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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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Dec. 28, 2018
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-

It's a pity that such interesting material is ruined by a professor who is disorganized, boring, passive aggressive, and unable to speak confidently in front of a crowd. Professor Dover spends at least 20% of lecture stuttering, to the point that the only way to remain engaged was to tally the number of times she said "um." I found lectures to be far less helpful than discussion sections since all she did was review the plot of the reading and extrapolated very little on what I was able to gather by myself (which, in my opinion, is the very opposite of what philosophy should be). Very little guidance was given for the class's only paper (worth 35%); it is especially difficult if you've never written philosophy before because she expects that her students already know how. She seems approachable in office hours (which I attended numerous times but she still never learned my name) until you question her methodology and she becomes overly defensive and passive aggressive. The material of this class should not be as hard as this professor made it. If you're looking for a good intro to philosophy class, do yourself a favor and find a professor who knows how to philosophize.

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Jan. 6, 2019
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-

I completely agree with the previous post. I'm a math major as was really excited to take a philosophy class as a GE, and was extremely disappointed and frustrated with Dover's class.

If you really don't care about learning and just want to go to class and put in about 2 hours of work a week and walk away with an A or A-, then this is the class for you. Most of the course is spent reading The Republic, and each lecture, Dover gives a summary and Sparknotes-type analysis. You then have to regurgitate this information on the midterm. The class requires absolutely no thinking on your own part. You can get easily get away with not reading the book at all. In fact, if you come up with another take that goes against Dover's methodology, she gets extremely defensive and snaps back. If this is what "learning" is in the humanities, then I am appalled and sincerely pity the kids who spend 30-60k a year on this bullshit.

Dover uses class time as an excuse to rant about Trump. She is also delusional about what is happening in politics and is extremely emotional. She teaches students that meritocracy and oligarchy are the same thing, couldn't properly conduct lecture on the day of the primary elections because she was so "nervous", and makes claims during class that "if you were raised right" (that is an actual comment she made in class), you would agree with her opinion on the US prison system. This class is the epitome of the fact that liberal ideology that is pushed in classrooms is ruining education.

I have absolutely no respect for Dover after this course. I have a few friends who took other philosophy courses as a GE and enjoyed them. I know the curve looks nice in this class, but I sincerely recommend taking another course. I honestly believe that I just threw money down the toilet taking this class.

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April 28, 2019
Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A+

I liked this class. The class was sometimes dull, but definitely worth it.
The first lecture was fantastic -- I think she asked us "What is justice?" and then challenged our proposed definitions in creative ways -- and while later lectures were mostly summaries and not as engaging, they were still helpful for understanding the readings and identifying key ideas.
The best part of the class was office hours. I went several times, and Dover's answers to my questions were the clearest, most insightful, and most succinct (a rarity in philo) I have gotten from any professor.
All around, I'd recommend.

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June 20, 2019
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B

This course is the reason I became a philosophy major. Although some lectures are tedious, others are extremely interesting. The course work is very easy and is largely focused on Plato/ justice. The final paper on creating a utopia was very fun to complete. I strongly recommend this class.

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June 27, 2019
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A

A lot of people I know made fun of the professor for stuttering some times and going on tangents, but honestly it made the class more engaging when she would elaborate on specific points. Her stutter was only really noticeable if someone pointed it out to you. She was a really nice professor and had very thorough lectures (even if I did end up asleep in them a lot). She related the material to modern day politics (which, by the way, she seems be left-leaning, so if you are offended by that, then maybe stay away) and was really passionate about the works we read. The work and tests are pretty easy as long as you either read the readings or paid attention to her lectures. We had a take-home free response final which was also really easy.

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June 28, 2019
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B+

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This is a philosophy class, so there's never any order at all (and this is coming from a North Campus major). You will ALWAYS be confused about what you're supposed to be doing for this class and whether or not you're doing it right because there's no rubric or handouts or anything.

Do NOT take this class with Michael Skiles as your TA. He's extremely unorganized and would always just ramble on and on in section about one aspect of the readings. I went to his office hours for feedback on my final project and when I asked him for his expectations (because no one was given a rubric despite the class syllabus promising one), he instead told me that the nature of philosophy is open-ended. That was totally wrong because when I got my final project back, he marked me down heavily for things that I failed to include that he wanted to see.

Overall, the class workload isn't too bad. You read Plato's The Republic and a few other PDFs; there's an in-class midterm and take-home final in which you create your own utopia.

