Ratings for Liu, X
Based on 13 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Best description of this class came from a classmate: "I don't really know what he's talking about, but he seems really into it." His lectures were almost impossible to follow and not relevant to our readings or assignments, and average attendance was around 50 (out of 300) students. The readings were also pretty bad- too theoretical for an intro class, and he even admitted to hating one of the books he had us read. In good news, no exams. Just a few 2 page papers plus a 10 page final essay. I don't recommend this class with him.
Submitted July 22nd, 2013
Comment: Love this professor! He is a very wise and insipiring person. This class really made me become a more wise individual and I loved all the books and the type of testing of our understanding. I think this class is the one which enriched me personally the most. (However, professor Liu should learn how to lecture not making others asleep...)
Submitted June 1st, 2013
Comment: I did not expect this class to be like this. Lectures were a bit dull and condescending. I found discussion section to be much more interesting as the GSI is a great resource to translate his messages from lecture. The professor himself, well, he's a smart guy and you can definitely tell. Very cynical about our generation and the future generations to come. Overall, if you came to learn about the basics of Cultural Anthropology, be prepared to learn the fine details.
Submitted May 31st, 2013
Comment: Took this class because I heard it was a typical, easy class to fulfill the AC requirement, but the class was a lot different than I had expected. Lectures consist of him talking with a microphone- no powerpoint, little usage of the board, etc. They are a mix of comments about anthropology/the world in general, cynical humor, and things relevant to the books. Unfortunately, they kind of drone on, but they're still useful and interesting at times. The class is basically the understanding of the development of anthropology since the 1900s, and we read 5 books. The reading is a bit overwhelming (around 100 pages or more per week) but the assignments are pretty easy (basically summarizing 3 of the books in 2 pages double spaced each, and a 10 page final paper). There's an in lecture final exam, but he tells you the topic before hand so it's pretty easy. Make sure you pay attention to what the GSI wants in discussion section because they're going to be the one grading all your work. Overall the class is pretty easy and can be interesting at times and dull at others. He's lenient about grades and workload in general and just wants people to learn.
Submitted May 23rd, 2013
Comment: The thing about Professor Liu is he does have a different lecture style. Most of the time it seems like his lectures are not relevant, but he does have insightful things to say about the book and anthropology if you listen long enough. For that reason, it is hard to follow him during lecture, but as long as you jot down at least some of the main points of his lecture you'll be find when the quizzes come around and you're looking for something to write about. The class was graded based on three take-home quizzes, one in-class quiz, and a final paper all based on five books from different times. It really comes down to your GSI and talking to them because they are the ones who grade everything. We had great GSIs my semester and they are a great resource to have especially if you are not understanding Professor Liu. There was a lack of structure in this class, but nonetheless I liked it considering what it was. I would recommend going to class the first days and seeing whether you would be able to put up with his lecturing, but it is a bearable class.
Submitted May 21st, 2013
Comment: The professor did not utilize the lecture hours effectively. Really long winded. The course covered four books which gives an interesting idea of what China is. There is a disconnect with the GSI and the professor's expectations.
Submitted July 17th, 2012
Comment: 3 take home quizzes, 1 in class, and 1 final paper - all essay format. Class covers 4 books. If you read some of each of the books and hit the points talked about in lecture, the essays should be alright. Lecture is kinda boring, I was caught sleeping on multiple accounts. The professor is pretty lax, and the class overall is not bad.
Submitted May 16th, 2012