HIST 9E

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: Southeast Asian Crossroads

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Cenan Pirani Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Anthony Reid See Full Profile

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Two words: absolutely horrible.

I thought I would learn more about my own culture but after the first week I said "screw my culture." Reid turns good subject matter in to pure torture. There was not one class where at least 5 people weren't sleeping (and there were only 20 people in the damn class). DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS! The lectures are death to your brain, monotone voice, and runs on tangents.

Nov. 12, 2001
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Brandon Reilly Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Dahlia Setiyawan See Full Profile

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Professor Setiyawan is really great. She understands that almost everyone is taking the class as a GE and does everything she can to help you succeed. The midterm is a take home test (identifications and two essays) and it was super easy. Even if you didn't go to class -- which you should since she's a great lecturer -- you could do well off of the slides alone. The final paper was super easy too, the TA was really great and helped a ton. If you ask for help, you will get it. He even let me incorporate some of his ideas into my paper! The final was an actual joke. They gave us the questions ahead of time and it was the same format as the midterm. If you need a GE, I highly recommend this one. Also, I did not read the textbook. It's good to have and it's really cheap ($15) but you can just use it as a reference.

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Damon Woods See Full Profile

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Prof. Woods is a really nice guy with a lot of experience in the Asian History department. There is no text book required, but all of the reading is online, so it gets tiresome on the eyes. I probably spent $20 printing out all the readings (which is pretty cheap compared to the price of the text books). The readings were boring, lengthy, and sometimes hard to follow. My TA was really good at breaking down the readings though, so it wasn't completely necessary to fully understand the readings going into your discussion class.

This is a pretty straightforward class. One thing I suggest is to take your laptop to class. You will need to write down EVERY WORD he says in order to have the right amount of resources to do well on the midterm & final.

Major Tests/Papers for History 9E: Southeast Asian Crossroads:
-Map Test: you're given a map of Southeast Asia and you must be able to identify the major countries, cities, oceans, and rivers. Super easy if you study it

-Midterm: 5 identifications, 1 essay (they give you the word, you write Who, What, When, Where, & Why it was significant)

-Research Paper: 10 page research paper on anything related to Southeast Asian History

-Final: 10 identifications, 2 essays

BASICALLY: straightforward class. I had no interest at all in Southeast Asian History, but I have to say it wound up being the only class I could stay awake in. He's a nice guy with funny stories to tell. Be sure to take really good notes, and just pray you get a good TA that is nice enough to break down the readings for you.

Jan. 13, 2010
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