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with Kate Crawford2 months ago

Toxic World was a great way to get a science distribution credit. The class provided a lot of good information about how our health is impacted by the world around us. While at times the content was a bit disheartening, Professor Crawford was really great at conveying course material in a way that seemed productive rather than just doom-spiraling. Overall an easy class with not a lot of work.

Toxic World was a great way to get a science distribution credit. The class provided a lot of good information about how our health is impacted by the world around us. While at times the content was a bit disheartening, Professor Crawford was really great at conveying course material in a way that seemed productive rather than just d …Read more

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingNo Exams
2hrs / week Low difficulty Above average value Would take again
with Kate Crawford6 months ago

This course was very interesting because of its relevance to everyday life. I had not realized how many toxic components are in products such as the moisturizer you use or couch you sit on. It gave insights on what you can avoid, but also left you a bit feeling like exposure to toxicants are out of your control.

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingNo Exams
4hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Kate Crawfordlast year

I absolutely loved this class. It was definitely slow paced, and if I were a science person I can see why it may have been boring at times (especially at 8 am), I'm really interested in the subject of the class and I found it fascinating. The readings were difficult to fully comprehend at times, but the class overall was not at all difficult. And Kate is an amazing professor! I know the other reviews are pretty negative, but I personally would definitely recommend this course.

I absolutely loved this class. It was definitely slow paced, and if I were a science person I can see why it may have been boring at times (especially at 8 am), I'm really interested in the subject of the class and I found it fascinating. The readings were difficult to fully comprehend at times, but the class overall was not at all d …Read more

Slow-PacedFair Grading
3hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Kate Crawford2 years ago

The material is very broad and you have a hard time grasping the major themes of the course. We cover a lot of different areas of environmental health and a variety of toxicants, but we don't spend much time on any one of them. The content is interesting, but I don't think it's being presented in a clear way. This is still a newer course that is offered at Middlebury so it is still being tweaked. Professor Crawford is really nice and fairly accommodating in certain ways. She's a tough, but fair grader. Overall, it was a fairly easy course though.

The material is very broad and you have a hard time grasping the major themes of the course. We cover a lot of different areas of environmental health and a variety of toxicants, but we don't spend much time on any one of them. The content is interesting, but I don't think it's being presented in a clear way. This is still a newer co …Read more

Slow-PacedFair Grading
3hrs / week Low difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Kate Crawfordlast year

The workload for this class wasn't crazy. The lessons were very interesting and surprisingly kept me engaged for a non-stem major. I took this class for the science credit expecting to hate it, but I loved it. The lessons followed a consistent pattern that could sometimes be boring, but comfortable. Crawford is very specific with what she wants from her students, so she is a bit of a tough grader. Nonetheless, it's clear she wants her students to apply what they learn in class into their lives. I recommend taking this class if you just want to get a science credit. It's more reviewing studies rather than any actual science.

The workload for this class wasn't crazy. The lessons were very interesting and surprisingly kept me engaged for a non-stem major. I took this class for the science credit expecting to hate it, but I loved it. The lessons followed a consistent pattern that could sometimes be boring, but comfortable. Crawford is very specific with wha …Read more

No ExamsEndless WritingTough Grading
4hrs / week Average difficulty Above average value Would take again
with Kate Crawford2 years ago

While the course itself seemed interesting at first, my interest in the material began to die over the course of the semester. Prof Crawford's lectures were rather unengaging, and the 8 am class time did not help. While the courseload is not very overwhelming, the given assignments require intense attention and can be pretty time-consuming. We would move on to something new when a lesson just got interesting. The pacing could be altered, though, since this is only the second year the course was offered at Midd. Overall, wouldn't take it again or recommend it to others, but it wasn't the worst class ever.

While the course itself seemed interesting at first, my interest in the material began to die over the course of the semester. Prof Crawford's lectures were rather unengaging, and the 8 am class time did not help. While the courseload is not very overwhelming, the given assignments require intense attention and can be pretty time-con …Read more

Slow-PacedFair GradingProject Exams
4hrs / week Low difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Kate Crawford2 years ago

The course was very slow-paced and so we did not learn that much per module. There are also a lot of scientific readings which we had to write a two page summary for (4-5 per course). It was not necessarily too difficult, but just time-consuming. Although the material can sometimes be interesting, it also felt pointless at times because she would skip over the big ideas and then have us try to figure it out and then never confirm it with us.

The course was very slow-paced and so we did not learn that much per module. There are also a lot of scientific readings which we had to write a two page summary for (4-5 per course). It was not necessarily too difficult, but just time-consuming. Although the material can sometimes be interesting, it also felt pointless at times beca …Read more

Slow-PacedFair GradingEasy Exams
3hrs / week Low difficulty Low value Would not take again