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    Mar 15, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend this course because of how passionate Professor Wettstein is about the material he teaches the class, and the concepts are very eye opening in general. I was very skeptical about taking this course because concepts of philosophy are usually harder for me to grasp, but learning about the roots of evil and how they apply to real life scenarios really opened my eyes to how the concept isn't really a one way street and the definition of evil is really all based on how you perceive one's situation. I was able to understand how the mind works in regards to someone's motives when committing an "evil" act and it really got me questioning myself; was I evil for picking sides on a situation that may both be inherently evil based on how you perceive it? No other class has got my mind thinking as conceptually as this one and I highly recommend it

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course, for me, were the books we had to read and then the films that accompanied each book because concepts from each book and its respective film during each part of the quarter could somewhat be linked to each other and you were able to connect character development across the two different platforms. As mentioned previously, I also learned that there is not one single definition of the word "evil" because it's how we perceive certain situations and how we judge the conditions of those situations. These eye opening concepts allowed me to look at life in all aspects and assess people's actions more thoroughly without being quick to judge.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Honestly, for this course, the biggest tip I'd give someone who would want to excel in this class is to have an open mind and not be afraid to discuss the topics given to you. One can't walk into class and expect to know everything because they have a preconceived idea about what evil is because I learned that the concept of evil is more vast than I had expected and I had to quickly adjust my mindset to adequately fit the course. If you feel outspoken, you'd be surprised at how many others share the same ideas as you, your voice and opinion matter a lot on this class and it's worth the time to speak up if you have an idea or feel like you can contribute any analysis or input on the course topic.

    • Winter 2017
    • Wettstein,H
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    Feb 18, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I believe the class is instructed in a very interesting way that makes you think very long and hard about the topics we analyze. The course under Professor Wettstein emphasizes on the secular view on evil vs. the religious view on evil. It really makes you question what is moral and what the human being is capable of doing if put in a conflicting situation.

    Course highlights:

    I think the highlights for me personally were the great literature he made us read in class. Regardless if you have religious beliefs or not, I think Professor Wettstein made you question what you believed, what you currently believe, and what you will believe in the near future.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would ask that any student taking this course should defnitely be open to discussing his or her opinion on controversial subjects and they shouldn't be afraid to express their thoughts because it's possible that you could influence or at least get a fellow classmate thinking about things that never crosses their mind.

    • Winter 2017
    • Wettstein,H
    • Yes
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    Feb 13, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    As interesting as the course description makes the course seem, this professor gives very little material to work off of and learn from. It feels like much of this course is for the professor to talk about his own life, rather than teaching us about the abstract ideas that come with the ideas of evil. If one wants an easy A then this class is good for that, but not so much for the learning portion of a course.

    Course highlights:

    I mostly learned about religion. This class is very focused on evil as it is tied to several different institutionalized religions and while that topic is interesting in itself, it does seem that this class focuses too heavily on religion and not enough on evil outside of that.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you actually want to learn empirically about evil outside of religion, I would not recommend this class and professor. He is not very clear about what he is teaching most of the time, so it becomes frustrating during class. If you are interested in the intertwining of religion and evil, though, this class is definitely for you!

    • Winter 2017
    • Wettstein,H
    • Yes

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