December 20, 2004

Hawley, John Silver_nugget
Hinduism

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

This class could have been really interesting but Hawley is a terrible lecturer. The material is cool, and the readings and films aren't bad. Hawley gives out detailed outlines every class, but then he talks for an hour and fifteen minutes about absolutely nothing. Even on the days when you finally seem to have taken notes you will look back at them when final time comes and they will be totally nonsensical. Also, he is very boring- the best lecture all semester was given by a guest (Rachel McDermott). He also assigns a shitload of reading. Most importantly, even though the class is supposed to be introductory, he talks about ideas without giving any type of background, even if its not in the reading.

Workload:

2 papers, your grade will depend on how muh you show that you did assigned readings and also if he grades it or if the TA does (he's tougher). Final, you wont have any notes and you and your classmates will all scramble around, trying the ids he told you to study (there are over 120 to prepare, 5 of which are on the test). have fun.