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Professor Tamai is an expert in Asian American studies. She is really passionate about the lectures. I did not miss any of her lectures.
The workload of this course is really heavy. There are tons of readings.
There are three papers in total. You really need to put effort into them. Your TA is going to grade the papers, so definitely talk to her/him.
The final is writing a 5-7 pages paper in 3 hours. It seems scary at first, but professor Tamai gives really general prompts so that if you studied this course, you know what to write about.
Dr. Welty Tamai is a wonderful professor. Her lectures are clear and easy, and she allowed people to view them for up to 1 week after lecture during this online quarter due to COVID, and I found that really reasonable. She removed the midterm and made the final really reasonable (just answer one of a few broad prompts and reference course material). The essays for this class are fine - I would recommend meeting with your TA to figure out what you need + go over your essay, but everything was pretty reasonable for this class considering it's a Writing II. There's a fair amount of reading for each week for discussion, but you'll be ok if you skim. Overall, I would recommend this class, especially because Dr. Welty Tamai is teaching it!
Is this the easiest GE ever? No. But is it really interesting and well worth your time? Yes!!
I genuinely enjoyed every lecture -- she really knows how to keep you engaged and all the content is interesting to begin with. However, there is an essay that you work on for the whole quarter, and the midterm and final have in class essays. If you're not a fan of timed essays, maybe this class isn't for you. The essays are not hard at all though.
Dr. Welty Tamai is a wonderful professor and lecturer. She is clearly passionate and enthusiastic about what she's teaching and truly wants everyone to succeed. The class entails a ton of outside reading, but the class itself wasn't difficult at all and was quite enjoyable. There are three essays (one smaller one and two longer ones) as well as discussion presentations, so it's a bit work-intensive at times (but completely doable!). If you need a social analysis GE or Writing II, definitely try to take this class.
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