Spring 2018 - Overall pretty good class. The material is interesting and the work is pretty easy, but you do need to do some of the readings. Definitely worth taking if you're looking for an easy and interesting GE. Selling the course reader and book (God, Reason & Theistic Proofs) for $40 or best offer. Will be here during C Sesh. Text me at **********.
Winter 2020 - I actually took philosophy 7 with professor Andrew Hsu but he is not a listed instructor on bruinwalk. I really enjoyed this class and thought it was an interesting intro to the world of philosophy. The professor tended to explore a ton of avenues during his lectures but given the topics that seemed necessary. It can sometimes be tough to follow but if you try to pay attention, take some notes, and do the readings then the class should be an easy A. The workload was really really light. Only 3, short, required homework assignments for the entire quarter and you grade was your score on the midterm/final. Really try to look into your TA because that's the person that grades everything and actually determines what you get in the class. I had a super awesome TA, Catherine Hochman, she was really fair and encouraged discussion and she was really good at articulating unclear concepts. Overall I would definitely recommend the class.
Winter 2017 - I'm just being honest. Andrew Jewell is a natural born genius. He's too smart. I cannot ask him any questions because when he replies I have no idea what the you know what he is talking about. He is the by far the smartest philosophy professor I had at UCLA but I felt way too intimidated to ask him any questions because I am just a peasant in the land of his genius brain world. I don't know how smart he is outside of the classroom but the man is pure genius. His class is very well structured and he is also a good teacher. He teaches the most abstract in depth philosophical ideas I have ever covered. His class is extremely well structured and that is why I took him multiple times because I knew from the get go what I was in for. A midterm, a final, and sometimes one page writing assignments (pass/no pass). He also did online quizzes which, if you did the dense reading you would have gotten most of them right. You could probably take turns with classmates on the quizzes if you know any but I never did. You can definitely get an A in this class if you actually learn the material that he teaches you. I actually think he is one of the smartest people I know. I'm not here to kiss his butt but I got to give the man respect for the way he structures and teaches his course, despite his speech impediment. I honestly believe people will be writing papers about his work decades in the future. Genius. But not an easy A, and not ridiculously hard either. It's pretty simple. This is one of the few pure professors where if you actually learn the material you will be graded according to what you learned or appeared to have learned. Super down to earth and chill guy, but every time I would ask a question I would feel like he looked at me like a 4 year old asking what is 1 + 1.