This class was tough.
I would encourage any incoming or current college student to take this course, because of both the professor and the learning outcomes. Professor Kalm offered particularly insightful input with each session, developed leadership in myself and my peers by raising questions and topics of discussion, and demonstrated a genuine interest in seeing his students grow intellectually and personally--inside and outside the classroom.
From this course I gained a deeper understanding of what it means to critically evaluate assertions, ideas, premises, arguments, presuppositions and philosophical thought in general. I learned the mechanics and structure of logic and differing forms of reasoning, and I went further to apply this learning in assessing and reflecting on contemporary intellectual issues for our Western socio-cultural context. I learned how to better articulate myself in writing and convincingly challenge or defend the conclusions and claims of others, and this has benefited me throughout the extent of my education and professional development alike.
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Advice for students:
In order to succeed in this course, students have to really open themselves up to critical reflection and self-reflection, and show the evidence of this type of learning by bringing this 'to the table' in class discussions and essay assignments. Students in my class greatly benefited from the understanding that the professor truly was there to help us along the way, but by no means intended to make the workload or conceptualization easy. Communicating concerns and questions to the professor outside of class was welcomed, which was advantageous for all of us. In short, intellectual honesty and humility and the diligence of completing all the readings are key to doing well in this course.