Susan Mullican

School: University of Southern Mississippi
Department: Philosophy
Location: Hattiesburg, MS
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Review by: Justine Warren They made a A in the class.
I was not brainwashed by Susan. She doesn’t expect her students to believe a damn bit of what she’s teaching. She does expect her students to develop a basic understanding of the major tenets of western philosophy – belief is not a part of it. I would remind those of you who seem to feel that it of this: you do not have to believe in something to understand it or to learn about it. [edited for content]
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Susan is a cool (edited for content) teacher, she had me over to her house one day just to explain nietzsche so i could understand it. Which i do understand now and think he was on crack!!!! If you want to take a class with a teacher who will help you learn then Susan is the way to go.
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I would just like to say that I have TAKEN a graduate level philosophy course and can say that her class was NOT taught at that level. I think some people are just bitter because she didn't use ""Philosophy for Dummies"" as the textbook and expected actual work.
I've got news for you. Philosophy is not a subject you can learn from a quick summary. You have to learn it from the original sources. And you have to ACTUALLY READ the material. Ms. Mullican is perfectly willing to help you out if you don't understand something, providing you have actually made an effort to understand it first. Don't just read a paragraph from the book, give up because it's too hard, and expect her to summarize Aristotle for you in five minutes.
As far as her knowledge of the material, I would say that at least as far as ethics is concerned she is one of the most knowledgable instructors at this university. She is quite approachable outside of class (I wonder if the person who said otherwise even knows where the philosophy department is?) and just about every time I see her she's got the text for one of her classes with her, re-reading it and making notes in the margins in order to prepare for the lecture. That's not the kind of thing you do if you don't care about the class.
If you're expecting the stereotypical ""Intro"" class where the instructor writes a bunch of notes on the board which you copy down verbatim and regurgitate word-for-word onto a multiple-choice test, don't take this class. In fact, don't take any philosophy class, until you catch on to the fact that you're not in high school any more. But if you want an actual understanding of the material, this is where you need to be.
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Review by: MSUDrummer They made a B in the class.
I have to agree with the positive feedback for Susan Mullican's Intro to Philosophy class. I was worried at the beginning of the semester (Fall 2001) that I was in over my head. She does move at a quick pace for the simple fact that we are not in high school anymore. Teachers are not going to continue to write down everything they want you to know...that's why they call it learning. You are supposed to be intelligent enough to be able to pick out the important information that is presented. Ms. Mullican is also a very personable, reasonable person. She was willing to read my 10 page term paper on John Locke just to see if I was headed in the right direction with my thoughts/arguments. The point of Philosophy is to make you think, and if you are not ready for that monumental task of exercising your brain and thinking instead of memorizing facts and figures, then I would not suggest for you to take Philosophy; however, if you are up to the challenge, then make sure to include Susan Mullican in that equation. She'll make that experience more enjoyable. A great teacher.
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TO ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN BRAIN WASHED BY THIS HORRIBLE PERSON I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU. THIS WOMEN KNOWS NOTHING AND IS FULL OF S***. IT SEEMS THAT IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY THEN YOUR PARTICALLY SCREWED. THAT IS WHY THOSE OF YOU WHO BELIEVE SHE IS JUST GREAT YOU HAVE BEEN BRAIN WASHED AND BASICALLY YOU ARE FULL OF AS MUCH s*** AS SHE IS. AND FOR YOU ALL WHO THINK THESE COMMENTS ARE RELATED TO THE FACT THAT SHE DOSEN'T TEACH ON A HIGHSCHOOL LEVEL YOUR WRONG. SHE TEACHES ON NO LEVEL BECAUSE EVEN SHE DOSENT KNOW WHAT SHE IS TALKING ABOUT. AND FOR WHOMEVER STATED THAT YOU CAN NOT LEARN PHILOSOPHY IN SUMMARY WELL THAT IS HOW MULLICAN LECTURES. IT IS NOTHING BUT PURE RAMBLE AND BS. I PASSED THE CLASS, I AM JUST WRITING THIS AS A WARNING TO ANYONE WHO IS EVEN CONSIDERING TAKING THIS CLASS SHOULD THINK TWICE. AGAIN, SHE IS AWFUL AND THERE IS NO OTHER WORDS TO DESCRIBE HER. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DID WRITE POSITIVE REMARKS YOU MUST HAVE HAD AN EXTRA ADVANTAGE THAT I WONT GO INTO.
