ASIAN M60W

Introduction to Buddhism

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William Bodiford See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.5

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This class was taught by Matthew Hayes. OK instructor. He has good voice projection and tries to make the course fun for students. However, he has very text heavy slides and most lectures were not very engaging. Many lectures were him reading off the slides and reading long quotes from the book. Workload is fair, but the small reading quizzes at the beginning of lecture were more annoying than helpful. Midterms were fine, but rely heavily on memorization and regurgitating a lot of material in the blue book. Avoid Oh Mee Lee if you have her as a TA. Inconsistent grading scheme for essays (Ex. Gave higher scores to students who had incomplete rough and final drafts).

Fall Quarter 2018
Robert Buswell See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Prof Buswell is definitely extremely knowledgeable. The guy even published his encyclopedia of Buddhist terms. But he isn't the best at teaching it. He uses slides but they usually have pictures or few specific phrases. So if you want to follow what is happening, you have to listen to him and not care about the slides. The problem with that is 1) you tend miss quite a few things that he says which might be important because he crams a lot of information with a single sentence and he speaks relatively fast, so while writing what he just said, you will miss the next sentence and the cycle continues 2) if you want to go home and review, the slides are not very helpful because there is hardly any content. So you can say that the class is primarily driven by the professor's speeches. For me, my TA was a blessing. Eric was super cool and helpful. He was very understanding and would also put in effort to explain concepts if you approached him. I also appreciated that Prof Buswell announced that the final would be a take-home during week 8, so that was very helpful because it gave us time to condense our understandings and think about it. His questions were sort of vague during the midterm and the sad thing was, even though I was up to date with readings and lecture notes, I was still kind of confused as to what his questions really meant and what he expected. The questions sound very deep and philosophical but later I realized, they were actually intending to ask something very similar. So if you are someone who is not used to deep, philosophical questions like me, this might not be the best class for you. But I definitely have a significantly better understanding of Buddhism.

Winter Quarter 2019
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Karen Muldoon-Hules See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Way too difficult of a class for a G.E. Talked with many fellow students and they agreed that the workload and amount of reading assigned for this class was well above what it should be for a G.E. Interesting class, but it will require a significant amount of your time to get an A let alone a B. I have an extensive and thorough 60+ page combined study guide for all the midterm and final review questions for sale for $50. Email me at barmanryan@gmail.com for more information.

Winter Quarter 2017
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