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JAPAN 7A LEC 001 Fa10

Customer Reviews

very little lecturing - just extemporaneous comments on paper writing

Maybe I am missing something, but all I heard were just a professor's comments on how to write papers and other procedural issues. There must be more, but I ran out of patience.

Not enough content - too much talk

I've listened to the first 4 lectures from this and it seems he really loves talking about how to do the work in his course more than teaching you anything about Japan. This one is 27 minutes into the 1hr 20 and he's still talking about how to get a good grade. Its nothing like I the Harvard Chinese History Lectures I've also listened to which I recommend.

Bits of goodness

Like most literature podcasts, this one is better served if you're reading along with the class, but even failing that there is some great discussion of the japanese mindset, cultural origins and way of life.

Aside from the content, unlike some other lecturers Wallace has not adapted for a podcast audience, or is assuming his audience is solely students enrolled in the course. As a result there's an excessive amount of discussion of administrivia, explanation of grading techniques, and dead space pauses while Wallace queues up a movie or sound bite. This can get tedious quickly, but if you can skip through it the content's definitely worth a listen.