All Ratings and Reviews for Sanjay Subrahmanyam


Overall 4.2
Easiness of class 2.1
Workload 2.2
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.3
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 3.7
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HIST 9A, taken Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 24, 2020 Grade Received: A

I really liked this class. I thought the professor was really educated in the topic and the lectures were very thorough. Would definitely recommend taking notes bc the slides are not very helpful -- they're just very brief bullet points so studying just from that is not v helpful.

The midterm was open book and open notes. The final was a take home essay I believe. Overall I found the class easy bc I went to all the lectures and took very detailed notes lol.

Would definitely recommend this class, especially if you're South Asian or have any experience learning about South Asian culture and history.

HIST 9A Submitted July 4, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Professor himself is very knowledgeable and a pretty good lecturer. However, I found the class to be very boring and way too much reading for a GE class. The 2 hour discussions were also very hard to get through. We had to turn in a 2 page paper every week which required us to do the dry/boring readings and write about them; this got to be a big hassle. Overall I would not recommend taking this class for a GE when there are plenty of more interesting ones out there that cover the same requirement.

HIST 9A Submitted Jan. 3, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Selling concise history of India book for this class. If interested please text at 5595777505.

Course not listed Submitted March 14, 2008 Grade Received: N/A

The class started very slow with boring reading and lectures, but the professor managed to make the seocnd half of the course very interesting and enjoyable.

Course not listed Submitted April 13, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

You better be awake during classes because he just talks and talks. For his exams, in the form of 2 papers, he wants you to include info from the book, weekly readings and his lectures.

Course not listed Submitted July 2, 2008 Grade Received: N/A

awesome professor. the amount of knowledge he has about the material just amazed me. you can't slack off in his class but overall it was a rewarding class and i definitely got something out of it. getting an A is definitely duable as long as you keep up with the readings and attend lecture.

Course not listed Submitted June 16, 2008 Grade Received: N/A

The main problem with this class is the sheer amount of material it covers. There is really no way to do all the material justice, but Subrahmanyam does a great job trying. The first three weeks are rather boring, and the first book(Thapar) is both long, tedious, and nearly indecipherable. After that things pick up though, the lectures become a lot more interesting, and the reading becomes both easier and actually enjoyable. The second half of his course is brilliant, and his final lecture of the quarter was probably the best I have seen at UCLA.

If you can deal with all the reading, I would highly recommend Subrahmanyam.

Course not listed Submitted March 21, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

Kind of a Tart. Class was extremely economical based. Few if any broad themes. Little relation to anything outside of fact. Lectures feel like he is only brain dumping. Didn't seem to care to much.

HIST 9A Submitted March 19, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Subrahmanyam is unbelievably knowledgeable and really will answer any question. He does a pretty good job going over the entire history of India and gives a well-rounded unbiased opinion. The discussion is kind of hard to bear since it's two hours long, but that is the only negative I experienced in the class. The Professor himself is the best I've had for a GE.

HIST 9A Submitted March 25, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

The course will be boring at first but gets more interesting in the second half. India is just too gigantic and diverse an area to cover in the first half, but Prof does a good attempt.

The discussions are one hour and lectures are an hour and a half. He's a great lecturer, especially towards later on in the course. However you might fall asleep. I drew during lecture so I wouldn't fall asleep and every time he said something interesting I'd pay attention and write it down.

The hardness of the class will depend on your TA. The essays are not that bad two pages double spaced. However, if your TA is a hard grader then this course might suck. (I suggest going to office hours, usually they will grade easier after you ask for help) There is a lot of reading, don't do all the reading.

I recommend reading all of the white book, called India. It's the least boring book and the smallest. For each week, look at the white book's readings and highlight stuff, find a few major topics to write about, and then pick another book to use for additional information on the topic. So you literally just scan the other books for more details, but otherwise don't read them. This worked for me and I got an A.

I recommend a good note-taking program like Evernote. Professor allowed us to use the notes on our laptop for the final, and Evernote allows you to efficiently organize and search through your notes.

This course should be Writing II or something. But it isn't :C However, you get really really good at writing so that's cool.

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