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    Nov 22, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Her classes are absolutely delightful. Students express opinions and share experiences. The workload is much, compared to other SAGE classes. We do a lot of class preparations (CP) papers to the class. This makes us more prepared for the class topic. I enjoyed reading the different books from different centuries. So if you are a reader, this is a class you will enjoy. The con of having Dr. Austin as your Instructor, she is a historian and as such we get to learn the history behind every book. She goes far beyond the class syllabus. I do not mind this, I actually enjoy learning this. My problem comes in the exam when she brings up those dates and extra information. Apart from this, she is an awesome professor, ready to listen to your point of view.

    Course highlights:

    I read a Koran for the first time in my life. It was an interesting eye-opener. I didn't realize how much the Koran and the Bible were similar. We explored the different practices of the Muslims and how they have been represented in several books. For the class readings, we had the SONG OF ROLAND Translated by Robert Harrison, CANTERBURY TALES by Geoffrey Chaucer, Sophocles' ANTIGONE, OEDIPUS THE KING, AND ELECTRA, DANTE INFERNO Translated by Anthony Esolen, and Gilgamesh written by Stephen Mitchell. We also had some extra handouts: THE RULES OF COURTLY LOVE, and THE KORAN (some excerpts). This class was full of discoveries of ancient times, how they thought, their moral compass, their beliefs. The theme of this class is "How to live a good and just life". This class made me more liberal in my thinking. I realized after doing two of the CPs, that I couldn't soar on individual effort alone. So, I met with students from my class and we shared ideas and knowledge.This made the CPs a lot easier to finish. These websites: sparknotes, cliffnotes, shmoop, were a great help for this class. They were good for summary and quizes. One gets a general knowledge of the book and quizes to test how well you understand the book.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    -Always join group discussions, your classmates knows better than you give them credits for -Take down notes in class. Half of what she says comes out in tests and exams. -Do CPs. It is almost half percent of your class grade, plus it helps you in tests and exams -When lost, or confused, ask for help. She is willing to explain the material better. -Use Sparknotes, cliffnotes, and shmoop as extra materials, not your only material. If not you are likely to get a truncated knowledge and might fail. -Do not plaigairise. That is a zero in that project.

    • Fall 2016
    • Valerie Austin
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    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jan 10, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course for the texts that were expected to be read, as they give perspective about humanity, across cultures, across history.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights were the written assignments in which you had to relate one text with another. For example relating "The Songs of Roland", with "Inferno", and " The Odyssey". I learned that every human does not live an stable life throughout his existence, as there ups and downs occur from different circumstamces.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read all the material, attend the class, and be in touch with the professor.

    • Fall 2016
    • Bill Loftus
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Nov 22, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    It helps you understand the history of the medieval people

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about the bible, the Koran and torah

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be open minded and be ready to learn a lot about history

    • Fall 2016
    • Valerie Austin
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions


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