Peter Atterton - San Diego State University

Professor: Peter Atterton
Department: Philosophy
College: San Diego State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL332
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I thought this class could have been super fun and insightful. However, he is super strict with the test and writing deadlines and this is the majority of the grade. Make sure you watch and review the PowerPoint and lectures because that is the whole PowerPoint is on the test. Don't know how I would be able to pass this class without being online.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL508
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This class is a bit hard to follow if you aren't already familiar with existentialism. Had to purchase (and find free copies) of 9 books total, and yes you will need them all to pass the class. Quiz every class time 30 quizzes total. No recordings or slideshows. He does mark you down for absences. One essay. He's pretty pretentious.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL102
  • 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:
He is clearly very passionate about this subject which makes his lectures very interesting and thought-provoking. Easy to pass as long as you listen during lectures, answer clicker questions, and do a moderate amount of studying before tests.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL102
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Nice guy in and out of class. Textbook is one he wrote himself, where he compiled a bunch of philosophical readings. A tough grader for the essay and his tests are pretty hard if you're not good at philosophy. But, no complaints about him. Good guy and very passionate.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This class is extremely hard to follow along with. the first unit we did was way more interesting than the others and after the first one i got so bored. i think he overcomplicates lectures and the material he is trying to teach. this is a 100 level class but definitely feels way more complicated than that. dont take it if you wan an easy A.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL508
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Prof. Atterton made a difficult topic easier to understand, as he is an amazing and engaging teacher. Lectures were really interesting and his passion made me pay attention every class .
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: SUST332
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I enjoyed this class. Reading the material is essential. I suggest you do the readings first and then watch the accompanying lecture video. His narration is pretty spot-on and he has a cool English accent which makes it kind of fun to listen to. This class is not an Easy A by any means, but you will find all the material is treated fairly/equally.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: SUSTN332
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class was great, but not easy if you expect to never do reading and skim by. He was also very responsive to email whenever I needed to contact him.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL332
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Spent more time on this class than my major classes...6 (50 Q) tests on the 400+ page book and video modules, 1 strictly graded thesis, 4 monotonous one-page summaries. If you mess up more than once chances are you ain't getting an A. Some of the readings were interesting though. BTW do well on the thesis or you are toast
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL508
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If highly interested in Existentialism, and willing to spend a great deal of time reading, then this is the perfect course for you. A stellar lecturer, not only does he explain the reading, but provides real-world examples that help clarify the subject, and his passion for existentialism shines through in class. Challenging and thought-provoking!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL508
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Best class I have ever taken. Dr. Atterton is inspirational and a master lecturer. This class is a lot of work, but is so worth it. There is so much to get out of the class and Dr. Atterton is a master at bringing out the best in his class. Truly a special class. One of a kind. If it was offered every semester, I would take it every semester.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL508
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Atterton is an excellent professor. His class was certainly not easy, but it was worth the effort because I was challenged in ways that motivated me to grapple with difficult philosophies and emerge with a solid understanding of the concepts. His lectures were enlightening and full of passion, and I looked forward to every single class.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: SUSTN332
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Not the nicest human I've ever dealt with. I would email him asking for him to explain something and he would either give a rude/short answer or forward my email to his TAs. It's interesting content, but SO CONFUSING ONLINE. Lockdown browser and short test time limit. I recommend you take SUSTN/PHIL 332 not online, but in a real class setting.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: SUST332
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Thought class would be fun. NO WAY. WORST CLASS IVE EVER TAKEN at SDSU. MATERIAL IS SO DULL AND BORING. TESTS ARE HARD AND CONFUSING. LAYOUT OF CLASS IS TERRIBLE
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL332
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
If you are looking for an easy A, this is not the course for you. I had taken online GE courses before and none were as challenging as this course. Atterton was a great lecturer and the material is interesting but the grading on the summaries and essays were too tough. However it is his TAs who grade them so there's that.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PHI332
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Some readings are confusing and most are boring and long. Not a hard class but feels like a writing class. 1 page summaries and an essay that make up most of your grade. Was excited to take this class but now just dread all the assignments. Nice prof. but wish there was more discussion & less writing that is graded mostly on grammar and not content
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL332
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Lectures are clear and easy to understand. Textbook and heavy use of the textbook is to be expected in his class. Many items on the tests are not mentioned in the lectures, but are mentioned in the readings. I got the feeling that he had a clear understanding and passion for the subject.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL102
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good solid teacher. Textbook only necessary if you want full clicker points; otherwise, guessing will get you at least half the clicker points. Lectures with PowerPoint presentations are super helpful and necessary for passing this course. Ask for a study guide for every midterm, just to be safe. If not, review all PowerPoint presentations.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PHI332
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
6 online, multiple choice exams and he drops your lowest score. None are cumulative. There's a 1000 word essay but I did it the night before and got 100% so pretty easy. 4 summaries on chapters but he only grades 2. Feels like unnecessary busy work but it's all easy and doesn't take much time. I never opened my book once. Easy A.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL332
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He does assign a lot of reading, but I took screen shots of his lecture powerpoints and got B's on most of the tests (actually doing the reading and watching the videos probably would have gotten me an A in the course). On the essay, I did it the night before it was due and I barely understood the readings it was on, but still got a 97 on it.
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