Paul Forster - University of Ottawa

Professor: Paul Forster
Department: Philosophy
College: University of Ottawa
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PHI3386
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
nice guy but definitely one of the hardest graders I've come across... he'll comment that what I'm saying in one essay is obvious, then in a different essay tell me that I didn't include enough detail.... okay. i would wait until online classes are over so you have more time to write essays to the standard he expects.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PHI3397
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Forster is the most genuine and caring professor I have ever had. He has an amazing attention to detail and pushes you to hand in perfect essays. He cares a lot for his students and will go out of his way to help you.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PHI3397
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Forster is definitely a love/hate kind of prof. I am firmly in the hate camp. His attention to detail is infuriating, and he expects all of his students (who are learning this for the first time) to have the same level of understanding as himself (an expert in the area). Ridiculously tough grader who actively seeks out imperfections in students.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PHI3397
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I've never come across an upper year philo prof soo bad at communicating in a logical and clear way. Super annoying that every other sentence is a question to the class - I'm paying tuition to be taught not to chat. If you like proper philosophy lectures and not obnoxious people, NOT the prof for you. Grades like an angry cave troll.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PHI1301
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The only prof who TRULY cares about each and every individual student. He would always stay back after class to answer my simple questions thoroughly and made sure i understood everything. very accessible outside of class. Course was difficult and lots of reading to do for each lecture, but the prof made it worth it.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PHI1301
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
10/10 would recommend. Truly invested in his class and his students. By far my absolute favourite prof in uni so far. His class isn't easy, but he does help his students a lot and wants you to do well!!!! Just make sure to actually do the readings and go to class
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PHI1301
  • 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:
I LOVED PROF FORSTER! A lot of people tend to complain that he is a tough grader but philosophy is just a tough subject. His classes were always the highlight of my week. Make sure you actually do the readings assigned because he rarely lectures, and you won't understand what is going on in class discussions if you haven't done the reading.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PHI1301
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Amazing prof. His classes are comprised of him discussing the readings with the class. Very engaging, and I got a ton out of the class. You HAVE to do the readings and show up to class. He loves what he does, and it shows in his teaching. *ALSO! Show up to office hours and he might make you tea*
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PHI1301
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
one of the best profs i've ever had. this was a required course for my program that i was dreading but he made the class incredibly engaging and interesting. classes were very discussion heavy so not doing readings before class meant getting much less from the class. he is obviously passionate about what he is teaching and that is contagious
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PHI1301
  • 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:
Pretty good professor both in and out of class. Answers questions clearly and gives useful information. His lecture style is also very engaging. Student participation is expected and he makes an effort to remember and use student's names. In addition, it is clear that he cares about his student's success and well being.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PHI1301
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Wonderful course and prof. He truly cares about his students' success, but even more so about their genuine understanding of the complex material. There is no prof I could recommend more if philosophy interests you, even as an elective.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PHI3378
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Taken every class he teaches (including pierce, which is hard)! Excellent Prof. Cares about students. Seems arrogant but is not. Dont need to read if you understand what he says in the lectures. Lecture attendance mandatory. Don't bother with the weekly hw assignments. Take his class, show an interest, youll come out of it much better writer.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PHI3386
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Amazing professor- he certainly makes you work for the grade but it's really interesting material and he is very specific about what he wants out of the assignments. Don't skip because you will know nothing for the essays, and read the texts because he needs participation. An overall incredible lecturer. Also he's cute as hell.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PHI3386
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Forster gets a lot go unwarranted criticism. He genuinely cares about his students, and encourages the use of his office hours. He's a really nice guy, and lectures with clarity. On the downside he assigns a heavier than average reading load, and is a tough maker. However, he is more than willing to work with his students to improve their writing.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: 3397
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Sometimes he can be very encouraging and nice and other times he can be the most arrogant teacher in the dept.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PHI1103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Terrible professor - terrible class. Worst lecturer, extremely confusing, quite arrogant and absolutely horrible at explaining things. The topics covered in class were completely random and useless. I would suggest NEVER taking this class
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PHI1104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Talks WAAY too fast. some people have to take this class and don't understand philosophy. He doesn't make it easy to understand. no corrections or even check marks in test making it feel like he just gives out marks. HATED PHI 1104!!!!!!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PHIX028
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
very picky and students are only required to explain certain views in assignments. i'd rather think. I don't feel like i learned very much, and it's not because i was familiar with any of the material before taking the course. Not worth it, I'd say.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PHI3170
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great lecturer, hard marker, terrible subject.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PHI3397
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good lecturer. Very interesting to listen to. If you are trying to maintain a high GPA, don't bother. Very difficult grader.
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