt that the study guides did not help and I should've come up with flashcards and analyzed the texts days before. However, the final was easier because I studied a lot and reviewed the articles. I recommend looking for the hypothesis of the research, the materials and methods, and the conclusion.
She grades weirdly. It isn't the usual curve method she uses, she puts everyone's grade as a percentile and she decides ok the upper percentile is "on its way to an A" and the middle percentile is "one the way to a B" and so on. In the Fall, the lowest possible grade to get was a C-, and the only way to fail was if you got a 0 or were completely guessing, which I assume she can tell people try to guess the whole test through because some questions are only A/B or basic.

There's a lot to cover, but I would say I would take her again because she seems sweet and I feel like I underestimated the class the first time. Also, I would recommend her class to anyone interested in animal behavior and psychology.

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Quarter: Fall 2023
Grade: N/A
Jan. 8, 2024

This class was probably the hardest anthropology class I've taken as a 4th year anthropology major. Like others have said, your grade for this class is only based on a midterm (40%) and a final (60%), and is curved so the top 1/3 of the class gets an A, middle 1/3 get a B, etc. but you won't really know your grade until after the final. The fact that your grade is comprised of just those 2 components make this class really stressful and had I known that from the beginning, I probably would not have taken the class. The exams are difficult since you need to know basically everything there is to know about primates and the questions are structured in a way that feels like they're meant to trick you/throw you off. The lectures are also a bit boring and hard to follow since the notes she posts don't exactly match up with the corresponding slides she uses during the lectures. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this class to anyone.

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Quarter: Spring 2023
Grade: A
June 20, 2023

TLDR: Class is just a multiple choice midterm and a multiple choice final. Curved so 1/3 get an A, 1/3 B, 1/3 C. Lectures are recorded and notes are posted.

This class is pretty mellow if you watch all the lectures and take notes or annotate the existing notes. I basically just had to study for a few hours in the days leading up to the exam and got a 30/40 and a 46/60 which I like to think was mostly due to poorly worded questions. However this curved up to an A surprisingly so happy with that.

The class is mildly interesting but definitely dry at times. If you can power through the lull you should have no problem succeeding. I personally think monkeys are crazy little critters so it was cool learning about them.

As for Professor Perry, she is lovely. Very soft-spoken yet incredibly passionate about what she does. Her lectures are pretty clear but it is sometimes difficult to deduce what she wants you to know come exam time. Sometimes the studies she presented had contradictory results and she acknowledged that but when we were faced with an exam question it was difficult to know what study we should apply. Other than that I have no complaints. Lovely professor, solid class, nice curve. I’d recommend.

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Quarter: Spring 2023
Grade: A
June 19, 2023

If you're not at all interested in the primate "nonhuman" part of "nonhuman to human," you shouldn't take this class. It is almost entirely primate focused, not human. I will say that I don't think I was especially interested in primates before, but I am now! Some prior interest in wildlife would definitely make the class more interesting though. Once you get past the first few weeks, which are mainly introductions to basic concepts of studying behavior and initially learning about different primate species, the class gets much more interesting! You'll learn about how the diets and social structures of different species affect their brain size, for example. I always enjoyed hearing about Dr. Perry's personal experiences with studying capuchins. She built resources and optional activities into the class for aspiring anthropologists and people who want to work in wildlife conservation, and held a more casual lunch with students towards the end of the quarter. You can tell she really cares about supporting students. Even though your grade in the class is entirely based on exams (40% midterm, 60% final), the exams are multiple-choice Scantrons, and the curves are generous!

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Feb. 1, 2022

Her class is graded on a curve such that only 33% of the class gets each grade, A,B and C, So no one fails. Her powerpoints contain audio with critical information.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: B+
Jan. 4, 2022

Def take this class, hella easy, super insightful, Prof Perry is so nice, kind, helpful and smart. Really cool class on monkeys.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: B+
Dec. 19, 2021

The class was a little bit harder than I was ready for but I still really, really enjoyed it. The book for the class was written by her and is incredibly interesting and she is one of the foremost in the field of studying white-faced capuchin monkeys. I would have loved to take her class in person as the lectures were a little bit dull through PowerPoint but still super interesting. The quizzes were fairly hard, really, really study before them and you should be fine but they're a bit awkwardly worded so it can be hard to get every one right. But she is flexible with the grades and lets you drop the lowest two. She also is super sweet and offers a lot of resources, for the class and otherwise, another reason why I wish I could take her class in person. Overall, if you like animals, especially monkeys, and animal behavior this is a great class!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: C+
July 7, 2020

Took this class online Spring 2020. Professor Perry's lectures were clear and the class overall doesn't require too much of your time. I think the topics were very interesting. She is very responsive when it comes to replying back to emails. I don't regret taking this course. Her grading was based off only weekly quizzes, no final or midterms. She is very passionate about her work. I did end up with a 79.45% and emailed her and she wasn't willing to round me up to a B-

Reselling the course reader, email: *************

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: B
June 10, 2020

It should be fair to consider that I took this class during the Spring 2020 Covid-19 outbreak. With that said take this review with partiality, because I was not able to receive a full intellectual experience in-person. I have read here in the reviews that she gave in-class short essay exams for the midterm and final. But for distant learning she gave us weekly quizzes. Each quiz consisted of 10 multiple choice questions each. I have to say these quizzes required you to know the weekly material in very fine detail. She also assigns weekly readings which comprise of her book and a course reader that includes several research articles. Her book cost $35 and the course reader cost $28. You’ll have to make a trip into Westwood to purchase the course reader because you can not purchase it online or on campus. I’m not sure if she used slides in class pre-Covid outbreak but for us she uploaded slides with audio commentary to further explain the material. I learned a lot about sexual selection, social intelligence, primate taxonomy, dominance and the evolution of intelligence. This class is not difficult, but it’s not an easy A. I probably spent more time studying for this class then my other two classes and I still got a B. I really enjoyed her class, she seems very approachable if you have questions, and she added all types of interesting optional assignments (how to write grant proposals, primate research opportunities, and tons of other interesting stuff if you want to further your academic career in research). I would definitely recommend this class if you’re interested in primate behavior.

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Easiness 2.8 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.4 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.3 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.7 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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