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Great Intro to the Subject
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I had very little background knowledge, or even an idea of what social foundations consisted of before this class, but I was very happily surprised. We discussed philosophy and religion in ways I had never thought of nor been exposed to. The class was largely discussion based, and it was wonderful to hear point of views from so many different people.
On the very first day of class, Professor Washburn told us that he would remain objective when speaking about other religions and cultures so that we could form our own opinions. He told us that his purpose as a teacher was only to give us the information necessary to decide for ourselves and emphasized how important it is for a person to know what she believes in order for her to discover who she is as a person. In Social Foundations I, I found myself jotting down quotes of his and writing poetry about the things we were talking about in class. I was discovering new things about New York City, about the world, and about myself.
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You have to contribute to the discussions every class, as you are being graded on participation. I recommend going to Professor Washburn's office hours as well. He is flexible and available often, and willing to help you improve your ideas for papers.