April 24, 2002

Hawley, John Silver_nugget
Hinduism

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

Prof Hawley, like so many other posters mentioned already, comes to class unprepared, spends way too much time answering pointless questions that have almost nothing to do with Hinduism, and shamelessly promotes his knowledge of Indian languages. However, there's no doubt that he's a really smart guy, and in some roundabout way I learned quite a bit about Hinduism from his lectures (this from someone who grew up a Hindu in India), especially the bhakti tradition. It's obvious the guy loves teaching and loves Hinduism - the enthusiasm comes across. If you are willing to do the reading to counter the free-flow structure of class, you might learn quite a bit and enjoy yourself at the same time. Bottom line: I recommend the class.

Workload:

Pretty easy. Two short essays (4pp each), midterm and final