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John Hawks
Professor in the Anthropology department
at University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI
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Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
A+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.0
Clarity
3.4
Easiness
3.1
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12/10/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Anthro105 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A+
"Tests? Not many" "Big time extra credit" "Amazing lectures"

The class is super interesting, and lectures aren't at all dense. Prof. Hawks definitely enjoys what he teaches and makes it entertaining. Take a few notes and you'll be fine. You only take 14 online quizzes for the whole semester and a couple lab reports.

12/01/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTHRO 105 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: Not sure yet

Lectures are at times irrelevant to the quizzes that are posted. His power points are pretty boring and never have any information on the slides, other than graphs. Sometimes is difficult to pick up on what information is important. However, the labs are really short and easy.

11/26/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Anthro 105 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Hawks is a good natured guy. If a bit arrogant, after what he's accomplished, he may have a right to be. He's gone a lot because he's doing anthro work overseas, which is cool. Lectures are dense but OK. Weekly 5 pt quiz & 4 (10 pts ea.) lab right ups are your total grade. Quizzes are poorly worded. Labs are easy and you get to study real bones!

08/06/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
Anthro 105 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

After 8 weeks of disorganization, you might expect to get at least GRADES. But NO. After begging and begging, he only graded 1 project out of 4. There is absolutely no way you can know how well you are doing until the very last week. Also don't write too long he doesn't appreciate it. It keep me wondering if he cares about his students at all.

08/22/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTHRO Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: P

I audited his class, so I can't comment on the grading. I thought he was interesting and chose really good literature. I still read his blog, five years after auditing his class.

07/07/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Anthro 105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Never have I encountered a more arrogant professor in my entire academic career. Way too into himself, which would be tolerable if he was actually a good teacher. When he deigned to show up (sometimes he just sent documentaries in his stead) he shot down students and was just generally badly. Poorly organized; quizzes were useless.

05/09/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Anthro 105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

TA's seem good at what they do, but can't salvage the terribly organized class. Grade is based on 15 quizzes, which little information is given out beforehand—including when they will be. This system purports to help students do well, but all it does it make it about the quizzes and not material. Lectures + labs don't correlate. avoid if you can.

03/07/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Anthropology 10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I took this class because I heard it was an easy A but it is not. The entire semester is out of 105 points so every 5 point quiz is that much more important. Questions are super specific. You don't have midterms or a final to help boost your grade. He's really arrogant and posts hints about the quizzes on his twitter, but doesn't tell you.

12/19/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
anthr105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Not a hard class, but it was very annoying how lectures were extremely pointless 80% of the time and quizzes had the most random topics. Lab was interesting and easy to get points. My TA was awesome. If you love anthropology as much as him maybe you'll like it.

12/17/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
Anthr105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Hawks is super full of himself and shows you lots of videos with his face. His quizes are on random stuff lots of times so you have to pay attention to little details and hope you don't miss any.

12/17/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTHR619 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Only offered every other year. Cross-listed with Zoology, Psych, and Bio. Optional readings, optional lecture attendance, 14 blog posts, 30 comments, and a 3,000 word essay due at the end for an AB. Great papers get A's. Intriguing discussion, huge range of topics covered.

11/29/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Anthr105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Weekly quiz (5pts) and in-class lab assignments (3pts) are the only grades you get. Quizzes are inconsistent; really hard to know what to study or look over before hand, and sometimes his questions are on something he mentioned once. He is pretty arrogant, but definitely likes what he does. DON"T follow him on twitter, he tweets every 5 seconds.

11/20/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
ANTHR105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Lectures are different every time and you have a weekly lab that is beyond easy. Weekly quizzes are given on lectures and lab material. Grade is point based. You can tell he loves Anthropology!...maybe a little too much...

09/18/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ANTH105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This class was pretty easy. Not too difficult to get an A. Lectures are different every time and rather interesting. We even watched a movie one or two times. No homework really, but there are quizzes that are easy but can be tricky

06/14/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Anthr300 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Not the usual teacher for this summer class (Neil Whitehead passed away this year), but he did a great job outlining the important aspects of ethnography, defining culture, and went more in depth than anthro 104. No textbook, provided online articles. Reading heaving, discussion heavy, small writing assignments, really interesting discussion.

03/06/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Anthr105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The class itself is interesting, and fairly easy. The lectures are OK, and the labs are useless. The guy is quite full of himself. The course would be much better with a different professor.

11/24/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTHR105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

John Hawks is one of the leading experts in his field, which is really cool and inspiring. This semester we watched a documentary that has't even been officially released yet because he was in it. The class, however, is sometimes difficult to follow because he doesn't 'dumb down' the material and the quizzes are random. No reading or hw though.

06/09/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Anthr304 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I have had Dr. Hawks for both an intro and an upper-level bio anthro course. For intro he's not the greatest professor; the way he teaches gets kind of confusing. For upper-levels, it's all discussion based and he makes you really interested in the material. Definitely take him for an upper Level class, nothing is ever graded really.

05/09/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANT304 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Hawks used discussion as a means of teaching for most of the semester. Although he would shoot down our ideas, I think that he wanted to teach us how to think about concepts critically. It was extremely intellectually stimulating, but not a cake walk. We weren't assigned a text, instead we were given articles to read. Be sure to read.

01/14/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
anthr105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I really loved this class, and Professor Hawks was partially the reason for that. He made lecture really interesting (if you are intrigued by biology and evolution as I am). The labs were not really necessary but the chance to handle bones and casts of fossils made it worthwhile. Tests varied from really easy to specific and hard, so know the info.

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