PHILOS 6

Introduction to Political Philosophy

1 of 2
Professor Most Helpful Review
1 of 2

PROFESSORS

Daniela Dover See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 4.1 Workload 3.6 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.3

Most Helpful Review

I was in the 2018 fall session. I don't know why so many people criticize Professor Dover. Her speech is clear and really mind-blowing. If I were not in her class, I would have no chance to figure out the glamour of philosophy. We spent most of the time reading Republic, and then Du Bois and Lorde. Readings are fair and Utopia project is interesting. A good course to take.

Fall Quarter 2018
Katie Gallagher See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.6 Workload 3.3 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.3

Most Helpful Review

The class is ok. There isn't that much reading if you just want to listen to her lectures and not do the assigned readings, but some of the harder concepts may be unclear. The two essays are graded by your TA, I had Saraliza and she was wonderful! The first essay was more about explaining a concept and the second essay is a little more argumentative.

Fall Quarter 2020
AD
AD
Laura Gillespie Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
No reviews have been written yet.
Laura Gillespie See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

Most Helpful Review
No reviews have been written yet.
Brian Hutler Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
No reviews have been written yet.
Brian Hutler See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

Most Helpful Review
No reviews have been written yet.
Alexander Julius See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.6 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 1.8

Most Helpful Review

Lecture is disorganized, unexciting, and really quite useless. The class is redeemed by great TAs, great readings, and fair, interesting assignments. Just go to discussion, and do the readings, and this is a great class.

As for the grading, it's pretty easy but beware of great discrepancies in difficulty among TAs.

Dec. 20, 2011
Gavin Lawrence See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 3.2 Workload 2.9 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 3.0

Most Helpful Review

Fair warning: if you don't like to read this is not the course for you.
Covers a number of political philosophers, but to be honest you might not get through half of them due to the professor's meandering lecturing style - frequent digressions are made and often you'll end up behind and confused. That being said, the core material is very interesting, and the professor does his best to keep things fresh and funny. Frequently, you'll probably have to rely on your TA to decipher the core meaning of lectures, but as long as you take notes and at least try to pay attention, it'll all make more sense in hindsight. The midterm is usually pretty straightforward as long as you actually read and understood the material, and the final is usually done in essay format with ample choices for questions provided well in advance. I wouldn't say this is the easiest of the GEs, but it would be pretty damn close were it not for the heavy reading load.
TL;DR read and go to discussion and you'll be okay, sunshine.

Spring Quarter 2017
AD
AD
Steven Levy See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.2

Most Helpful Review

8 a.m. class. That alone should have scared me away from this class, but I thought I could handle it. I was wrong. This class sucked, for me. It's nothing what I expected it to be. I love philosophy, but this is not you're conventional philosophy. You just taking a crazy sentence and trying to make it into a symbol. Doesn't make sense, I know. Here is an example. If it is not the case that If Richard won't Terry will, Kit won't. This magically means, (~(~R->T)->~X). SEE! Stupid! It turns out to be basically math. I will say that I was a bad student though, and fell behind. I missed a few lectures, and that screwed me. Since it is a lot like math, you can't afford to fall behind, and I fell behind. As a final warning, do not think I am stupid! I got a 4.0 last quarter, but if you suck at math, and are not a morning person, do not take this class.
I just realized I evaluated the class, and not the professor, Levy is real cool. Funny too. But I had to drop the class, so this is sort of a conflicting statement.

Dec. 20, 2010
Hans Lottenbach See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.6 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.0

Most Helpful Review

Lottenbach is a great professor overall. The reading isn't that important, since he explains the material so well (which is funny because english is his second language). If you go to class, take decent notes, and listen well, you should have no problem with the essays. As other people have mentioned, he says "um" just about every 3rd word (I think he said about 10 ums in a row once), but it didn't really detract from his teaching since he keeps things very straightforward generally.

Dec. 3, 2004
Bradley McHose See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.8

Most Helpful Review

Firstly, professor McHose is amazing. His lectures are superb. They are clear, concise, and super easy to follow. My favorite thing about Professor McHose is that he tells you what he is looking for in the assigned essays. It makes for a relatively straight forward writing process. Philosophy essays are not easy, and most people taking this class have not written one before, so it is difficult to score top marks on the first and second essays which makes it difficult to get an A in the class. In addition to this, there is not much graded work outside of the essays. There are a few small quizzes and some short response questions but other than that, you grade is largely determined by how you do on the essays. This class is not an easy A, but it is certainly doable if you are willing to go to office hours to improve your essay drafts. Basically, you can do pretty well without putting much effort into the class or you can take a little extra time and go above and beyond to finish at the top of the class.

Spring Quarter 2021
Calvin Normore See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 4.2

Most Helpful Review

This professor is the best. If you ever get a chance, you need to take him. I had him for philosophy 6 and the honors section. He is the nicest, most caring professor i have ever met. The best thing about him is that he is great at teaching, he lectures well, very well organized. (this is a big deal because a lot of the philosophy professors i have had are HORRIBLE lecturers) The class isnt easy, mainly because so much material is covered, but you learn so many interesting things, you actually want to learn and not just work for a grade.

Nov. 29, 2001
AD
AD
1 of 2

It seems like you’re

using an ad blocker. :(


Bruinwalk is an entirely Daily Bruin-run service brought to you for free. We hate annoying ads just as much as you do, but they help keep our lights on. We promise to keep our ads as relevant for you as possible, so please consider disabling your ad-blocking software while using this site.

Thank you for supporting us!