January 20, 2002

Pritchett, Frances
[ASCM V2357] Introduction to the Civilization of India

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

OK, I just read the reviews of this class and found them a little confusing. Prof. Pritchett is a little zany and is very enthusiastic, but the quality of the class drops as time goes on. She isn't a great lecturer, but is a very sweet lady (when I went to her office hours she gave me this really gross dehydrated milk candy to compensate for a grading error by the TA). The silly thing about this class is that YOU DON'T NEED TO DO ANY READING!!! You aren't tested on the reading. The midterm and final were both completely identifications of text and pictures. She gives you a list of the texts that they could be, so all you have to do is figure out which characters are in the Bagavad Gita and what the Rig Veda talks about to ace that part. The pictures are all on the website, so it's easy to memorize them. Plus, partial credit is easy to get. The papers are on subjects of your choosing, so you can write on the one sentence of the book you read. To sum up, a stoned toad could get an A- in this class without doing anything other than memorizing and regurgitating. On the other hand, you won't learn very much about Indian civilization. The actual content covered could be summed up on a travel brochure or on the back of a bad romance novel set in India.

Workload:

Unnecessary and light. 4 reading responses, a midterm and a final