January 06, 2004

Adamek, Wendi
Self and Society in Asian Religion

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

Professor Adamek asked for "no personal attacks" on our professor evaluations, but unfortunately the bad points of this class have to do with her. She's actually a really nice person, its not her fault. As a previous reviewer said, she warns you on the first day of class that she is a boring prof. I, along with many others, figured she was trying to scare off the wimps. But no, this really was the most boring class I have taken at Columbia. Prof. Adamek has this soothing, soft-spoken quality to her voice that honestly puts you to sleep. REally. I had never fallen asleep in class, before this one. Additionally, her lectures lack structure and the handouts don't help. While studying for the final, I realized how interesting much of the material really is, but throughout the semester I found it hard to motivate myself to do much of the reading because her lectures made me associate "Asian Religion" with "Boredom". The primary sources are great. TA's are a good resource. Ironically, Columbia has removed this class from the possible courses to fulfill the MC requirement. Good call.

Workload:

about 150 pp of reading a week, 2 3-4 page papers with an option to rewrite one, midterm, final. They have the right (according to the syllabus), to alter the weight of the final (NOT in your favor) if you do worse than the rest of your grades indicate you should have done.