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[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

April 18, 2012

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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This class was challenging, but very rewarding. The concepts seemed beyond an introductory level, but Professor Kockelman is very clear and very knowledgeable. However, it is difficult to judge what your final grade will be, so be wary your progress. Professor Kockelman was moderately interactive, though most of the material was beyond the discussion capabilities of the students. I was very challenged by this course, and ended up with a B+ after completing all the homework assignments and working very hard on the final paper and exam.

Workload:

One reading and one page summary per class. The readings range in length from 30 minutes to an hour and a half of reading.

December 10, 2009

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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I am a linguistics major, and I took this class after reading all of the reviews that said "oh this would be fine if I were a linguistics major but I'm an anthro major and it was ridiculous." Well, let me just tell you: It's still ridiculous, even if you're a linguistics major. WTF was going ON in that class?! I still don't know, and I took it in Fall '08. My other two linguistics major friends liked it, so maybe it was just me, I don't know.

This class sucked. The lectures were interesting enough but very difficult to take notes for. The readings were not so great, but that is often a problem with linguistics readings, although I will say his were more incomprehensible than most. The midterm and final were...weird. I got an A- on the midterm and had hardly done anything, no studying, nothing. The final came, I actually tried and studied and...I ended up with a B- in the course. WTF.

Also, he's not an accesible professor. Like at all. Do not email him. Ever. He won't respond, or if he does it will be like 3 weeks later.

I took this class after taking Functional Linguistics with him the semester before. That class made SO MUCH MORE SENSE. I highly recommend it, even without taking this class beforehand it was infinitely better. Also, the final was easy and that's basically all the work for that class. Although, I personally wouldn't take a class with Paul Kockelman if I could help it. If you're interested in linguistics, I highly HIGHLY recommend Professors Alan Timberlake of Boris Gasparov in his stead. That is all.

Workload:

Readings which aren't really helpful, a midterm and a final that are crazy.

September 22, 2009

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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i'm an anthro major, and i have to say, not the best intro class to take. the concepts are difficult to grasp, because, to me at least, it requires a certain type of crazy, acrobatic thinking. Kockelman is a great thinker in this respect. it's obvious that he knows his stuff. but his approach to presenting it is a little difficult to follow. he talks fast and writes really small. that said, however, he's sometimes really funny in lecture.

one problem i had, beyond not really learning a thing in this class, was the exams. kockelman himself said not to worry, make the cheat sheets, and don't even bother reading from the course packet. interestingly enough, details from the readings were on the exam. and the cheat sheet doesn't matter in the end, because you'll just spend half the exam time looking back and forth from the test paper to the cheat sheet, perplexed with what is in front of you.

Workload:

there are only two exams, so every point counts. he says you shouldn't do the reading, yet some of it is quite relevant for the tests. read semiotic stance, his article, which is helpful.

April 24, 2009

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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Taking this class was the biggest mistake of my life. I could not follow his lectures; 1) he speaks at an incredibly quick pace making note taking extremely difficult, 2) he writes on the board at random with zero forethought and uses microscopic lettering (back row anyone?).

Readings are incredibly dense and he doesn't know how to lecture for non-linguistics majors (dude this is an introductory course so no one cares if you can speak 100 languages if you can't lecture worth a damn in English!!)

The exams are cryptic and there is little to no chance of redemption if you bomb the midterm (as he does not give extra credit or any other assignments that can buffer your final grade).

Preserve your GPA and save yourself from this guaranteed nightmare!!! An abstract and detached professor awaits you if you decide become a hero!

Workload:

None. Tons of reading. 1 Midterm (40%), 1 Final (40%) and an imaginary (20% for classroom participation... don't count on it!)

