Variable Topics in Religion

Ryan Gillespie

Variable Topics in Religion

Religion, Study of department

Ryan Gillespie

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Overall 4.0
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Easiness of class 2.7
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Workload 3.3
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Clarity of professor 4.7
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Helpfulness of professor 5.0
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Fall 2018
50.0%
41.7%
33.3%
25.0%
16.7%
8.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2017
57.9%
48.2%
38.6%
28.9%
19.3%
9.6%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
50.0%
41.7%
33.3%
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16.7%
8.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
35.0%
29.2%
23.3%
17.5%
11.7%
5.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
37.5%
31.3%
25.0%
18.8%
12.5%
6.3%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
40.6%
33.9%
27.1%
20.3%
13.5%
6.8%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
41.7%
34.7%
27.8%
20.8%
13.9%
6.9%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2014
58.3%
48.6%
38.9%
29.2%
19.4%
9.7%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 17, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

This class has been the most impactful, well-organized, and well-thought-out class I’ve taken during my time at UCLA. In many ways, I have felt underwhelmed with the caliber of material presented in many classes, and this class absolutely exceeded my expectations. I really, honestly view this class as a model for the way classes should be conducted in an institution like this. I would recommend this class to anyone, really (though it will cause the occasional [freuqent] existential crisis).

Dr. Gillespie did an excellent job challenging the class in the right ways. I think Dr. Gillespie has been one of the most thorough & knowledgeable professors I’ve encountered at UCLA, which added substantially to the quality & value of this class. Overall, I think this class was very engaged with my understanding as a student and has had a huge impact on me as a learner.

I would definitely say that this is a class where reading the assigned texts will /substantially/ improve what you get out of this class, though I had friends who didn't do the readings and got on just fine. I will say: if you aren't a big fan of being challenged with tough concepts, this maybe isn't the best class for you (but then, what are you really doing on BruinWalk?? If you're just looking to just skate through, I'd recommend looking into the UC Irvine transfer process).

Dr. Gillespie is very engaging and very helpful, and tbh I'm pretty bummed I didn't take this class earlier in my time here. The grading is not too harsh, so I wouldn't be too stressed about that (imo the most stressful thing about this class was just staying caught up w/ concepts & confronting your stupid, measly existence, but maybe I'm just an idiot -- who knows). His lectures are /very/ well-organized & really my only complaint is that we ran out of time on some of the readings (this wasn't really Dr. Gillespie's fault, though -- you know... quarter system :/ bummer). He's also pretty funny if you're into that in a professor; you probably won't be falling asleep in his lectures or anything. As I mentioned, he is /very/ smart (like, more so than other professors? how is UCLA slacking on that?? Gene Block, if you're reading this: please make the depts hire more Dr. Gillespies????) which is a little intimidating, but he is genuinely very nice as well (or, at least, he is /very/ good at faking being nice. Not even sure if there is a difference between the two). Dr. Gillespie does a fantastic job cultivating an environment where you can develop your own thoughts & opinions.

This class is weighted heavily so that the latter assignments make up most of your grade. If you feel like you're struggling at the start I'd rly suggest just holding out. To be totally honest, I thought the first two readings (Euthyphro & Apology) were two of the hardest readings, and the first paper assignment was CERTAINLY the hardest of the papers (or, again, maybe I'm just kind of an idiot). So, if it's week three and you're thinking "oh no :( my brain is too small. I must belong at UC Irvine :(" just give it a while. I think Dr. Gillespie really wants you to do well, and he certainly seems like the type of professor that is willing to work with you.

Overall, 10/10 class, 11/10 professor. So far, the only class I've taken that I was genuinely sad to be done with. Also, probably the only professor I've taken that seemed interested in your (the student's) opinion & engagement. I don't often feel so passionately about classes, but this one really is a gem. I think this class will really have an impact on who you are (hopefully in a Good way) & that's not something you can say about many other (any other?) classes.

Take it if you can! Even just P/NP for fun! :)

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted March 20, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Gillespie is great! He always came prepared to lecture and encouraged discussion of the material during class. The class moves pretty quickly and there was a lot of information to cover (some of it being kind of abstract and not as easy to follow), but Gillespie was always reachable either by email if you had questions or after class. There were not sit down exams, just two papers. The midterm paper was a lot of work but it wasn't difficult to do well on it and the final paper was actually not as long and the midterm. Overall, an enjoyable class with a wonderful professor who had a lot of energy and excitement about what he was teaching.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 28, 2017 Grade Received: A-

Gillespie is a great professor. Honestly, I did not find the material super interesting. Had this been a normal professor I probably would have spent more than half of each lecture zoned out, however, his lecturing style is super engaging. He is super passionate about what he is teaching and this is what makes the class fun. If you are willing to work you will get at least an A- , but the material is dense. He is super helpful and will always be willing to work with you if you put in the effort. Overall, I thought he was a great professor. If I had of been more interested in the material it probably would have been one of my favorite classes taken at UCLA so far.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
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