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Daniela Dover

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Easiness 4.0 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Workload 3.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Clarity 3.6 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Helpfulness 3.4 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Nov. 15, 2017
Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A-

I took Philos 6 with Daniela Dover Winter 2017. This was her first time teaching a large lecture (she previously had only taught graduate seminars). She is very sweet and accommodating of students, but she had no idea how to make a plan for coursework for the quarter. She was quite sick for a large portion of the quarter and we thereby fell far behind, and she expected students to continue learning coursework even when lectures were cancelled multiple times. That being said, you can put in minimal work into this class and still receive a good grade. The midterm was open note and the final, she gives you the questions that she'll be asking on the midterm. Overall, this course wasn't what I was expecting and it isn't the easiest GE just because it can get quite frustrating, but it's an easy way to fulfill certain GE requirements.

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March 24, 2018
Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: NR

I loved taking this class so much! It was interesting to learn about justice, the just man, injustice, and the idea of the "good". Professor Dover is a great lecturer. Her lectures were very engaging and I was interested in each lecture the whole time. In this class, we read The Republic by Plato, which is a somewhat difficult book to understand. However, her lectures help one understand the reading material much better. The coursework is not heavy, although one has to read the material twice in order to understand the meaning. Overall, I loved taking philosophy 6 with Professor Dover.

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May 19, 2018
Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A-

Philosophy 6 with Dover is one of those classes that you neither love nor hate. 90% of her class consists of reading Plato's The Republic, which definitely takes some getting used to. There is basically no hw, except for a few sporadic assignments here and there. Sparknotes is your best friend in the class. Midterms are both easy, final paper is interesting (create your own utopia). There is no final as well, which is a big plus.

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June 13, 2018
Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A

Easily one of the worst professors at UCLA. Not quite sure how this woman got hired. Extremely disorganized and showed up to late to EVERY lecture... seriously. Sends out nasty emails 24/7 trying to legitimize the class and make all the students feel guilty that they aren't doing enough work. Alternatively, the class is a joke, and her psychology to make students take it seriously is quite transparent and pathetic. Easy A, take it but dont show up, no point.

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Dec. 7, 2018
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: N/A

Professor Dover is very passionate about her work. She is just incredibly boring to the point that I found it difficult to keep my eyes open. As long as you do the reading and at least half listen in lecture and discussion sections you will do fine in the class.

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Dec. 26, 2018
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A

Professor Dover is one of the worst professors I've encountered at UCLA. She is abysmally and hopelessly lost as an academic. Her lectures are disorganized and plagued with technical issues. She is easily flustered and fails to teach in an engaging way. Her lack of preparation makes her lectures incredibly difficult to follow and her class a pain to attend. She treats the course as an opportunity to rant and follows no apparent structure. She spends most of the course discussing each component of the Republic, but fails to ever say anything substantial.

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Jan. 16, 2019
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A

The majority of the class is spent analyzing Plato's The Republic, which makes it a pretty limited scope but it is after all an intro class. After finishing the book assigned readings included Du Bois and Lorde.
Personally, I found the class and the concepts brought up in the readings interesting. Professor Dover listens to students and makes changes to lectures to accommodate for her students. She stutters quite a bit, and her lecture slides don't provide a lot of context, but that just means you have to go to lecture to get the main points of her analysis.
I know a good amount of people didn't like the class because the teachings are very left-leaning, but as long as you keep an open mind going into it then there are a lot of interesting concepts that come up.
Also I had Jen as a TA and she was amazing.

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Feb. 1, 2019
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A

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.

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March 7, 2019
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-

Do you want an easy GE? Then take this class!
It was honestly a really good class that required the purchase of only one book (that you can find a pdf for online), she always summarizes what you should have read so in theory, you don't have to read it... I stopped reading after the midterm because well, the final is a paper. If you want to take an easy class with a super nice teacher, that genuinely cares about your learning and what you think, take this class.
ps. she does sometimes go off track, but who doesn't?

