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eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


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  
2.42 38 1.37 Freq(%) 13 (34%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 8 (21%) 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  
1.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 5 (63%) 21 (55%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 1 (11%) 26 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 20 (51%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 24 (62%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 39 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (21%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
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%) 0 (0%) 6 (15%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (23%) 2 (22%) 13 (33%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I enjoyed watching and critiquing the films from an anthropological perspective. It was really interesting to apply our knowledge of anthropology to films.
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.
Looking at how the past anthropologists developed ideas that have shaped the way we think now.
The videos we watched really helped drive some of the points home.
Every lecture was equally valuable.
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
very enthusiastic
text was interesting
Videos which showed how abstract concepts could be used to analyze phenomena.
The lectures and materials I felt were the most valuable.
na
The review sessions for each test.
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).
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.
Understanding how to look at different aspects of different societies without falling into the trap of comparing and ranking them.
Concepts in the history of anthropology as well as contemporary trends improved understanding of socio-cultural dynamics.
The videos and some assigned readings.
Study reviews
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 movies
Writing the papers gave me good experience in actual anthropological practices.
watching the movies helped a lot because we could connect the movie to what we were learning. It helped for people who were lost.
The videos... it brought a 'modern' sense to anthropology, a science that can be related to the here and now.
I enjoyed the films and writing a paper. I also liked the powerpoint presentations.
The lectures
Online discussion. Writing essays about movies watched in class.
The Lectures.
Watching the videos and seeing how the people form their different cultures interact in their own natural enviroment.
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.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The early class time. haha
None that I can recall.
I feel that everything that was covered was valuable in some way or another.
Too early. Can't fault the course for my own inability to pay attention.
none.
The fact that class is at 730 Am its hard to pay attention that early.
n/a. the early class times
lectures boring at times
Tests were sometimes wrongly worded or grammatically wrong, and often were unclear and vague.
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.
The hip-hop presentation was not interesting and I didn't get anything out of it.
At the moment nothing comes to mind.
none
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.
Constant banter regarding relativism of the entire anthropological field & theory.
IDK
Irrelevant videos
everything was valuable
I wish we would have been able to have more or in fact any one on one time with the instructor.
the readings because most of our test were from lecture, so basically the books were a waste of money to buy.
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.
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 readings
The lectures were boring, but that ok because the subject didn't really interest me.
Probably only the detailed information on different anthropologists but thats just me because I personally don't need to know that.
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%) 0 (0%) 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%) 5 (13%) 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%) 1 (13%) 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  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 2 (5%) 17 (44%) 17 (44%)
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%) 1 (3%) 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%) 0 (0%) 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%) 12 (31%) 23 (59%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
*[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.
Only in terms of the technical aspect, making sure that the movies will play before hand. Otherwise it's all good. :)
No ways I can think of.
review what was taught in the previous lecture before moving on.
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
movies online
More clarity in what we are expected to know for the test.
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
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.
Clearly write out what is expected for extra credit assignments; I forgot what was said in class about them...
I'm not sure because I feel that he did a very good job.
Less outside reading and more examples.
Have more class discussions, good way to engage entire class
I thought the course was difficult with the test concepts
Perhaps having more than one TA to help him deal with so many students
posting the answers to the test questions including what you were looking for in with the write in questions.
I would have liked the reading assignments to be discussed along with the lecture materials.
Upload lectures the day before.
N/A
Nothing. He does a good job:)
I think he did a great job on teaching anthropology. The only thing I would suggest is better reading assignments.
learn to make an effective slide show
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! >(
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
young, smart, relatable
Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and kind
Fascinating, intelligent and knowledgeable
Vibrant, Enthusiastic
Intelligent, Friendly, Helpful
Smart. Conservative. Enthusiastic
fun. intelligent.
enthusiastic knowledgeable
Intellectual Confident
Personal Insightful Experienced
scatterbrained random intellectual
Serious, dedicated, new
Enthusiastic, Interested, Approachable
Articulate, humorous, relaxed.
Interested, well-informed, wants to convey interest in the material to students
Informative & Charismatic
friendly approachable understanding
Organized, engaging, and knowledgeable.
energetic, passionate, knowlegable
Very knowledgeable, and fair.
deicated and helpful
funny, intelligent, knowledgeable
Enthusiatic, Knowledgable, Intelligent
enthusiastic, intelligent, and communicable
Understanding
Eloquent, engaging, and knowledgeable.
Enthusiastic! Interesting! (In a good way) Knowledgable!
N/A
Fun. Smart. Thoughtful.
Organized, Good Speaker, Can relate material to the students
informative, honest
Thinks too much of himself.
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  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 2 (22%) 19 (49%) 1 (3%)
21. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.34 39 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (15%) 10 (26%) 8 (89%) 1 (3%)
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
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!
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?
I very much enjoyed the pre-exam study groups with Eric. More times would have been great
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.
N/A
TA lead great review sessions
TA was very kind enough to hold review sessions for exams #1 and #2. Give him credit for that.

