All Ratings and Reviews for Katherine Burke
So far, this is one of my favourite classes that I've taken. The class is interesting if you like archaeology and history. There are a lot of readings but you can skim through it and the lecture goes over the important things. The midterm is a short essay and short answer questions, so if you don't like writing, maybe the class is not for you. There is also a final research paper (8 pages) and she helps you through it. I think this is one of those classes that prepare you for grad school.
I have taken all the classes that Professor Burke teaches at this school and if she opens a new class, I would be first in line.
I loved this class and will be taking her class again next quarter. She is very nice and very helpful. She really loves the subject that she is teaching and that is a very important characteristic that a professor should have. The tests weren't that hard; an in-class essay and short questions, but a lot of people had struggles with the map quizzes. I personally like the map quizzes because it was just memorization of 10-15 places on a map and did that right before class. There is a research paper that she gives, which is about 10 pages but you have the whole quarter to do it, and it can be about anything about Islamic Archaeology. Overall, it was one of the best classes I've taken.
The most helpful professor I've had this year. Very understanding and accomodating. Prof. Burke is a great source of information, further readings, and will help you find sources for final paper (hint: use books, not JStor articles.) The final paper prompts were very interesting! Lectures are clear, but a lot of information, so be ready to take notes quickly. Readings are relevant (Insoll is especially enjoyable). I learned a lot. Would absolutely take classes with her in the future.
For someone interested in art history and archaeology, I LOVED this class. Islamic Archaeology is a topic not often covered in your GE courses, so it was really cool to go more in-depth on it, and it felt very relevant to today's world. Professor Burke does speed through the lectures, so be ready to take lots of quick notes (she does post the slides though, which are basically all you need). There are map quizzes every week, which were the hardest part for me since it was just memorizing a bunch of Arabic city names. Otherwise, the midterms weren't bad, and the papers, while quite long at 10 pages, were manageable if you put the time in. I would recommend this class! You'll learn a lot and enjoy the material.
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