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March 8, 2019
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A

I took this class with Dover in my first quarter at UCLA, and I'm really glad I did. Dover really cares about teaching and wants to engage with students. I was able to gain a lot more from the class by attending office hours and talking with her and other students. Workload is relatively light, we spend the first 7 weeks on Plato's Republic and the last 3 weeks on a few more modern philosophers. Lectures are really clear and well organized. I really enjoyed the final project, which was an essay designing your own utopia. Fun, interesting GE :)

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PHILOS 157A
Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A-
Nov. 15, 2017

I took Philos 6 with Daniela Dover Winter 2017. This was her first time teaching a large lecture (she previously had only taught graduate seminars). She is very sweet and accommodating of students, but she had no idea how to make a plan for coursework for the quarter. She was quite sick for a large portion of the quarter and we thereby fell far behind, and she expected students to continue learning coursework even when lectures were cancelled multiple times. That being said, you can put in minimal work into this class and still receive a good grade. The midterm was open note and the final, she gives you the questions that she'll be asking on the midterm. Overall, this course wasn't what I was expecting and it isn't the easiest GE just because it can get quite frustrating, but it's an easy way to fulfill certain GE requirements.

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PHILOS 157A
Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: NR
March 24, 2018

I loved taking this class so much! It was interesting to learn about justice, the just man, injustice, and the idea of the "good". Professor Dover is a great lecturer. Her lectures were very engaging and I was interested in each lecture the whole time. In this class, we read The Republic by Plato, which is a somewhat difficult book to understand. However, her lectures help one understand the reading material much better. The coursework is not heavy, although one has to read the material twice in order to understand the meaning. Overall, I loved taking philosophy 6 with Professor Dover.

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PHILOS 6
Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A-
May 19, 2018

Philosophy 6 with Dover is one of those classes that you neither love nor hate. 90% of her class consists of reading Plato's The Republic, which definitely takes some getting used to. There is basically no hw, except for a few sporadic assignments here and there. Sparknotes is your best friend in the class. Midterms are both easy, final paper is interesting (create your own utopia). There is no final as well, which is a big plus.

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PHILOS 6
Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A
June 13, 2018

Easily one of the worst professors at UCLA. Not quite sure how this woman got hired. Extremely disorganized and showed up to late to EVERY lecture... seriously. Sends out nasty emails 24/7 trying to legitimize the class and make all the students feel guilty that they aren't doing enough work. Alternatively, the class is a joke, and her psychology to make students take it seriously is quite transparent and pathetic. Easy A, take it but dont show up, no point.

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PHILOS 6
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: N/A
Dec. 7, 2018

Professor Dover is very passionate about her work. She is just incredibly boring to the point that I found it difficult to keep my eyes open. As long as you do the reading and at least half listen in lecture and discussion sections you will do fine in the class.

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PHILOS 6
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Dec. 26, 2018

Professor Dover is one of the worst professors I've encountered at UCLA. She is abysmally and hopelessly lost as an academic. Her lectures are disorganized and plagued with technical issues. She is easily flustered and fails to teach in an engaging way. Her lack of preparation makes her lectures incredibly difficult to follow and her class a pain to attend. She treats the course as an opportunity to rant and follows no apparent structure. She spends most of the course discussing each component of the Republic, but fails to ever say anything substantial.

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PHILOS 6
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Jan. 16, 2019

The majority of the class is spent analyzing Plato's The Republic, which makes it a pretty limited scope but it is after all an intro class. After finishing the book assigned readings included Du Bois and Lorde.
Personally, I found the class and the concepts brought up in the readings interesting. Professor Dover listens to students and makes changes to lectures to accommodate for her students. She stutters quite a bit, and her lecture slides don't provide a lot of context, but that just means you have to go to lecture to get the main points of her analysis.
I know a good amount of people didn't like the class because the teachings are very left-leaning, but as long as you keep an open mind going into it then there are a lot of interesting concepts that come up.
Also I had Jen as a TA and she was amazing.

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PHILOS 6
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Feb. 1, 2019

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.

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PHILOS 6
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
March 7, 2019

Do you want an easy GE? Then take this class!
It was honestly a really good class that required the purchase of only one book (that you can find a pdf for online), she always summarizes what you should have read so in theory, you don't have to read it... I stopped reading after the midterm because well, the final is a paper. If you want to take an easy class with a super nice teacher, that genuinely cares about your learning and what you think, take this class.
ps. she does sometimes go off track, but who doesn't?

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PHILOS 6
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
March 8, 2019

I took this class with Dover in my first quarter at UCLA, and I'm really glad I did. Dover really cares about teaching and wants to engage with students. I was able to gain a lot more from the class by attending office hours and talking with her and other students. Workload is relatively light, we spend the first 7 weeks on Plato's Republic and the last 3 weeks on a few more modern philosophers. Lectures are really clear and well organized. I really enjoyed the final project, which was an essay designing your own utopia. Fun, interesting GE :)

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