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Tufts University: Jeff McConnell - Philosophy - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Jeff McConnell | PHIL001 - Introduction to Philosophy | Philosophy2008-01-25

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I took this class to fulfill my 2nd Writing Foundation Requirement but it turned out to be one of my favorite classes of the semesters. The material was extremely interesting and taught me to think in a different way. While Professor McConnell can be monotonous, his comments on papers helped me improve my writing and my arguing skills greatly.

Workload:
A few short papers and a final essay of 3 short-answer questions.
Some reading, but writing is the focus of the class.
Also, all papers can be rewritten except the final.


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Jeff McConnell | PHIL001 - Introduction to Philosophy | Philosophy2005-12-01

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Jeff's a pretty cool guy. Very laidback, likes to get people talking but don't talk too much -- he may seem "out there" but he knows when someone's kissing ass. Beware of office hours; make sure you let him know you'll stop by or else he might be wandering around. I would definitely take another class with him.

Workload:
5 papers, each 5 pages but he drops one grade. Final is an essay. Lets you do rewrites pretty much all the time. Mostly not much reading but about 20% is really dense stuff (he'll explain it all in class anyway).


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Jeff McConnell | PHIL012 - METAPHYSICS | Philosophy2005-05-12

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With only two more weeks left in Professor McConnell's Harvard Extension course, my only regret is that it has to end. Professor McConnell has inspired me, and while we may not agree on everything metaphysical(I'm more of a Dennettian greedy reductionist) I will miss his lectures.

Workload:
The emphasis seemed to be on quality of reading material, not quantity.


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Jeff McConnell | PHIL001 - Introduction to Philosophy | Philosophy2005-02-28

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Prof. McConnell is obviously very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the course. The material covered is interesting, although occasionally repetitive. Unfortunately, Prof. McConnell is not very tolerant of views other than his own. He often tries to simplify things into "yes" or "no" answers while many different interpretations of the question may apply.

Workload:
Reading assignments were not too difficult, and were always discussed in class. There were a total of four papers and a take-home final in the class. The papers were a little difficult because if you do not use the professor's viewpoint, you were usually penalized. They were almost never turned back on time, which became frustrating, but re-writes were encouraged if the student got a B- or less.


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Jeff McConnell | PHIL001 - Introduction to Philosophy | Philosophy2004-12-09

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Prof. McConnell definitely knows a lot about his subject and is enthusiastic about class. However, many lectures were somewhat boring. I was sometimes frustrated because Prof. McConnell always discussed concepts in terms of "right" and "wrong," which doesn't really make sense in philosophy. The essay questions were interesting, but the papers were never given back when promised.

Workload:
Not much reading most of the time, total of 4 papers and a take-home final


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