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[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

April 23, 2020

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

An absolute gem of a professor! I took this class my freshman fall and was so excited to go to every class because of Professor McDermott. Professor McDermott is so knowledgable about South Asia/India, and I left knowing so much more about the region. I would highly recommend this course as a global core!

I was able to get an A without really doing many of the readings, but you do have to put a decent amount of effort into writing quality papers to get an A. However, it's definitely a reasonable A, so if you're worried about grading, don't be! As long as you meet with your TA beforehand when writing essays to get advice on your outline, you'll be golden.

Workload:

Light.
1 Map Exercise (Fill in a map of South Asia)
2 Papers (5-7 Pages, all based off of the texts she gives us in class)
No Midterm
1 Final (she gives you the questions/terms beforehand)

December 20, 2017

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

I came into this class knowing absolutely nothing about India or the South Asian region and have learned so much. I do not typically take history/religion classes but this is a great class for anyone looking for an interesting global core. Professor McDermott is so sweet and is happy to answer any questions. The lectures are organized and while there is a lot of required readings, she summarizes the basic points in class.

Definitely recommend!

Workload:

Map exercise, 4 film response sheets, 2 6-7 page essays, and a huge final.
This is not an easy A but is reasonable.

May 05, 2011

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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I can't help but reiterate what everyone else has said. The class is interesting and extremely well-organized. McDermott is a wonderful and thoughtful lecturer as well as extremely approachable. She works really hard and you can tell she puts a lot of time and effort into this class. Typed outlines that she is careful to stick to, music at the beginning of every class that's relevant for the day's topic, and good timing on getting essays and assignments back. But that means she also expects you to work as hard. As everyone else has said, this is NOT an easy A, but an A is possible if you make an effort to attend the lectures and do the readings. Even though it was a 9am lecture, I found her lectures to be interesting enough to keep me awake. Plus, she's so nice that you feel bad if you fall asleep!

The grading was split between her and the two TAs. The final was evenly split between the three in that one person graded the same part on everyone's exams so that it was consistent. She grades all the film responses though. Although people have complained that the grading is too harsh, I don't think it's true. McDermott's an extremely fair grader and if you feel like you got screwed by the TA, bring it to her and she will take a look at it. But show that you are actually thinking in your writing and don't BS it. If you need to, talk to her about the papers beforehand, she's very helpful.

That being said, take this class if you want to actually learn from a fabulous professor, not if you just want an easy A. She's one of the best professors at Columbia, so if you can, take her class.

Workload:

Medium workload for a humanities class. Two 7-8 pages paper, 1 map exercise, 4 film Responses, and a cumulative final. The final is a killer, but if you take good notes during lectures and do some of the readings, it shouldn't be too difficult, just tedious preparing for it.

December 27, 2010

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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This course is really fantastic for those interested in any part of indian civilization, whether it be the historical, cultural, religious, or political aspects. Professor McDermott is really a delight. She is clear, concise and most importantly, super organized. She is always available to speak with you outside of class if you have any concerns about her course. She is really just a sweetheart. She and the two TAs split all the grading, so it's really luck of the draw with regards to who will be grading your work. I found that she is a much better grader than the TA I had this semester, as he graded one of my papers and she graded the other. She is definitely a fair grader. The three split up the exam evenly so that one graded the same section on everyone's exam. It was all very well planned out. Overall, though it's a challenging course covering thousands of years of history, it's a really great class and McDermott makes it even more enjoyable. Definitely take the class if you're interested in the subcontinent and its history!

Workload:

1 take home map assignment (easy but be careful, because it's graded harshly!), 4 in-class film + film review sheets, 2 short (6-8 pg) papers, 1 HUGE final (she gives the entire exam out in a review sheet 1 week prior to the final)

November 15, 2010

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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I very much enjoyed her Intro to Indian Civ class. She is completely unpretentious and is incredibly warm. She's a great lecturer and is clearly passionate about the subject. There is a lot of assigned reading, but you can get by just fine waiting to selectively read before writing a paper. The films she requires you to see (four of nine possible) are interesting and well worth it. I was initially dreading that requirement but it became one of my favorite things about the class. The map exercise is not impossible to do well on, though it seemed like those evaluated by her, and not the TAs, got better grades.

