April 25, 2012

Beardman, Stephanie Silver_nugget
[PHIL BC1001] Introduction to Philosophy

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I had Professor Beardman for Intro to Philosophy this semester and became very fond of her and the subject matter. The material is difficult to grasp at times, especially for someone who has never taken a philosophy course before, but she really delves into each concept and is extremely articulate with her English so that if you listen and ask questions, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the concepts. She is usually available after class for office hours and is very casual and non-rushed about them. She also earned brownie points in my mind for making a solid effort to learn everyone's name (there were over 30 people in the class) and to address everyone by his or her name when calling on/responding to students who had questions.

Overall, she is very sweet and knows the material extremely well, the reading and assignments are reasonable, and the exams are based on points from the readings stressed in the lectures. Do take this class either to fulfill a requirement, out of personal interest, or (and especially, I think) if you are considering majoring/minoring in Philosophy. Professor Beardman not only touches upon a wide range of topics in philosophy, but she also teaches and reinforces the key concepts and methods of thinking in philosophy through the different topics studied.

Workload:

avg. 10 page readings per lecture, one 1-page paper, one 5-page paper, a midterm and a final.