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I found the content to be pretty interesting but I didn't really enjoy the lectures because I didn't find them to be engaging. Your class grade basically consists of 3 papers and in my opinion, the prompts were super vague, and even asking about them during office hours didn't make them much clearer. However, they were graded pretty easily. Overall, I thought the class was slightly boring but I would say that it's an easy GE because even though there is quite a bit of reading per week, you can definitely get away with not doing them and the papers were pretty easy and mostly relied on personal experiences with maybe 1-2 required quotes from the readings.
The TA strike heavily affected the course during my quarter so I believe my experience was much easier than the course was intended to be. The format of the class would have been pretty tedious: paper 1 draft, paper revision, paper 2 draft, paper 2 revision, paper 3 draft, paper 3 revision. We only got up to the 2nd revision or 3rd draft, and even then my TA (Kyla, LOVEEE them) was pretty kind when it came to grading so some students didn't submit a 2nd revision or 3rd draft. The topics got increasingly more complex but more interesting in my opinion and they weren't too hard to reach the word count. There was a super easy midterm assignment where we just made up our own questions from the readings, no final. There was a quarter long section project we were supposed to create and present but we never got to it. The class as a whole was pretty interesting and I got to learn things about Asian history that I was never aware of but Professor Bascara spoke very theoretically every lecture which made it hard to follow. He also speaks very softly so sitting in the back didn't really help. Overall, cool guy and cool class. I was lucky to be able to fulfill my diversity and writing 2 requirement without much effort.
Despite my lack of effort in the class, ASIAN AM 40W truly is an "easy A" of a GE. I am not disappointed with myself because my grade reflected my attitude and approach towards the class. Professor Bascara is an incredible professor with an engaging teaching style that includes interesting content. The class was graded by weekly one-page responses, three essays, and a final (if I remember correctly).
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Class was mostly just papers and a final project. Paper prompts were vague but you got graded on a draft and the final draft so usually it was easy to get an A. You do have to go to class and read the book to help you with your paper because you need evidence.