Fall 2020 - ***You can find more reviews for this class if you look up "Li Min!" That is the Chinese arrangement of his first name and surname! I took this class remotely, so I can't say how it is normally. With that said, it's not a free A. I wouldn't consider it an easy GE. The majority of the class (including myself) was confused as to what was happening for much of the quarter. I think the only reason this class was alright for me is because I had a pretty good understanding of Chinese history beforehand. Grades were based on a scores from 4 pop quizzes, a presentation, discussion participation, a midterm, a final exam, and a final paper. We didn't have any other assignments, so this really is one of those classes that relies on just a few assignments. As for the professor, his lectures didn't feel useful. He's an archeologist, and the first half of his lectures reflect that quite a bit. Lectures felt pretty unorganized, so after the midterm, I honestly just stopped watching the lectures and relied on the textbook instead. PLEASE GET ACCESS TO A TEXTBOOK IF YOU CAN!! It's probably the only reason I got the grade I did. For the final paper, I'd 100% recommend asking your TA for feedback before you submit. It helps you know exactly what they're expecting, which was important since we didn't get a rubric or anything. Final paper was 20% of our grade. Other than that, just be sure to put effort into your presentation and try to talk during discussions.
Winter 2023 - As a person, nice and accommodating. As a professor, not the worst but not particularly engaging. Participation is mandatory on the syllabus but he doesn't take attendance. Personally, I found the lectures boring and he tends to ramble a lot. Open book tests, 1 literature review, and a 10-page final paper. You can pass the class if you just use his textbook, which he provides for free.