May 30, 2008

Cynn, Christine Silver_nugget
[AFRS BC3100] Medicine & Power in African History

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

Professor Cynn is, truthfully, one of the most intelligent and competent instructors I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I took a seminar with her this past spring; though the coursework was challenging, I learned and retained more from her class than I did in any other during my four years at Columbia. Cynn teaches you how to think differently, address issues from different, previously unexamined angles, and write with greater clarity. She encourages class discussion, and while her intellect can be extremely intimidating, I felt more comfortable talking in this seminar than I did in any other course. I would recommend taking any and all classes possible with her--she's excellent. Her grading is tough but fair, and if you put a lot of work into the class, you'll end up successful. Meet with her during office hours about papers--another thing I never felt comfortable doing with professors before this class--and she'll really help you with any struggles/issues you're having on your paper.

Workload:

Tons of reading--the class met once a week, and we had upwards of 200 pages per week. One short paper (7 pgs), one long paper (15 pgs), two in-class presentations on weekly readings, mandatory participation.