December 29, 2008

Schorsch, Jonathan
[RELI V3870] Inquisitions in the Christian Empire

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

I took him for Inquisitions in the Christian Empire. The class was very informative, though admittedly it was a bit repetitive. Schorsch knows freaking everything on the subject (he wrote a book about it) but he continually stresses the same core questions regardless of what particular aspect of the Inquisition we were focusing on. Schorsch is extremely friendly and very laid back and is very helpful about finding research topics and materials. He will often refuse to give a straight answer to questions, which is probably more truthful than just making broad generalizations but is also frustrating when you just want to hear a distillation of the material and he refuses to give you his opinion. All in all, a very good course to take if you are interested in the subject and want to hear from an eminent scholar in the field, but it will be a bit tedious at times.


A 1 page response to the reading per week. These are not graded, but he will return them (eventually) with comments. There is a serious amount of reading. On average it is about 3\4 of a book or 6-8 articles per week. There is no midterm nor final but there is a 10-15 page paper at the end that is basically your entire grade for the semester.