Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Speaking as an initially stubborn conservative, this course has evolved my thinking into a more comfortable, liberal mindset. I had never been as challenged to empathize with individuals with absolute opposite world views and challenge my own Catholic mentality on social issues.
We did a role play on contraception where I portrayed a cardinal with a very different standpoint than my own and I was forced to argue a point of view that was based on a steadfast commitment to tradition rather than an evaluation of supported rationale. A section of the course was even dedicated to a psychological lesson on brainpower in relation to willpower as told through the expertise of Stanford psychologist, Kelly McGonigal. I learned to empathize for others and gained strategies of self-awareness that were founded in science and proven, practiced solutions.
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Advice for students:
Participate in the course, as it will affect your grade in the long run and if you do the work, it will be more beneficial for you and others than for your grade, since it is a very discussion based course. If you go to office hours, it will surely help your grade if you need to improve on a past assignment, since the professor will work with you to get to where you want to be in the course. Additionally, you will find yourself in nearly three hour conversations with her, picking her brain for information and wisdom and going on endless tangents about love, life, religion etc. I don't think I have ever been so intellectually stimulated in my life.