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Julia Cook

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  • 5 reviews
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I had studied philosophy to degree level and literature and literary theory beyond that. I hadn't really read what this course was going to be about before I started it and it wasn't what I had expected. I had thought it would be about twentieth century literature. It didn't matter to me that it was a more philosophical course than I had envisaged. I found the ideas covered challenging and interesting. Also this was really the first Coursera course I had taken, so I didn't know what to expect. Personally, having video lectures suits my learning style so I really enjoyed them. I liked the way the concepts were put into a historical context in order to give a good understanding of their chronological development. Prof. Roth is a convincing and enthusiastic teacher. I was very anxious about writing the peer reviewed essays especially at first. For me, they took a great deal of time and effort, but that is precisely what made them such a valuable experience. I found the feedback I received from other students invaluable and encouraging, and was fascinated by reading their essays and discussion posts. I can recommend this course to anyone who is generally interested in Western philosophical concepts, or for someone studying nineteenth, twentieth or contemporary literature, history or politics. I'd have learned a great deal by simply watching the videos. Reading or re-reading the set texts (and more) adds to the experience, and writing the essays is a great way of thinking about the ideas of the writers we studied.
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I had studied philosophy at degree level but have no mathematical or science background beyond introductory logic. I found this course really interesting and informative and really liked the style of the lectures. Having no maths background I struggled a bit and got frightened. I didn't realise how much I had understood and learned, however until I took the test. I had only watched about three weeks' worth of lectures at that stage and got almost full marks up to that point. I couldn't even understand the questions regarding the rest of the course. I've gone back and watched more lectures now and would like to try the test again, but have left it too late. For non-mathematicians there's a lot of work. There are also links to a great deal of reading if you are interested in following up on the development of the ideas covered in the lectures. There are examples to work through and opportunities to test your understanding with questions within the lectures. I will certainly be taking this course a second time if it is offered again.
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I've read quite a lot of Early Greek philosophy and literature but knew little about its specific historical context. I enjoyed the course and found it a good way of gaining an overview of Early Greek society, important historical figures and events, which has enriched my understanding of the philosophy and literature I've studied before. There was quite a bit of reading, especially if you want to read more than just the texts that were set, but that's up to you. The videos stand alone, however, and were informative and easy to understand regardless of the reading, and the short tests weren't too taxing. I would definitely recommend this course as a general introduction to anyone interested in the Ancient Greeks or planning a visit to the Mediterranean.
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I've always watched and read about films but I had never taken a course in cinema. This was a very enjoyable course. The videos were interesting and informative. The workload wasn't too much, with only two films to watch a week plus the course videos and a test. It helped me think about sound and colour in a way I hadn't done before and has helped me think about new technologies such as digital and 3D and the challenges and opportunities they offer film- makers.
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I had no prior experience with the subject of comics but have studied literature to PhD level. I have done some tremendous courses but this was far and away the best. I loved Prof. Kuskin's approach. His knowledge and passion for the subject is inspirational. I learned so much about comics which had previously been a mystery to me, but, most importantly, I learned how to read and write in ways I had never thought about before. This course has enriched me in far-reaching ways beyond those you would expect from any course. I will continue to apply what I have learned in this course. I don't think it would be too much to claim that it has, in fact, changed my life! As Kuskin himself would say: Onwards!