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I took this class to satisfy a requirement as an anthropology major and I don't have much personal interest in archaeology, so I wasn't exactly expecting to love this class, but still it was largely bad. Professor Li does honestly seem like a nice person, but his lectures are really boring and he doesn't do a good job of making any of the things he's talking about interesting. But ultimately it didn't really matter too much whether or not I paid attention or even went to class because he gave a take-home midterm and final where all of the information was based on the book (and graded them easy; I got a multiple choice question marked wrong on the midterm and still got 30/30). Participation and attendance were required per the syllabus but the class was super empty by the third week and he never took attendance. I can personally vouch that I skipped about half the classes and still got an A (though I'm not sure the percentage breakdown). Overall, it's easy but if you're looking for a class that might catch your attention or teach you something interesting maybe look elsewhere.
I can tell Professor Li is very smart and knowledgable in his field, but he is not a very concise or organized lecturer. He basically just assigned his own book and lectured from it, but the book was WAY more clear than his lectures. For example, we spent the whole first half of the quarter (literally 5 weeks) on "background" information on the landscape of China. Although I understand that this is helpful for understanding the dynamics of state formation in China, he also teaches a whole other class called "landscapes of China" where this would be more relevant. The actual bulk of the archaeological information felt rushed in weeks 6-9 and he never went into depth about the requirements of the book review.
His midterm was take home, which was really nice and I appreciated it, especially considering that his lectures were sort of difficult to follow (he didn't really use slides, just maps and pictures). The final is also take-home so I guess I can forgive him for the structure of the class. He's really nice and wants students to succeed but I wish his lectures were more clear.
Oh yeah, his "slides" were labeled as "Chinese Civilization 50" which is another class he is teaching this quarter so I assume he just uses the same slides and pictures for all of his classes.
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