John Hawks at University of Wisconsin - Madison

John Hawks

  • 3.2Overall Quality
  • 3.0Helpfulness
  • 3.4Clarity
  • 3.1Easiness

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Class
Rating
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8/22/13

ANTHRO

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedP

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.

7/7/13

Anthro 105

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

5/9/13

Anthro 105

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

3/7/13

Anthropology 10

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity4

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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.

12/19/12

anthr105

Average Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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.

12/17/12

Anthr105

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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.

12/17/12

ANTHR619

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

11/29/12

Anthr105

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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.

11/20/12

ANTHR105

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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...

9/18/12

ANTH105

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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

6/14/12

Anthr300

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

3/6/12

Anthr105

Average Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

11/24/11

ANTHR105

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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.

6/9/11

Anthr304

Average Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness2

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

5/9/11

ANT304

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

1/14/11

anthr105

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

12/23/10

Anthr105

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

I was super excited for this class, but it ended up being a disappointment. He is hell-bent on embarrassing his students, shooting down every student answer to his questions in lecture. The exams are a terrible indication of how much you actually know and his lectures are so hard to take notes on. The labs are SUCH a waste of time.

12/17/10

Anthr105

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He's a good teacher, generally keeps things interesting, and is pretty funny (if you like anthro jokes). Just beware of his ego!

11/22/10

anthr105

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He's really knowledgeable and the topics are interesting, but lecture and labs were totally all over the place. You could never really tell if what he was saying was just a side notes or if it was something for the test. A lot of test questions were random facts he mentioned in class and didn't necessarily seem important.

10/26/10

Anthr105

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

I was disgusted with how useless this class was. It's not hard, it'll just suck out your soul slowly because you will learn nothing of value. His lectures mostly felt like he was putting on a show to let everyone know how smart he was, I barely went and still got a B. Go to lab, it's the only part that doesn't suck, and get AARON SAMS as a TA

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