PHILOS 2

Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

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Andrew Jewell See Full Profile

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Disclaimer: I just took this class to fulfill CPA credits, and have no prior experience or interest in philosophy.

This was by far one of the worst classes I've ever taken at UCLA. Jewell is a nice guy and clearly very knowledgeable in his field, but he is not a good lecturer. He tends to just ramble forever and very rarely writes anything down on the board. I found his lectures very boring and difficult to follow so I just stopped going by week 3. The readings are very dry and dense, so good luck getting through them.

The midterm and finals consist of in class essays which are graded harshly for a GE class. You are given the prompts ahead of time which does aid in preparation.

I recommend skipping section as well and trying to figure things out on your own based on the readings. My TA had the interpersonal skills of an eggplant and was of no help.

Summary: If you must take this class, just take it pass/no pass and put in the bare minimum to get a C. It's structured very poorly and just isn't worth the time required to earn a good grade.

Spring Quarter 2018
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Keith Kaiser See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.2 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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Great professor!!! Made philosophy very fun and interesting. As a senior, I had never had a philosophy class so I didn't know what to expect. What the other reviewers said is so true!! He has a great sense of humor and his explainations are very clear.

Its not that his class is overly easy, its fair. There's a huge difference. You have to go to lecture every day. That's a must!! But if you go to lecture, study the notes for the exam, and know the material, you will get a good grade and you will come out feeling you learned something interesting.

very highly recommended!!!!!!!!!

March 14, 2002
Terence Parsons See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.8 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 2.8

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This class was a breeze. I went only once and still got an A in the class (thanks to his policy of putting all the lecture notes on the internet.) Get to know your T.A.'s, because they are the ones that grade your mid-term and final, which account for your entire grade. But if you know the lecture notes from the internet well you'll get a good grade. Easy G.E. satisfier.

Dec. 29, 2003
Alex Rajczi See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 1.3 Workload 1.3 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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I took Philos 2 (Philosophy In Religion). At the beginning of the class he challenges you to figure out his faith (atheist, agnostic, believer, etc.).

Lecture Style

Prof. Alex Racjzi hands out pretty much a summarization of his lecture at the beginning of class so you can follow what he's saying, and in fact, he asks you to refer to it from time to time. He writes down any reading assignment at the beginning of class as well. Often times he will briefly review what has been covered in the last lecture so as to bring you up to speed, and then continues from where he left off. The themes for each week is clearly indicated at the head of the paper, so you know exactly what you will be learning (except you don't know what you'll be reading until you go to his lectures). He makes a lot of comments, gives a lot of examples and goes over everything twice on the handout. The pace of this class is a bit slower than most classes because of this, and for the philosophical intellects, this may be just a waste of time. But Prof Racjzi is refreshing, with a twist of dry humor, helping bring the material to life. Of course, sometimes I felt he went over the same line for 20 minutes, the days where the pace was TOO slow even for slow minds like me.

Reading

He expects you to do the reading, and will talk about the topic at hand assuming you've read it (so that means he doesn't remind you what paragraph he's talking about, or remind you what the reading was about). Some readings are a little heavy, but for the most part, they are managable.

Availability

It's a bit sad that students arrive to his office hour only before midterms and finals, while the rest of the quarter are a few drop-bys. I can't say much on this because I personally did not take advantage of his office hours, although it was at a time that was convenient for me.

Midterms and Final

Standard blue book. About two weeks before any exam, he passes out a review sheet with questions for you to answer. The questions on the test might the same questions from the review sheet, although this is rare. He will most likely give you a similar question which requires you to apply your understanding of the material. The exams are not plain regurgitation. His grading system is the good ol' (or cursed) bell curve.

Finale

He did a psychometric trick at the last lecture before the finals. Way cool. Mind boggling!

June 25, 2001
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