Art of India and Southeast Asia
Spring 2017 - I ADORED this class! I'm a south campus major who hates writing, but this class was painless. The professor is fairly interesting, but personally I loved this class because I really liked the material. You definitely have an advantage if you are Southeast Asian, just because it's easier to remember names/details. Midterm/Final: Both were super fair! The professor gives out a study guide, so if you can answer ALL of the questions/define all the terms on the guide in detail, you're golden for the exam. Some questions were word for word from the study guide. It's important to remember what the art is, when/where it's from, because during the test he projects an image of the art from class on the screen. Attendance is pretty important imo. That's how you see the photos that can be asked. He posts lecture notes towards the end of the quarter if I remember right. Make sure to know everything in it. Discussion was fine. My TA covered all the key concepts from class. There are quizzes, but they are pretty easy. All you need to do is pay attention during lecture/discussion to do fine. For the paper, make sure you get your TA to skim through it once before you submit it. Also you get a free ticket to go to the LACMA to see the art you'll write about.
Spring 2020 - Professor Kumar has been more than accommodating during this class, especially since it was conducted online due to COVID-19. The class consisted of recorded lectures and live discussion sections. Attendance in discussion was necessary, but there were other ways to get participation points if needed. The workload consisted of weekly response papers, which were 1-2 pages (double spaced) of answering some questions about that week's lecture materials. One response paper was cancelled to give us more time and less stress when working on the midterm, which consisted of three artwork comparison essays. The final (supposed to be an exhibition proposal) ended up becoming optional to further alleviate stress from the students. As someone who took this class as a last-minute GE, I really wasn't expecting much. I surprisingly found this class pretty interesting and rather rewarding, as the Professor focused more on how the artworks relate to the world around them, instead of listing fact after fact about them. I should note that her sentences are pretty packed with information, so it was a bit hard at times to understand all the things that were being conveyed to me. It's okay if you're not an "art person" (I certainly wouldn't say I am), because I think the Professor makes sure that everyone has something to take away from the class.