Topics in Ethical Theory: Metaethics
What everyone has said here about her being the worst professor ever is not only true... it might be the most true thing ever said. Her lectures are the best cure for insomnia I've found yet, the material is interesting enough but when delivered in her monotonous drone, it sounds like Charlie Brown's teacher. The papers were graded much too harshly and did not encourage original thought. Hope and pray you have a decent TA because it's your only hope. I read all the reviews of her before taking this class but I said to myself "It can't be THAT bad!" and took it anyway. I wish now I had listened to the reviews and stayed away. I don't care if this is the only class you can get into or the only class you need to graduate or the only class that fits into your schedule... FIND AN ALTERNATIVE. Beg, borrow or steal, sleep with the dean... ANYTHING! If you don't heed the warnings, and still take a class with Prof. Hieronymi I sincerely hope you have a guardian angel and a really large supply of Red Bulls to stay awake.
Fall 2015 - Dense material but interesting if you can stay awake in lecture. Prof does daily handouts, but I never got to check if getting copies from missed days was possible. Friendly, funny, appreciates his class. Two papers, an A/A- only grading policy. I took him in the fall, he said he'll be teaching next in the spring, and I'm currently trying to find that class.
I took 100A, C153B, and 151A with Lawrence. He's definitely bright, and it shows in his lectures. A lot of the information you learn in lecture is irrelevant to the midterm/final, but it is interesting nonetheless. I wouldn't say that his classes were easy, but they also weren't too demanding. Your entire grade consists of a take-home midterm and a take-home final, which are usually about 5 pgs each. Lawrence's classes don't require that much work in the grand scheme of things, but his prompts are fairly challenging. In terms of overall difficulty, I would say his classes are average among upper-division philosophy courses. I have no clue what his grade distributions look like, though. I also think that Lawrence is a really nice guy. In 151A, I had an issue with one of my TA's whom I felt gave me a much lower grade than I deserved. When I discussed the matter with Lawrence, I was impressed with his willingness to listen to my concern. He agreed to regrade my paper, and the new grade he gave me was definitely fair. He also let me switch TA's 7 weeks through the quarter to prevent awkwardness between my original TA and me.