I had never taken anything on South Asia before and knew almost nothing about the subject, but the pace of the class was fine.

Workload:

Two essays, 6-7 pages in length, chosen from three prompts each time. Map exercise. Final. Four film responses, 1-2 pages.

January 22, 2009

Pritchett, Frances
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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This class was a waste of my time last semester, apart from the fact that it goes towards a major requirement. The first 20-30 minutes were spent looking at Prof Pritchett's website, which she has compiled to have images of essentially all that is visual to do with India. It's a great website, a great source of information, but she'd rush through what we were seeing so fast that I'd have no idea what she was talking about. Furthermore, none of what she showed us or said in that part of the class was important for any part of the final exam (no midterm, which was nice). Then Prof Pritchett would lecture from her notes for the rest of class. This was the really painful bit, since she was trying to get across her clearly enormous knowledge as quickly as possible, making her lectures incredibly dense, confusing, and usually disorganized. Looking back over my notes while studying for exams, I often found that we'd be going in circles through time, going back to people we'd talked about at the beginning, and usually for no good reason.

Often, Prof Pritchett would read to us long quotes from the textbook reading that we'd already done. This wouldn't be too bad except that Stein's History of India was incredibly dense and not particularly well-written. The copious assigned primary source readings were not important to your success in the class. I didn't do them for the second half of the semester and was happier for it.

Attendance was taken by a system of comments that we had to write about the reading assignment which were to be handed in at the end of class.

Prof Pritchett clearly is knowledgeable on the subject matter of the course and truly loves that subject, but she's not a good or clear lecturer, most importantly in not really stressing what she actually thinks important enough to end up on the final exam and what's just other.

All the final exam ID possibilities from each class are posted on line at the end of each class. Many of them were barely covered in the readings or in lecture. Wikipedia is your friend.

Workload:

Heavy textbook/primary source reading (I'd suggest doing the textbook reading since it will help for studying for the final; leave the primary sources as optional if your interested). Two 6-7 page essays with given topics tangentially related to the course. No midterm. Hard-ish hinal exam.

December 11, 2008

Pritchett, Frances
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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The class is entirely confusing. The assigned readings are very long, dense, unrelated, and completely unnecessary. Pritchett divides her lectures into 2 halves: pretty picture time and Indian name time. The first half she shows maps of India, Indian Gods, heroes, and anything else she can get her hands on. She spews out names of Indian places and people, and you won't even be able to tell them apart. She doesn't understand that the class has no idea what's going on, and doesn't bother to write any of those names or places on the board. The second half she reads from her notes. Here she throws out so many names that it's impossible to follow. She has so many things to say and so little time that she tries to say everything and never actually teaches important things to the class. She never touches upon things that you might actually need to know for the final, or god forbid, the midterms. You must go to lecture, though, because you must turn a comment about the readings as a form of attendance.

On the upside though, the readings are basically optional. She's like an Indian encyclopedia, she knows EVERYTHING about India, and I really mean everything. There are only 2 homework assignments: 2 essays, each 6-7 pages long. The midterm is taken directly from her website and she tells you everything you need to know. The TA's grade the essays, which is very unfortunate. One TA is a much easier grader, pray you get him or you will not get an A in this course.

Don't expect to learn anything from the readings or lectures. Everything you need to know can be found on wikipedia, seriously. Read a few wikipedia entries before class and you're all set.

