Spring 2019 - Stunningly fantastic class. Hands down, I can confidently say that Brad is one of the best professors at UCLA. Great clarity in lecture, despite the convoluted concepts we wrangle with throughout this course. Extremely engaging and often displays his concern for students' learning. Never harsh or judgemental when students participate, ask questions, or even challenge the material! There are two exams (one midterm, one final) and two papers. A very manageable workload, with lots of time and material provided to prepare. Both the TAs and Brad often host extra hours in the week(s) leading up to exam dates and paper due dates. They are extremely helpful and really get you to practice philosophy and increase your understanding. There were no materials students needed to purchase. Brad would upload chapters and articles for us when necessary. Read them! Lectures often center around the arguments provided in those chapters, and Brad helps clarify and organize them to better suit learning. Brad also uploads (nearly) weekly handouts that contain the specific wording of certain concepts and moral arguments. Extremely helpful and important! Most of the exam material can be sourced from the handouts as well as the lecture explanations regarding them. Waner was my TA, and she is fantastic! Very willing to meet up for extra office hours, and provides easily understandable clarifications on the course material. Also, the most fashionable philosophy TA :)) Please take this class. I've had an amazing time in it; it really expands your understanding of moral issues today. During this quarter, we discussed obligations of aid towards people in need, abortion, as well as the issues regarding medical experimentation. If you thought you were informed on your stances before, think again. Put in the effort to learn in this class; you'll find that you'll get a lot more out of this than you initially thought!
Spring 2021 - Firstly, professor McHose is amazing. His lectures are superb. They are clear, concise, and super easy to follow. My favorite thing about Professor McHose is that he tells you what he is looking for in the assigned essays. It makes for a relatively straight forward writing process. Philosophy essays are not easy, and most people taking this class have not written one before, so it is difficult to score top marks on the first and second essays which makes it difficult to get an A in the class. In addition to this, there is not much graded work outside of the essays. There are a few small quizzes and some short response questions but other than that, you grade is largely determined by how you do on the essays. This class is not an easy A, but it is certainly doable if you are willing to go to office hours to improve your essay drafts. Basically, you can do pretty well without putting much effort into the class or you can take a little extra time and go above and beyond to finish at the top of the class.
Fall 2020 - Brad is my favorite instructor in the philosophy department. The lectures are super engaging and clear. The paper prompts are extremely detailed. During the week before papers are due, he makes himself very available by hosting extra office hours and answering all questions in detail. After the papers are graded, either Brad or a TA (if there's a TA for the class) will meet with you one-on-one to give you feedback. The meetings were very helpful for me because I got individualized feedback and I could ask questions during the meetings about my writing. And unpopular opinion: I liked the quizzes! I think they're very well-designed in a way that actually helps me check my understanding, which is helpful for writing the papers.
Winter 2018 - 10/10 recommend. I have never felt the need to review a professor before, but Brad is by far one of the best lecturers in the philosophy department. His lectures are extremely clear, well organized, and easy to follow. He has a dry sense of humor, and his demeanor makes him very approachable. The class readings are generally sent out by email, are reasonable length, and cost nothing-- proactive students are in a great position to stay on top of it. His classes consists of 2 in class exams and 2 papers. The first paper was returned with a full printed page of feedback (SO organized and helpful). Brad makes himself EXTREMELY available for students outside of class, especially during the exam/paper weeks. With that being said, it is important to utilize his office hours for any unclarity. He expects accurate and precise work-- this class is not an easy A, but every student will agree that Brad plays his part to help students be successful. If you are tired of vague, ambiguous philosophy lectures and want some structure in your life, Brad is the guy for you.