September 07, 2003

Adamek, Wendi
Self and Society in Asian Religion

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

Ademek prefaces the first class by asserting that she isn't an especially exciting or captivating lecturer, and she's exactly right. She goes on to say she's received a lot of criticism from students because she reads directly from her lecture notes, but she explains that this is the only way she can lecture and "will go down fighting" for her right to deliver her lectures verbatum from her notes. Her lectures are terrible. She goes on in a monotone voice for an hour and 15 minutes. In addition to her lectures being boring as hell, they're also pretty incoherent. After the second lecture had concluded, I had no idea what topic it was on, as she had failed to mention what religious traditions the texts we had read pertain to. She's the worst professor I've had in 4 years at this college, but at least she know's she's bad and warns you in advance.

Workload:

Weekly section meetings, two 3-5 page papers, midterm and final exam. The sylabus says that she reserves the right to recalculate your entire grade if your grade on the final exam is lower than the rest of your average.