Jennifer Welchman - University of Alberta

Professor: Jennifer Welchman
Department: Philosophy
College: University of Alberta
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL280
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
What a wonderful human! Jennifer was lovely. As we were online lectures were often cut short as she encouraged us to get outside and enjoy our day. Gave great feedback, gets back to emails quickly, and relatively easy marker. Always answers questions and respects students. Offers peer review classes before submitting essays too which I enjoyed!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL355
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
At first I really loved this class, however, I soon found that the weekly blog posts and comments were difficult to keep up. Not only that, but I put a ton of effort into my papers only to receive a grade much lower than I had anticipated. When I attended office hours for clarification, I left feeling more confused about what I had done wrong.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL386
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
PHIL 386 is my fourth class with Jen and I couldn't be happier with her teaching. All grading is based on writings that let you tailor her class to your specific interests and develop A LOT as a writer. Her classes aren't mandatory to do well, but I always attend for sheer enjoyment! Hoping to take a fifth class with her next sem.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL280
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
An absolutely excellent Professor and one of my favorites. The weekly papers and there relatively low weight but heavy material, allow you to really play with how to write a good paper, and should you need help in developing that core skill Prof. Welchman will gladly help. Down to earth, effortlessly funny, knows her stuff and teaches to love phil.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL280
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Jen is by far my favorite prof I've had so far. I've taken three courses of hers and they were all fantastic. Lots of readings but they're always relevant and interesting, and good lord does she ever know her stuff. Her lectures are always funny and interesting and I couldn't speak highly enough of her personal character and care for her students.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL280
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Assigns more reading and writing than is reasonable for a three credit undergrad course. Starts and ends class five minutes early. But, an engaging and experienced lecturer. Good course structure. Go for it if you're interested in the subject, avoid if you're short on time for readings.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL280
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This class made me way better at writing due to the weekly papers. It was a really fun class too, most classes were super engaging. If you're willing to put in the work to improve your work, I highly recommend her.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL280
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I love Jenny. She is great and made the class very interactive-I loved how she brought in things to show us & give us. She brought in art pieces from her home and handed out cool "art" coins for us to keep. She's very wise and very wonderful. The peer-review & weekly assignments help students really improve their writing!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL280
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
continuing on my other rating below, the class is honestly worthwhile and the most amusing philosophy class I've had so far. she's very humorous (which you might not see at first), but she's honestly a great teacher and person. 2 peer review (5% each) 10% participation 20% paper 1 30% paper 2, weekly papers (6) 5% each so 30% total
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL280
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
As a person, she is very funny and an enjoyable person. it felt more like an English class than philosophy Her grading is very off though. I got a lower mark for a weekly paper which I knew I didn't deserve and when I went to her to ask about it she said that she mustve been feeling harsh that day which made me wonder how many "harsh" days she has
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL384
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Ehh, she's okay. I wish her grading was more consistent. All As at first and then she suddenly changed strategies and started trying to lower the average by giving people low marks with little feedback. However, great powerpoints, very clear. Readings were unnecessary, attendance wasn't needed. Mostly easy class, not a communicative prof.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL250
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The "epitome of fairness" she is not, but nevertheless a decent person and an alright teacher. The course teaches standard philosophical theories on morality. The course does not require much philosophical input from the student.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL250
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The epitome of fairness. A fair and balanced, reasonable, charismatic, and intelligent woman. She is rightly the head of the department. One of two best representatives of the department, really. She always replies to emails as promptly as possible and assists with concerns thoughtfully. Extremely fair marker. Lectures well. Readings are required.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL280
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This was the first time that she had taught this class, so not bad. The notes are posted online, however, not for a week or so. She follows the marking criteria for the phil department pretty spot on. The peer review is an easy grade booster and quite helpful too.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL250
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
be forewarned bf you take it for enjoyablilty. it's not philosphizing or questioning or outside the box.(prob too time consuming) it's memorizing philosophers and their theories. It's helpful. It did do me good. But wasn't quite worth it considering I took it for the enjoyability aspect. worthwhile to get advice from someone who's taken it.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL250
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Terrible prof, taught like she knew the only answer and the only interpretation. If you got the question wrong, it was likely you just didn't read it like she did. Poor tests, poor topics, poor review, the only benefit was that this was an easier class, and I would not recommend it to anyone looking to take or learn philosophy.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL386
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
awesome!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PHI550
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She's quite knowlegeable. However, she played "favorites". Also, since her handwriting is not legible, her comments on papers are/were useless.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL355
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
A very interesting class, with a hilarious prof. I really admired her sense of humour. The assignments/tests were relatively easy, but you just have to make sure to give her what she wants to hear--lots of definitions without worrying too much about the complications of the theories. Very smart, and very eccentric.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL386
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Really interesting lecturer. Funny. All take home essays only, even the final. And it's really helpful to go talk to her or the TA before handing in the essays. I didn't know anything about this course before I went into the class and came out interested about healthcare ethics.
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