January 12, 2004

Balmer, Randall Silver_nugget
Religion in American Culture

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

Though Balmer himself is as nice and knowledgeble as the others have written, I found his grading style to be atrocious. I don't think he touched a single paper or exam anyone in the class handed in - didn't read any of them or even verify the grade. The TAs graded everything, and they were rather unpredictable and in one case, downright mean about the comments. I was so frustrated and hurt by one particular TA's comment on a paper I threw it out in the nearest trash can -- they were utterly unhelpful and bordered on being personal. I found it hard to keep up my enthusiasm for the course when I realized neither professor nor TA cared who their students were nor how they were doing.

Workload:

I found it to be a little excessive - 4 papers 4-8 pps (one optional), in-class midterm and final (easy).