Winter 2020 - I feel like this class isn't as easy as most of the reviews make it out to be. The workload is very light but the exams, while they aren't worth a huge chunk of your grade (midterm 10% and final 20%), and while they are short multiple choice exams, definitely aren't the easiest. You HAVE to study. The 4 essays for the class are only 2 pages in length double-spaced which is nice, but you CANNOT go over 2 pages. Therefore, it can be challenging trying to fit as much information possible with only 2 pages to work with. And the essays are graded harshly. Every single detail of your essay matters. Attendance in discussion is 10 percent. In my discussion section, all we did was ask questions about the material. Overall, in my opinion, this class is not bad, but just don't underestimate it. You have to put in effort in order to do well.
I took a class in contemporary philosophy of science with Professor Elliott in Fall of 2015. Her class is fairly straight-forward; a midterm exam and a final exam, in class, in which you write responses to 3 questions out of a possible 4 or 5. She gives you the questions to study in advance as they appear on the exam, and devotes a whole class to reviewing the exam about a week before. It's very, very, very helpful. She does this for both the midterm and the final. She assigns quizzes on the reading that are generally easy once a week. They're designed to ensure that you read the articles before class. Elliott is very good at explaining the readings and is very funny as well. She makes the classroom atmosphere very welcoming. In general, she gives excellent lectures. Beware, though, philosophy of science is definitely one of the harder subjects in philosophy. Bring your "A" game when studying in this class. With that said, Elliott is the perfect person to take this class with. Both Smith and Elliott are good professors, so you can't go wrong in taking philosophy of science with either of them. It was a privilege to be in her class. I learned something valuable.
Spring 2018 - What a Professor. She’s amazing and I would 100% recommend. The material is interesting and her execution of it is even more so. Her essays are easy and straightforward and her quizzes? Are very simple, if you even glanced at the reading the night before for like 5 mins. Would definitely take another class with her.