Review Comment

Japanese Religion

January 21, 2008

Como, Michael Silver_nugget
Japanese Religion

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

He's very nice and seems pretty approachable, but this class was often very frustrating. As someone with a background in East Asian studies, I wanted to learn far more about the content of the course--about religion. Instead, we spent more than half of the lectures going over basics of Japanese history, defining terms, doing rough synopses of what happened in Japan over the ages. Except that these explanations were less thorough than that you'd have received in Japanese Civ, and yet they took time away from thorough explanations of religion. It's more like we learned the historical bases of religion, such as what kind of movements there were, how they were viewed by society, how they interacted with the government... But we didn't actually spend enough time learning about their theology, about WHAT the religions where about--just when and where they happened. It was a good and interesting enough class, but it still felt like an overview, and it left me wondering what I have to do if I want to take a class that stops being a brief overview of all of the history of the country and actually gets into the meat and substance of the matter.

Workload:

Not bad at all. Occasional quizzes on the readings when they thought no one was doing them, plus one paper, midterm, final.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2415: Japanese Religious Traditions Michael Como 2010 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2415: Japanese Religious Traditions Michael Como 2009 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2415: Japanese Religious Traditions Michael Como 2008 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1