December 31, 2008

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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after i got out of the midterm, i was kind of pissed at some of the below reviews on culpa, which made the class seem a lot easier than it is. i am an anthro major, not specifically interested in linguistics, and i found this course to be very challenging, and i struggled trying to understand it when preparing for the tests. it is easy to lose yourself in the lecture, not really paying attention to the material, as it is kind of hard to grasp (but interesting, nonetheless). paul is a really funny guy, who was so interesting to listen to. the problem i had, however, was that he made it seem like the tests would be easy (and we were allowed cheat sheets), but i felt betrayed when the tests came. Contrary to some below reviews, it is very necessary to do many of the readings, especially the ones he mentions in lectures. i made that mistake on the midterm. they help, as i found that when i sat down to study, his lectures were all over the place and i actually had a hard time comprehending my notes, as there was little sequence. I don't not recommend this class, however, but be forewarned.

December 17, 2008

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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Paul Kockelman is a good professor. The fact that he delivers lectures without notes or powerpoints is amazing. (and the lectures are organized) With that said, DO NOT take this class for exposure to anthro. I took this class thinking it would help me decide if anthro was right for me, and it's basically a linguistics class. Sometimes I understood the material, other times I felt like he could've been speaking a different language. If you do have experience with anthro and/or linguistics DEFINITELY take this class. Paul is very entertaining and engaging. I had a lot of laughs in this class, and I did walk away with concepts. He doesn't just lecture. He opens up room for questions. Do what the other reviewers say and GO TO LECTURES! It's a good class,-- if it's in your field of interest.

Workload:

reading that can be confusing and dense (don't stress over reading it, just pay attention to authors b/c he refers to them on the exams), midterm and final both with 1pg d-sided notes, no papers.

December 17, 2008

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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To preface this review, I want to say that I actually love Paul Kockelman. With that being said, this class is NOT easy by any means. Concepts are extremely abstract and difficult to understand, but if you really try, you can get a lot out of the class. Apparently people get by with just studying lecture notes and without doing the readings, however to do well on the tests (which are NOT easy like other reviews have said) you have to do at least some of the readings. This class is about connecting and applying abstract ideas, not just spitting back material. This class was definitely one of my favorite this semester, but it is not an easy A. Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into when you sign up.

Workload:

Lots of Readings (necessary, unlike some of the other reviews have said), Midterm, Final

January 19, 2006

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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Kockelman is great! He is a very strange man, but in a good way. He has random thougths and acts out what he is talking about. But these are some of the reasons why it was intersting. His lectures were always interesting, relevant, and necessary. I did one or two readings at the beginning and stopped because they at times had very little to do with the lectures. Everything that was on the test was in his lectures-so go to class and take good notes. They are entertaining anyways so why not?! The material was ok but its worth it just for him.

Workload:

a midterm and a final both with notes-both doable

January 16, 2006

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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I enjoyed this class, and I especially recommend you take it if you need it for the barnard requirement. I'm a science person, but I still found the lecture's interesting. You don't need to do the readings at all, but you must attend the lectures and pay attention. Study your notes a few days before the exams and you'll do well. He even lets you bring in 1 double sided page of notes to the exams, so that really helps. It's a easy to fair class, that's interesting, doesn't require any reading outside of the class, with a cool professor.

But, you shouldn't take it if you want to take a true anthropology class, to me it felt like more of just a linguistics class.

Workload:

Midterm (alittle too long, i ran out of time...) and final each with a sheet of notes. Very fair exams. All short answer.

October 23, 2005

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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Words cannot express how wonderful this man is. Neither can they express how many girls have developed crushes over his detailed explanations of semiotics, the theoreticians he quotes verbatim from memory, and his kind bespectacled gaze that treats each and every student question as if it brings up some valuable point he otherwise might have let fall by the wayside. Paul Kockelman has the remarkable power to transform what could be an utterly dry and technical subject into a series of enthralling lectures, which he delivers entirely without notes in an utterly organized fashion. They are only interrupted by the occasional question and the times when he paces into the furthest corner of the room and leans silently into it, his eyes flickering left and right as if reading some invisible text. He refuses to cap classes, so keep going even if the registrar tells you it's full. Ten or fifteen people every lecture end up without desks and have to sit on the floor in the front, but it's entirely okay--you're then all the closer to swoon up at him.

