All Ratings and Reviews for Anthony Pagden
Class was mostly based on the midterm, final, and then your participation in section and in the forum posts. As long as you attended the discussion and did your weekly posts, you would get full credit for that. Midterm grading was decent as I scored a B+ and then was able to get an A in the class after taking the final. Overall, I would say the class was very fairly done and accommodating.
Take this class with this professor 10 out of 10 times. Absolutely the easiest A I've ever gotten from this school. You write three papers and don't need to pick up the class material once, everything is researchable online and the essay topics/prompts are fairly easy.
Your grade pretty much depends on the TA, and I had Roey, who was great. Pagden gives engaging lectures and I really enjoyed taking his class. Your grade is based on attendance in section/short responses to the reading, midterm and final that aren't particularly hard.
A concerned, articulate, and exemplary professor.
Knows his stuff and can back it all up in an informative dialogue.
Good personal skills and relates well to those who want to learn.
May be a bit too nuanced for non-philosophy majors.
Great Professor. Simply put, the best professor I have had thus far at UCLA.
Easy class. You never have to go to class, you write two papers based on the readings, and he's an easy grader. One of the easiest A's at UCLA.
Dr. Pagden is the most brilliant professor at UCLA that I had the pleasure of taking. This man dispenses mind-changing knowledge which opened up a new perspective on history for me. He's written many books, all of which are great, but did not assign any of them for class which I thought was an act of modesty that would be commendable for someone much lower on the academic totem pole, let alone a professor such as he. Dr. Pagden is truly a "world class" professor.
Organized, intelligent, tactful, patient, and pleasant person. Also a great lecturer. He is mellow and easy-going, so he makes the class as easy and doable as it could get. I.e., he gives out the topics for 8-10-page papers (one paper for midterm, one for final) two weeks prior the due date. Also, since he gives 5-10 topics to choose from, one should not have a problem choosing an appropriate topic to write on.
Overall, highly recommended.
In one word--brilliant. He has a great knowledge of history which corresponded to the philophical thinkers that we learned about in class. Not only is he intelligent, but he is also a great deal personable, helpful and concerned. His office hours are useful. Although, perhaps not necessary. He answers questions after class. The class was well structured--no discussion and only two papers. It may seem intimidating, but he gives out enough topics, that you are bound to find one that suits you. Professor Pagden has been my best and favorite professor, thus far.
Professor Pagden is absolutely brilliant! I had initial qualms about taking this class, and sitting through the first lecture did not really help at all because he is so smart and talks a little too fast sometimes, that it just seems like his mind is all over the place!
But I'm glad that I decided to stick with this class-it was very interesting. The class is graded according to 2 papers- and he gives you several prompts for each paper topic that it's just very hard not to get an A in this class. Just pick one that suits you best!
I think that one of the ngatives of this course was the reading-it was a little difficult to understand. However, Professor Pagden does go through the important points during lecture, so I would recommend going to lecture so you know what to write your paper on... he also doesn't post the lecture slides online either, so bring a laptop to class and take good notes!!
But overall, wonderful professor. Now that I graduated from UCLA with a polisci degree, I can look back and say that he is one of the most knowledgeble and best professors I had here in my four years.
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