Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

Description: Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Introductory study of such topics as nature and grounds of religious belief, relation between religion and ethics, nature and existence of God, problem of evil, and what can be learned from religious experience. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 5.0
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Overall Rating 3.7
Easiness 1.3 / 5
Clarity 3.2 / 5
Workload 1.3 / 5
Helpfulness 3.5 / 5
Most Helpful Review
I took Philos 2 (Philosophy In Religion). At the beginning of the class he challenges you to figure out his faith (atheist, agnostic, believer, etc.). Lecture Style Prof. Alex Racjzi hands out pretty much a summarization of his lecture at the beginning of class so you can follow what he's saying, and in fact, he asks you to refer to it from time to time. He writes down any reading assignment at the beginning of class as well. Often times he will briefly review what has been covered in the last lecture so as to bring you up to speed, and then continues from where he left off. The themes for each week is clearly indicated at the head of the paper, so you know exactly what you will be learning (except you don't know what you'll be reading until you go to his lectures). He makes a lot of comments, gives a lot of examples and goes over everything twice on the handout. The pace of this class is a bit slower than most classes because of this, and for the philosophical intellects, this may be just a waste of time. But Prof Racjzi is refreshing, with a twist of dry humor, helping bring the material to life. Of course, sometimes I felt he went over the same line for 20 minutes, the days where the pace was TOO slow even for slow minds like me. Reading He expects you to do the reading, and will talk about the topic at hand assuming you've read it (so that means he doesn't remind you what paragraph he's talking about, or remind you what the reading was about). Some readings are a little heavy, but for the most part, they are managable. Availability It's a bit sad that students arrive to his office hour only before midterms and finals, while the rest of the quarter are a few drop-bys. I can't say much on this because I personally did not take advantage of his office hours, although it was at a time that was convenient for me. Midterms and Final Standard blue book. About two weeks before any exam, he passes out a review sheet with questions for you to answer. The questions on the test might the same questions from the review sheet, although this is rare. He will most likely give you a similar question which requires you to apply your understanding of the material. The exams are not plain regurgitation. His grading system is the good ol' (or cursed) bell curve. Finale He did a psychometric trick at the last lecture before the finals. Way cool. Mind boggling!
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