Workload:

Don't bother reading; he does a much better job of explaining everything in class.

July 10, 2005

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture and Labour, Exchange, Measurement, and Value

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I cannot say enough about the clarity, enthusiasm, and care with which Prof. Kockelman delivers lectures/seminars/discussions at office hours (go if only to gawk at his bookshelf). Language and Culture will probably be oversubscribed and half of the students either won't care/won't work. Pay attention in class and do the readings - you stand to gain a ton from this class (particularly his readings of saussure/vygotsky/goffman). I would recommend taking this (or another lower level class) before a seminar, both to get used to his style and also because there will be a lot of crossover in the classes (presumably this holds for the agent,person, subject, self course as well). Labour, Exchange, Measurement and Value is a graduate seminar with a lot of reading which is totally worth it, again provided you are willing to work yer arse off. That said, Paul is also one of the more outgoing and friendly professors i have had at my time here, and has saved me on more than one occaision when that nasty awkward silence filled the room...incredibly fun guy, unbelievably clear and measured thinker, and a great teacher. Its rare to see such enthusiasm...

Workload:

As much reading as you can handle - there is a lot to do if you do it all (particularly the seminar) but its not absolutely required...Language and Culture is primarily articles/excerpts from books.

February 07, 2005

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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This class should be renamed "language," because it has absolutely nothing to do with a study of culture. Paul gets an E for effort in his attempt to make the unbearable content of this class interesting, but at it's core the class is a bunch of meaningless linguistics shite that has little or nothing to do with anthropology. The readings are very close to philosophy readings in the sense that no one can bring themselves to understand or care about them. The material of the course consists of memorizing a random collection of linguistic terms and then reciting them upon command for the exams. The Grading is determined entirely by the double threat TA's. The few classes that the TA's tried to teach while Paul was away were train wrecks. Some reviews claim that Paul and his class "rock." I have no idea what this class rocks, it was awful. It should also be noted that in my opinion Paul is awkwardly passive aggresive ,but he is quite approachable and helpful in person. If you're looking for an introductory course for anthropology, this isn't it.

Workload:

readings that are never read, midterm, final, threats of pop quizzes that never

January 04, 2005

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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The first couple days of pk's class terrified me, and I dilgently shlepped down to the 80s to pick up the course packet and spent hours attempting to decipher the readings. I quickly realized that the readings were completely unnecessary, and all you have to do is show up to class and a few days before the midterm and final start reviewing your notes and make sure you have some idea of what's going on. for the midterm/final you definitley have to understand the concepts, but as long as you show up to class everyday and are remotely intelligent, you'll be fine. If you only come half the time and memorize your friend's notes to fill in the empty spots, you won't do well. you really don't have to do any outside work, so just make sure to show up everyday and not fall asleep. the man walks into class everyday with a different food or drink, whether it be espresso in an old Poland Springs bottle or blueberry yogurt. HIs mannerisms are bizarre, but in a most endearing sense. you'll probably walk out of class scratching your head wondering what in the world just happened during the past hour and fifteen minutes, and this feeling will remain for a couple weeks. then pk will randomly come to class, spend ten minutes reviewing, and everything will magically make sense. I thought I didn't learn a thing, but I mysteriously find myself constantly referencing the concepts we discussed. good class to take if you like linguistics and/or human interaction, not if you're looking to learn a little about basic anthro.

Workload:

reading you ABSOLUTELY do NOT need to do, two pop quizzes (the second of which never happened), and a reasonable midterm and final that will merely test your understanding of the concepts.

January 02, 2005

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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Paul is a fascinating guy! His knowledge and energy are astounding. He came to class every morning equipped only with a tall glass of some radioactive-colored juice and proceeded to give lecturers straight from his brilliant noodle. Content-wise, the course changed the way I think, truly. This is one of those classes that gives you a whole new perspective and, as Paul would say, an entire meta-language for thinking about language and how we use it. This stuff will seriously take over your brain and be infinitely useful in all your other classes. As for the man, well, he's nothing short of genius and entertaining to boot. So whatever you do, take this class before you graduate and enjoy every second of it!