Workload:

2 essays (6-7 pages each)
1 final, based off her website notes

December 08, 2007

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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Pay no attention to the reviewers who claim that McDermott is overly difficult. Her course is demanding, but not to the extent that some have claimed. It's absolutely not necessarily, for example, to write more than the prescribed length on the papers in order to get an A on them. Additionally, I've never taken a class focused on South Asia before, but her pace was perfectly adequate for me (I've done a small amount of reading on my own, though). The final is killer, but if you pace your studying it's possible to learn it all. McDermott is one of the most thoughtful and available professors I've ever had, and while Intro to Indian Civ is a good lecture class that will give you a solid, if necessarily surface-level, background in Indian history and art, if you have the chance to take a seminar with her, you should jump at the chance.

January 16, 2007

Pritchett, Frances
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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The previous reviewer obviously did not read the syllabus or exam prep instructions for the course. Firstly, I would like to correct the misstatements that were made:
(1) The 125 items for memorization were not 'slide IDs'. They were terms (people, places, events, etc.) that she selected from the lectures and readings. She also gave us the terms fairly quickly after each class, so there isn't much excuse for not having time to find the appropriate information. The final had no visual component.
(2) Attendance was not extra credit.
Both Professor Pritchett and the TAs for the course were very amiable and willing to assist throughout the course. The lectures really supplemented the readings, highlighting the main points that students needed to know. This allowed for efficient skimming of the materials before class, as an in-depth understanding of the readings was not requisite.
This style of learning helps fit to the professor's purpose in the course of giving student's conversation material for their Indian peers or for their future journeys to the subcontinent.
Class time does lack a great cohesive structure, but that makes the class much more of a conversation about India rather than narrative. This really can be a positive or a negative, depending on the student.
Overall, I would highly recommend this class.

Workload:

Final Exam, two 6-7 page papers (one each at midterm and the last week of class), attendance (turn in a 1 paragraph comment to record). Overall, if one keeps up fairly well over the semester, the workload is rather minimal

December 19, 2006

Pritchett, Frances
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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Everything that you've read so far about this class is pretty much dead on. I'm not one to come on here and bash professors, but since this is only the second time in 4 years that I've rated a professor, you should know how serious I am. This class was the biggest waste of time and money. It's not Prof. Pritchett isn't nice...she is very nice. The main problem lies in the fact that she just doesn't get the principle ideas of instructing. She is truly a complete encyclopedia of Indian Civ knowledge and could obviously regurgitate any fact about India in her sleep. BUT it seems as if Indian culture is so ingrained in her, so "second nature" to her, that she has completely forgotten how to teach it in lay terms. The reading was somewhat straightforward, but her lectures were completely lacking in structure and basically void of any real "meaty" content. After having to admire her highly decorated website for 10-15 each class and stare at pictures upon pictures upon pictures, most of which were not relevant to the lecture, Prof. P. would just vaccilate back and forth between Indian names resembling eye charts (without writing on the board) and sporadic insight about the literature of India. Most of the time, I left the class trying to figure out what the main point of the lecture was. That's pretty much it. Unless you're extremely interested in Indian Civ, I would definitely think twice about taking this course. If only I would've read the Culpa reviews before registering for this class...Oh, one more thing, the 125 slide I.D.'s you have to memorize for the final..she gives you a list of vague title for these images, but they're NOT labeled on the website. At least in the 4 Art History courses I've taken, the professors had the sense to label the images that we were required to memorize. Enough said.

Workload:

Lots of reading, some of which is interesting and to the point, 2 6 page papers (not too bad), and a final. Extra credit for attendance (daily comments turned in to record student's attendance.) If not for this, then no one would be there. Seriously.

October 29, 2006

Pritchett, Frances
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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Francis Pritchett is a smug know-it-all of historical garbage that no one ever cares, has cared, or will care about. The class is a miserable melange of random facts about long gone Indian kings that have little or no effect on contemporary South Asia. The only benefit to this class is "pretty picture time" at the beginning, beccause the lights are low and it's a opportuity for a nap time.

She loves her precious website and constantly reminds the class of it, as if we actually care enough to spend one microsecond more thinking about Indian Civilization than they are forced to.

