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Religion and Civil Rights

December 08, 2004

Balmer, Randall Silver_nugget
Religion and Civil Rights

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he's a good guy, definitely. goes pretty fast in his lectures, but the material is really interesting and he definitely knows his stuff. he also likes to share little stories with you about his experiences. you watch a bunch of movies, which is always good, but taking notes and watching movies can get tedious after a while. lets class out early most of the time. ta's do most of the grading, so you're grades will definitely be unpredictable depending on who grades them.

Workload:

either two papers throughout the semester or one major research paper. tons of reading, but not really that pivotal to the midterm, which was really easy. you can get along pretty well without it. final.

November 18, 2004

Balmer, Randall Silver_nugget
Religion and Civil Rights

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Balmer is great! He is a very nice person, and very intelligent. The material in this class focuses a little more on the Civil Rights than on the Religion parts, but all in all, a great class. Balmer does very clear powerpoints with every lecture so note-taking is very easy. We also watched quite a few very interesting documentaries. Definitely take this class!

Workload:

Choice between two papers (4-6 pages each) or one research paper (20 pages). Midterm and non-cumulative final, both of which are multiple choice and people/event short-answer identifications. There is a lot of reading assigned, but not entirely necessary.

November 17, 2004

Balmer, Randall Silver_nugget
Religion and Civil Rights

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Balmer is a cool guy -- his lectures aren't particularly fascinating but he really knows what he's talking about. The reading is somewhat interesting if you choose to do it (no need at all to do it) and he summarizes it in his lectures. He goes very quickly so you take a lot of notes very fast, but it's well organized. The paper was graded harshly by the TAs but I didn't spend very much time on it -- I think most others got decently good grades. The mid-term was very very easy, just read over your notes a few times and you're fine, it's just some multiple choice questions and like 5 IDs. Very easy. I recommend this to anyone interested in Civil Rights (it's more Civil Rights than religion) and he shows really good videos like Eyes on the Prize and a movie by Spike Lee.

Workload:

A lot of reading (which you don't need to do at all), two 6-8 page papers OR one longer paper (12-15 maybe? not sure) graded pretty hard. Easy midterm and final.

January 10, 2004

Balmer, Randall Silver_nugget
Religion and Civil Rights

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Professor Balmer is an excellent professor. He is not only interested in the material, but seems completely devoted to it. The majority of his lectures were engaging. If you are at all interested in this subject matter, take this course!

Workload:

weekly reading, two short papers (or one longer research paper), easy midterm and final

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