January 23, 2005

Galanter, Eugene
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Galanter is not the greatest lecturer in the world. He could be best described as "meandering." This is not to say his lectures aren't enjoyable, as they often are.
However, I often found myself leaving class wondering if my attendance was worth anything. Contrary to popular opinion, the most valuable part of 1001 for me was the readings. Not all were the most interesting, but holistically they form a pretty good overview of the subject's basic areas of study. Galanter's choices are about 50 years old, including the ones he wrote. WIth a few exceptions they were very easy to get through, if not the freshest of material. Given the course's historical approach, a little age is nothing to despair. His quizzes are hard, frustratingly so, even if you've done the readings and attended every lecture. Nearly everyone does poorly so the curve is quite generous. As others have remarked, doing the readings and attending lectures is sure to earn you an A.

Workload:

Fair amount of reading, easy if you pace yourself, and 3 very difficult 50 minute, open book, open note quizzes that are curved generously. Also, 3 hours of experimental participation is required, although it became extra credit for my section.