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Instructor: Paul Christensen

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ANTH152, Spring 2011
ANTH484, Spring 2011
ANTH483, Fall 2010
ANTH152, Summer II 2010
ANTH483, Summer II 2010

Paul Christensen: ANTH152, Spring 2011

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 152 - Culture and Humanity Crn (Section): 80077 (001)     83696 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.63 8 1.19 Freq(%) 6 (75%) 0 (0%) 6 (16%) 1 (13%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 39 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (26%) 8 (89%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 39 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (36%) 6 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.51 39 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 15 (38%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (13%) 1 (11%) 13 (33%) 7 (78%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.87 39 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 13 (33%) 6 (67%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Looking at how the past anthropologists developed ideas that have shaped the way we think now.
Every lecture was equally valuable.
very enthusiastic
The videos we watched really helped drive some of the points home.
Watching videos that connected to some of the theories we needed to learn for class. I thought the videos would be boring like other classes but I found myself enjoying them instead.
I enjoyed watching and critiquing the films from an anthropological perspective. It was really interesting to apply our knowledge of anthropology to films.
I think that the movies that relate to the course along with the content because Anthropology is relatable to all humans and locals of Hawai'i
na
I felt learning about the methods of observations and approaches used to perform a successful anthropological study were quite useful (especially since I'm majoring in anthropology).
The Lectures.
The review sessions for each test.
Writing the papers gave me good experience in actual anthropological practices.
I enjoyed the films and writing a paper. I also liked the powerpoint presentations.
Online discussion. Writing essays about movies watched in class.
Videos which showed how abstract concepts could be used to analyze phenomena.
Concepts in the history of anthropology as well as contemporary trends improved understanding of socio-cultural dynamics.
Everything. This was an amazing class and I learned a LOT in such a short time that I know for a fact I'll still be able to retain in my following years.
The lectures and materials I felt were the most valuable.
Understanding how to look at different aspects of different societies without falling into the trap of comparing and ranking them.
I didn't find the lectures about anthropologists interesting but all the lectures about capitalism, different cultures, ethnicities, gender, ect were all very eye opening and knowledgable.
The lectures
The videos... it brought a 'modern' sense to anthropology, a science that can be related to the here and now.
Study reviews
A lot of the material learned was valuable because it were about people in real life, especially the crips and bloods video, it made me aware of how long is has been going on for and its still happening today and probably for many more generations to come.
The videos and some assigned readings.
Watching the videos and seeing how the people form their different cultures interact in their own natural enviroment.
the lectures and movies
text was interesting
watching the movies helped a lot because we could connect the movie to what we were learning. It helped for people who were lost.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I feel that everything that was covered was valuable in some way or another.
none.
n/a. the early class times
Too early. Can't fault the course for my own inability to pay attention.
None that I can recall.
The early class time. haha
The fact that class is at 730 Am its hard to pay attention that early.
he seemed way to cought up with japan. EVERYTHING WAS ABOUT JAPAN , he seemed to have little to offer outside of talking about japan....it got really old. his class was way to random.
At the moment nothing comes to mind.
The readings
I wish we would have been able to have more or in fact any one on one time with the instructor.
I felt that many of the reading assignments were somewhat related to the lecture material and I wished that the readings could have been discussed more during class, so that it could help me see the connection to the concepts discussed on the lecture powerpoints.
The hip-hop presentation was not interesting and I didn't get anything out of it.
Tests were sometimes wrongly worded or grammatically wrong, and often were unclear and vague.
Constant banter regarding relativism of the entire anthropological field & theory.
I understand why he wanted us to write papers on the movies, but I didn't find that process particularly helpful. I would have preferred to have things from the movie as part of the tests.
Probably only the detailed information on different anthropologists but thats just me because I personally don't need to know that.
