Bradley McHose

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PHILOS 4
Philosophical Analysis of Contemporary Moral Issues See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.9 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.8

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Stunningly fantastic class. Hands down, I can confidently say that Brad is one of the best professors at UCLA. Great clarity in lecture, despite the convoluted concepts we wrangle with throughout this course. Extremely engaging and often displays his concern for students' learning. Never harsh or judgemental when students participate, ask questions, or even challenge the material!

There are two exams (one midterm, one final) and two papers. A very manageable workload, with lots of time and material provided to prepare. Both the TAs and Brad often host extra hours in the week(s) leading up to exam dates and paper due dates. They are extremely helpful and really get you to practice philosophy and increase your understanding.

There were no materials students needed to purchase. Brad would upload chapters and articles for us when necessary. Read them! Lectures often center around the arguments provided in those chapters, and Brad helps clarify and organize them to better suit learning.

Brad also uploads (nearly) weekly handouts that contain the specific wording of certain concepts and moral arguments. Extremely helpful and important! Most of the exam material can be sourced from the handouts as well as the lecture explanations regarding them.

Waner was my TA, and she is fantastic! Very willing to meet up for extra office hours, and provides easily understandable clarifications on the course material. Also, the most fashionable philosophy TA :))

Please take this class. I've had an amazing time in it; it really expands your understanding of moral issues today. During this quarter, we discussed obligations of aid towards people in need, abortion, as well as the issues regarding medical experimentation. If you thought you were informed on your stances before, think again. Put in the effort to learn in this class; you'll find that you'll get a lot more out of this than you initially thought!

(Spring Quarter 2019)
PHILOS 6
Introduction to Political Philosophy See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.8

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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)
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PHILOS 89HC
Honors Contracts Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Honors Contracts See Full Profile

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PHILOS C108
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PHILOS C108
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PHILOS 150
Society and Morals See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.5

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Honestly, the only thing that made this class hard were the quizzes. I know some people did really well on them but most of the class really struggled. Fortunately, everything was graded on a curve so even if you completely bombed it, you'd still get a reasonable grade. At the end we also had an extra credit opportunity for 1/3 of a grade raise on either the quiz overall or the first essay. I think professor Brad is a really enthusiastic and funny character in his way of teaching and i really enjoyed the evolvement of the entire class on taking live polls on how we feel about certain topics. My class in particular was very opinionated so the class never felt dull. Brad is a great professor and you can tell he cares how his students are doing in the class. He's always willing to help and answers questions in class and office hours.

The course had 3 essays with strict wordcap, and two short quizzes about 12-13 questions (all multiple choice). No book needed, all the reading material was given in class on weekly basis. As a transfer student, if I could retake the quarter, this class would for sure not be my first choice fresh off the CC boat but its manageable. Overall, 8/10.

(Fall Quarter 2021)
PHILOS 153A
Topics in Ethical Theory: Normative Ethics See Full Profile

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PHILOS 155
Medical Ethics Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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PHILOS 155
Medical Ethics See Full Profile

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PHILOS C156
Topics in Political Philosophy See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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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.

(Winter Quarter 2018)
PHILOS 375
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PHILOS 375
Teaching Apprentice Practicum See Full Profile

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