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    Always Do the Reading

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    Feb 04, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Domski is engaging and enthusiastic about the subject. She invites participation and discussion readily and is incredibly knowledgeable.

    Course highlights:

    I've learned about many of the great influential figures of modern philosophy, as well as reasoning and critical thinking skills which may be applied to their theories. I have also gained an appreciation for reading philosophical works and analyzing text.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do all of the reading, don't be afraid to look at the cliff notes if you find some of the diction too difficult to understand. Make sure you take good lecture notes as she relies heavily on their reference.

    • Spring 2017
    • MaryA.Domski
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments
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    Jun 01, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I cannot stress how beneficial this course is for anyone striving to attain a solid liberal arts education, as the course covers an incredible amount of pertinent information regarding a great variety of academic fields. Despite being a required course for Philosophy majors, I highly recommend science majors of all kinds to at least take this one PHIL course because it provides the history, and theoretical foundations which would eventually lead to the creation of modern science, and of course, influence the world today. Lastly, Dr. Adrian Johnston is an incredible lecturer, as he delivers the information very clearly, and perhaps even more importantly, in a way that keeps the class engaged and interested in the content, all while efficiently covering the material in a timely fashion. He is always very helpful and patient, so do not be afraid to ask questions at any point.

    Course highlights:

    While it is impossible to accurately list ALL the things I have learned from this course, I will say that the amount one will learn from taking the course is probably more than one will learn in any other single course, if not more than a couple years of study! Broadly speaking, the course covers a variety of contributors throughout the history of modern philosophy beginning from Galileo, Francis Bacon, and Rene Descartes up to Leibniz, Locke, and Kant to name a few. Essentially given the time constraints of the semester it is impossible to fully analyze all the aforesaid author's works, but one would be very surprised at how much information is packed into the rather small bit of each respective texts.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Certainly, be prepared to devote a considerable amount of time to reading outside of class, as there will be weekly quizzes to test that students are reading the material and it is absolutely crucial to learning the material. This is to say, only attending the lectures, despite Johnston's great speaking abilities, will not be enough to truly learn the material. Plus if one does not read the material they will quickly find that they are lost and cannot keep up with the rest of the class. Also, I highly recommend forming study group sessions with other students throughout the semester (not just before the midterm and final), as it is immensely helpful in allowing each person to review their knowledge of the material and subsequently learn more effectively.

    • Spring 2016
    • AdrianO.Johnston
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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