Review Comment

Self and Society in Asian Religion

January 06, 2004

Adamek, Wendi
Self and Society in Asian Religion

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Professor Adamek asked for "no personal attacks" on our professor evaluations, but unfortunately the bad points of this class have to do with her. She's actually a really nice person, its not her fault. As a previous reviewer said, she warns you on the first day of class that she is a boring prof. I, along with many others, figured she was trying to scare off the wimps. But no, this really was the most boring class I have taken at Columbia. Prof. Adamek has this soothing, soft-spoken quality to her voice that honestly puts you to sleep. REally. I had never fallen asleep in class, before this one. Additionally, her lectures lack structure and the handouts don't help. While studying for the final, I realized how interesting much of the material really is, but throughout the semester I found it hard to motivate myself to do much of the reading because her lectures made me associate "Asian Religion" with "Boredom". The primary sources are great. TA's are a good resource. Ironically, Columbia has removed this class from the possible courses to fulfill the MC requirement. Good call.

Workload:

about 150 pp of reading a week, 2 3-4 page papers with an option to rewrite one, midterm, final. They have the right (according to the syllabus), to alter the weight of the final (NOT in your favor) if you do worse than the rest of your grades indicate you should have done.

September 07, 2003

Adamek, Wendi
Self and Society in Asian Religion

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

Ademek prefaces the first class by asserting that she isn't an especially exciting or captivating lecturer, and she's exactly right. She goes on to say she's received a lot of criticism from students because she reads directly from her lecture notes, but she explains that this is the only way she can lecture and "will go down fighting" for her right to deliver her lectures verbatum from her notes. Her lectures are terrible. She goes on in a monotone voice for an hour and 15 minutes. In addition to her lectures being boring as hell, they're also pretty incoherent. After the second lecture had concluded, I had no idea what topic it was on, as she had failed to mention what religious traditions the texts we had read pertain to. She's the worst professor I've had in 4 years at this college, but at least she know's she's bad and warns you in advance.

Workload:

Weekly section meetings, two 3-5 page papers, midterm and final exam. The sylabus says that she reserves the right to recalculate your entire grade if your grade on the final exam is lower than the rest of your average.

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