This class teaches almost nothing about Hinduism, Buddhism or anything valuable, actually. This is a terrible option for Major Cultures. A terrible, terrible option that will make you wish to put your own eyes out right after pretty picture time.

Workload:

annoying reader responses every class2 6 page papers final exam

May 24, 2006

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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If you are interested in bhakti and super-old Indian stuff, take this class. Apparentally she knows tons about Ambedkar, yet barely mentioned him during the entire semester. I'll bet she's a really wonderful academic but that you just can't tell because of the virtue of the course being introductory. TA's grade really rough--I've been taking S.Asia classes for three years and I only pulled a B. AND I didn't learn anything new. She uses lots of technology, which is kind of cool. Always some music playing when you come into class, and she will usually use the video screen also. Overall, not the easiest way to shirk Major Cultures requirement, but the material is interesting (if you haven't learned it 60 times before).

Workload:

Have to watch a bunch of stupid movies and write up questions on them, two papers, in class midterm and final. Too much work.

March 22, 2006

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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Amazing professor. Interesting and very organized lectures (she gives handouts with keyterms, and pictures related to lecture). Covers all spans of the topic: history, religion, art, literature. Medium workload. She is an amazing person, and an amazing professor. There does seem to a heavy focus on the art in the class (take notes on her art slides as info from them will be on the final.) Be wary of the papers - some of the TAs can be annoying graders and she expects lots of detail.

Workload:

map assignment 10%, 4 video review assignments (watch on your own. they're short and range from somewhat interesting to good and tehy'r every easy to do well on) - graded on check, check+, check-. 2 papers (she claims they're bt 7-8 pgs, but to do well you need to write bt 12-15.) and a very extensive final The readings are not necessary for class per say but you do need to do them for the papers.

January 12, 2006

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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Don't let the course load scare you. McDermott is an INCREDIBLE professor, and she certainly reaffirmed my decision to be at Columbia - because as a first year taking this course, I was extremely impressed. She knows her stuff. This class covers a HUGE range of topics, and you'll leave an expert on the history, culture, and art of the Civilizations of India. McDermott is extremely approachable, and she responds to e-mails quickly. NOT an easy A at ALL, though. I thought I was solid in this course, and I wound up with a B -- but that's because it's just THAT hard. I don't feel too bad because I know I learned more in this class than any of the others. There's no midterm, so the FINAL is HUGE AND SCARY, the films are interesting, and the paper topics are broad. The TAs are terrible and arbitrary -- if you ever have a question or want to contest a grade, go to the professor herself. I would recommend taking a class by her once at Columbia if you want a real rewarding class.

Workload:

Insane final (but she gives you a review sheet so you can't do TOO bad), 2 papers (5-7 pgs), 4 film response sheets, a MAP exercise (that is graded unfairly by TAs but suck it up and do it)

December 27, 2005

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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Amazing! Amazing! Two thumbs up! Professor McDermott is super organized, very enthusiastic, a fair grader, willing to answer questions, and highly knowledgeable. Don't hesitate to send her questions via email--she answers promptly and is willing to help. Her class is challenging (a ton of reading), but you will learn so much from it if you can get motivated (which for me was easy because I'm fascinated by India)! I never missed her 9:10AM class--I thought it was always interesting. She makes great use of multimedia--films, music recordings, slides of artwork, video clips, etc.--in addition to lecturing. You will put a lot of time into this class, but it can definitely be rewarding. The TAs seem useless (and the fairness of their grading can be questioned), but McDermott still makes the class worthwhile.

Workload:

a map assignment (time consuming, but it IS possible to get an A on it), lots of reading assignments, two 6-page papers, 4 film reviews, a massive final exam (but not impossible if you make an effort and study)

May 29, 2005

Pritchett, Frances
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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I think the below negative reviews of Prof. Pritchett a little skewed, made by somewhat slacker students (one got a B+ and self-admittedly said s/he did no work) who were probably expecting the class to give them cultural insights into Monsoon Wedding, or that hot Indian dance number in Moulin Rougue...please. Yes, at times her class can be a drag with the same lights-off, let's look at the pretty pictures procedure, but all in all it def. is NOT the worst class you will ever take, but rather if you have a genuine interest in Indian Civ. then you'll probably enjoy it and appreciate her sincere love for the culture. She is SO sweet, and if you ever take the initiative to go to her office hours rather than bitch about how much you hate the class you'll get a lot more out of it. She knows her stuff.

