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Janet Stemwedel
Professor in the Philosophy department
at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
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Overall Quality
4.0
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.0
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
3.5
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36 Student Ratings
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06/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHIL 133 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Stemwedel is a very nice, clear, helpful instructor. She has a PhD in Chemistry and brings a lot of insight to the ethics class regarding research from her own experience. I didn't read anything and passed with an A. She tells you what she expects in the final and gives you the answers. Easy A.

03/25/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHIL 160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A

IMO, all philosophy classes are difficult in the sense that they are abstract and very conceptual. Stemwedel made it much more painless because she's an interesting person and is very enthusiastic about her lectures. Friendly, approachable, and easy to ask for help. Go to class, pay attention, and you won't even need to read the textbook at all.

01/17/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
133 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Only beef is that she was to passive. She tends to agree with every student which is cool but you can tell she wants to tear them apart. Also, you can tell she is a hardcore feminist but tends to keep that to herself... I would have loved to argued with her like previous prof's but she tends to be PC. She needs to rip into students more, its fun!

04/27/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHIL 133 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Taking a class with her is a privilege. She is an amazing professor that is very insightful, compassionate and fair. I've never received such thorough feedback on my papers. Take her and enjoy it!

02/01/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHIL160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great professor! Her lectures are clear and she's a very fair grader. Attendance is highly encouraged unless you'd rather read the boring textbook/course reader. Pay attention in class and you should do well.

12/22/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phil160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She was a great teacher. Her material was clear, useful, and on-topic! Her grading was fair and her tests were slightly difficult but appropriate. The coursework was manageable and you can learn something useful if you pay attention! Overall, a good class that I would recommend!

06/02/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHIL160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

My favorite class of the semester, really liked it. Didn't learn anything at all, my major is business there was not point of taking philosophy besides the upper GE requirements at SJSU. Got a A-.

02/01/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
phil160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

WOW...this class is so boring or repetitive i dont even know what the class was about..got a b in it although. i guess it can be hard if you cant bs, but if you can and need for ge take it

01/26/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
phil160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

blah blah blah....what a class dry blah blah blah.

12/19/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phil160 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This prof. is great. She makes a boring subject interesting by mixing up her lecture style (some pwr pt/some not).The lectures are fast pace so expect your hand to hurt when trying to keep up. The essays are easy if you doing the reading, and Stem. is very good about making the reading more comprehensible. If you want to learn, attend the class.

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