It seemed that there were a lot of information crammed into this course. It seemed like a 300-400 level course, with the amount of information presented. I think this course could benefit from focusing on 3-4 major anthropologists or themes. I am a senior--who has taken numerous courses from various universities; colleges; departments; and fields, and I can safely that this needs to be at least a 200/300 level course.
Irrelevant videos
none
IDK
The lectures were boring, but that ok because the subject didn't really interest me.
everything was valuable
lectures boring at times
the readings because most of our test were from lecture, so basically the books were a waste of money to buy.
slides with 100+ words, that is not the most effective way to give a presentation
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 39 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 5 (13%) 10 (26%) 21 (54%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 39 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 5 (13%) 0 (0%) 10 (26%) 18 (46%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 39 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 12 (31%) 23 (59%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 39 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 2 (5%) 17 (44%) 7 (78%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 38 0.9 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 15 (39%) 19 (50%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 39 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 12 (31%) 26 (67%)
17. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 39 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 0 (0%) 23 (59%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Only in terms of the technical aspect, making sure that the movies will play before hand. Otherwise it's all good. :)
review what was taught in the previous lecture before moving on.
No ways I can think of.
*[Please ignore 1st half if practice essay questions were handed out] Since I'm filling this out before finals, I might be wrong but the syllabus had stated we'd be provided with practice essay questions before the finals. We've haven't been given any yet and I thought that would've been very helpful for students studying. I could've familiarized myself with the teacher's grading criteria and be better prepared on what to include in my finals essay question. Another way to improve the course is to go over the study guides for midterms. The study guide was a bit general in what to study so narrowing it down would've been nice.
Use smaller words, he is so smart and intellectual that sometimes when he goes through lectures, i get lost because I don't understand his terminology
get over his own experiences with working with AAA in japan , and focus more on actual modern athropology studies... PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT JAPAN AND CAPITALISM that is all
I'm not sure because I feel that he did a very good job.
N/A
Clearly write out what is expected for extra credit assignments; I forgot what was said in class about them...
Perhaps having more than one TA to help him deal with so many students
I really disliked the way he designed his exam for this course. He also makes us read long journal articles on top of reading our assigned textbooks. I'm just upset at the way his multiple choice questions are erratically written. hence I'm not doing well in this course! >(
I would have liked the reading assignments to be discussed along with the lecture materials.
More clarity in what we are expected to know for the test.
posting the answers to the test questions including what you were looking for in with the write in questions.
Explain some of the "big" words you use for those who do not understand; especially for the ESL students. Try to not to put as much text on one slide. I hated reading those HUGE chunks of text that were confusing and boring.
I think he did a great job on teaching anthropology. The only thing I would suggest is better reading assignments.
Upload lectures the day before.
Have more class discussions, good way to engage entire class
Less outside reading and more examples.
Nothing. He does a good job:)
I thought the course was difficult with the test concepts
movies online
learn to make an effective slide show
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Fascinating, intelligent and knowledgeable
Intelligent, Friendly, Helpful
fun. intelligent.
Vibrant, Enthusiastic
Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and kind
young, smart, relatable
Smart. Conservative. Enthusiastic
scatterbrained random intellectual
Informative & Charismatic
N/A
Enthusiastic, Interested, Approachable
Articulate, humorous, relaxed.
funny, intelligent, knowledgeable
Thinks too much of himself.
enthusiastic, intelligent, and communicable
Enthusiastic! Interesting! (In a good way) Knowledgable!
Interested, well-informed, wants to convey interest in the material to students
Intellectual Confident
Very knowledgeable, and fair.
Eloquent, engaging, and knowledgeable.
Understanding
Personal Insightful Experienced
Serious, dedicated, new
Organized, engaging, and knowledgeable.
