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.

I disagree with the other reviewers. Prof. Pritchett shows genuine interest and passion for the material, which is always a plus. There is a large amount of facts that she has to get through, and at times she breezes through these facts too quickly, but ultimately her goal is to get the students interested in India. She spends the last twenty minutes showing online slides, often simply because she thinks they are beautiful. Unfortunately, she also tests on these slides. The biggest problem with the class was the assigned textbook "History of India" by Burton Stein, which was, without exaggeration, the MOST POORLY WRITTEN BOOK I HAVE EVER BEEN ASSIGNED IN MY ACADEMIC CAREER. So here's a tip: don't bother reading it, because the exams are all on the primary texts in the source reader and on the slides.

Workload:

A little tough, but not too bad. I think a little too much is expected considering that most of the people in the class are taking it for a requirement and that it is an introductory course. Midterm and final with lots of IDs of quotes and slides, and four two-page essays.