All Ratings and Reviews for Brian P Copenhaver
I took Copenhaver for philosophy 3 in an online summer session. The material was challenging, but his online lectures were great at helping to interpret the material. There was also a video conference once a week with our TA, Ari, who I think was a key part to making this course so interesting. I'm not saying its a walk in the park. There is deep thought involved with the writing, so be prepared. Initially, I had low expectations coming into the course, being a science major, but the professor and TA made me an admirer of philosophy.
****took the PHIL 3 GE with him.
awful class, even worse professor...I felt his lectures were pretty much worthless, and the discussions weren't much better.
don't recommend him or the class at all, not an easy GE
I had him for Philosophy 100B.
I always have a great respect for my professors and often reason as to why they may have annoying habits or may be ineffective. Sadly, I can't understand why Copenhaver took a far too historical standpoint with 100B. The first text book was so painful; my TA couldn't even get through the work.
But, I do like him. Would I take him again? Probably not, UNLESS it was a smaller class. Our class was in Broade 2160E and not only was it freezing (during WINTER?!) but big and he couldn't even hear you. I think in a class of at most 40, Copenhaver will flourish.
Too much of an historical slant for my taste but I do understand where he is coming from. All in all, I felt like a learned quite a bit. Too many slides and way, way too fast.
Do not read on if you don't want to be incredibly annoyed for the rest of the quarter:
He coughs. A LOT. I didn't realize this until my friends pointed it out and now it bugs me like water torture.
Professor Copenhager is a challenging professor. He knows his material but sometimes explains it in complicated and difficult to understand chains of reasoning with bizzare and frequent references to things like puppies. He takes for granted that students will be as familiar with the topics as he is. Also he clears his throat perhaps 4 to 5 times per power point slide, totalling to over 100 per hour and fifteen-minute lecture. It is perhaps the most annoying habit a professor of mine has ever had. However, it does make it difficult to sleep through class. I would recommend visiting office hours because the sketchy comprehension you can get from lecture is not enough to excell in this class.
i love him
I had him for Philosophy 3
DON'T TAKE THIS CLASS FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL GE. Worst idea I've made in a while. His lectures consist entirely of far too in-depth material and him hacking up who knows what every 3 seconds. And don't expect him to involve the class in his lectures - I didn't understand at first that every question he raises in class regarding the lecture is rhetorical and meant to be answered by him. Don't expect any interaction with him unless you plan to go to office hours, which I couldn't think of a reason why to save my life, since the material is easy and clear enough even without his lectures. The TA's (or mine, Michael Lopez, at least) get upset and pissy that no one CARES ABOUT PHILOSOPHY and goes to office hours, which are at 730 in the morning before class by the way, and this DEFINITELY factors into your midterm/final grade in the class. I'm not a bad writer at all, I've gotten A's on every other college paper I've written so far, and I got a 71 on the midterm essay (worth 30% of the grade) which is posted on Friday and due on Monday, so I couldn't have gone to office hours even if I had wanted to. This class is way more stressful than a GE is worth. Class average for the midterm was an 80, which really shouldn't be happening for a PHILOSOPHY class. If you're looking for a GE to take, avoid this one like the plague.
I currently taking phil 3 with him and this class is by far the hardest GE I have ever taken. The TA's think they we are philosophy students and expect us to know how to write "philosophy papers". TAs are pretty worthless, they think you know and care about philosophy. The WEEKLY quizzes are supposed to be "easy" but can actually be pretty challenging. Avoid this class at all costs!!!
This is by far the WORST class I have ever taken at UCLA, and I have take some pretty crappy classes here. The lectures are completely useless and disgusting, who the hell knows what this senile old man is talking about half the time. The points from the lecture are also completely useless on the midterm and final. Probably the worst part about this class though are the TAs. I'm pretty sure there are only about 9 grad students total in the department of philosophy, and each one of them thinks the world of themselves. I have never come across such arrogant, self-absorbed TAs in my time here at UCLA. Michelle Gallagher being one of the worst, her office hours comprised of her asking questions that she would spend hours answering herself while we just sat there hoping to glean anything useful (which was nothing). In discussion all she ever did was rant about useless information that woudn't even help with the final or midterm. Ugly appearance and personality, her "easy" quizzes would ask us questions in which the answers were "tall man" or "bigness". Overall, this class was a colossal waste of time and resources that should have been spent studying for classes that matter.
Honestly this class is the easiest philosophy class to take. Matt Van Onselen is the best TA for this class and I have had so far at UCLA. No reading is necessary if you just say some BS during discussion
This class is super easy if you participate in discussion and vaguely follow what's going on - I barely did any of the readings and didn't watch any of the lectures. Highly recommend Adam Fontenot as a TA, he really explained things much better than the professor.
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