Professor Pitkin is definitely knowledgeable and passionate about Chinese civilization and this course was a satisfactory introduction class but not a life-changing experience. The course chronologically covers over 3,000 years of civilization in 3 months, but no worries: the final is not cumulative.
The lectures tend to get boring and the readings cover all that the professor is explaining. In fact, professor Pitkin has so much knowledge or interest in one specific topic (like Buddhism) that she tends to focus on that one thing for over thirty minutes... until it gets pretty irrelevant to the rest of the lecture. But if you get lazy to do all of the reading assignments, you better attend lecture.
Weekly discussion sections are mandatory and you have to write a two paragraph response on the readings (the questions are posted every week on Courseworks). The primary source and field trip assignment papers seemed pretty daunting, since the professor gave no clear instruction or clues of what she wanted us to do. But the TAs (or at least mine, Myra Sun) was really approachable and helpful during office hours and graded fairly.