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?
The power points, course material, and overall class atmosphere is great.
Discussions in class.
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.
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.
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.
Lectures were always interesting and enjoyable.
audiovisual presentations, guest speakers, discussions
A lot of the sample clips were helpful in demonstrating the readings, and the readings themselves were pretty interesting.
watching media that related to the given topic and the lectures
Wide range of topics, reaction papers focusing our thoughts on the readings were good too.
learning about different areas of popular culture in japan and also the reading material was helpful.
lots of cool stuff learned
-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!
The in-class lectures and the reading responses.
The wide range of topics which we covered.
Everything in the class was very valuable.
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.
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.
All
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
None
Reading responses.
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.
While some discussion facilitation was needed, I think some of the discussion days were un-needed.
discussions
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.
none
Organization -Due of reading responses were not clear sometimes.
None I can think of.
Group discussions that ended up being shelled into a larger discussion (probably should just do a large discussion). Some of the writing seemed unnecessary.
The things that I learned in his previous class ANTH 483 Anthropology in Japan were covered once again.
n/a
n/a
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?
Doesn't need to improve.
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 :)
None!! If anything can add more Japanese popular culture!
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.
It was very great as it is.
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.
more movies!
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.
No improvements needed
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.
Require less books for the class-each book was only used for a week or two.
Cover topics which seem more strikingly interesting with more time
n/a
more interaction and less lecture.
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Enthusiastic Friendly Involved
intelligent, creative.
Cool, Fun, Great!
entertaining. Knowledgeable. Up-beat.
interesting, motivated
Passionate, interesting
respectful, honest, knowledgeable
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable
interesting, talkative, funny
Humorous, Understandable, Engaged
Cheerful, knowledgeable
nice good teacher
Fun, knowledgable, hard working, nice, caring
Motivated, open-minded, enjoys teaching
Nice, Informative, Casual
Fair. Knowledgeable.
Enthusiastic. Fun lectures.
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
friendly and knowledgable
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:
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
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!!
the T.A. was just as helpful as the professor, and easily accessible and wanted to help as much as possible.
The course TA knew lots about Japan and his explanations were effective. Also he did such as hard work with students' papers. Thank you!
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.
Great course, really enjoyed it.
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
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.;-)
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.
Toru was very approachable and I enjoyed all his comments/critiques on my reading response papers.
n/a

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?
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.
the reading responses, they seemed to be the only way I learned anything.
Group discussions.
The discussion
none
videos were good.
Watching films and analysis of them were great learning experience.
the power points, the group discussions, and the final paper
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.
I feel that the discussion on popular myths about Japanese society (in particular, the myth of a ethnically homogenous Japan) were most valuable.
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.
lecture, discussion, audio-visuals
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.
Presentations at the end of the semester were valuable.
The assigned project at the end and being able to see what aspects of Japanese culture the other students found interesting.
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 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.
THe readings and the videos really supported what Professor Christensen was teaching and I thought was valuable to be able to make connections.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I can't really think of anything that wasn't valuable. Everything pretty much fell into place and was needed.
the lectures, i felt like it didn't really give a large pictures of what "Japanese Culture and Behavior" is.
Entire chapter readings.
nothing
none
student presentations, nobody showed up.
none
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...
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.
Some of the guest speakers' topics deviated a bit from our studies, but they were still very interesting nonetheless.
I did not like the Pecha Kucha style final presentation style. I would rather have a traditional Powerpoint presentation.
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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.
I enjoyed everything that we did in class.
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.
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?
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 engaging, try not to talk AT students.
Less reading per week.
Don't have too many readings
Provide articles to help understand the course
none
Assign checkpoints for research paper/presentation
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!
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.
A more strictly determined schedule for group discussions would be helpful.
hand back papers in a more timely manner
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Incorporate the reading material into assignments better.
Not as much books to buy and read. Use a textbook.
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.
There was a lot of reading and especially towards the end of the semester there wasn't much discussion about the reading.
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Friendly, informative, awesome XD
excited (to be talking about what interests him) and coffee-addict
Fair. Knowledgeable.
Funny Excited
Nice, Intelligent, Understanding
boring confusing lost
interesting, energetic, knowledgeable
passionate, deliberate, cautious
Affable, engaging, and driven.
enthusiastic, knowledgeable
intelligent, honest, sociable
Interesting, fair
Fresh, fun
upbeat, excited, knowledgeable
Knowledgeable and easy to comprehend
Awake, loud, boring
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 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.
I liked the presentations. The bad thing was that we had specific restraints which made it difficult, but I understand the reasons for that.
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.
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 really enjoyed this class!
great teacher!
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.
I kind of thought the Pecha Kucha was entertaining. It was interesting to hear about other people's work.

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?
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.
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.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
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)
Enthusiastic, understanding and knowledgeable.
intelligent and humble.
nice, smart
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 videos helped us better understand topics.
Explored a variety of aspects in the Japanese culture. The films and group discussions were helpful.
Everything was very relevant and contemporary which made the course enjoyable and fun.
The presentation of his Alcoholism in Japan studies. Movies. Free to choose any paper topic.
The videos were the most interesting.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Hello Kitty
Final research paper is a little demanding for a non-writing intensive credit course during summer session.
Lectures that were more informational but not entirely necessary once we started our papers.
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?
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.
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19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
knowledgeable, helpful, & easy-going
Young, vibrant and intelligent.
caring, knowledgeable, approachable
Well knowledgable
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.
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.
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