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Tufts University: Joseph Walser - Comparative Religion - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Joseph Walser | CR045 - Intro to Buddhism| Comparative Religion2004-07-14

I found this class very interesting and simultaneously very frustrating. Prof. Walser did manage to keep me awake and engaged at 8:40 in the morning which is a feat. You can tell that he is incredibly enthusiastic about his subject, which can be contagious. His lecture style is relaxed, and though not always on topic, he could rarely be accused of rambling. Walser was very tolerant of alternative views and students' questions. I'd love to take another class with him, but I'd love to take it Senior year pass/fail.

There is a lot of reading, mainly of original texts, some translated into English around 1901. Which I'm sure were wells of knowledge waiting to be tapped, but the often left the class confused and completely at a loss. I think that for an intro class he needs to reconsider his reading choices just a little. There are only two assignments which determine you grade. Two take home finals which weren't bad except for Prof. Walser's annoying habit of assigning a very involved question, giving you a very small word limit and then subtracting points for leaving things out. If you take the class ignore all word limits, you'll do better that way.

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