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    Aug 10, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Despite being a 101 course, it doesn't really seem to serve as an intro to philosophy in general. When I took the course, it was concerned with religion. Didn't do anything like one would expect, the classical Greek thinks etc. Almost straight into Kant. I was familiar with some of this stuff to begin with but again, not a great entry point.

    Course highlights:

    It went really in depth about religion, philosophies of God, and the various thinkers involved in the discussion. This included some contemporary and some classical thinkers. I think the amount of stuff we had to cover didn't give us enough time on each subject though.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to complete the reading and do well on the quizzes, they make up the bulk of your grade and can really shift it based on only a few points.

    • Spring 2017
    • Alex Hallam
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading
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    Jun 20, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I personally feel that this class is not only a fun way to fulfill your arts and humanities requirement, but it will also help you open up your mind and expand your views on many philosophical issues.

    Course highlights:

    For me, the highlight of the course was the class discussions, because often times, a classmate would present a view or information that I hadn't even thought about before, expanding my view on the topic.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you at least skim the readings each night and be sure to take notes on them and take notes in class: it will come in handy when you're trying to write your short papers later on.

    • Spring 2017
    • Ginger Tate Clausen
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions
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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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