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History of Psychology

January 02, 2005

Robinson, Daniel Gold_nugget
History of Psychology

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This review is really just a great big huge THANK YOU to CULPA. Professor Robinson, whose class I found on this site, was, I swear to God, the best professor I've ever had in my life, and for that matter will ever have. I'm not exagerating, and I'm not 19- I'm a 37 year old GS undergrad who has lived abroad for many years and has much life experience, and I can only only tell you that this man transcended teaching- he made me a better person. Words cannot describe this human's teaching ability, on a subject that is incredibly difficult to understand, let alone explain. I could go on and on, but then you might think I'm exagerating, which I'm not. Professor Robinson was a one in a trillion teacher, and it's through CULPA that I found him. He's not teaching anymore- he's retiring. But if you've bothered to read this, don't think you've wasted your time on a class you'll never be able to take, because that's not the point of this review. I'm writing to thank this site for existing, and hope that all of you who use CULPA do so judiciously, both in your reading aboutteachers and your writing of reviews. Because others were, I received the gift of Professor Robinson's other-worldly class-- thank you two reviewers below who turned me on to a teacher that made the tuition somehow worth it. Thank you so very much.

September 07, 2003

Robinson, Daniel Gold_nugget
History of Psychology

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Prof. Robinson is the best professor I've ever had. His lectures, which come almost straight out of his book, are brilliant, insightful, comprehensive, and entertaining. He provides a solid depiction of psychology's conceptual framework that is hard to get in this department. His course focuses for the most part on ancient conceptions of psychology and is very philosophical. Only the last 2 weeks are spent on the 20th century, and a good half of the class focuses on thinkers before the renaissance. This a great class and is a great compliment to what Prof. Gallanter teaches in Science of Psychology.

Workload:

Fair with no surprises. 28 questions that will appear on exams are given the first day. For both the midterm and the final, students must write 1 essay at home and bring it in on exam day. During the exam, students must complete another essay selected from 2-3 possible topics. Robinson is a very fair grader.

April 15, 2003

Robinson, Daniel Gold_nugget
History of Psychology

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

Professor Robinson is a breath of fresh air in a department that prides itself on rat labs, data spreads and number crunching. An emeritis Georgetown prof and visiting lecturer at Oxford, he is a true scholar of ideas and genuinely enjoys sharing with students. He is quite generous with his time and always makes himself available to his students - in person or via email. The first day of class he hands you a syllabus with 28 questions pertaining to the material, and by the end of the term you will be able to answer *most* of them. This is a challenging class - however, it will really get you thinking about psychology and its history in a scholary way. Although the lectures are somewhat discursive, he will entertain you with very funny stories about luminaries in the field, and his own experience as a youngster at Columbia, always bringing the lectures back to the subject of the 28 questions. If you yearn for an understanding of psychology beyond what can be found on a multiple-choice exam, this is the class for you.

Workload:

No surprises - one midterm, one final, two papers -- all taken from the 28 questions. You might want to organize a study group to work through the questions together.

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