Review Comment

[ANTH 3064] Death and the Body

July 12, 2007

Crossland, Zoe
[ANTH 3064] Death and the Body

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Zoe Crossland is a quirky, knowledgeable professor who is genuinely interested in both passing on her experience and learning from her students. When I took this class it was a 4000 level (i hear she's bumped it down to a 3000). The weekly reading was easy, but rarely linked up to lecture material very closely. I found the weekly student presentations spotty... a few were good but as always dependant on the group. This was the first time she taught the class so I expect it to get better with time. Covers interesting topics that are both ancient and modern. Over all Zoe is very enthusiastic and that makes up for most holes in the class.

Workload:

Minimal weekly reading that you can skip.
Two page response papers every other week or so. Easy if you've at least gone to one lecture.
Final Paper is HUGE. 20 page original research 50% of your grade. Scary but she'll help you out a lot if you ask.

May 27, 2007

Crossland, Zoe
[ANTH 3064] Death and the Body

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

the title of the course already gets you pretty excited, huh? the course is fun (in a morbid sense) and definately unlike anything i've heard of before. you complete readings (they're necessary up until after the midterm, which then you should worry about the essay that is 50% of your grade and do some readings if a particular subject interests you (i.e. cannibalism)). you show up to class and listen to very engaging lectures that explain and supplement the readings (she uses powerpoint in every lecture, full of pictures and random relations to every day life). i loved the course--but i hated the presentations, but that's just me. the professor is very approachable, not at all intimidating, professional but very down to earth (extended our paper deadline a week after some students asked for one). this class will work you though, the first half of the semester when you are reading for the midterm and the second when you are working on your 5500-7500 word essay. it's worth it if you are willing to work very hard.

Workload:

there is a take home midterm (25%), and the final paper (50%), and a few smaller papers (pass/fail) (15%) and every week a group does a presentation on a reading (10%) and you sign up for two presentations in the beginning of the course, and no final.

April 17, 2007

Crossland, Zoe
[ANTH 3064] Death and the Body

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Zoe is a visiting professor from Great Britain and I am writing this review because I know that she will be teaching another class next Fall. She is the nicest person you will ever meet and she always looks out for her students. The class itself was concentrated on death as a sociological phenomenon, not on decay and archeology of the dead body. The lectures were interesting, but I always left with a feeling that we could have gotten much deeper into the issue. Every lecture touches a new topic and that is probably why we were unable to study the material in depth.
Every student had to participate in 2 presentations on a particular reading during the semester - pretty easy if you get good people in your group, which is tricky because students just sign up randomly in the beginning of the semester.
The short take-home midterm was great and so were the 4 "response papers", which happened to be rather straightforward questions on the readings.
Overall really nice & breezy class. Take it for an overview in social archaeology of death, but beware CSI addicts - do not get disappointed when there are no gruesome pictures of decaying flesh (ever!):-)

Workload:

2 presentations on readings; 4 response papers; short take-home midterm; final research paper (15-20 pages) on the topic of your choice

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ANTH / ANTH ANTH ANTH V3064: Death and the Body Elizabeth Martin 2012 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
ANTH / ANTH ANTH ANTH V3064: Death and the Body Zoe Crossland 2010 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
ANTH / ANTH ANTH ANTH V3064: Death and the Body Meredith Linn 2009 Fall MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
ANTH / ANTH ANTH ANTH V3064: Death and the Body Zoe Crossland 2008 Fall MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 1