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    Jan 10, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it will most likely change you as a person.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course for me was learning the ways in which people think. I've always been a very curious person who likes to solve problems. So naturally this class seemed to be the perfect fit for me. I learned how multiple philosophers from all over the world reasoned. This was the central focus of the course and my favorite take away.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    If I had to give any one piece of advice to a student in this course, I'd say to come into the class with an open mind. You will be exposed to views and ideas you did not know about before. Often times one's own inability to have an open mind is what will kill the learning experience for a student. Keeping an open mind, while minimizing judgment, about the topic is what will give the student the best opportunity to be successful and learn.

    • Fall 2016
    • JamesGilchrist
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Great Discussions
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    Dec 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I have always been interested in taking Philosophy, and had the pleasure of taking it this past semester. I really enjoyed the class because it encourages you to think outside the box. We discussed many different topics such as God vs Morality, Abortion, etc. Even though these topics can be controversial, the class was conducted in a respectful manner, with the professor stressing that he was just introducing different arguments/ theories about the subject matter, which he may or may not agree with, and then asked our opinion, which we were encouraged to share. There were no fights, or arguing, just a lively debate with different opinions from different students. Joshua Watson was a great professor as well. I would recommend him to any student, and would love to take another one of his classes. He treats students with respect, thoroughly enjoys hearing our opinions, encourages us to think outside the box, and makes sure that everyone understands the material. His quizzes and exams are straightforward, with the quizzes covering the reading and the exams covering his lectures. All in all, one of my favorite classes ever.

    Course highlights:

    I learned to recognize faulty arguments, which is something that I believe everyone needs. I also stretched my brain to think more fully, as well as more deeply. This class challenged some of my own beliefs, in a good way, and taught me to listen to both sides of an argument before making a decision.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be sure to read what is assigned. Some may seem long, however they are necessary, and will make classes easier to follow as well as ensure success with the quizzes. TAKE NOTES!! The lectures are exam material! Therefore, good notes really ensure excellent exam grades. Also, do not skip lecture because of the notes needed. If you do have to miss, make sure to get notes from another student.

    • Fall 2016
    • Joshua Watson
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    May 03, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Interesting course although it is more about the background of philosophers than philosophy itself. Lotfi makes it enjoyable though and the discussion days are much more interesting.

    Course highlights:

    It was interesting to get a background of philosophy and learn about the basic concepts

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to class and study for the exams. READ THE READINGS. if you do all of those, you will get an A for sure.

    • Spring 2014
    • Lotfi
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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