Jean Laponce is a great instructor for CC. He's a likable person, he's broadly knowledgable, he's well organized, and he's good at leading class discussions. He's also a fair grader (i.e. he's on your side). He's always pointing us towards books and online resources that are relevant to what we're studying. On top of that, this is a section of CC just for GS students; everyone is here voluntarily, everyone has had interesting life experiences, and everyone is interested in the material. The class discussions are of a pretty high quality. Everyone has something interesting to say.
I would definitely disagree with whoever said this class is a "joke". That's just not true. CC has a heavy reading list, and Laponce expects everyone to contribute to class discussions. Your grade will reflect your contributions.
On the other hand, the midterm and final were pretty easy. The tests are a formality, and Laponce says as much. His priority (as it should be in a class like CC) is for you to jump into the text and figure it out for yourself, so tests and all that rigmarole are de-emphasized. Other classwork includes some short essays, and everyone is supposed to co-lead a class discussion once per semester (you get to volunteer for the book/author you would like to discuss).
So should you take this class? My best advice is to get a copy of the reading list, take some time looking over it, and make your decision based on how much you want to read the books. The whole point of taking a class like CC is to give yourself a chance to read these classic texts that (let's face it) you would probably never read otherwise. Keep in mind that most of the readings are long, and some of them are difficult. CC might not fit very comfortably into a busy schedule.
If you decide to take CC, you can't go wrong with this section. All in all, CC with Jean Laponce turned out to be the most enjoyable and rewarding class I took this semester. He deserves one of those silver nuggets.