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Goldman, R P (S ASIAN C140, Fall 2015)
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Comment: Easy class for a breadth, especially if taken P/NP and you have some kind of background or even interest in Hindu mythology. Never did the readings, came in in the last 5 minutes for attendance (even that is not really necessary if you are taking it P/NP). A midterm, a paper and a final. That's it. For the exams, you are given the definitions to know and the possible essay prompts (<= 5). Just read up on the Internet for all this, for example, Britannica. You can easily do it one day before the exam, in <=5 hours. The paper also has some prompts, quite a few of them and writing up on them shouldn't be too difficult, even though it is a 10 page paper. I wrote something that was not about mythology in specific, but was the effect of Hindu mythology. Yet got an A/A-. Didn't cite any of the readings, but did make sure to use proper Internet sources, like those from JSTOR. Overall, low workload class and really easy. Whatever lectures I attended, Robert Goldman is a really good lecturer. Knows a lot and is very enthusiastic. Explains the material in a way that makes it simple for those with no background too. Has a pretty decent sense of humour. Answered questions really well. The class covers the Vedas initially but things get much more interesting and easy when the epics - the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, come in. The first midterm has stuff on the Vedas but after that, you don't really need the Vedas as such. Easy, fun, low workload class, go for it.

Submitted March 10th, 2016

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Goldman, R P (RELIGST C165, Fall 2015)
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Comment: Pretty easy course. Topic was fascinating, but I'm also really into mythology so that might help explain. Hinduism is an extraordinarily complicated religion, rich with ancient folktales and legends. Names are hard to memorize but by listening to lecture, you'll be able to understand the basic concepts (I only read the necessary books for the first half). You have to be good at writing, though, since there's a pretty sizable research paper due. If you're good at writing, this class should be a piece of cake. If not, I would suggest taking another class because that paper is worth 50% of your grade.

Submitted Jan. 1st, 2016

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Goldman, R P (S ASIAN C142, Spring 2015)
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Submitted Dec. 12th, 2015

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Goldman, R P (RELIGST C166, Spring 2013)
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Comment: Professor Goldman is a great lecturer and quite passionate about what he teaches. The exams are quite easy, he gives you a study sheet the class before which guarantees you an A if you study it. The 10 page at the end of the class is a bit tough, but I ultimately got really into it and wrote about why Karna was the tragic true hero of the Mahabharata. If you don't know what I'm talking about, take this class and find out. Good way to knock off Arts and Lit breadth or Philo and Values.

Submitted March 21st, 2015

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Goldman, R P (RELIGST C165, Fall 2014)
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Comment: There are no assignments except for a ten page term paper due before the final. The midterm and final were super easy but maybe that's because I already knew a lot about Hinduism. Goldman is amazing though; I love listening to his jokes and him singing the hymns and mantras. It's a really easy way to get rid of a breadth requirement, but only easy if you already have a good understanding of Hindu mythology.

Submitted Jan. 7th, 2015

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Goldman, R P (S ASIAN C140, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Really good professor who knows his mythology. Got to write a pretty good essay

Submitted Nov. 5th, 2014

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Goldman, R P (S ASIAN C142, Spring 2014)
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Comment: This class was great. It gives a good overview of the Ramayana and Mahabharata covering the works in a good amount of detail with analysis from the perspectives of scholars and people of India. Goldman is a great lecturer and keeps the class interesting. This class is low stress - exams are very easy and straightforward, and the only assignment is a 10 page paper about any topic of your choosing related to the class. This is a great class to take if you are interested in learning about the Mahabharata/Ramayana or are just looking for an easy breadth/humanities course.

Submitted May 23rd, 2014

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Goldman, R P (RELIGST C165, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Professor Goldman is a wonderful storyteller; his lectures are enthusiastic and show how much he knows about the subject. Midterms are easy - just a list of terms to memorize and define. The final paper was a little grueling, considering most people in the class are just taking the course for a requirement and have no prior knowledge of Hindu mythology. But the paper is graded easily as well, as long as you are enthusiastic and actually try to research your topic thoroughly. I never went to his office hours, but I wish I had, as he seems like a really interesting person!

Submitted Jan. 22nd, 2014

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Goldman, R P (S ASIAN C140, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Prof. Goldman can be a bit of a rambler, but he has a great sense of humor and he knows his subject well. If you don't have a background in Hindu Mythology you can still do well in this class if you put in the right amount of effort (I got an A). Don't worry about the 10 page paper - just go to office hours and talk about it.

Submitted Jan. 20th, 2014

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Goldman, R P (S ASIAN C140, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Interesting and easy class. Hindu Mythology gives a survey over the development of Hinduism from its beginnings to the present. Lectures are a mix of historical background and storytelling, and Goldman is very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the subject. There's no discussion and no weekly homework assignments other than reading, so this class doesn't take up too much of your time. The midterm and final are straightforward and consist of ID questions and an essay. The final 10 page paper is open ended and shouldn't be too difficult as long as you've paid attention from time to time. Overall a very interesting class, definitely recommend if you are interested in the topic or need a humanities class.

Submitted Dec. 27th, 2013