Workload:

About 20 pages of really interesting reading from the course pack for each class. One midterm and one final, both fair (although it's really impossible to test on this sort of material, so don't expect an opportunity to really strut your stuff on the exams. They're pretty basic, disappointingly)

January 01, 2005

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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Paul is an amazing professor. He does a great job of posing questions and drawing comparisons that link the course content to other disciplines and life in general. His style of lecturing is very personable and although I have never spoken to him at office hours, I feel as though if I ever needed to, he would be very easy to talk to.
It took me a couple weeks before I really got into the course and to appreciate all of it, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants an introduction to language in the cultural anthropological context.

Workload:

Lots of readings that get more interesting as the course moves along. One midterm, one final. He said that there would be 2 pop quizzes on the syllabus but we only had one and I think he may get rid of them, or at least announce them before hand...Not bad at all, just keep up with readings.( Paul is also very good at pointing out what you need to know from each of the readings in his lectures, so attendance is key)

December 27, 2004

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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I'll make this short and clear. He's a brilliant, eccentrically funny professor. He's a lenient grader, although he comes off as pretty scary at the beginning. Review your notes and you'll do well in his class. There's an extra-credit problem on the final, for God's sake! The material is pretty interesting as well, so you'll probably WANT to review.

Highly recommended professor. What he taught in this class changed my world-view.

Workload:

NOTHING! Only a 4-problem midterm and a 4-problem final. There were supposed to be 2 pop quizzes worth 10% of the grade. He only gave one, and later said that the quiz "could only help you."

December 22, 2004

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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The class was a very interesting lecture that I think would have worked much better as a small seminar. Paul is a hilarious & intelligent speaker, but classtime went to explaining the main ideas of the readings rather than engaging with them or discussing their anthropological significance. I felt like a lot of people in the class were disappointed that it was not a straight-up anthro class but instead more like a survey course in linguistics. So be warned! That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the class, feel like I learned a lot, & was very impressed by Paul's obvious enthusiasm for the subject. Hence: a wonderful professor but the class structure could be improved -- and it would be nice if Columbia or Barnard offered futher, more in-depth courses in the material touched upon in this intro.

Workload:

Weekly readings that are totally unnecessary (you are only tested on what Paul says in class) and often seemingly unconnected to the lectures. Amazingly easy midterm and final, both of which Paul then scales.

December 19, 2004

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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Having had Professor Kockelman last year and just recently deciding upon anthropology as my major, I've found myself a bit more serious and knowledgeable about the anthropology field this semester. Looking back on Kockelman's class, I've come to realize that it was a VERY good class to take if you're at all interested in anthropology. That being said, I believe that this class should NOT be an introductory course as it incorporates a wide range of diverse and almost random mixture of cultures and societies to concentrate on. And it's hard to grasp the essence of all of these societies, concepts, and specific key components of each varying language/communication system- esp. for first years and anthro.-first-timers. I took it my first semester freshman yr having only a vague idea of what anthropology even was and unfortunately threw myself into a very detailed and seemingly-confusing course. However, the course material IS very interesting (having gone over again this semester) and useful if you keep your focus and by all means- MEET WITH THE PROF! He is an incredibly nice and sweet individual who is completely fascinated with his subject. His passion for the content and his intelligence (he was actually a physics major at stanford/ucla- i forget which one) might even spark an interest in ya'!

Workload:

Loads of reading (which is characterisitic of most anthro. courses) & although you don't have to read everything you will need to make sure you know key ideas from each reading. Hard to retain the info sometimes.

