Sarah Stroud - McGill University

Professor: Sarah Stroud
Department: Philosophy
College: McGill University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL334
  • 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:
Stroud is a genius. Amazing lectures and readings. Some of the contents in this class actually changed my whole worldview. Very hard marker
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230MORAL
  • 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:
I'm not really sure why the grading was so ruthless for an entry level course. She's a lovely person and great lecturer but I was very thrown off with the essay feedback.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Stroud gives really captivating lectures that are ESSENTIAL towards the course work (3 papers, 1 final). Yes, there is a lot of reading, but I managed to pull a B+ without reading 2/3 texts because her lectures covered the material so thoroughly.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Amazing professor who truly cares about what she teaches. The course material will be tough if you don't attend lecture. Her evaluation of the text is super useful for your papers, so I would take advantage of lectures AND conferences.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230
  • 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:
She's very nice but infuriatingly slow in lecture. She repeats herself ad nauseam. Her pace would be bearable if her TAs weren't such harsh graders. You have to follow strict guidelines on the papers in order to get anything above a B. I've done well in upper year philosophy courses and got a poor mark in this class, so I wouldn't take her again.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL334
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I love Sarah Stroud, I wish I could take more classes with her but I took her ethical theory class in my last semester at McGill. Her lectures are super clear and she definitely commands the room. The grading is a bit tough, but she is so clear in her expectations and tells you exactly what she's looking for in her papers.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL334
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures were very clear though didn't go terribly deep - really just explained the readings. Very tough marker. Definitely advise going to office hours and class.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL334
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
A very passionate professor! She is very friendly to students and enthusiastic to what she is teaching! Absolutely recommend!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL334
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Pretty slow pacing in class, but the content of 230 and 334 is interesting and stroud is great at explaining things, and is clearly extremely passionate about her work. Almost all of the readings for 334 are extremely interesting and rewarding, although they're quite hard
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Sarah Stroud is one of the best profs I have had. Amazing lecturer that loves the material she teaches and manages to infect students with her enthusiasm. However, I worked harder to pull off an A in this 200-level class than I did for many of my 3-400 levels. Over all though? WELL worth it if you are ready to take on the challenge. 3papers, 1final
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230
  • 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:
An absolutely amazing professor. She always teaches with incredible enthusiasm so her passion shines through. The material is definitely world view changing. However, the class requires a fair amount of reading (30 pages per week of dense hundreds of years old philosophy). Also, papers are very hard to do well in. Do EXACTLY what the prompt wants.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL434
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
One of my favourite professors in the department, amazing lectures. You can tell she is passionate and incredibly involved in metaethics (the class and her field of specialization). Quite a harsh grader and you need to know all your readings well but she motivates you to do them all tbh, love her!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
You won't do well in this class unless you follow her exact guidelines. Essays follow the same format and there isn't room for freedom.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She is very clear in her lectures & takes time to go over concepts until they feel simple. I enjoyed the lectures, but the papers were hard (we had 3 and a final). The topics relate to what she focuses on, but you only get the topic 10 days before its due, averaging C+/B-, which I think is because of harsh grading rather than low quality papers.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She wants a very specific type of essay, so most do poorly on the first one. Class average this year was around a 2.8 (TA told me). That being said, the material is very interesting and it is possible to get an A.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I adored Stroud. Her lectures were interesting and clear, but you have to do the readings and go to lectures. It really helps to take notes during the lectures for the papers, since she's explaining the material you're writing about. She is a very tough grader (B- class average or lower), but philosophy is a tough major. Would recommend!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230
  • 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:
I loved this class! The lectures were at 8:30 and I probably wouldn't have gotten up for a different class, but Prof Stroud's lectures were very interesting and extremely helpful with understanding the material. I absolutely loved her. I decided to become a philosophy major because of this course!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Super clear but takes forever to go through relatively basic material. Assigns a lot of reading, and the paper are harshly graded.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230334
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Phenomenal lecturer who is quite accomplished in her field. She is a privilege to have at McGill. Neither of her courses are easy to get an A in, but she is entertaining, clear as can be, very fair, helpful, cheery, and she will not only make you fully understand the material but make you a smarter person. All first years should take Phil 230.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL230
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very qualified but painfully patronizing in lecture. Assignments are heavy for a 200 level but beyond that they are fair.
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