Introduction to Buddhism

William M Bodiford

Introduction to Buddhism

Asian department

William M Bodiford

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Overall 3.4
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Easiness of class 3.4
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Workload 3.0
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Clarity of professor 3.4
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 3.4
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters

Grades

Spring 2019
54.0%
45.0%
36.0%
27.0%
18.0%
9.0%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2017
69.7%
58.1%
46.5%
34.8%
23.2%
11.6%
0.0%
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A
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B
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C
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
28.6%
23.8%
19.0%
14.3%
9.5%
4.8%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2016
40.5%
33.8%
27.0%
20.3%
13.5%
6.8%
0.0%
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A
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B
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D
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2015
35.9%
29.9%
23.9%
17.9%
12.0%
6.0%
0.0%
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A
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B
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
66.7%
55.6%
44.4%
33.3%
22.2%
11.1%
0.0%
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A
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B
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C+
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C-
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
58.5%
48.8%
39.0%
29.3%
19.5%
9.8%
0.0%
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
61.9%
51.6%
41.3%
31.0%
20.6%
10.3%
0.0%
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A
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B
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 27, 2020 Grade Received: B+

This review is for Matthew Hayes, unfortunately he isn't on Bruin Walk for some reason. This class has three papers, one midterm and a final. So, if you do badly on a paper or midterm it can be pretty unforgiving on your final grade.

This class, to me, feels divided. Lecture material has minimal correlation to the workload for discussions. Discussions are instructed by TA's and mainly focus on building your research paper for the entire quarter. Your research paper has three drafts the first draft, the second draft, and the final draft all of which account for the three paper schemes. Personally, I found discussion to be a waste of time because it just felt uncoordinated with no real lesson plan. Your final grade heavily depends on the TA you get, and obviously some TA's are tougher graders than others. To my knowledge, no grade adjustment was done to account for this, which other classes at UCLA have done before. Tough luck if you get a difficult TA, you'll just have to deal with it.

Matthew Hayes is an okay professor. His lectures are very slides heavy and does not post the slides on CCLE. Lectures aren't very engaging. But, Matthew does a great job on providing analogies to break down Buddhist concepts that would be on the midterm and final. The midterm and final are memorization based, so if you utilize short term memory studying in learning all the terms two days before you should be fine.

I personally did not enjoy the grading in the class and discussions. However, I did enjoy the snippets of lecture material as it is an interesting subject.

Overall, this class can be very unforgiving in terms of your final grade. Take at your own caution.

P.S for clarity, my TA was Tom Newhall.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted March 26, 2020 Grade Received: B+

Your grade in this class largely depends on your TA who grades your papers. I thought I understood the subjects pretty well but could not for the life of me get an A on my papers. The material itself is pretty interesting, but sometimes Bodiford's lectures would be confusing, going all over the place with not much structure. Also it would be annoying when there were no definitive answers like "this neither exists nor doesn't exist," which is probably just the nature of Buddhism but that's not very helpful when you need to write notes.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 25, 2020 Grade Received: A

This review is for Matthew Hayes. This was his last class as a grad student, so hopefully he will be listed as a professor in future Bruinwalk reviews. Overall, the class itself wasn't too bad. I definitely think this class is one of the easier Writing 2's, evidently seen by the number of STEM majors who took the class compared to actual Religion/Asian studies majors. Some of the most important takeaways are: there are few graded assignments, lots of readings, and not very engaging lectures.

Many of the smaller assignments in discussion section culminate in the final paper you have to turn in, so the workload itself is very manageable because you will have already written several drafts and done a peer review of the paper before submitting. There is also an in class midterm and a final which were both short answer responses. Personally, I found that information from lectures were most helpful for studying and answering the short response questions. The readings can vary from easy to understand to dense and needing supplemental guiding questions; therefore, I found the readings to be more supplemental than integral to exams.

Attend lecture if you can because like I said above, lecture notes>readings and lectures aren't bruincasted. Matthew is an easy to approach instructor and very helpful in answering questions. On the other hand, discussion sections are mainly for learning writing techniques. My own TA, Jonathan Feuer, was knowledgeable and helpful, but can seem condescending at times. And finally, this was a strange quarter in that we missed a few class lectures and discussion sections due to unforeseeable circumstances. These circumstances also resulted in a take home final, so be forewarned, there is possible grade inflation for my quarter.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted March 8, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

This class was taught by Matthew Hayes. OK instructor. He has good voice projection and tries to make the course fun for students. However, he has very text heavy slides and most lectures were not very engaging. Many lectures were him reading off the slides and reading long quotes from the book. Workload is fair, but the small reading quizzes at the beginning of lecture were more annoying than helpful. Midterms were fine, but rely heavily on memorization and regurgitating a lot of material in the blue book. Avoid Oh Mee Lee if you have her as a TA. Inconsistent grading scheme for essays (Ex. Gave higher scores to students who had incomplete rough and final drafts).

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted June 25, 2018 Grade Received: A

This class was listed under Prof. Bodiford, but for our term, grad student Matthew Hayes taught the course. He was very clear and helpful, and the workload was not too bad. There are 3 essays, a midterm, participation, and a final, and all of them were very doable. I would definitely recommend this class for your writing II requirement!

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
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