November 16, 2004

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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I am currently in this class as well, however I disagree with some of the points made by the previous review. If you want to learn something completely new, something completely unexpected that you would never have thought of in a million years, this class is far from DULL . Every thing I have learned in this class has blown me away. This is what college is for!
The work load is not too heavy, but the reading is dense, especially in the beginning but don't lose hope! At first i was literally reading the passages three times because it seemed to be in a different language. This said, Prof. kockleman really hits the important points in the lecture and breaks up these readings that ramble on for fifteen pages into about three sentences. He also tells you specific things to note about the reading ahead of time, so that you are not completely frustrated or bogged down.
Prof. Kockleman is very entertaining and engaging, very passionate about his subject and about teaching you this material. He is also approachable, always addressing the class of about 120 with a "hey gang!" , and willing to answer any question in class (no matter how stupid it seems to the rest of the audience).
As to falling asleep in class, well thats your own problem. I wouldnt recommend it because you will miss a lot. Besides it is fairly difficult to fall asleep when you are engaged and interested in the material and paying attention.
The only complaint about this class were the TA's. There were three that so far have only taught twice and it seems that only one of them knows what is going on. The second cannot speak English very well and doesn't speak loudly enough which is a shame bc the first day I sat in the back and was very annoyed but the next day I sat in the front and he actually had really good points and examples. The last just acted annoyed with us all the time when we asked her to speak up bc she mumbled the entire time.
Beacuse of this class, I want to be an Anthro major or at least a minor!!! I cannot promise you will like this class, obviously the previous review did not. Like any class and professor it is a matter of personal preference. But look at how many good reviews there are and then how many negative ones, and hopefully if you take the class you will not be disappointed.

Workload:

Very dense reading at first- dont let it scare you! It definately gets better. You can get away without doing all of it bc the prof goes over it in a much more conprehensible style. This said, when it is time for the midterm, you will want to have at least have known who said what and be able to reference them.
Be careful of the pop quizes!! The prof went out of town for a week. The first class the TA's taught was completely boring (the first and only time so far I fell asleep) so a lot of ppl skipped the second class. But !danger! there was a pop quiz on the in-class notes from that lecture. So just watch out, there are two per semester and they are collectively 20% of the grade.
I can't speak about the final yet, I havent had it, but the midterm was tidily comprehensive and very very fair even though I didnt do very well on it. Really know the concepts inside and out. It is really like learning another language. There is a lot of material, but its incredibly fascinating!! My floormate and I are constantly saying how much we love it and how we cannot beleive the stuff we a learning. It is truly exciting!

November 06, 2004

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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Please don't listen to the other reviews of this class.

I was fooled by them when I chose to take this class, which I am currently taking. I entered it considering an athro or lingustics minor and now I refuse to take another anthro or linguistics class ever again.

Don't get me wrong, Paul is a fairly engaging and very knowledgeable professor. The examples he comes up with are ingenious and I always marvel at them. However, the class is DULL, DULL, DULL. The readings are beyond tedious and I end up never doing them because every time I try I am immediately bored to tears. A lot of them, especially those in the beginning, are impossibly convoluted.

Fortunately, Paul goes over the main points of the readings (and the things that are on the midterm/final), which is helpful because lecture notes & study groups are somewhat sufficient in studying for the midterm/final, which are difficult. But lecture notes are hard to come by because you will mostly likely fall asleep in class (a fairly large portion does so). I'm not sure if it's the 10:35 start time, or just the awful material, but it's not a good situation.

I had high hopes for this class, but now I can't wait til it's over.

Workload:

20-30 page reading per class (usually difficult, but not really necessary unless you somehow like this class), a comprehensive but not that difficult midterm, final that I can't comment on yet

December 10, 2003

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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This is by far the most fascinating class I've ever taken- and Paul Kockelman is absolutely the icing on the cake. The man is brilliant and hilarious and completely approachable. If you get the opportunity to take a class with Paul, consider yourself blessed because you will come out of every class feeling incredibly inspired. When I began, I was interested in Linguistics. Now I'm completely inspired to major in it.

