JAPAN 50

Japanese Civilization

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Caleb Carter See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 4.4 Workload 3.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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Professor Carter is a wonderful professor for this course and always has well-organized lecture slides. If you take this class you cannot expect to not do any reading and get an A. It is basically a history course so the textbook becomes your best friend. Carter's exams were not extremely difficult but there is no curve in the class so you just have to do your best. Participation is important in discussion and made up at least 20% of your grade. There were also weekly "write abouts" where students would have to answer a question about the weekly readings in a kind of brain storm way. Overall, not a hard course but don't slack off on reading

Winter Quarter 2016
Torquil Duthie See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 3.9

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I went to every lecture of this class and I love it.
The professor's voice is not loud so I often sit in the front rows. Make sure you have a nice TA because for different discussion section the score and the criteria for the weekly discussion post is a little bit different. There are weekly response essay, two midterms and one final. The midterms are not hard as long as you can memorize the materials in class and the readings assigned. It is a old-school history class and would make you clear about most of the big pictures of Japanese history.
Overall the class is not hard , but make sure you put effort in it. If you attend class and finish all the reading and memorize most of the materials, you will be fine with the exams.

Fall Quarter 2016
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Timothy Goddard Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Mari Ishida See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.5

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I enrolled in the class really late but the prof was really helpful and tried to catch me up to speed with whatever happened after class at her OH

Spring Quarter 2018
Kirk Kanesaka See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 4.2 Workload 4.3 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.2

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Despite having almost zero knowledge of Japanese history or culture going in, I really enjoyed this class. Full disclosure: Kanesaka didn’t teach us during the first two weeks of class (We had Prof. Duthie instead, who’s also really good), but that didn’t interrupt the pacing of the class. Kirk Kanesaka is an awesome dude with lots of good anecdotes, and he is a clear and engaging lecturer. However, he moves very quickly through slides and doesn’t post them online, so pay close attention to what he says, or get that information from a friend. The exams aren’t terribly difficult as they’re a good balance of short answer and essay questions. The textbook isn’t absolutely necessary, but it is super helpful when it comes to reviewing for the exams, and you can get it pretty cheap depending on where you look. My TA, Victoria, was a little critical when it came to grading the weekly reading responses, but her discussion section was useful and interesting nonetheless. Overall, I would definitely recommend this class.

Fall Quarter 2019
Seiji Lippit Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Herbert Plutschow See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.2 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.4

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I was informed about how easy Japanese 50 was. It has definitely changed when compared to the class 2 years ago. It's not as easy, but there is only 3 short papers instead of one long essay. The quizzes are longer and more difficult. You have to pay close attention in class and write down every word the professor says otherwise you'll miss questions on the quizzes.

Dec. 17, 2002
Franz Prichard See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 4.4 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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I took Prichard's Japanese 60 class thinking it would be cool to learn about samurai and stuff. It isn't what you expect, but it's not that bad. This class is an easy A, but not an automatic A. There is still a lot of reading and weekly forum journals, but if you put the effort, its easy to ace. The course has more of a overall understanding feel, rather than specific facts. You'll learn about the politics, social life, and culture of every japanese period. If you want a quick overview, just search "japan periods" on google. There is a lot of reading for the class, but you don't really have to memorize it. Each week is usually 1 or 2 chapter pdf's that have about 30 book pages each. Along with that, there are anywhere from 4 to 9 article pdfs, ranging from 3 to 13 pages long. But the articles are only expected to be identifiable on the tests, as in a "here's an excerpt, which article is it(multiple choice)." and the questions for the chapter are short answer (5 sentences) that will be like "explain how the blah blah political system affected the social aspects of japanese life in this period." very broad, so you have to understand the overall feel of each period, rather than specific facts. the tests also have ids.

But with all this, the class isn't bad at all, because he gives you a study guide with the exact questions on the test, only thing is there is a lot on the study guide and he'll only ask you about half of it on the test. As a lecturer, Prichard is AWESOME! always manages to keep things interesting and casual, and is very cool. a lot of quirky and interesting comments. Will often threaten a quiz or actually give out a quiz to enforce reading, but they don't go on your grade, so it's actually just a really great strategy to keep kids on track.

This class is pretty awesome, but you learn more about japanese histories as a whole, and not just wars and samurai. So if you're an "otaku" don't expect to be amazed, but it's still very interesting. To be honest, I barely read anything weeks 5 to 9, and crammed for the final. Oh, and the final is not cumulative. midterm on first half of info and final on second half. Anyway, this class is awesome, but a lot of reading if you actually read it all.

Jan. 1, 2012
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