Workload:

A few random papers and a straight forward final. Not very difficult if you did the readings.

March 28, 2005

Pritchett, Frances
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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One of the worst mistakes I have made during my stay in Columbia is disregarding numerous suggestions to take this class with Prof.
Mcdermott. Pritchett has an affable personality at times, and I can understand how people interpret her to be sweet. I found her to be haughty on various occasions - for what reason I dont know because sitting in her class is as exciting as watching paint dry. Her appreciation for Indian culture is great - until of course she begins to recite ghazals that butcher Urdu, or speak about how 'she must have been Indian' in another lifetime. I expect cliched sayings like these from the Simpsons, not Columbia U. The only reason the class isnt half empty is because she requires 'a thinking record' which in her world is a way to mark attendance by having students write a few sentences on the readings. Half the time in class you will be contributing to her course website - meter, because she likes to show pictures even when they are not all that relevant to the readings. All in all she is someone who knows her matter and can convey that knowledge to you if you are willing to pay attention in class (the lights are almost always off), but the department has plenty of other professors who can help you grow appreciation for the subject matter and you can actually walk out of class not doubting that you go to an ivy league school.
TAKE MCDERMOTT!

Workload:

2 papers (you can write about anything once you get clearance from the TA) and a final. Reading that you dont have to do, except for the 'thinking record".

January 20, 2004

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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Professor McDermott is a highly demanding professor. She is a wonderful lecturer, and dedicated to her students BUT your time will be sucked away into this course. Filling in a map of india doesnt sound hard, but just wait till you get a full point off for every time you place a city slightly to the right or left of where she wants it. At the end of your papers she'll make charts to show you what points you could have elaborated on, and take off full grades for nit-picky areas not covered. Her final is a KILLER, and requires days of reading week to prepare for. You need to know 70/73 identifications, memorize that darn map and all of indian art history, plus prepare 7 full essays. Overall, she is a wonderful and engaging lecturer, but im not so sure that makes it worth drowning all semester for a mediocre grade. I must say, however, that she does an excellent job in presenting a thorough introduction to indian civilization both for people who know a lot about the region and people with no substantial background.

Workload:

a killer final, (memorize 70 IDs, the entire map of india + be able to identify all slides ever shown in the course, and about 7 essays you need to prepare ahead of time). two 7 page papers which she'll grade with a fine tooth comb. LOTS of readings which you'll have to do for the papers, but can lag behind for in the lectures.

January 08, 2004

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to Indian Civilizations

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Great professor. I learned so much in this class, but it came at a price to my hand as she never stops talking in lectures and its really really hard to keep up with her. But the class is still really intresting and she opens it up to discussion many times. And again, you'll learn so much. Oh, and she gives you the final before hand so its uber easy but very long.

Workload:

lots of reading which no one does expect for the 2 papers, which are graded easy. 1 map excerize, feels like you are in 1st grade, but hey, its an easy 10%. movie responses that are fun to watch, 10%. and final, which she gives you before hand.

April 22, 2003

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
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I LOVED Prof Mcdermott..I had her my first year and at first I was initimidated because the class was primarily juniors and seniors but she made me feel so comfortable..she really wants to get to know her students and she is down to earth. Her papers aren't that bad and I probably did 30% of her assigned readings yet well in the class..she's a great woman and I would love to have her again!

February 04, 2003

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
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She's an amazing lecturer. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and she really works to learn everyone's name in a LECTURE class. Even if you don't do the reading, she goes over everything in the lectures. Every day in every way, she's just kickass.

