Philip Dearden - University of Victoria

Professor: Philip Dearden
Department: Geography
College: University of Victoria
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: GEO101A
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
very boring lectures, and talked a lot about topics that weren't even tested on? It was difficult to study before of the sheer amount of content and you couldn't identify what is important vs not.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG357
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Despite my initial excitement on the topic, he managed to ruin it all. Condescending to students, out of touch with local/present issues. No keys are used for marking, therefore he marks well his preferred style, not focusing on the content. My first experience with a Prof. who managed to make me hate going to class. Opposite of the others I had.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG357
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
A lot of people on here have given really negative feedback on this class. Bottom line, yes, it is probably one of the hardest geography classes, and you cannot walk out with an 'A' solely by doing the work he says you should do. You need to go beyond this, after all, an 'A' requires that you exceed expectations, right? Phil is great, and funny.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG101A
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
GEOG 101A is such a great course. The lectures are always amazing and Dearden has a lot of experience in the field to share. The labs were great too and the TA was energetic and a fair marker. Mandatory for geography students but definitely a great class to take otherwise! Labs have quite a few assignments so be prepared for this.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG101A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
A brilliant and kind man and very passionate lecturer!! At times the lectures can feel long but that's expected with 80 minute lectures. The lab is decent, depends on the TA. Kinga is amazing! Midterm was hard but not impossible, especially if you study. At first it seems like the lab will be a lot of work, but it's set up so you'll do well.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG101A
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
A class on the environment that everyone should take. I definitely enjoyed the lab component more, but lectures were interesting. Dearden is charismatic, has neat field stories, facilitates great discussions, and is occasionally condescending. Taking notes is important, although they won't be neat because his lectures are not organized for it.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG101A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is the best prof I have had so far at UVic. I hope he doesn't retire soon because I want to take some more of his classes. They are a joy and an inspiration to me. Each lecture were like a mini-conference. Dearden certainly is a great prof no matter what other people say. We also do a lot of fun labs (except for the natural areas project). Enjoy
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG101A
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dearden is inspiring, but I found his teaching inconsistent. Many lectures were truly amazing, while others were confusing and dry. If you want to do well, read his textbook (the chapter summaries help, and use the link for extra practice Q's). He reuses questions from previous years on finals, so study old exams from Zap. The lab is fun but heavy.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: GEO101A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
bad
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: GEO101A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Phil Dearden is an inspiration - I would take his class just to broaden my knowledge of the world. Lectures are engaging from start to finish as he tells stories and shows pictures from his life experiences. The exams were straightforward as long as you paid attention in class and studied the stuff he hinted at as being important.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG101A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Easy lecture material, but tests sometimes included large sections on what felt like small, insignificant details during the lectures. Lectures were interesting, but slides consisted almost solely of pictures from his field work and little information. Facilitates lots of discussions in the lectures.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG101A
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If you take this class it will change how you view the environment and the world. Dr. Dearden is extremely passionate and engaging. You will need to take detailed notes and read basically a whole textbook but it is possible to do well if you put in the work - I got 53% on the first midterm but my final grade was a B+.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: GEO101A
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are unbelievably engaging, as he is often speaking for his own experiences. 1hour 20min lectures are to long though, because you need to be able to pay attention every second. The class will give you a whole new outlook on life. The labs are SUPER easy, lots of group work, and worth a lot of the course! MUST read text book and go to class.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG101A
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The content he teaches is great and as a prof he inspires thought, however the Exam portion of the class is borderline impossible with many students completely BOMBING the middterm and many more with the final. The labs are great but dependant on the TA (Kinga FTW).
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: GEO100A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures were engaging and lowkey life changing. He provides anecdotes that are interesting but also relevant to the course material. Phil is actually the coolest guy I know and has done so many things. He also really knows his stuff, he literally wrote the textbook. If u have any interest in the environment take this course!!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: GEO101A
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The grading is very very very inconsistent. Things my friends got marked right on assignments I would get marked wrong etc. Grill your TAs for the marks and make sure to look over your midterm carefully. Okay class overall. Dearden is very knowledgeble but the labs are tideous and a waste of time. Buy old exams and study terms from his website.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG357
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS! He claims that some students were able to achieve an A, I don't see how that was possible. His tests set you up to fail, literally. Unless you have a photographic memory it is very difficult to retain all the information you are tested on, it is not about broad concepts but rather fine details. He is a good guy, bad prof.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: GEO101A
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Honestly, the course wasn't too hard. If you showed up to lectures and took decent notes, you probably did pretty well. There were a few questions on his tests that were really specific and not completely fair, but buy old finals and you'll be fine. If you're in GEOG you have to take this course, but otherwise it's an ok elective. The labs were fun
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: GEO101A
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Really interesting guy and course material but he told the class that the midterm and exam would be on the lectures and they are almost all from the textbook. But again he had really inspiring stories if you're into getting out into the field and helping the environment.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG357
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The worst course I've ever taken for sure. I felt like everything (assignments to exams) was intentionally designed to punish students. Hard work will never be rewarded for this course. It is too bad because originally I had so much interest in the topic of the course, but in the end I simply felt defeated and lost interest completely.
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