Organized, Good Speaker, Can relate material to the students
Enthusiatic, Knowledgable, Intelligent
energetic, passionate, knowlegable
friendly approachable understanding
Fun. Smart. Thoughtful.
deicated and helpful
enthusiastic knowledgeable
informative, honest
20. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.37 39 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 15 (38%) 7 (78%) 0 (0%)
21. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.78 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 21 (54%) 0 (0%)
22. Other comments:
The TA was okay, but I felt that he assumed that the class knew a lot, or could follow his thoughts, or knew a lot about hip-hop, whereinfact I don't think many of us knew at all.. He does speak well, but maybe should not make certain assumptions.
I would reccomend this course to my friends if the same professor were teaching it again.
THE TA was incredibly helpful
N/A
I very much enjoyed the pre-exam study groups with Eric. More times would have been great
TA was very kind enough to hold review sessions for exams #1 and #2. Give him credit for that.
Thank you for a great semester!
I think maybe he could have taught one or two more lectures, just so i could get more of a sense of his input of the class, but from what ive seen, he is also very knowledgable.
The class was fairly enjoyable. I went to almost every lecture and didn't fall asleep once so that is a good sign! I wish he would try at least to have a little more interaction with students just so they can try to get on the same page. Sometimes the way he worded things made them a bit confusing. However the tests were very fair and challenging but not too hard that it was stressful.
Great class, great professor
I never saw him in class. How is he supposed to help students when he was not there?
TA lead great review sessions
Great Prof. it's nice to have a professor that relates to contemporary issues so well and a full basis of knowledge in the subject matter and delivers it in a interesting way to learn. Keep up the good work!

Paul Christensen: ANTH484, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 484 - Japanese Popular Culture Crn (Section): 85723 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.71 28 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 4 (14%) 19 (68%) 2 (7%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.14 28 0.36 Freq(%) 24 (86%) 4 (14%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 27 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 25 (93%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 28 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (14%) 23 (82%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 28 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 6 (21%) 20 (71%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 28 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 8 (29%) 19 (68%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 28 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 7 (25%) 20 (71%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 28 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 7 (25%) 18 (64%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
-Film review paper was valuable because we had to analyze the movies and connect to what we learned. -Group discussion: it was fun and helpful to discuss and listen to other classmates. -PP slides: They were fun and well-prepared slides. The pictures were very nice. They caught students' attention!
How he presents lecture. He uses pictures, videos, etc. to explain what he is talking about. His voice is not boring at all compared to some professors. I really enjoyed this class.
lots of cool stuff learned
learning about different areas of popular culture in japan and also the reading material was helpful.
I thought all of the topics discussed in class were interesting and helpful. Laura Miller and Sabine Frustruke's books gave an interesting insight to the course.
The power points, course material, and overall class atmosphere is great.
Lectures were always interesting and enjoyable.
All
Everything in the class was very valuable.
A lot of the sample clips were helpful in demonstrating the readings, and the readings themselves were pretty interesting.
I really enjoyed the readings we had to do. I felt all the books shed different aspects that were interesting and related to the topics discusssed in class.
The organization of the course for the most part was well organized.
audiovisual presentations, guest speakers, discussions
The in-class lectures and the reading responses.
Wide range of topics, reaction papers focusing our thoughts on the readings were good too.
The readings and the lectures. Class discussions were valuable when people had things to say, but sometimes no one had an opinion, so these were really hit-or-miss, but that's not really anyone's fault. Thoroughly enjoyed Pokemon, hip-hop, and SDF sections. The beauty section was kind of all right.
The wide range of topics which we covered.
Discussions in class.
watching media that related to the given topic and the lectures
I feel that the books selected for the course were interesting and applied strongly to the topic taught as well as broadly to other classes and experiences when I have. I like the sections which related to economics and business, and the treating of cultural practices as a marketable commodity. I feel that there were many lessons taught which pertained to a broader spectrum than just Japanese culture.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Organization -Due of reading responses were not clear sometimes.
None!!
none
The Poke Man book was a difficult read. While I wasn't interested in the subject, I think the set-up of the book could have been done differently. I think a book that dealt with gender differences in popular culture would have been an interesting facet to the class.
