PHILOS 153A

Topics in Ethical Theory: Normative Ethics

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: course 22. Study of selected topics in normative ethical theory. Topics may include human rights, virtues and vices, principles of culpability and praiseworthiness (criteria of right action). May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. P/NP or letter grading.

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Overall Rating 3.0
Easiness 4.0/ 5
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Spring 2016 - THIS REVIEW IS FOR PHILOSOPHY 22: This class did a very good job in introducing the realm of ethics, and did a very broad overview. Professor made the information easy to digest and understand, and the structure of this course was very easy and generous. I ended up going into the final with a 96%, but also, I ended up working my ass off on the essays. The class breakdown is 10% participation, 15% weekly worksheets, which you only need to complete 8/10 to get a 100% in the category, 15% first essay, 15% second essay, 20% midterm, and 25% final. I got a 95% for participation (missing one discussion), 100% on the weekly worksheet section, 93% on the first essay, 95% on the second essay, and 96% on the midterm. The final, in my opinion, was very easy, as long as you studied the study guide ahead of time and knew how to answer in short essay format. However, Professor Cross, in my opinion, acts like he's way too good for his students, and does not do a good job with students outside of class. He seems very detached and apathetic towards student learning and overall acts like a douchebag during office hours. He's very unapproachable, so my advice is to ask your TAs, because they do all of the grading anyways. Your TA should do a good job explaining and teaching the material. My TA, Jordan, was very capable and did an excellent job with answering questions. Overall, Cross was very good during lecture, so you shouldn't have a problem with a material, but is a total douchebag. I don't give a rat's ass how intelligent you are, but if you act so condescending with even the simplest question, you're a shitty instructor. Class is easy though.
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Overall Rating 5.0
Easiness 3.0/ 5
Clarity 5.0/ 5
Workload 4.0/ 5
Helpfulness 5.0/ 5
Most Helpful Review
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!
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