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[PSYC W3615] Children at Risk

December 14, 2016

Downey, Geraldine
[PSYC W3615] Children at Risk

Best class ever! I loved this class so much. Favorite course taken at Columbia so far. Professor Downey is so nice and her class is very chill. If you are a psych major or just interested in the topic I would strongly recommend this class. We don't only talk about children but important social issues that everyone faces. She is also not a hard grader and wants everyone to do well.

Workload:

There are readings every week but you do not need to do them. There is a midterm paper, an in-class essay, a final paper and presentation. You can do pretty much ANY topic you want. There is also one easy homework assignment the first week of the semester.

December 13, 2016

Downey, Geraldine
[PSYC W3615] Children at Risk

This class is truly amazing! If you have any interest in infants, children, adolescents, young adults or understanding how our society effects developmental outcomes take this class. This is not like your average pscyh class, we’ve talked about such a diverse range in this class. Here are some examples: school shootings, gang violence, pregnant mothers with substance use problems, children in poverty, teenage mothers, sex-ed curriculum in the US, rejection sensitivity. It was amazing how much freedom you have in what you get to research! Professor Downey invites professionals working in related field and becomes a personalized networking session!

Workload:

very light, they might give some work the first day of class but that’s literally the only time we had homework. One midterm with question given from the beginning of the semester, one individual paper (6-10 pages), one research paper and presentation. Very manageable.

December 11, 2016

Downey, Geraldine
[PSYC W3615] Children at Risk

This class is truly amazing! If you have any interest in infants, children, adolescents, young adults or understanding how our society effects developmental outcomes take this class. This is not like your average pscyh class, we’ve talked about such a diverse range in this class. Here are some examples: school shootings, gang violence, pregnant mothers with substance use problems, children in poverty, teenage mothers, sex-ed curriculum in the US, rejection sensitivity. It was amazing how much freedom you have in what you get to research! Professor Downey invites professionals working in related field and becomes a personalized networking session!

Workload:

very light, they might give some work the first day of class but that’s literally the only time we had homework. One midterm with question given from the beginning of the semester, one individual paper (6-10 pages), one research paper and presentation. Very manageable.

December 31, 1999

Putnam, Lois
[PSYC W3615] Children at Risk and [PSYC W2280] Introduction to Developmental Psychology

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

She seems very nice, with anecdotes about her own parenting experiences, her lectures are interesting and her use of the multi-media classroom is very good. Very strict with deadlines.

Workload:

(Children at Risk:) Individual Project, Group Project, Exam, tons of work, attendance mandatory.

December 31, 1999

Downey, Geraldine
[PSYC W3615] Children at Risk and [PSYC W2620] Abnormal Behavior

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

In Abnormal Psychology she's very interesting, with amusing anecdotes. Her experience with prisoners and various subjects, particularly relationships, make for a very interesting course. You must be there for her lectures, as they are well-covered on the exams. However, as for her Children at Risk lectures, they are boring as hell. Everyone, including the TA, falls asleep. There are just not as many anecdotes, and she goes monotone. This discrepancy may be because the course is newer and she is not as accustomed to the subject material as with the Abnormal material.

Workload:

(Abnormal:) 3 exams, with take-home sections similar to essays/papers, plus lots of reading. Offers an optional extra-credit paper, but unless it's "excellent" it won't be given any credit! (NOTE: curve makes the relatively easy tests a pain, because it'll work against you. (Children at Risk:) Individual Project, Group Project, Exam, tons of work, attendance mandatory.

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