Merchant, C on Ninja Courses

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ESPM 160AC (Fall 2009)

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44 40 40 41 40

Comment: Do not let the high rating fool you. I took this class Fall 2011, which listed Merchant as the teacher. Turns out, someone else was teaching it, a guest professor from Portugal. Later, I learned from a friend that the same thing happened to him the previous semester.

ESPM 160AC (Fall 2008)

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93 89 92 100 100

Comment: Very interesting class.

ESPM 161 (Fall 2013)

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65 50 64 50 100

Comment: Enthusiastic but lectures were often pretty dry.

ESPM 161 (Fall 2008)

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98 92 100 91 100

Comment: Very passionate professor who literally wrote the book on environmental philosophy and ethics. Readings, lectures, and assignments were interesting and engaging, especially for someone from an analytical engineering background (suggestion: keep an open mind! some assignments/lectures can become a bit... non-academic, but still relevant). Be prepared to participate in discussion, at least, and spend some effort in writing. Very helpful and understanding, and exams were straightforward if you paid attention and kept pace with the readings.

ESPM 161 (Fall 2008)

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93 85 100 100 96

Comment: Merchant is a great professor. Take this course if you can.

HISTORY 120AC (Fall 2009)

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92 98 89 93 99

HISTORY 120AC (Fall 2009)

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77 50 79 50 98

Comment: We actually had a new instructor this semester: Sarah Thomas. Lecture could be interesting from time to time, but not completely necessary. Readings could be dry depending on your area of interest; I preferred the latter ones on more recent times versus the ones on the agricultural exploits of groups of people hundreds of years ago. Assignments were a bunch of one-pagers on films we watch in class. Exams had a bit of memorization work (definitions, short answer) and some essays. Both had studyguides to help you do well. *All* GSI's were excellent as far as I could tell from listening to the others.