What is the Good Life
Prof: Matt Michel / Fall 2022
Dec 10, 2022
The course is annoying because it is a Quest 1, but the class itself isn't too bad. Assignments are manageable and the professor was very kind. I enjoyed this one, but the essays were annoying.
There are weekly discussions, 2 essays, a vocal recording project, and another project. That is it. There are readings required to do the discussions but they weren't too bad.
Professor Michel was very nice and made the class interesting. He didn't ramble but covered unfamiliar topics relative to the discussions and essays.
Try to find a pdf copy of the books. Also try to stay on top of the due dates as they can be odd.
Prof: Lynne Clark / Spring 2018
Oct 13, 2022
Prof: Rietveld / Fall 2021
Oct 2, 2022
Decently hard for a class required for almost all students. Teachers do not care about this pointless class and obvious cash grab by the university; it shows.
Reading of books (Siddhartha and Antigone) that can be SparkNoted instead
Spend time on the writings and do not blow them off
Prof: Russell Schultz / Summer 2022
Sep 18, 2022
Be prepared to write. Most weeks require reading and discussion board posts that rival a short essay. If you're not writing 500-600 words minimum AND citing at least one reading/article from that week, be prepared to get points off. Several time-consuming projects are backloaded onto the end of the course, so be sure to get some things turned in ahead of time if you don't want to be swamped. I easily wrote 6k+ words for this course, but it doesn't count for anything except a quest/humanities class. Super lame, but glad to be done.
A variety of topics from philosophy and the arts to civil rights and the environment. It's kind of all over the place but maintains a general theme.
I didn't have Schultz as my grader, I had Sarah Bushey. She was super nit-picky and gave no feedback.
That it's extremely writing heavy. I took this over the summer and while it wasn't unbearable, it seemed like a lot of work for a 1000 level intro class.
Prof: Lynne Clark / Spring 2022
Apr 27, 2022
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
Prof: Lynne Clark / Fall 2021
Jan 10, 2022
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.
Prof: Townsend / Fall 2021
Dec 14, 2021
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.
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
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.
It’s boring, try to sign up for a different time at least because 8:30am on a Thursday is not the move.
Prof: Lynne Clark / Fall 2021
Nov 4, 2021
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!
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.
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.
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!
Prof: Lynne Clark / Spring 2021
Oct 13, 2021
Incredibly boring but mostly annoying. Be prepared to hear awful opinions on absolutely anything and everything, including race and eugenics! How fun!
Prof: Lynne Clark / Fall 2020
Oct 4, 2021
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.
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.
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.
You actually have to read the texts :(
Depends on your TA, luckily my honors section was TA-less.
Prof: Lynne Clark / Spring 2021
Sep 30, 2021
Horribly boring. Avoid if you can and take a different quest course. Everything is useless busy work and the TAs are awful
Don't take this class
Prof: Russell Schultz / Summer 2021
Sep 22, 2021
Very easy, but quite boring.
Nothing that I didn't already know.
Easy-going, just do your work and he'll like you.
Nothing, it's an easy course.
Schultz, from my experience.
Prof: Tabajara Belo / Fall 2021
Sep 19, 2021
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.
You learn about different ways that people have tried to answer the question "What is the good life?". Lots of good philosophical stuff.
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.
Do the readings and discussion posts early since they might take a while.
Don't know the other professors but I would recommend Taba.
Prof: Watkins / Summer 2021
Aug 30, 2021
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.
Although the professor lectures with a powerpoint, you do not need to take notes since there were no quizzes/tests on the concept.
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.
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