Professor Jonathan Edelmann Reviews
Prof: Jonathan Edelmann / Spring 2023
Apr 30, 2023
Not engaging, unorganized. Professor makes it clear that he is not at UF to teach. Rather, he is focused mostly on his personal endeavors.
Sometimes based on the textbooks, but often, Edelmann will choose some texts or excerpts and read through them. There's weekly writing assignments, but all work is due at the end of the semester.
Not good at teaching. Knows his niche area, but not knowledgeable about stuff like China/Chinese religion (which, mind you, is supposed to be a third of the course material). He is very much an academic. Not sure I'd go as far as calling him pretentious, but you get the idea.
Don't take it unless you're really really interested in, specifically, Vedic religion. The main reason I rank it as average difficulty, rather than easier, is solely because the class is pretty unbearable to sit through.
Prof: Jonathan Edelmann / Fall 2021
Dec 20, 2021
Didn't learn a lot about the content even though I was very interested, blame this on the professor though.
The content was about Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese Buddhism. You do a lot of your own research.
Professor was highly disorganized and lowkey upset that he didn't have a TA and had to do stuff himself. He often didn't talk about what he was supposed to and I'm pretty sure he has no lesson plan. I stopped going to class early on and just did assignments based on skimming textbooks and got good grades.
If you don't really want to learn the content this class is very easy.