Studying Abroad Forever, Telebears XVII–Anthropology

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Anthropology always seemed like an interesting, low-maintenance, and even somewhat relevant type of major that the geek inside all of us appreciates. You get to learn about people, about culture, travel to exotic locations, meet the remaining indigenous tribes on Earth. As long as you don’t mind all the skeleton interaction and aren’t a necrophiliac, these might be cool classes to check out.

Here’s what students are saying about the professors of the fall classes.

Anthro 2AC, Introduction to Archeology
L Wilkie, MWF 11-12, 100 Lewis
In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American LifeArchaeologies of the Contemporary Past
“Keeps the class interesting and fun. She’ll tell you fun stories about mardi gras and armadillos… a great lecturer…swamped at office hours because she’s so loved by her students! Exams are straight-forward to boot”

Anthro 3AC, Introduction to Social/Cultural Anthropology
Aihwa Ong, TuTh 11-1230, 155 Dwinelle

Coming of Age in Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation (Perennial Classics)Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America (Public Anthropology, 5)Mirror for Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, with PowerWeb
“In general I thought it was a good introduction to anthropology and not too difficult of a class… Lecture was extremely confusing,made no sense,hard to even take notes and follow. No point in going to lecture…addition to her thick accent, her tendency to go on tangents and stop in the middle of sentences, phrases make her hard to understand or listen to…It was funny how she was able to mention sex in every single lecture.”

Anthro 111, Evolution of Human Behavior
Terrence Deacon, TuTh 330-5, 20 Barrows
Sense and Nonsense: Evolutionary Perspectives on Human BehaviourThe Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on NurtureNature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us HumanEvolutionary Thought in Psychology: A Brief History (Blackwell Brief Histories of Psychology, 2)
“Lots of reading – focus on the posted readings, then move to the books if you can…one of the most brilliant professors I have encountered at Cal. The class was challenging but absolutely fascinating…If you want to really understand the world, take the time to learn from him. It’s worth the journey.”

Anthro 115, Intro to Medical Anthropology
Nancy Scheper-Hughes, TuTh 11-1230, 160 Kroeber
Kuru Sorcery: Disease and Danger in the New Guinea HighlandsDeath Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil (Centennial Book)A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country DoctorIllness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its MetaphorsMountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the WorldThe Year of Magical ThinkingWhen Bodies Remember: Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa (California Series in Public Anthropology)A Leg to Stand On
“As i sit here eatin my turkey sandwhich I recall my semester with Scheper-Hughes- a semester i will spend my years trying to forget…tends to talk about herself and her work a lot, but this isn’t so bad since she (and her work) are actually quite interesting…She is an amazing researcher but belongs in the field, not in the lecture hall.”

Anthro 149, Psychological Anthropology
Stefania Pandolfo, TuTh 930-11, 4 LeConte
The Interpretation of DreamsBlack Skin, White MasksMadness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of ReasonShamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and HealingOf Two Minds: An Anthroplogist Looks at American Psychiatry
“Does a good job of trying to explain all the readings yet her lectures are often boring, and she has no structural format in the way she explains the readings…mainly it’s about uesless things not connected to the topic objectives. everyone in class basically fell asleep, played their ipods, or stared outside the window… I had a crush on her, and made her blush in office hours.”

(Data taken from RateMyProfessors and Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes)
(Image from Avolites)

Have any memories about professors in this department for a class or in general? Leave them in the comments.

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