None
There was nothing I was unsatisfied with.
n/a
The things that I learned in his previous class ANTH 483 Anthropology in Japan were covered once again.
While some discussion facilitation was needed, I think some of the discussion days were un-needed.
n/a
None I can think of.
This may seem weird to say, but sometimes I felt like my classmates were blowing it off, when half the class would not show up. It made me a little upset to be at every class and trying to pay attention/participate when no one else puts forth the effort. Some more incentive to come to class, maybe, would be good.
Group discussions that ended up being shelled into a larger discussion (probably should just do a large discussion). Some of the writing seemed unnecessary.
Reading responses.
discussions
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 28 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (14%) 23 (82%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 27 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 22 (81%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 28 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 26 (93%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 28 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 23 (82%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 28 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (18%) 22 (79%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 28 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 24 (86%)
17. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 28 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 24 (86%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
He is a wonderful instructor, very knowledgable in the field and enjoys teaching. It would have been better if he could put less quotation on PP slides and explain on his own words because they were sometimes a little bit difficult. Other than that, I really enjoyed the course. I am glad I took this with him.
None!! If anything can add more Japanese popular culture!
No improvements needed
Professor Christensen did a great job of applying examples of popular culture to show it's impact on society during every class. I think he can improve the course by explaining his concepts more slowly. Often, I found myself ferociously taking notes on his commentary to his slides, only to have Professor Christensen move on to the next slide. Please keep explaining the way you do but a little more slowly :)
Doesn't need to improve.
It was very great as it is.
more interaction and less lecture.
Overall, it was fine as it was, though a few times the schedule changed around and some of the students were unsure if a reading response was due.
n/a
Require less books for the class-each book was only used for a week or two.
Less Anime? :) In all seriousness, I think it was done quite well, and covered things not just because they're what students are infatuated with, but because they shed light on modern Japan.
Cover topics which seem more strikingly interesting with more time
more movies!
I feel that the amount of writing has the students prove to the teacher and TA that they were competent in the teachings, but for the amount of writing done it really should be a writing intensive credit (W). The amount of writing required for the course was far more than that required for any other upper level writing intensive class, yet surprisingly received no W.
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Fun, knowledgable, hard working, nice, caring
Cool, Fun, Great!
nice good teacher
Cheerful, knowledgeable
intelligent, creative.
Enthusiastic Friendly Involved
Passionate, interesting
friendly and knowledgable
Fair. Knowledgeable.
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable
I always learn better when the instructor is passionate about his subject. It was easy to see that Prof. Christensen knew what he was talking about and enjoyed giving his students something to "chew" on.
Energetic, knowledgable
respectful, honest, knowledgeable
Motivated, open-minded, enjoys teaching
interesting, motivated
Humorous, Understandable, Engaged
Enthusiastic. Fun lectures.
Nice, Informative, Casual
interesting, talkative, funny
entertaining. Knowledgeable. Up-beat.
20. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.89 27 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 24 (89%) 0 (0%)
21. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 28 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 28 (100%) 0 (0%)
22. Other comments:
Thank you so much for the great class. Now I can see my own country, culture very differently. I am glad that I took your class. I wish you great success in the future. Arigatou gozaimashita.;-)
TA and professor is excellent!! I really learned a lot from this class and enjoyed the lectures! Very rare to get that kind of class now-a-days. The topics on Japan has given me an idea of what Japan is like even though I have not been to Japan! Thank you so much!!
i really think it should either have less writing or be writing intensive. also if people don't care about the class it kinda seemed like they could just come on days where you have to turn responses in and still get by in the class
Despite the fact that this class is amazing, there are its flaws, AKA students. 3 students in particular always seem to get on my nerve in that class with their perpetual questions that don't even have anything to do with the main question at hand. I will not say names, but it does get tiresome to hear their personal thoughts and questions over and over. Not only that, I feel like I can't even talk as these students instantly take away the spotlight by interjecting with their own thoughts. I know it's not the professors fault, but the silence of these students would make this class more appealing as well as enjoyable
n/a
Toru was very approachable and I enjoyed all his comments/critiques on my reading response papers.
