January 27, 2008

Mercer, Christia Silver_nugget
[PHIL V2110] Philosophy and Feminism

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

Philosophy and Feminism is absolutely amazing.Furthermore, Christia Mercer is absolutely amazing. She is an incredibly bright philosophical mind, yet the most humble professor I have encountered at Columbia. More than anything, she wants her students to fully grasp the material at hand (and hopefully, be affected by it as well). She recounts personal (and often, humorous) anecdotes in attempting to illustrate concepts from the texts. She'll often sit on the front table, knees crossed, as she listens to students share their thoughts about the class material. She has the most miraculous way of making a 60+ lecture very, very, intimate. Absolutely Nothing is boring with this woman. This might also be because the class material is so exciting. While the texts are not very philosophically demanding (some philosophy majors get frustrated with this, but i wasn't), they are all very gripping. Once again, I just have to illustrate how humble and wonderful Mercer is. She teaches for everyone. Please, please don't graduate without taking a class with her.

Workload:

Not a lot of reading. 3 papers (2 pages, 3 pages, 6 pages). 2 lecture analyses. 1 final exam with a creative essay. The TA's grade the papers. Mercer grades the final and lecture analyses.