Contemporary World History, 1760 to Present
Spring 2021 - Professor Lal has so much to teach you. I genuinely feel like I learned so much over the past 10 weeks. I love that he approaches history through a non-Western lens, and being that I did my schooling in the U.S., I was surprised to see how much I had failed to learn about the rest of the world and its history. There is a reasonable amount of essay-writing and I felt that my TA (Chul) graded fairly. If you start the essays on time you really should not have any issues whatsoever. That being said, there is a LOT of reading, so you need to make sure you are willing to do that because those readings are necessary for the essays. Most of the readings are interesting.
Fall 2019 - I honestly think this was the most interesting history course I've taken, simply because of how Stein laid out the class. Instead of focusing on dates and events, she would focus on an object and then give all the cultural history relating to this object (rubber, bananas, plastic, etc.). For someone who doesn't normally like history it was very enjoyable, but she does speak pretty quickly and I always felt like I needed to take lots of notes as quickly as I could because there is no textbook; your notes are your main study tool. If you keep up with notes and actually listen, the quizzes and discussions are pretty easy. Midterm and final do definitely require some studying because there's a lot of content, but Stein is super chill and allowed us a cheat sheet to bring with us.