December 31, 1999

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

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

This has to be one of the most disorganized, badly-managed courses I have ever taken. The class is one hour and twenty minutes of dry lecture, and then five minutes of discussion, where all the students are expected to sumarize their opinions of thousands of years of history in a minute or less; this is, needless to say, impossible. Although I have an avid intrest in this subject, I spent most of class gazing longinly at the clock, counting the seconds 'til dismissal. Human interaction via recitation sections is replaced by an online message board run by the TA's, who do not help further your understand the material at all (this was the worst thing about the course).


The midterm is ultra-specific - it does not test understanding of the subject, but instead forces students to memorize fact after fact, date after date - the whole subject then becomes dry and tedious.