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.