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PHIL 020 Introduction to Philosophy

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    VEREEKE, LarryBryceHuebner, WilfriedVerEecke, LarryHuebner, Lu-Adler, Reuscher, NeilLewis, Neil Lewis, James Mattingly
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    Mar 08, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The class is lecture-based with over 100 students, but structured like a discussion group, which does not work. The readings are not reflected in the papers, and pop quizzes focused not on the main concepts of the readings but on the small, minute details. Papers are graded entirely by teacher aides and so grades are very subjective. The course material is interesting, but lectures are often hard to follow.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of the course were definitely writing the papers, which forced me to sift through all the reading I had done. The lectures didn't help me understand the readings as much as the papers, and the paper topics are very interesting. Our final paper was on determinism and free will, something I found fascinating, and something that forced me to reconsider everything I previously thought about free will, determinism, and culpability.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure that you read the readings before class, because the pop quizzes are hard enough that you need to do the reading before taking them. He dropped the lowest two grades for us, which helped me, but consistently failing quizzes will lead to a bad grade in the class. The quizzes test for detail, so simply skimming them will not suffice.

    • Fall 2016
    • James Mattingly
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