Definitely the worst professor I've ever had. It's as if she tries to make her lectures circular and nonsensical. She was not friendly and definitely had favorites in the class. Her class is a lot of work and I definitely don't recommend it! She also tends to have a condescending tone when speaking to students. Even though she was a horrible professor and lecturer, her TAs made up for her slack and graded very fairly on the final.
Spring 2022 - This review is written for those who just want a quick assessment of if they want to take the class. Class: The class is not easy, but it is not any more difficult than the average upper-division philosophy classes. An average amount of reading, about 40 pages, will be assigned weekly. (Note: To cover the basics, in the earlier weeks, the reading amount is on the heavier side for the course). Lectures: They are clear and organized. At the beginning, she will write out the agenda for the day. At the end, she will tell you what she plans to talk about next class. She does a great job at explaining complicated concepts. Plus, you can ask her for clarification about a concept if you don't understand something. She will patiently explain it to you, and she will also appreciate that you asked the question. Personality: She will encourage you to participate, but she will not call on you if you don't want to talk. (This may make some people uncomfortable, but if you get anxious talking or something in class like me, just try your best and do not feel pressured. If you talk to her during Office Hours about this, she will actually take the time to help you through it). She may appear intimidating initially, but she is actually incredibly kind. She values honesty, so if you are having trouble finishing an assignment or keeping up with the reading, just communicate it to her; she will understand and will not make you feel bad. Overall, I would recommend you take this class if you are interested in the class material and are not looking for an easy class to cruise by. The class is not hard, but there are easier classes if you have a heavy workload or something. The class was a rewarding experience for me where I was able to push myself and learn a lot, growing both as a philosophy student and as a person. 10/10 for me; hope it's the same 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.