Very interesting class. Learned a lot of new things. Instructor and T.A. were very knowledgeable and friendly. Overall, a great class! Glad I took it.
The course TA knew lots about Japan and his explanations were effective. Also he did such as hard work with students' papers. Thank you!
Great course, really enjoyed it.
If its not going to be WI, I suggest taking out the two papers or the reading responses... otherwise people may be turned off by the amount of writing.
the T.A. was just as helpful as the professor, and easily accessible and wanted to help as much as possible.

Paul Christensen: ANTH483, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 483 - Japanese Culture & Behavior Crn (Section): 79204 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.56 25 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 8 (32%) 14 (56%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.24 25 0.44 Freq(%) 19 (76%) 6 (24%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 25 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (12%) 4 (16%) 17 (68%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.16 25 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (24%) 6 (24%) 12 (48%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 25 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (20%) 2 (8%) 18 (72%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 25 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 7 (28%) 14 (56%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 25 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 6 (24%) 3 (12%) 15 (60%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 25 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 6 (24%) 4 (16%) 13 (52%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I learned things that I was interested inlearning about.
Group discussions were good time to communicate with classmated and to know others opinions. It was my first time to do 20*20 presentation. It was fun and effective.
Group discussions.
Using powerpoints as a teaching tool as well as using his own experiences to teach us. The reading responses were good as well because we could write our opinion along with a summary of what we read.
Presentations at the end of the semester were valuable.
THe readings and the videos really supported what Professor Christensen was teaching and I thought was valuable to be able to make connections.
lecture, discussion, audio-visuals
The most valuable aspect was understanding how another culture works. When I decided to take this class, I only knew the stereotypical idea of what is Japanese. Now I know how diverse the country is, even though Japan doesn't want to really admit it.
videos were good.
none
Watching films and analysis of them were great learning experience.
The discussion
Studying the human side of politics, work, and gender in Japan was very valuable. The lectures were interesting and the instructor used a variety of images and multimedia which contributed to his effective delivery of the material. He also presented us with well-developed ideas and analyses.
The instructor could more or less always command the attention of the entire room, which usually helped in keeping students awake so early in the morning.
I found the weekly reading responses to really help in my understanding of the material. I really enjoy Paul's teaching techniques. Anthropology would be a very tough class to test facts on, so his layout for the class works great with the material.
the reading responses, they seemed to be the only way I learned anything.
the power points, the group discussions, and the final paper
The assigned project at the end and being able to see what aspects of Japanese culture the other students found interesting.
I feel that the discussion on popular myths about Japanese society (in particular, the myth of a ethnically homogenous Japan) were most valuable.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
Entire chapter readings.
I did not like the Pecha Kucha style final presentation style. I would rather have a traditional Powerpoint presentation.
n/a
I can't really think of anything that wasn't valuable. Everything pretty much fell into place and was needed.
student presentations, nobody showed up.
none
none
nothing
The students in the class did not seem very interested in discussing the material. This may have been due to the early class time, but the stale environment did not allow for further scholarly exploration of the texts. However, the discussion groups allowed for this on a biweekly or so basis.
All of the course grade was to be determined by writing. While that is not entirely unreasonable, the course itself was not listed as WI when I signed up. Furthermore, a lot of the lectures seemed wholly unnecessary as such a MAJOR portion of our final grade was to be determined by our final paper. I really only even went to class to turn in papers and hear what he had to say about the final paper towards the latter half of the semester. The reading materials also did not do anything to help foster my interest in the course. The first half of the semester we spent reading textbooks which were really very dry.
I enjoyed everything that we did in class.
the lectures, i felt like it didn't really give a large pictures of what "Japanese Culture and Behavior" is.
the weekly reading response papers. more group discussions and less papers would've probably been more helpful, but since this was such a large class i understand that having groups discussions doesn't always work as well...
