Ronnie de Sousa - University of Toronto - St. George Campus

Professor: Ronnie de Sousa
Department: Philosophy
College: University of Toronto - St. George Campus
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Ronnie is overall a very pleasant professor to have and you know that he cares about the material he is teaching, especially those subject matters relating to sex... yeah... He's a bit quirky, and sometimes rambles, but overall provides a good introduction into philosophy. Go to tutorial and lecture, or have fun burying your head in books.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PHL243
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His lectures are amazing and hilarious! He made 3 hour long night lectures so easy to deal with, his jokes and ideas really grab your attention. The assignments are pretty straight forward, but he does grade pretty hard, so definitely put in some work or take it as an elective to CR/NCR
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Talks really slowly but other than that he is great. His understanding of logical principles within philosophy is what makes him so great as he is able to understand questions and arguments and properly answer them. It seems that he truly does care about the success of his students as well.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100Y1
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Ronnie is an absolute beauty.. lectures were always entertaining and assignments were interesting and complex. Marking is generous if you work hard. This course is rewarding and you will get out of it what you put in. Attend lectures, do readings, and make sure you take time on assignments.. BEAUTY
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100Y1
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The best part about Ronnie's classes were his anecdotes about his youth, mostly about sex or drugs, but honestly, he is a real good philosopher and usually makes the dense reading material more clear in lecture.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100Y1
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Incredible lecturer, to the point where I suspect he was a stage actor previously. The British accent helps. He goes into decent depth on all topics surveyed, though referring to the original texts is very much necessary for a grade over a B-. His passion for the subject comes across very clearly.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100Y1
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
An awesome professor, especially in a field with such difficult concepts! He's older and has an uncensored sense of humour, which is hilarious. Attending lectures is important, as the material in the texts you use definitely requires explanation in-class. The exam questions are given before the exam. Get TA advice before submitting each paper!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100Y1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor gives too much reading. It is extremely hard to get a good grade.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100Y1
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Good lecturer, nice guy. He does grade quite harshly and can be a little unpredictable. Its a relatively tough course but definitely a fun one.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100Y1
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Prof. De Sousa is simply brilliant. One of the most intelligent and educated people I've met. His lectures are interesting and well-structured. He is also very funny and swears a lot (the latter wouldn't work for anyone) which adds to his charm. Attendance is not mandatory but recommended since his explanations are very clear and thorough. He rocks
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Favourite prof at U of T so far. Tough grader but you're going to have to take a hard course eventually.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
good professor
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100Y1
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Although the class itself isn't necessarily easy, professor de Sousa makes it more manageable and is super interesting.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100Y1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His lectures are pretty passionate and he's hilarious. Never went to him for help, I just went and saw my ta, but he has office hours during project and exam time.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Posts lecture slides, but highly recommend going to lectures - he's a fantastic speaker and he really will lay out the content of the slide clearly. It will make sense if you pay attention. Do the readings, and show up to lectures, and you'll be just fine.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100Y1
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
His lectures were boring, and they were very hard to for me to follow. His marking is incredibly hard, and sometimes his lectures were seemed irrelevant. I wanted to like him, but he I just could't seem to. However, I talked to many people that liked him, and his teaching style. It's just a personal preference thing.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PHL100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Ronnie gave long, dry lectures about interesting material. He often cared more about sounding smart than actually teaching his students. As a first year student, we covered an excessive amount of readings and philosophers, and the assignments were tough. Tutorials saved me!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PHL243
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Fun and interesting Prof. I nearly dropped his course due to the first assignment being painfully difficult but persevered. After doing it I'm pretty sure it was purposely like that to sort the wheat from the chaff as the rest was a breeze. Marking is very fair and his lectures prepare you significantly for the final exam. Recommend.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PHL243
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I love Ronnie so much. He's my favorite professor ever. Super helpful, super hilarious, and just overall super amazing. The way he talks is so distinctive, I can listen to him talk forever. Yeah he may be biased, but his opinions are worth listening to. If I could, I would take this course over and over and over again.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PHL243
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
the worst professor I have ever had after 4+ years studying philosophy. Totally unclear. Terrible slides, and unorganized lectures. He brought in SO MUCH useless jargon and useless diversions. It almost seemed like he was showing off how much he knew instead of teaching a course. His presentation of the categorical imperative was embarrassing!!!!!!
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