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with Steven Viner2 months ago

He is a greater lecture, so passionate for the material, and opens the stage for respectful discussion. the only concern is its hard to communicate him when you are going through an urgent issue outside of your academic life. as long as you are asking about the lecture itself, he is a professional teacher.

Fast-PacedConstant ReadingTough Grading
5hrs / week Some difficulty Above average value Would not take again
with Steven Viner6 months ago

Viner is the absolute best. He is so engaging with the material, and truly wants to promote discussion. Contemporary Moral Issues is a class that navigates great topics that need to be discussed. The discussions were fun, and readings were minimal. 10/10 would recommend this class.

Chill and RelaxedFair Grading
3hrs / week Low difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Steven Viner6 months ago

Viner is a super enthusiastic, super engaging professor who cares a lot about the material and is committed to your understanding of it. He understands how much work other teachers assign students, and only asks that you read a few 8-10 page readings each week. The course itself is super interesting, and I couldn't recommend it enough

Chill and RelaxedEasy GradingEasy Exams
2hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Steven Viner7 months ago

Viner's lectures are sometimes a bit hard to follow. However, if you listen closely and make the readings a habit, the lectures are not too bad. He is an easy grader and class discussions and lectures are always lively and energetic. I could not recommend this class more, and anyone who can take this class absolutely should.

Fast-PacedConstant ReadingEasy Grading
4hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would take again
with Steven Viner6 months ago

This course was one of my favorites at Midd. Viner is a super interesting and understanding guy, and the material is super relevant. This class makes you think about your values, the expectations of society and what communities uphold, and gives you an overview of more-modern philosophers and their schools of thought.

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingEasy Exams
3hrs / week Low difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Steven Viner7 months ago

This class was one of my favorite at Midd and convinced me to take more philosophy classes in the future. Reading was occasionally dense, but short; it never took more than an hour. Lectures are super interesting and the essays were chill; Viner is an easy grader. I would definitely take this class again, and I think about the concepts discussed frequently.

Chill and RelaxedEasy GradingProject Exams
4hrs / week Low difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Steven Viner5 months ago

Professor Viner is a great instructor and allowed you to miss a decent amount of classes with no penalty to your participation grade. The exams require that you do the reading and were tough, but he is a fairly easy grader.

Chill and RelaxedEasy GradingProject Exams
2hrs / week Average difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Steven Viner7 months ago

I loved taking professor viner's class. He is so enthusiastic about what he teaches and so down to earth. He definitely made the class so much fun and he's always eager to hear about what his students think. Definitely recommended

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingEasy Grading
3hrs / week Low difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Steven Viner9 months ago

This class was incredible! All of the content was very relevant and useful in thinking about life and the issues we face on a day-to-day basis. Additionally, Prof. Viner could not have been more nice, clear and inclusive.

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingConstant Reading
2hrs / week Average difficulty Extremely high value Would take again
with Steven Viner9 months ago

Steve Viner's lecture style can be a bit disorganized and rambly, as if he is choosing what to talk about on the spot every class. That being said, he did a good job fostering effective discussion sections, and was excellent to discuss content with individually. Combined with his kindness and empathy in relation to deadlines and grading, it was a positive class experience.

2hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Steven Viner7 months ago

Professor Viner is a former lawyer who is passionate about philosophy. He is always respectful around controversial subjects and tries to stay impartial for the most part on political topics. He definitely leans towards liberal views in the classroom though. The homework is always just reading which is very manageable. Usually not too much reading. The grading is somewhat tough as it is based almost entirely on 3 take home essays, which he is reluctant to give A's on but is easy with handing out B's, and leading one discussion section during the semester. Overall, good class with interesting ideas. Would definitely recommend.

Professor Viner is a former lawyer who is passionate about philosophy. He is always respectful around controversial subjects and tries to stay impartial for the most part on political topics. He definitely leans towards liberal views in the classroom though. The homework is always just reading which is very manageable. Usually not to …Read more

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingEasy Grading
2hrs / week Average difficulty Above average value Would take again
with Steven Vinerlast year

We have 3 take home exams in this semester (3 essays for each) and one reading before each class so the workload is okay. Each student also has to lead one discussion with another student on the reading for that day. Professor Viner is very good at explaining big concepts using examples. The course is worth taking for both philosophy major students and those who are interested in philosophy.

We have 3 take home exams in this semester (3 essays for each) and one reading before each class so the workload is okay. Each student also has to lead one discussion with another student on the reading for that day. Professor Viner is very good at explaining big concepts using examples. The course is worth taking for both philosophy …Read more

Constant ReadingFair GradingChill and Relaxed
4hrs / week Some difficulty High value Would take again
with Steven Vinerlast year

I CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS CLASS!!!! Prof. Viner is one of the coolest and most purely genuine professors I have had here at Midd. The class is sooooo interesting and not very hard. The longest reading is like 12 pages (which is very unusual for a philosophy class), and we have 3 take-home essay exams which we have 8 days to complete. attendance is like lowkey mandatory but Prof Viner teaches in a way that makes you want to go to class; he makes it super interesting and finds fun ways to teach very dense material. overall 9.7/10 would 100000% take another class with him

I CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS CLASS!!!! Prof. Viner is one of the coolest and most purely genuine professors I have had here at Midd. The class is sooooo interesting and not very hard. The longest reading is like 12 pages (which is very unusual for a philosophy class), and we have 3 take-home essay exams which we ha …Read more

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingEasy Exams
2hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Steven Vinerlast year

Professor was always respectful and engaged with the students, which made the class discussions even more interesting. The course workload was reasonable as the only homework required was reading the assigned texts. He would then lead a discussion during the class, which helped me understand the material better. The class discussions were always thought-provoking, and I enjoyed hearing different perspectives from my classmates. However, it is important to note that attendance was fairly mandatory, as missing more than five classes would result in a failing grade. This policy may seem strict, but it helped me stay on track with the course material and allowed me to engage with my peers. The exams were easy, which is always a plus. I felt prepared for them thanks to the discussions and readings we had throughout the course.

Professor was always respectful and engaged with the students, which made the class discussions even more interesting. The course workload was reasonable as the only homework required was reading the assigned texts. He would then lead a discussion during the class, which helped me understand the material better. The class discussions …Read more

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingEasy Grading
2hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would take again