Workload:

Totally fair- about 20 pages of reading (one article) per class (and you will WANT to read them), a midterm and a final (both in-class and hard, but generously graded)

December 08, 2003

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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Hands down Paul is the best professor suited for this job! Just recently discovered and hired by Barnard, he engages the class lucidly in the work through his eccentric and humorous examples and mannerisms. As for the class work itself, it is only doing the readings, and even if you don't read them before class or perhaps ever (scanning works to but the readings happen to be so fascinating you'll WANT to read them!) you will be perfectly fine because Paul points out exactly what is important from them! Also, he incorporates examples from his own dissertation with the Q'eqchi Mayans and it is amazingly engaging and interesting, while he is also known to go off on how important some features of speech are, compares it to the importance of our hands and then bites the projector ilustrating how those are important! It's hilarious!! Now just go out right now and register for this class, you will be incredibly happy that you did! Linguistic Anthropology rocks!

Workload:

Reading for each lecture, Midterm and Final (both in class) - he gives you amazing breakdowns on review sheets for each one! and thats it!

December 07, 2003

Kockelman, Paul Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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Professor Kockelman is completely fantastic. His lectures are almost always engaging and clear, but his eccentric mannerisms and hilarious anecdotes are what really make his class so enjoyable. He is very friendly, approachable, and responsive to students' questions. Professor Kockelman provides helpful study guides for both of his exams, and is quite good at covering all important parts of the readings in his lectures. I plan to take as many courses from him as I possibly can, as he is intelligent, interesting, helpful, and entirely delightful.

Workload:

2 exams (midterm and in-class final) that require you to answer 3 of 5 multi-part questions in short answer format, about 30 pages of pretty dense reading per class

March 22, 2003

Gandolfo, Daniella (TA)
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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Daniella was a TA in my Intro to Culture class, given by Paige West. Daniella was ALWAYS available (despite having serious time constraints due to writing her thesis) and made every attempt to help with understanding any of the readings, the assignments, or anything at all. She is extremely intelligent and has incredible insights both into the traditional field of anthropology and its potential future direction. I found her to be the best asset of the class, in every way.

March 22, 2003

West, Paige Silver_nugget
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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While most students found Prof. West to be "cool & hip," as well as an "incredible dresser in vintage clothes with pink cowgirl boots," I was not impressed with her constant projection of her political views during almost every class. My goal was to learn something about culture and anthropology - not hear an endless diatribe on the horrors of capitalism (from a woman so concerned with her appearance this seemed somewhat ridiculous & less than honest) and the greatness of Marx. Overall I would recommend taking this class from someone more interested in teaching the subject than in making sure the "correct" moral/political projection is being made.

Workload:

Tons of reading which was generally not discussed in class and was written more for anthropologists (use of unnecessarily complex jargon rather than simple discription) than for someone wanting to learn about anthropology. Paper, ethnography project, mid-term & final. But the READING was a burden!

November 07, 2002

Shankar, Shalini
[ANTH V1009] Introduction to Language and Culture

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Although prof. Shankar seems like she'd be an interesting person to hang out with, she unfortunately doesn't lecture well. She reads her lectures from notes and basically sums up the articles we read for homework. She rarely takes questions and actively discourages us from asking more than two or three clarifications during a lecture. We don't discuss anything. She says it's due to class size, but I've had classes that size before with discussion. The midterm seemed easy but her grading was very picky. Taking over this class last minute couldn't have been easy, especially because the previous professor was rumored to be so excellent. Maybe prof. Shankar would handle a smaller class better, but I would not recommend taking a lecture-based class with her.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ANTB / ANTH ANTB ANTH V1009: Intro to Language & Culture Paul Kockelman 2012 Fall TR / 11:40-12:55 PM 1
ANTB / ANTH ANTB ANTH V1009: Intro to Language & Culture Paul Kockelman 2010 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
ANTB / ANTH ANTB ANTH V1009: Intro to Language & Culture Paul Kockelman 2008 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1