Pretty easy, overall.
This class definitely made me think! Dr. Langston really tries to keep the class engaged. He played music at the start of every class that sort of coincided with the material we were studying that day. He walked around the classroom a lot, made jokes and sometimes cussed to keep the class engaged. He recognized that heavy philosophical texts are difficult to read, and he tried to make it easier for us by telling us exactly what we needed to know.
The real name of this course is Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll. We learned about the philosophies of each subject. It was pretty cool because a lot of people don't think philosophy is ever about anything interesting. We studied Kant, Arendt, Benjamin, Nietzsche, Sloterdijk, Adorno and a lot of other guys whose names I don't remember. It's a little different than "traditional" philosophy because it's German philosophy. German philosophy is different because Germany emerged as a country much later than the countries of other, earlier philosophers.
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Advice for students:
The midterm was difficult and included true/false, matching, multiple choice and a written section. The final was super easy though- all multiple choice, no writing. You get the most out of the course if you try your hand at deciphering the material yourself first and then let him help you figure it out during lectures and recitations. His guided reading questions kind of force you to be at least a little familiar with the material. Dr. Langston likes to call on random people in class, so be prepared for that! But if you don't know the answer to a question, you can say that, and he'll just move on to someone else.