September 11, 2004

Mercer, Christia Silver_nugget
[PHIL V2110] Philosophy and Feminism

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

Very interesting class. Prof. Mercer is clear, concise, and provocative in her explanations and questions. She stays on topic and her examples provide areas for research or fun reading. I highly recommend anyone, philosophy major or not, to take this class.

On the other hand, the Prof. Mercer has a lot of students come during her office hours so it is difficult to have discussions with her on class texts. Though she doesn't shoo you out the door, she does give brief explanations before you feel the peeping heads of other students looking through the crack.

I think she's a fair grader. The majority of the class got B's. She looks for a clear, well developed and argued point. You can't crap your way through her papers, short as they are. Also, she'll warn you not to choose topics outside her recommended list unless you confirm with her first. Please take that advice if you're in the class.
Prof. Mercer does come off a little prim and proper and she does argue her point if she doesn't agree with you, but I think that's a good thing. She articulates her reasons for her argument and you can critique her response if you like. Some students did seem to get on her "bad side" but I think it's only because they either didn't do the reading or gave a long speech with little evidence from the text. Yet even those students get a nod for good dissenting arguments.

In the end, Prof. Mercer is not my favorite person in the world, but she is a wonderful teacher who lets you know her expectations and provides you with interesting and intellectual materials.


two 3-4 page papers, one 6 page final paper, 3 lecture analysis.