THIS IS FOR HISTORY 4!!! The class in general consists of just discussion section, a paper, midterm and final. Thats all you really need to worry about. But the readings can be a bit tedious and boring. its about 50 pgs a week and sometimes it goes up to about 100. I learned everything in discussion. If I hadnt had a good TA I would not have found the class as easy as I did. Bartchy is a horrible lecturer. I didnt pay attention after week 1. Its hard to understand him and he spends 20 min going over random tangents before he even gets to the core material and it doesnt make much sense to begin with. Some people will find his lectures offensive. He has a very strong opinion and unless you see it his way, your wrong. He will call you out on anything small detail that is wrong. Eventually, I started doing my readings in lecture because otherwise it was a waste of my time to go. Overall, it was an easy class but again ONLY because my TA went over things very thoroughly and sent out emails with whatever information we should know. the midterm and final are easy enough because we are given the prompts ahead of time. If you write an outline about each prompt you should be fine. Im a south campus major and this class was the least of my problems. I dedicated the least amount of time to it and I was fine. Some people find it hard though and hated the workload. Based on lecture, I would not take this class. You will not get anything out of it. Discussion was the only thing worth going to and was beneficial. Its all up to chance though. If your TA sucks, God help you.
Professor Bartchy is an extremely knowledgeable and kind man. Although section is more important for your grade and he often goes off in tangents during lecture, what he has to say is extremely valuable for individual knowledge about the world. If you pay attention you will definitely get something valuable out of it. In this class you will study Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Bahai, Sikhism and the general characteristic of tribal religions. Although the material doesn't go extensively in depth, the foundation provided through section and lecture (and the readings if you feel like doing them) really gives insight into these different religions and the cultures surrounding them. You get a study guide for both the midterm and the final which have the questions on them and there is no reason why anyone shouldn't be able to get a good grade if they try.
Bartchy is a Great Professor who actually attempts to get the students to understand the material instead of just memorizing countless dates and facts. The reading is extremely dry, however, I found it unnecessary. I did 90% of the reading going up to the midterm and received a B- on it. Post Mid-term, I did absolutely none of the reading other than quickly look up several key terms on the study guide he provided. I also did not do the optional paper he offered. I ended up receiving an A- in the course by attending every lecture and expanding on the study guide he provided. Overall, I would recommend this course and any course Bartchy teaches. As long as you attend lecture, it is an Easy B+ Positives= Provides Study Guides, Optional Paper, Great Lecturer, Interesting Topics, Does Not Take Attendance, No Need for Dates Negatives= Extremely Dry Reading, Attending Lecture is Key, First Half of the Course is somewhat Dry, Need to Comprehend the Material -cramming will not work