PHILOS 22W

Introduction to Ethical Theory

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Barbara Herman See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.9 Workload 2.1 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 4.6

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I really loved professor Herman's class. She's definitely one of the smartest people I know, and yet she has a way of explaining material that makes it digestible. This class taught me a lot and changed my perspective on ethics and philosophy. Go to her office hours!!!

Winter Quarter 2020
Pamela Hieronymi See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.7

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I just finished taking Philosophy 22W with Hieronymi, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. After reading the reviews I expected to be committing GPA suicide, but I ended up getting an A in the class. Look, the class was hard, but if you studied, went to lectures, and office hours to talk to your TA before turning in papers, it was quite reasonable. Although I ended up with an A, there were only three people in the class, other than myself, who did so, and there were 80 people in the class. If you are interested in the subject, then by all means take the class, you will get alot out of it. She does a good job of preparing you for her tests, some of the questions were almost word for word from lectures. I would recommend her, but only if you are ready to work for an A, and are not expecting one to be given to you.

April 1, 2008
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Gavin Lawrence See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 1.7 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.5

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This was the one of most boring classes I have ever taken. Few attended lecture and those who did easily fell asleep. Lectures were disorganized.
Many of the reviews tend to praise Lawrence, so perhaps in other classes he is more interesting? I know he mentioned this was his first time teaching the Writing II variant of Philosophy 22.
Also, TAs graded the essays rather strictly, but without going through HOW to write a philosophical analysis.
Not the class to take for a GE.

April 11, 2005
Calvin Normore See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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As a first-year taking this Writing II course, I was expecting this class to be more writing-intensive than it actually was. Professor Normore is a great guy, but doesn't do much to engage students during lectures, which can become quite boring and dry. The general content of the class is pretty interesting, but the way Normore explains it can be confusing at times as he tends to digress and continue rambling on. The readings can be confusing as well, sometimes even a bit lengthy, but as long as you have a basic understanding of each philosopher you should be fine. There are two mini-examlets that are straightforward, and Normore provides study guides for both. Definitely take advantage of the TAs for the three papers required for the class, and utilize the PLF for this class if you're in AAP; that's what helped me get through the course. Overall, I would recommend as a relatively easy Writing II course.

Winter Quarter 2019
Seana Shiffrin See Full Profile

Overall 3.1 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.6 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.4

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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.

June 5, 2006
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