I did not like the group discussions every Friday, many of the students did not participate, and I beleive I would have learned more from lecture, or videos. If the students want to discuss the subject mater they can do that after class with friends, teachers, or parents. Its easier to discuss outside of class then it is to learn about japanese culture if you have not taken japanese classes before.
Some of the guest speakers' topics deviated a bit from our studies, but they were still very interesting nonetheless.
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 24 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (21%) 18 (75%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 24 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 2 (8%) 4 (17%) 15 (63%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 23 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (30%) 15 (65%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 24 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 7 (29%) 13 (54%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 24 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 4 (17%) 6 (25%) 12 (50%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 24 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 7 (29%) 13 (54%)
17. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 24 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 10 (42%) 11 (46%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Incorporate the reading material into assignments better.
Less reading per week.
hand back papers in a more timely manner
Not as much books to buy and read. Use a textbook.
There was a lot of reading and especially towards the end of the semester there wasn't much discussion about the reading.
n/a
I think it would be best if he came to class a little earlier, so that he could prepare a little before class starts. Also, if he came a few minutes earlier, we could start on time. Otherwise, I don't think there's much more that needs improvement. ^-^
be more clear about WHAT is due and WHEN it is due. Let students know in advance! it's hard to follow the syllabus when the schedule changes! also, be on time!
Don't have too many readings
none
Assign checkpoints for research paper/presentation
Provide articles to help understand the course
I think reading smaller excerpts from different texts instead of focusing on a single text for several weeks would allow students to see a variety of perspectives and keep an interest in the material. I often felt disinterested by the assigned books after reading a few chapters. I would have also liked to have read less scholarly work by western anthropologists and more personal accounts or translated works relating to the topics at hand in order to gain a first-person perspective from a native Japanese. I do not like it when cultural studies classes are too western scholar centric.
Put WI in the course guide. Getting upper-level WI is really the only reason for taking this course over other electives. I felt as if I had been lied to when he explained on the very first class that all of the grades would be determined by papers.
be more engaging, try not to talk AT students.
A more strictly determined schedule for group discussions would be helpful.
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Interesting, fair
Fresh, fun
Fair. Knowledgeable.
enthusiastic, knowledgeable
intelligent, honest, sociable
Friendly, informative, awesome XD
Funny Excited
boring confusing lost
Nice, Intelligent, Understanding
passionate, deliberate, cautious
Awake, loud, boring
Knowledgeable and easy to comprehend
excited (to be talking about what interests him) and coffee-addict
interesting, energetic, knowledgeable
upbeat, excited, knowledgeable
Affable, engaging, and driven.
20. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.13 24 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (29%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 16 (67%)
21. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.14 24 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (25%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 17 (71%)
22. Other comments:
I really enjoyed this class!
I liked the presentations. The bad thing was that we had specific restraints which made it difficult, but I understand the reasons for that.
I really enjoyed this class overall. I learned a lot and it makes me thirst for more knowledge about Japan's culture. I wish I could take ANTH 484 next semester as well. I really appreciated that we had no tests in this class. The discussions were fun and helpful. I liked that he incorporated the use of videos that were relevant to the class as well rather than just using powerpoint everyday. I would definitely recommend this class to a friend.
I kind of thought the Pecha Kucha was entertaining. It was interesting to hear about other people's work.
Excellent teacher and class
Overall good course with interesting layout. Paul Christensen shows a lot of promise as a scholar of Japan and cultural anthropology.
With our final papers on our own topic of choosing worth 60% of the course grade, and much of the rest dependent upon reaction papers on the readings, there's really no incentive to attend the lecture at all.
great teacher!
I was most excited about this class, but I do not feel like I have learned anything about Japanese Culture and Behavior, I am disappointed in this class.

