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What is the Good Life

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Prof: Russell Schultz / Summer 2021

Sep 22, 2021

Comments on the course

Very easy, but quite boring.

Course Content

Nothing that I didn't already know.

Comments on the professor

Easy-going, just do your work and he'll like you.

Advice

Nothing, it's an easy course.

Suggest a professor

Schultz, from my experience.

Delivery: OnlineGrade: A+Workload: LightTextbook Use: Yes
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4Easy
1Very Boring
1Useless

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3OK Prof

Prof: Lynne Clark / Spring 2022

Apr 27, 2022

Comments on the course

Boring class. Annoying to write discussions and replies every week, but even more annoying going to class and having to hear the teacher tell us how quiet we are and force us to participate. I had Gerard Spicer as a TA and don't get me wrong he's a pretty nice dude and is as enthusiastic as he can be for such a boring class. He was also helpful in office hours and when I emailed. I just did not particularly find it fair that if you didn't say specifically what he wants you to say on a discussion post that is entirely based on YOUR opinion, he'd knock off points. When I brought it up in office hours, he said that he's required to knock off points for no reason sometimes to even out the class average?!! like what? Because apparently he has to give a certain amount of students a different gra...read more

Delivery: In personGrade: ATextbook Use: Optional
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1Awful Class
3Avg. Difficulty
1Very Boring
1Useless

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2Bad Prof

Prof: Lynne Clark / Fall 2021

Jan 10, 2022

Comments on the course

Incredibly boring and pointless. Way too much writing for a class that doesn't count for words. Not super difficult to get an A, but any other quest class will be a better experience.

Delivery: HybridGrade: AWorkload: Moderate
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3OK Class
4Easy
2Boring
1Useless

Prof: Townsend / Fall 2021

Dec 14, 2021

Comments on the course

Honestly just needed this course for my Quest 1 requirement, did not find super interesting or really got much out of it. I ended it with a great grade though.

Course Content

One thing about this course is that there is no word credit offered. I definitely wrote about 5k words this semester but get nothing for it. The course is weekly discussion boards + 2 responses to class mates. Then you discuss in class. You have 2 essays, 1 project, and extra credit. It’s easy to get an A, just have to put a little work in

Comments on the professor

The professor was fine. They’re chill and cool, but I didn’t really build a strong relationship with them because my class only met once a week.

Advice

It’s boring, try to sign up for a different time at least because 8:30am on a Thursday is not the move.

Delivery: In personGrade: A+Workload: ModerateTextbook Use: No
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4Good Class
4Easy
4Interesting
3Kinda Useful

Prof: Lynne Clark / Fall 2021

Nov 4, 2021

Comments on the course

It's a fairly easy class to take your freshman year as a quest 1 course - it's about 250 words per week for a discussion post as well as 2 replies to your peers' posts, which is based on that week's reading. There are two larger essays that are due throughout the semester, the latter of which is your final, but as long as you have evidence for all of your thoughts, they should be an easy B at least. This class isn't something you're gonna spend that much of your time on, maybe 1-3 hours every week depending on how fast of a writer you are. Say a few words every class period, make sure your posts aren't complete garbage, and work on your essays as best you can, and you can easily score an A in Good Life!

Course Content

I'm a STEM major so I don't think it was particularly useful for me professionally, but it's an interesting class that explores what we value in society and how other people might try to find the "Good Life." It's a good class if you're thinking of going down the liberal arts field, especially philosophy and things like that.

Comments on the professor

You'll never meet your professor, just your TA once a week. My TA was lovely, so I had a good time my semester! I haven't heard anything terrible about the other TAs though, just slight differences in grading styles.

Advice

There isn't a textbook per-say but sometimes they will require you to read books/plays that are not given within the module. DON'T waste your money and buy the books every time; instead just find online pdfs. This also makes it a lot easier to find specific quotes you want by using control F. Secondly, make some in-person friends! It'll make your life so much easier, especially if you're feeling stuck on a prompt and need someone to help you brainstorm!

Delivery: HybridGrade: A+Workload: ModerateTextbook Use: No
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2Bad Class
3Avg. Difficulty
1Very Boring
1Useless

Prof: Lynne Clark / Spring 2021

Oct 13, 2021

Comments on the course

Incredibly boring but mostly annoying. Be prepared to hear awful opinions on absolutely anything and everything, including race and eugenics! How fun!

Delivery: HybridGrade: A+Workload: ModerateTextbook Use: Yes
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3OK Class
3Avg. Difficulty
2Boring
1Useless

Prof: Lynne Clark / Fall 2020

Oct 4, 2021

Comments on the course

Good Life is really dumb and I don't understand the role of this class in the life of a student and why UF thinks it's so important for every freshman to take.

Course Content

Read lots of philosophical condescending articles, poems, short stories, and a novel. None of it very entertaining or useful. Interpreting these feels like making up nonsense until the professor agrees.

Comments on the professor

I didn't have a TA. Lynne Clark is pretty good at encouraging discussion and she grades fairly. Expect to be satisfied with a 29/30 on every single discussion post.

Advice

You actually have to read the texts :(

Suggest a professor

Depends on your TA, luckily my honors section was TA-less.

Delivery: HybridGrade: AWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: Yes
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2Bad Class
4Easy
1Very Boring
1Useless

Prof: Lynne Clark / Spring 2021

Sep 30, 2021

Comments on the course

Horribly boring. Avoid if you can and take a different quest course. Everything is useless busy work and the TAs are awful

Advice

Don't take this class

Delivery: OnlineGrade: AWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: No
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5Amazing Class
4Easy
5Very Interesting
4Useful

Prof: Tabajara Belo / Fall 2021

Sep 19, 2021

Comments on the course

Class is pretty easy, though the due dates for the discussion posts were kind of annoyingly early in the week even though class was on Friday. The readings are pretty interesting if you're into philosophy and/or having an existential crisis.

Course Content

You learn about different ways that people have tried to answer the question "What is the good life?". Lots of good philosophical stuff.

Comments on the professor

Taba is very chill and open to lots of different perspectives. He helps fuel an interesting discussion and as long as you participate you will be fine. Very cool guy.

Advice

Do the readings and discussion posts early since they might take a while.

Suggest a professor

Don't know the other professors but I would recommend Taba.

Delivery: HybridGrade: Not sure yetWorkload: Moderate
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4Good Class
5Very Easy
3Kinda Interesting
4Useful

Prof: Watkins / Summer 2021

Aug 30, 2021

Comments on the course

Class was very easy (especially over summer). Every week consists of some readings and discussion posts, which were all fairly easy if you put some effort into them. Readings however, were long and tedious depending on the documents given. The course also consisted of 2 papers (one for midterm one for final) which were also pretty simple.

Comments on the professor

Although the professor lectures with a powerpoint, you do not need to take notes since there were no quizzes/tests on the concept.

Advice

Although the assignments were easy, don’t procrastinate as you are more willing to do so. Notes are not necessary. With a good TA, you will get an easy A.

Grade: A+Workload: LightTextbook Use: No

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