December 28, 2005

Galanter, Eugene
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

This class blows!!! At first it seems great because there are only three open note quizes and no papers or finals but I urge you all to resist the temptation to take this class. There are mountains of reading and the text/
lectures don't relate very well to the exams. Often it seemed like exam questions were worded in the most convoluted and intentionaly misleading way possible so that even if you knew what the questions were trying to ask you couldn't answer them anyway. The guest lecturers and the TA lead review sessions make you realize how little you're learning and the horrible test scores pretty much across the board would lead you to believe they would have to curve (keep dreaming). I went to every single lecture, did the readings, did the full six credits of psych tests, was right around the middle of the pack for every exam and I got a D in this class. AVOID AT ALL COSTS !!!!

Workload:

Lots of reading from Galatner and his pal's outdated texts.
Don't worry though because it hardly relates to or compliments the lectures very well. There was a formula on one of the tests I had never even seen before and, like I said, I actually did the reading and went to class. There are three open note quizes. The open notebook helps but the questions are so strangely worded in many cases it won't help even if you know what they're trying to ask.
You also have to complete six credits of psychological experiments which supposedly end up as extra credit but it didn't help me at all. This whole class must be some kind of psychological experiment....