September 04, 2006

Corsentino, Anthony
[PHIL W3551] Philosophy of Science

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Corsentino is overall a marginally good professor.

Negatives:
1. As an earlier review mentioned, Prof. Corsentino has an incredibly pretentious manner of speech that initially annoyed me a great deal. However, its not a reflection of his personality and he seems to be a genuinely nice person.
2. He tends to over-explain concepts and leave little time for questions or discussion. Some days it seemed like we spent 30 minutes on a concept that could be explained in about 5. He usually ran out of time at the end of class and kept us afterwards for at least 5-10 minutes. I took this as a summer class so maybe he felt like he had to 'dumb down' the subject material but it didn't seem necessary to me.
3. Would have like a little more freedom on the essay topics.

Positives:

1. Clearly, clearly knows what he's talking about and is well organized (but ponderous).
2. The class was interesting and I would recommend it.
3. Is a good guy and is willing to repeat concepts and makes a point to have extra office hours before essays are due, etc.
4. Seems to have passion both for the subject and for students understanding the subject; I just wish he'd moved a little faster.

Workload:

Altogether, not very much. For a summer class it was just two essays and a final. Nothing to worry about.