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Rel in American Culture II

April 22, 2009

Balmer, Randall Silver_nugget
Rel in American Culture II

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Yo I loved this guy. He is so interesting and caring and engaging and I got a lot out of the class academically and personally. I would recommend it and if you are interested in majoring in Religion go to his office hours and get to know him. He is very receptive and caring and a great professor!

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medium-low

May 21, 2005

Balmer, Randall Silver_nugget
Rel in American Culture II

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This class is one of the reasons I'm no longer a religion major. Every day was the same ordeal: walk into class, listen to Balmer make fun of and trivialize various different religious traditions, copy down pages of notes directly from a power point presentation, and listen to rabid TAs interrupt to give their own somewhat related perspectives. Simply awful. There was no general theme tying any of the units together (aside from, perhaps, "these guys are nuts too!"), the final & midterm were merely memory tests, and the books assigned were generally poorly-written and boring -- one of which was Balmer's own, which you got to read & then watch a movie version of in class. That said, I really think Balmer is a genuinely nice guy and he's certainly well-known in his field. Maybe he'd be better in a seminar setting, or if you're interested in hearing your own views about "crusty fundamentalists" irreverently receited back to you.

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Annoying midterm & final, choice of 2 small papers or one large one, all reasonably graded.

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