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Life in the real world, after college that is, will apparently be exceptionally difficult for some of you. Then again, maybe not. I'm sure those of you that find Ms. Mullican's class too fast paced or feel the content of a Philosophy class is overwhelming will be very successful in the child care or manual labor fields. But, maybe I am being unfair. Maybe the blame doesn't lie with the disgruntled student who failed the class miserably, or even the student who passed the class with the mediocre grade of C. Maybe all of you who are unhappy with Ms. Mullican's class should go directly to your high school principal's home and burn it down. After all, it is his or her fault that your high school curriculum taught at the level of the lowest common denominator (see Websters). But wait, if high school had not arranged for the naturally-born-brain-dead to pass, would any of you actually be allowed to attend college in the first place? Hmmmmmm......Inquiring minds want to know!!
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I had Mullican for Intro to Philosophy, and I completely disagree with the comments I've read here. She knows quite well what she's teaching, is very approachable outside of class, and does NOT teach the course like a graduate-level class. If students ask her to go back over something, she will. Her tests are designed to determine how well the students understand the material, and she makes sure she's available to review the material for any student who asks. I never had ANY courses in Philosophy before I took her class and I got an A, so I'm inclined to believe the reviews calling her 'heinous' and 'horrible' are just sour grapes from students who didn't take advantage of the possibilities they were offered, didn't study the material well, and are failing the course.
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She is a heinous beast! She makes you feel like a complete idiot if you don't understand one of her ridiculous examples in class. She won't hesitate to call you stupid or tell you ""maybe if we took a group test, y'all could at least make a c"". She is the worst professor I have ever had at MSU and seeing as how philosophy isn't my major and I'm not a grad. student, I don't feel like I should be made a fool of just because I don't understand a concept. Her lectures have nothing to do with what will be on the test, or at least if they do, I never could understand her inconsistent ramblings. All in all, she is a horrible teacher and whoever decided to hire her at MSU should be taken out and shot.
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They made a A in the class.
First of all, if you are going to write a complaint about how ignorant and stupid a teacher is, why dont you learn how to write a grammatically correct paragraph? I had susan for intro to ethics, and she was one of the best teachers i have ever had. I had no background in philosophy, and she was patient and available outside of class. (even though her mom was in the hospital for the whole semester, on life support). this class was the only class that i actually enjoyed going to this semester, and she made every class meeting enjoyable. i think she is very smart, and a very good teacher.
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Ms. Mullican's class is challenging, but no where near impossible. You are actually required to THINK (perish the thought) and formulate your answers for yourself. Ms. Mullican gives ample time for questions and explanations outside of class. If you came to college to get a degree and have info spoon-fed to you and never learn how to learn anything on your own, then don't take her classes. If, however, you would like to learn the skills required to learn things for yourself after your academic career, this would be a good place to start.
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I sincerely enjoyed Intro to Ethics with Ms. Mullican. She is a very thoughtful and dedicated professor. She understands that the material is tough to digest at first, but she is always happy to explain it again. All you have to do is ask. Do not blame the professor for poor teaching ability when it is the material that is difficult to grasp. This is not junior college and not high school. Grow up and read the book(s)!
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Makes the class so much harder than it needs to be! If you do not have a background in Philosophy...DO NOT TAKE MULLICAN! Even her intro class is taught like a graduate level course. She expects too much for an intro course. Her tests do not illustrate your UNDERSTANDING of the material, all they do is see who can regurgitate the material back to her, with no thought going into it.
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Mullican's class is torture. She dosen't know what she is teaching and it gives philosophy a bad name. She dosen't care to help her students out, and all she is worried about is her next nicotine fix. Her lectures are short and when leave you wonder why you even bother to get out of bed. You want know anything by listening to her ramble and when you read the book good luck.
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I had Intro. to Philosophy with her. She did a good job of explaining the material in the book. She will help you as much as she can. Some of the material is not explained well in the book, but she will spend extra class time if you need it explained more. I had her in May of 2001. We had 3 tests and a paper. She graded fairly and in my opinion was a good teacher.
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Ms. Mullican's class is not an easy one, especially for me. But if you put the time and effort into the class you will not be disapointed. Don't expect Ms. Mullican to explain everything, because she will not. You will be expected to keep up with the readings and most importantly you will be required to think.
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I think some of the comments I've read about Miss Mullican are very unfair. Her class is not easy by any means. I got an A by studying, attending class, asking questions, and paying attention to her. She was always fair and always wanted to make the class as enthusiastic about Philosophy as she is.
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DO NOT TAKE HER CLASS. It is horrible there is no words to describe her class but that it is just plain horrible. She teaches the class as if it was a graduate class and she never explains the material because even she dosent know what she is talking about.

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