Ivan Kalmar - University of Toronto - St. George Campus

Professor: Ivan Kalmar
Department: Anthropology
College: University of Toronto - St. George Campus
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ANT100
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Tried hard to make lectures engaging online. Final test was easy considering it was the exact questions from the quizzes. I stopped doing the readings since almost all the content you need is provided in lectures with a few exceptions. The subject matter can be confusing but he's pretty clear on the answers he wants come test time.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ANT100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This man is so precious with his poofy beard & you can tell he cares for the students even though everything is online and he barely sees us. The lectures were a bit content-heavy but it was all very interesting & he explained everything well. Do the weekly quizzes !! and keep track of the questions !! they're very likely to show up during finals!!
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ANT100
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a fabulous prof! Though his lectures can be slow, he really explains concepts well, so do pay attention cause what he says is more important than what's on the slides. He also made online classes interesting by playing good music in many different languages and screen-sharing pictures of cute animals!
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ANT100
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
If I wanted to fall asleep I would watch one of his lectures. More boring than watching paint dry.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ANT100
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Amazing prof!! The way he structures his lectures enable you to have a firm understanding of the material. The majority of his exams questions are from the practice quizzes. But it is very important to pay attention to what he is saying instead of copying what's written on the slides.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ANT100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
So few assignments that my entire mark for the semester relies on 60 multiple choice questions with a one-minute timer for each that somehow covers everything we've discussed. Good lectures but impossible test to hold that much weight.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ANT100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Hilarious prof who tries hard to engage his students
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ANT100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Stubborn and initially wanted to make online exam only 1 hour long instead of the regular 2 hours. Makes jokes during class but his boring, mind-numbing readings and his socio-cultural section of the course was the worst out of the 3 sections in my opinion. Even learning about corn was more interesting. Respectively, his rants made no sense
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: VIC183
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Kalmar is one of the least caring professors I had in my first year at UofT. He takes forever to respond to emails and when he does they come off as very passive aggressive. He shows a lack of care for the success of his students and is inflexible with assignments. I would not recommend taking his course.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ANT100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He really cares about his students and does not try to rush content into each lecture. You can see that he really enjoys what he does and attempts to make lectures as interactive as possible with such a large class. Nothing is posted online so it is best that you go to the lectures. Overall great prof.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: VIC183
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Prof Kalmar is an easy marker but make sure you follow his very specific criteria for every assignment. It doesn't help that he isn't clear in stating his expectations. However, if you ask him a question after class, he will explain. The course itself is very broad and very easy. He expects the discussions to reflect his (oftentimes rigid) views.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: SII199H1
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
grading criteria were kinda vague. Kalmar wasn't super interested in other people's views of the world & has some quite rigid views on gender norms & similar topics. class was easy but I wouldn't say I looked forward to the discussions or the assignments. all in all, an okay class that boosts your GPA but that Idk if I would take again.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ANT100
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The most boring prof out of the three. His lecture slides are pretty much useless with only like 2 lines of information so you have to be a good listener to be able to pick anything up. He is funny sometimes but there was some talk about him being a little politically incorrect and non-inclusive when it came to lecture content
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: VIC183
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Kalmar can, at times, present a challenge for students. Most of the time, his tests are remarkably easy, but read like trivia quizzes. He tends to request student work that resembles his vision of the material and the world, and if the student fails to conform to this vision, they can often be marked down.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ANT100
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The main theme of his course is that everything is a social construct. The topics for the assignments are about who is allowed to play hip hop.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: VIC183
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very funny and knowledgeable guy. The content for this course is quite broad, which can be intimidating, but he strives to keep it open and let the student's discussion guide the specifics of what we learn. Much of the mark is determined by tests which are heavy on facts, but the essay is also open and gives you a chance to explore your interests.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: SII199H1
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
"How to study everyday life" was such a great course! All the required readings were fun podcasts, and the only major assignment was a short essay. Very engaging, interesting man to listen to. Just read and follow all the instructions on his website. Definitely want to take another one of his classes.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: SII199H1
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Gives quizzes every week on podcasts you must listen to. The questions are very specific so if you dont take notes you will probably fail them, theyre worth 50% of your grade. He doesnt provide good feedback on papers and gives you little criteria to follow when writing them.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: VIC183
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
How to Study Everyday Life was the most interesting course I took in first year. Prof Kalmar facilitates the seminars and workload is extremely light, as you only need to listen to a 30-min podcast every week. Be prepared to speak up and discuss in class. The topics are always super fun and quite intellectually stimulating. Highly recommend!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ANT100
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
An interesting guy. He'll get the information across to you, and give you all the tools you need. The textbook reading he gives you aren't really necessary for the final; however if you skip a lecture, you'll have a tough time catching up. He's nice, smart, and doesn't make beginning anthropology impossible.
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