Topics in Political Philosophy
Winter 2018 - 10/10 recommend. I have never felt the need to review a professor before, but Brad is by far one of the best lecturers in the philosophy department. His lectures are extremely clear, well organized, and easy to follow. He has a dry sense of humor, and his demeanor makes him very approachable. The class readings are generally sent out by email, are reasonable length, and cost nothing-- proactive students are in a great position to stay on top of it. His classes consists of 2 in class exams and 2 papers. The first paper was returned with a full printed page of feedback (SO organized and helpful). Brad makes himself EXTREMELY available for students outside of class, especially during the exam/paper weeks. With that being said, it is important to utilize his office hours for any unclarity. He expects accurate and precise work-- this class is not an easy A, but every student will agree that Brad plays his part to help students be successful. If you are tired of vague, ambiguous philosophy lectures and want some structure in your life, Brad is the guy for you.
First off, she scares the crap out of me. She is a intense, short little woman who has to be one of the smartest people I know. Her office hours are incredibly intimidating, but they will go well as long as you have your questions written down and organized. She doesn't make eye contact during lecture and don't expect her to unless you ask her a question. The topics she covers in her classes are very sensitive so she doesn't take likely to people that like to state obnoxious opinions and slam other people's views. Here are a few tips: - DON'T BE LATE. Really, unless you want her eyes to bore into your soul. - Never miss a lecture, she covers a lot. - She knows your name so don't dick around, not even on day one. - Don't be a know-it-all. You'll piss of the class and you'll annoy her. The final was a little rough, long and difficult. She grades pretty easily, so don't worry too much about it. TA's vary, but they all tend to find her a little intimidating. All in all, I think she is an excellent lecturer and will repeat herself until it is perfectly clear. She can get a little boring, but her occasional side jokes and stories are rather entertaining. I like her and I would definitely take her again... even though she scares me. NB: Non-philosophy majors, please don't see her office hours as an opportunity to spout about your theories behind the reasons for human existence.