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Tufts University: L. Michael Romero - Biology - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
L. Michael Romero | BIO002 - BIOLOGY & AMER SOC | Biology2004-07-17

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This class was terrible. Romero obviously knows a lot about biology, but he knows nothing about ethics or sociology, which was the emphasis of the class (although not the tests). Romero allowed discussions to regularly spiral down a path of inane stupidity that included comments such as "Gay men can't have lasting relationships" and one student who suggested raising the speed limit (so that there would be more car accidents) as a form of population control. Neither of these comments seemed to strike Romero as odd. The class felt like an advanced middle school health class. It is obviously geared for non-scientists to fill a science credit, but I would not recommend it at all.

Workload:
Assignments were straightforward, but class did not match up with tests. Class was much more social/ethically based, while tests had a strong biological focus. There is not much work, a 10 page outline, and three tests. The tests are harder than you expect, because as I said, they don't match up with what Romero focuses on in class.


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Tufts University: L. Michael Romero - Biology - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
L. Michael Romero | BIO002 - BIOLOGY & AMER SOC | Biology2004-04-16

Review:
Michael Romero is an excellent professor as far as teaching the various biology aspects in easy to understand ways. He is very enthusiastic about the different ethical questions in biology and maintains an unbiased presentation of the different viewpoints by playing Devil's advocate at times. He presents a variety of real life examples of different text book key points and I felt I have learned more in this class that will be of use to me than a more book based class.

Workload:
All assignments are given in the syllabus far in advance and there is only one major presentation that involves a nine page outline, not a paper! This allows students to do the research and find out information in a logical manner but not have to write an entire paper. There are usually about 12-20 pages of text book reading a week with two or three biology ethic readings as well. I felt that the readings and text book presented the information in a straightforward manner and the major parts emphasized in class were on the test.


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