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Lecture is disorganized, unexciting, and really quite useless. The class is redeemed by great TAs, great readings, and fair, interesting assignments. Just go to discussion, and do the readings, and this is a great class.
As for the grading, it's pretty easy but beware of great discrepancies in difficulty among TAs.
The Professor was a nice guy and was interested in what he was teaching. He was always nervous when he taught and could be boring. There were only three papers for the course which should've made it easy. However, the grade is completely based off of the TA. I had a TA who wanted specific answers and allowed for no creativity in the papers. He was the hardest TA, an English stickler, and ended up giving me a B+. If you take the class make sure your TA is good and has background in philosophy (my TA was not even a philosophy major).
Take this class for an easy A. Don't take this class if you actually want to learn. Lecture was very difficult to pay attention in. In my opinion, the material was boring and his charisma did not help one bit. He does not have the speaking skills to teach by simply lecturing. A power point could have easily helped his lectures.
he is literally the most boring lecturer ive had the displeasure of listening to. on the other hand, this class is ridiculously easy. two essays on three readings each and a final. you dont need to and should NOT attend lecture. you dont have to go to section but you should to find out what your ta wants in your papers. the class is totally up to your ta and the overall grades are not curved with the other sections. so if you get a shitty ta like i did, tony, you and the rest in your section will average a C on all your papers while your classmates all get As for writing the same EXACT thing. i know because i had friends with other tas who i worked on my papers with and had the same arguments as, and in my opinion, my papers were better written than theirs. also, you dont get your first paper back til 7th week which is too late to switch to pass/no pass so make sure to get a good ta and its a superrr easy A.
Grade is 100% up to the T.A. I got a TA that graded harder than he should've so I got an A- :(
This class talks about stuff like "if a homeless person is unable to do basic things like use the bathroom, is he unfree to do those things?" or "if a person is unable to get a good job, and resorts to welfare, is he/she taking advantage of the system or is the system unjust?"
If you like this kind of stuff, you'll have a fun time in this class, but if not, you'll just thing it's crazy overanalysis of random bull. Still, you have to write 3 essays and that is solely what your grade is based on.
Lecture is pretty much pointless, I went for the first couple weeks thinking I would learn something, but ended up just going on reddit for an hour. The last couple weeks, I just got some extra sleep. The TA's usually just go over everything. And it's one article per week. If you even want to read it (I didn't)
Took Philosophy 6 during Fall 2011. Boring lectures, do not go. I didn't learn anything, it was hard to pay attention to his points and he doesn't use a microphone for the big lecture hall. I would go and try to pay attention but only succeeded to do so for the first 5-10 minutes and then dozed off.
The TA goes over everything during discussion and he posted summaries and analyses online.
There are 3 papers, no quizzes, no midterms. That's good. Learn how to write like a philosopher to get a good grade! it's different than other writings...
The readings were boring and too long and confusing.
I got an A- overall which I am sore about because the class didn't seem too hard but I still received an A-.
Overall, it's a pretty chill class, do not really need to go to lecture, the professor doesn't even care if you show up. He is pretty chill. In the first class he mentioned how he didn't want to be called Professor or by his last name, just A.J. so after a while you forget his name.
Definitely go to TA's office hours because they are the ones who grade your papers.
this guy is awesome!!! he's so awkward and hilarious in a subtle way that you want to go to lecture just to watch him standing at the front of the classroom. he doesn't lecture very well, but you don't really need to go to the lecture since he just reviews the readings. he's great! you really SHOULD go to section though, great tool. the material was really interesting too, quite a plus. i got an A-, but i don't really think that's much to complain about. i'm fine with that. he was always available for office hours, but i usually just went to my TA's office hours because she was the person that determined your grade. i don't know if this is correct, but i think it was 3 take-home assignments and a final that you got to bring your own notes to. that might have changed, but even then it was not too bad.
if you want a class with interesting material and isn't so demanding, take this class. if you want a class where you don't have to go to the lecture, take this class. if you want a class where your teacher is practically the real life version of allen from the hangover, TAKE. THIS. CLASS.
worst professor ever no joke do yourself a favor and do not enroll. he rants and pulls random examples that dont relate and cannot use midterm. i swear he is pulling random thoughts out of his ass to kill time because he doesnt have anything to say in a two hour lecture. yes the TA all grade differently so good luck!
AJ is great. The TA I had was not. The whole class breaks down into three written assignments, one for each author you cover (Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau) all graded by your TA. If you take this class, be prepared for the most subjective grading imaginable.