Spring 2022 - Professor Kursey is great and genuinely accomodating. The main writing portion of the class comes from weekly discussion posts and two pretty short (2 page) papers including the final. Apart from that, there are a couple assignments but these are really fun and ask you to engage creatively so that's a lot of fun. There's an assignment where you're recreating japanese style illustrations and one where you're pictorially representing a space. These are mainly graded on effort and short reflective papers and they really helped me engage with the class. The workload is honestly pretty manageable and you can mostly get by doing only the readings for the discussion posts (though I actually recommend doing more, they're really interesting)
Winter 2021 - Professor Kersey is clearly very knowledgable on this subject matter which made for a tough first few weeks because he speaks so in depth and almost assumes some prior knowledge of Japanese culture and script. However this was not necessary for any of the grading so is not that worrying. Weekly one page assignments that are based on the readings but also completion based so really not hard. Gave us unlimited extensions on everything except the final so could turn things in up until end of week 10 with no penalty. Final essay was just a synopsis and Professor Kersey really just wanted students to enjoy the class and take what they can from it, and i did enjoy this class a lot and the assignments were fun!