Review Comment

The Mongols In History

May 15, 2015

Rossabi, Morris
The Mongols In History

Professor Rossabi's contagious passion for Mongolia and Inner Asia lightens the room and makes it a pleasure to be in his class. His impeccable knowledge reflects his status as a world-renowned scholar in both fields. Prof. Rossabi also goes above and beyond to help students succeed and is always eager to answer questions after class. He even allowed us to submit drafts of our term-paper before final submission to which he provided thorough feedback. Overall, this course is an easy A and anyone with an interest in East Asia is highly recommended to take his course.

Workload:

The weekly readings can be lengthy, but nonetheless interesting. One mid-term exam, a fifteen-page term paper, and a final exam.

April 27, 2015

Rossabi, Morris
The Mongols In History

Great class. Great Man. Take it. Its easy. Its interesting. All i gotta say.

Workload:

midterm, 10 page paper, take home final. All questions are super predictable if you pay attention to this awesome dude in class.

May 04, 2012

Rossabi, Morris
The Mongols In History

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Dr. Rossabi is an incredibly admirable and respected scholar in the field of Mongolian, Central Asian, and Chinese studies. His lectures are thorough, informative, and engaging. If you registered for any of his classes with a genuine interest in these fields, you really will not be disappointed; if you plan to throw your attention out the window to fiddle around on Facebook, however, don't bother for two reasons. First: The man is clearly excited and inspired by what he teaches, so show the dude some respect for the effort he brings to class. Second: You absolutely need to pay attention to the lectures if you want a fair grade. I easily walked away from each class with 4-6 pages of notes, and they were *all* incredibly valuable for papers and exams alike.

Great guy, and also a fabulous professor.

Workload:

For undergraduates: in-class midterm, ~10 page paper, take home final.
For graduate students: 20-25 page paper (independent research).
Weekly reading isn't light but also isn't unbearably heavy.

August 22, 2005

Rossabi, Morris
The Mongols In History

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I found the lectures soporific besides his great left-wing humor and political editorials (they come at random times, they may be used to wake up his audeince). This is the only class I have ever fallen asleep in. Furthermore, I have never done SO LITTLE work and SO LITTLE reading (i.e. never doing any reading, only looking at lecture notes) and doing so well (we're talking about A+ here!). If this's the kind of thing you're looking for, hop on board. I felt like I learned very little. You'd be an ass not to show up to class, seeing that you can pull off an A doing none of the reading and simply parroting back lecture notes.

If I could do it again, I would not take this course, I would take something that would more challenging if it was INTERESTING. He has a way of making Mongolian history seem as out there and boring and uncared for as one might think it is -- which is a true tragedy.

Another note about grading, because I know this is why a lot of people take the course. I buddied up with a friend in this course. We did the exact same type of work -- he actually did more than me, and actually did the readings. He ended up with a B+ after teetering on the A-/B+ boarder, as I waltzed along with A's doing less work (I am not bragging, I think he is smarter than me, the prof just liked me more). It made very little sense. So maybe upon reconsideration -- this is not a class to be taken for the grade.

Workload:

1 midterm, 1 paper (15 pages), take-home final (2 questions, given a month in advance).

March 12, 2002

Rossabi, Morris
The Mongols In History

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

If you are looking for an easy and interesting class, this is the one to take. All the readings are on reserve, and are completely unnecessary. In fact, last semester he forgot to submit a list to the library, and most of the books weren't even there. Professor Rossabi is a good lecturer, knows a LOT about Mongolia, and is extremely approachable. I actually walked away knowing a lot about Mongolia, without having put much effort in.

Workload:

Moderate readings, a midterm paper, and a final [extremely easy]

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