Review Comment

[MDES W3004] Islam in South Asia

September 08, 2007

Pritchett, Frances
[MDES W3004] Islam in South Asia

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Prof Pritchett is an extremely knowledgeable person and has a lot to share with her students. Some of her lectures can be a little dull at times, and she's a little too enthusiastic about her website, but she's still a fabulous teacher. The class is a great overview of the history of South Asia and includes insider trips to never seen exhibits at the MET! A must for anyone interested in South Asian culture and history!

Workload:

Lots of weekly reading, most is very interesting. 2 6-8 page papers, and 1 final which is EXTREMELY easy if you've done the readings since she tells you exactly what will be on it.

August 24, 2005

Pritchett, Frances
[MDES W3004] Islam in South Asia

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

I had no prior knowledge of Islam or South Asia, and I found this class interesting and informative. I appreciated Prof Pritchett's occassional walks down the primrose path, sharing moderately relevant photos or artwork that she enjoys, and found her charming, supportive and infinately available. She truly seems to want her students to walk away with a real appreciation for South Asian culture and a working knowledge of Islam's impact on that culture. She tries to tailor her class to that end, rather than on rigorous exams or long papers. It's an easy class that served as a nice afternoon "break" from the hard-core schedule that I carried last semester. You can do well in it with no prior experience in either topic, and the professor will do her best to keep the lectures informative and fundamental. I would recommend this class.

Workload:

Easy: lots of reading (which you better do if you want to pass the exam), but hardly any assignments and an easy final (if you did the reading)

July 08, 2004

Pritchett, Frances
[MDES W3004] Islam in South Asia

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

Like all the other reviews say, she's a very sweet and enthusiastic lady and clearly loves the material. But, unfortunately, she is not a very organized or clear lecturer. I came into this class with no previous knowledge of South Asia and was expecting a clear account of how Islam developed in the region. Instead we looked at a lot of art work which was not interesting to me at all. Her lectures had nothing to do with the reading and rarely covered any relevant material. Overall I learned a lot from the class--but mostly by studying on my own for the exam (I basically reread ALL the material and taught myself the entire history she should have taught us). I rarely enjoyed going to class and had participation and attendence not been such a great part of the class I wouldn't have gone as often. Most times it was a waste of time, in my opinion. There were plenty of students who were obsessed with South Asia and really loved the class. That just wasnt me.

Workload:

Lots of reading (about 200 pages a week) which you had to do if you wanted to learn, because she never taught the information in class. Participation played a large part in grades, too. She also has everyone be a "discussant" (which is a real word!) at least twice during the semester and then you're basically responsible for teaching the class. 2 short papers and a final exam

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3004: Islam in South Asia: an Intro Frances Pritchett 2009 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3004: Islam in South Asia: an Intro Frances Pritchett 2008 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3004: Islam in South Asia: an Intro Frances Pritchett 2006 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3004: Islam in South Asia: an Intro Frances Pritchett 2005 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3004: Islam in South Asia: an Intro Frances Pritchett 2004 Spring MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3004: Islam in South Asia: an Intro Frances Pritchett 2002 Fall MW / 6:10- 7:25 PM 1