Pretty easy, overall.
I would definitely recommend this course! Relatively speaking, it is a fairly simple course as long as you keep up with the readings. To explain, the course doesn't have a textbook but you are assigned to read around 10 lengthy but easily understandable articles every week. If you keep up with the readings, you are on the road to an amazing grade in this course that can boost your GPA. All the tests in this course are based on basic facts within the articles you read. Also, the professor, Ravi Naimpally, was really good. You could tell he was genuinely passionate about Bollywood music and he has a lot of personal experience in the music industry as well.
One of my main takeaways from this course was learning about several different Indian-infleunced instruments and how to recognize the use of them in Bollywood songs. This course also introduced me to the different genres of films within Bollywood and common characteristics that make up key players within these films including the villain, the hero, and the heroine. The course also emphasized individuals that highly influenced Bollywood and music within the industry including actors and actresses such as Abhishek Bachchan and famous singers, such as Lata Mangeshkar.
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The main key for success in this course would definitely be to keep on top of the readings! The readings for this course are easy as the course itself doesn't have a textbook but you are assigned an average of 10 lengthy article readings per week. These article readings do tend to build up and you don't want to be having to read 12 articles the day before the quizzes/midterm/final examination. But otherwise, if you do the readings, you should have absolutely no problem with the tests for this course as they are all made up of multiple choice questions on basic facts you read about in the articles. In terms of study tips, I would suggest reading the articles and taking notes so the day before tests, you can just read through the notes to ensure you know all the main facts of the article that you will be tested on.