Ratings for South Asian R5A
Based on 41 ratings for the instructor(s) that have taught this course.
Comment: It wasn't so much Diya, but the course material that made this class so odd. All of the readings were ancient South Asian writings translated into English, which were very difficult to get much meaning out of. Our grades and the deadlines for the class were very much up in the air for pretty much the entire semester. I had no indication as to what my grade would be until the day it was released on BearFacts. I believe that Diya was a pretty rough grader, because our entire class realized about 3/4 of the way through the semester that nobody had gotten anything higher than a B+ on the midterm paper. She had very good feedback sometimes, but other times her feedback was very minimal and unhelpful. The grade in this class is calculated based on the amount you participate in discussion, a couple of homework assignments and presentations, and a midterm and final paper. If you get Diya, just be sure to nag to make sure you know what's due when and understand how you can improve your grade.
Submitted Dec. 23rd, 2015
Comment: Personally, I learned a lot in this class but that was certainly not due to the professor. He's extremely knowledgable but his lectures are completely unstructured and none of us can keep up with his train of thought. You can go to lecture for the participation points but you'll never get anything out of it. The pieces and poems are very interesting but be warned that they are generally philosophical and mystical. Essay prompts are reasonable. You can pretty much create your own prompts. However, the professor is quite particular. He has some pet peeves you need to avoid. Always go to office hours and walk him through your rough drafts. For the most part, a B+ or A- is completely attainable but for an A essay, you better be flawless. No tests but there are weekly responses which are like little essays. Don't slack off on the weekly responses. Give him something good he can discuss and chew on.
Submitted March 17th, 2015
Comment: She was very helpful on essays if you asked her for help. If you try to write essays yourself, it can be very hard. She did explain and analyze the books we read very well and made the class interesting and easy to understand. It's just the assignments and essays were not very easy.
Submitted Dec. 26th, 2014
Comment: The class is very demanding, and more work than any R&C course that my friends took, but I learned a lot out of the class. Be prepared for a lot of work, and the topics can be hard to grasp making it hard to write essays sometimes.
Submitted March 28th, 2014
Comment: Obrock is really lenient. He isn't very prepared for class and the sessions seem to take their own turns. His assignments are super easy though. He wasn't very helpful in Office Hours. You won't learn much from him, but if your aim is to get an easy A without putting in too much effort, go for him.
Submitted May 11th, 2013
Comment: Easy weekly writing assignments helped to boost up grade. Readings get more interesting as the year goes on. Janet is a pretty easy-going and accommodating teacher, and she is really helpful during office hours.
Submitted Feb. 27th, 2013