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PHILOS 6
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
Dec. 28, 2018

It's a pity that such interesting material is ruined by a professor who is disorganized, boring, passive aggressive, and unable to speak confidently in front of a crowd. Professor Dover spends at least 20% of lecture stuttering, to the point that the only way to remain engaged was to tally the number of times she said "um." I found lectures to be far less helpful than discussion sections since all she did was review the plot of the reading and extrapolated very little on what I was able to gather by myself (which, in my opinion, is the very opposite of what philosophy should be). Very little guidance was given for the class's only paper (worth 35%); it is especially difficult if you've never written philosophy before because she expects that her students already know how. She seems approachable in office hours (which I attended numerous times but she still never learned my name) until you question her methodology and she becomes overly defensive and passive aggressive. The material of this class should not be as hard as this professor made it. If you're looking for a good intro to philosophy class, do yourself a favor and find a professor who knows how to philosophize.

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

I completely agree with the previous post. I'm a math major as was really excited to take a philosophy class as a GE, and was extremely disappointed and frustrated with Dover's class.

If you really don't care about learning and just want to go to class and put in about 2 hours of work a week and walk away with an A or A-, then this is the class for you. Most of the course is spent reading The Republic, and each lecture, Dover gives a summary and Sparknotes-type analysis. You then have to regurgitate this information on the midterm. The class requires absolutely no thinking on your own part. You can get easily get away with not reading the book at all. In fact, if you come up with another take that goes against Dover's methodology, she gets extremely defensive and snaps back. If this is what "learning" is in the humanities, then I am appalled and sincerely pity the kids who spend 30-60k a year on this bullshit.

Dover uses class time as an excuse to rant about Trump. She is also delusional about what is happening in politics and is extremely emotional. She teaches students that meritocracy and oligarchy are the same thing, couldn't properly conduct lecture on the day of the primary elections because she was so "nervous", and makes claims during class that "if you were raised right" (that is an actual comment she made in class), you would agree with her opinion on the US prison system. This class is the epitome of the fact that liberal ideology that is pushed in classrooms is ruining education.

I have absolutely no respect for Dover after this course. I have a few friends who took other philosophy courses as a GE and enjoyed them. I know the curve looks nice in this class, but I sincerely recommend taking another course. I honestly believe that I just threw money down the toilet taking this class.

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PHILOS 6
Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A+
April 28, 2019

I liked this class. The class was sometimes dull, but definitely worth it.
The first lecture was fantastic -- I think she asked us "What is justice?" and then challenged our proposed definitions in creative ways -- and while later lectures were mostly summaries and not as engaging, they were still helpful for understanding the readings and identifying key ideas.
The best part of the class was office hours. I went several times, and Dover's answers to my questions were the clearest, most insightful, and most succinct (a rarity in philo) I have gotten from any professor.
All around, I'd recommend.

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PHILOS 6
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B
June 20, 2019

This course is the reason I became a philosophy major. Although some lectures are tedious, others are extremely interesting. The course work is very easy and is largely focused on Plato/ justice. The final paper on creating a utopia was very fun to complete. I strongly recommend this class.

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PHILOS 6
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
June 27, 2019

A lot of people I know made fun of the professor for stuttering some times and going on tangents, but honestly it made the class more engaging when she would elaborate on specific points. Her stutter was only really noticeable if someone pointed it out to you. She was a really nice professor and had very thorough lectures (even if I did end up asleep in them a lot). She related the material to modern day politics (which, by the way, she seems be left-leaning, so if you are offended by that, then maybe stay away) and was really passionate about the works we read. The work and tests are pretty easy as long as you either read the readings or paid attention to her lectures. We had a take-home free response final which was also really easy.

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PHILOS 6
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B+
June 28, 2019

****SELLING PLATO'S "THE REPUBLIC" in great condition for $10! TEXT ME @ 626-673-5629****

This is a philosophy class, so there's never any order at all (and this is coming from a North Campus major). You will ALWAYS be confused about what you're supposed to be doing for this class and whether or not you're doing it right because there's no rubric or handouts or anything.

Do NOT take this class with Michael Skiles as your TA. He's extremely unorganized and would always just ramble on and on in section about one aspect of the readings. I went to his office hours for feedback on my final project and when I asked him for his expectations (because no one was given a rubric despite the class syllabus promising one), he instead told me that the nature of philosophy is open-ended. That was totally wrong because when I got my final project back, he marked me down heavily for things that I failed to include that he wanted to see.

Overall, the class workload isn't too bad. You read Plato's The Republic and a few other PDFs; there's an in-class midterm and take-home final in which you create your own utopia.

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