Ratings for Brown, R B
Based on 4 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Prof. Brown is great. Super clear, reiterates his main points over and over again, thus, if you are remotely paying attention you cannot possibly miss all the points he is making. He is very structured, clear, concise, patient, helpful (if you ask him he will help you to the fullest extent). He makes himself completely available to students. His exams are a selection from prompts in which students are given two weeks prior to the test; you know what is coming thus you just need to do the work and critically think about the subjects. The topics are vast, but digestible. The GSI can make a big difference in this course. I had Meredith Spoto and she was great, extremely helpful. The course it self starts a little slow as it begins in the theories of property and the evolution of them - know them as you will be applying them throughout the entire course including the final. The paper is challenging as he requires you to critically analyze subjects that you will not cover prior to the due date - go to his office hours and discuss the paper you choose in advance. I agree w/ an earlier comment that the presentation option can be easier than the paper for numerous reasons. The end of the course is facinating as you cover all the pressing subjects of contemporary times: patents, copyrights, trademarks, climate change, environmental regulation, eminent domain (is huge in this course), and adverse possession. Philosophers covered and applied: Hume, Locke, Rousseau, Blackstone, Henry George, among others. Students that put in the work and ask him questions when they don't get something do very well in this course. Take thorough notes in class as it will help immensely as you review for the mid-term and final. This is a great course and great Professor.... he is underrated!
Submitted Jan. 13th, 2016
Comment: Well structured class with interesting and not-too-heavy readings. Grade is based on one paper or presentation, one midterm, section, and final. The presentation is easier in my opinion because the prof grades rather than the GSI and the midterm was very easy. However, the final was graded much harsher than the midterm so take care in underestimating. The GSI is also really important!!
Submitted Dec. 25th, 2011