Workload:

Lots of reading that you don't really have to do, 2 papers that take some time, 4 pretty easy movie response sheets, and a comprehensive final. She gives you a review packet that has the whole final on it, if you split it up with 3 or 4 other people it's manageable.

January 13, 2003

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
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Listen, I feel like the other reviewers have been too harsh. If you're taking this course, then you'll probably love this course. McDermott is a really great person with interesting and highly organized lectures. Prepare to become extremely engaged and interested. This course spans from ancient religion (the course is big on this) to modernday politics in the subcontinent. If you simply make an attempt, you will do well. This was my best class last semester and McDermott is a great professor. Yes, the TAs are quite creepy and harsh, but if you're sure you deserve better, then won't McDermott agree?

Workload:

2 6 page papers, map project, 4 movies, final

December 17, 2002

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
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If you don't trust anger and resentment, read the other reviews. McDermott was horrible, the class was horrible, the assignments were horrible, and the TAs were horrible (though by now they've moved on). The readings and other assignments, as reviewers have already mentioned, were terrible wastes of time. I learned nothing from her readings or lectures, and unless you're from, or visited India in the last year, you'll feel completely out of touch with the two person discussion section that the hundred person lecture tends to become. Perhaps the only aspect of the class I appreciated was the movies she required us to see. Of course even that mediocre experience was raped of all its value by her graded "movie review" system. I am embittered, to say the least, and will avoid her and her TAs at all costs.

Workload:

Time consuming but by no means difficult. All philosophical texts go completely undiscussed in class - which really helps since she grades papers by checklist-answer-key. Don't be fooled, this is an easy class if you have no problem denegrating yourself on a regular basis - but if you're at all inclined towards a beneficial education, DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS.

December 15, 2002

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
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Two things: 1) Unless you plan to do ALL of the reading and/or attend EVERY session taking profuse notes therein, DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS because if you don't do the above, the exam alone will cause you more stress than all of the potential pros of the class could possibly be worth. 2) If you plan to follow the above advice to avoid the exam nightmare, then prepare to go without a more sleep than a 3 pt class should ever warrent.

Workload:

A boat-load of reading assignments which aren't necessarily overviewed in class. Two 6 page papers (grading can be stiff). A rediculously patronizing yet tedious map project. And finally, the mother of all finals which far overshadows the fact that there's no midterm. Oh, and 4 film review sheets (you pick 4 from 8 movies over the term).

July 14, 2002

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
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The class itself was interesting and very informative. I learned alot - something I can't say for most of the classes I've taken in Columbia. However, the workload is a killer. There's a ton of reading, and only some of it is worthwhile. The grading on papers is very difficult, and the final covers the entire course. You also have to watch 4 movies of her choosing by the end of the class and fill out a question sheet about each of them. In any case, just be prepared to work very hard if you want a good grade.

April 01, 2002

McDermott, Rachel Silver_nugget
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McDermott is a great lecturer, passionate about the subject material, witty, and super-organized. The papers are doable and the topics are fun (although the grading is beyond arbitrary), there are no dumb discussion sections to attend, I didn't even mind the map exercise that much. Really nice woman too. Yet I still cannot in good conscience recommend this course, because the final was the most harrowing experience of my academic career. There's no midterm, which is nice at the time, but it means that the final covers the whole course. And does it ever. She even tells you exactly what's on the test, but it's more than is humanly possible to memorize. Be prepared to spend your entire reading week studying just for this test. And you still probably won't do all that well. If you hear that McDermott has decided to give a midterm, take this class. It will be wonderfully rewarding. Till then, look elsewhere for your major cultures requirement.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / ASCM MELC ASCM V2357: Intro to Indian Civilization Frances Pritchett 2008 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
MELC / ASCM MELC ASCM V2357: Intro to Indian Civilization Frances Pritchett 2006 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
MELC / ASCM MELC ASCM V2357: Intro to Indian Civilization Frances Pritchett 2004 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1