Paul Christensen: ANTH152, Summer II 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 152 - Culture and Humanity Crn (Section): 90036 (701)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.0 5 1.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.2 5 0.45 Freq(%) 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 1.73 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 5 1.79 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 1.73 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 5 1.52 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 1 (20%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 1.73 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 5 1.67 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The variety of media used to help teach such as videos and great literature.
I think that I learned the most when we had in-class discussions because we were able to bounce ideas off of each other rather than just listening to a lecture - although lectures are very important too.
Doing research and relating it to anthropology helped gain a more personal understanding of the subject and it helped me learn the material quicker when I applied it to my own life.
Everything
I really benefited from the way discussions of topics in classes were geared. I also thought the open Friday sessions were very helpful for class content clarification, paper feedback, etc. I understand this might be harder to facilitate in larger classes (which I suspect the class probably is during the normal school year), but I feel this was the most beneficial aspect of this class.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
When I signed up to take this course in cultural anthropology, I thought that we would be learning about specific cultures. I understand that this is just an intro class though, but I would've liked to learn more about the cultures that some of the founding figures of anthropology researched.
Some of the readings were ridiculously long and it was hard to do when we had so little time.
None. I felt the course was all very relevant and all topics were well connected with each other. Although, if anything, I am not sure if I benefited from the few discussions we had which included "book reviews" of anthropological text from other people.
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 1.73 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 5 1.64 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 1.73 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 5 1.79 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 1.79 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 1.79 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
17. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 1.79 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
When questions were asked during class, we seemed to get long-winded answers which ended up confusing me even more. I think perhaps if the teacher could maybe clarify what the student was asking then we'd get a more concise answer.
He was understanding that it was a summer course and didn't try to overwork us, it was very helpful and a big stress relief.
Please keep up the great job you are doing in expressing your ideas, thoughts, and passing on the knowledge. Just do what you have been doing thus far! Before stepping into the class, I had no idea what the heck anthropology was; I can now confidently say that I understand the focus and arguments within this field, which is all because you have explained it so well.
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Enthusiastic, understanding and knowledgeable.
intelligent and humble.
nice, smart
Caring, knowledgeable, approachable
open-minded (addressing that there are both sides of any argument), engaging (always encouraging discussions and student involvement), helpful (always available for feedback)
20. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
0.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
21. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
0.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
22. Other comments:
Thank you for making my experience with anthropology so awesome! I've learned a lot from this class despite it only being 6 weeks long. It has also reshaped the way I view culture differences and various other issues of debate (although I still think postmodernists are ridiculous, to some extent). So thank you for sharing your opinions and knowledge with us!

Paul Christensen: ANTH483, Summer II 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 483 - Japanese Culture & Behavior Crn (Section): 91550 (701)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.63 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 1.6 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 6 1.47 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 1.6 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 1.6 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 6 1.55 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The presentation of his Alcoholism in Japan studies. Movies. Free to choose any paper topic.
Explored a variety of aspects in the Japanese culture. The films and group discussions were helpful.
The videos were the most interesting.
The videos helped us better understand topics.
Everything was very relevant and contemporary which made the course enjoyable and fun.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Lectures that were more informational but not entirely necessary once we started our papers.
Hello Kitty
Final research paper is a little demanding for a non-writing intensive credit course during summer session.
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.63 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 6 1.55 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.63 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.63 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 6 1.55 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.63 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
17. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 1.6 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
N/A
Stress attendance and promptness. Late students were very distracting and less attendance affected group discussions.
Somehow engage students in discussion more? Maybe everyone is just shy, but I felt for a "discussion-based class," no one was willing to speak and it make some sessions boring.
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
caring, knowledgeable, approachable
Well knowledgable
knowledgeable, helpful, & easy-going
Young, vibrant and intelligent.
20. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%)
21. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.5 5 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
22. Other comments:
This class is better than what I expected.
N/A
Good course with lots of great information put across to students to expand their boundaries and think about Japanese culture and society from a different perspective.