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[PSYC W3450] Evoulution of Consciousness & Intelligence

September 02, 2008

Terrace, Herbert
[PSYC W3450] Evoulution of Consciousness & Intelligence

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honestly as i went through the course i was like this professor has to be kidding me...literally the course is taught by the student and then he often chimes in and says his piece and questions what the student brings to the table on the topic he offers... but by the end of the semester when we had to do the paper i realized how much i had learned from writing the paper and reading the assignments. its a totally different way of teaching and your grade is based on the presentation and the final paper and thats it. he gives you two weeks off to do the readings which you dont have to do at all...but look as much as people say its death..its really not that bad- its interesting topics and basically discussion in the class but when you get to the paper you feel like there is alot of pressure cause the guy doesnt know anyones names and could care less about how the presentation turned out as long as its relevant and the outline is good. so the grade is all on the 10 page paper. but hes really leinient and quite approachable..he basically does the work for you besides your paper.
if you need to take it- its not bad at all def not death like others are saying
but if you dont need to - then its not worth it.
and its pretty cool having the first 2 weeks off of class

Workload:

2 presentation that he basically does for you and the final paper that is like 10 pages. and he gives you questions you have to answer.leinient grader

December 11, 2005

Terrace, Herbert
[PSYC W3450] Evoulution of Consciousness & Intelligence

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

I feel compelled to write a review to contrast the harsh treatment Terrace has received on this board. Although I can't comment on his Intro class, the consciousness seminar was my favorite class of the term - always interesting, always informative.
The course had the usual drawback of a seminar in that you rely on the competance of your collegues who pick weekly readings and give presentations. The presentations are continually interupted, but this is only annoying if you are giving it and you are unprepared to be sidetracked. The subject matter is extremely difficult to wrap your mind around but I think Terrace does a commendable job of "leading the horses to water" so to speak. He is certainly an expert in the course's central themes.

Workload:

Could go either way. You can put a lot into this class or fairly little. The weekly readings are assigned by students so they vary in quality and are not tested directly. You could do many suggested readings (Prof gives a sizeable list) and get a lot out of the course, or fulfill just the minimum: one presentation -1hr or 2hr depending on how many people cover you topic and a take home exam consisting of one essay that incorporates many course themes.

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