January 16, 2006

Lindemann, Patricia
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

I would not recommend this class as an easy way to fulfill your science requirement, but if you are interested in psychology, the course gives a good overview of the many different aspects of psychology and the relavent theories. Prof. Lindemann is a pretty good lecturer - she works from a Powerpoint which she posts online later, so it's easy to make up notes when you miss class (or just space out), but things make more sense if you actually go to lecture. The tests are difficult and designed to be so, and they consist of free response questions drawn from the lectures, and multiple choice questions that supposedly come from the reading, but of course a good amount of the reading is ALSO in lectures, there are only a few somewhat-obscure questions that come from only the reading. The reading response papers were surprisingly hard, and the subject-participation requirement (where you have to participate in psychological experiments) is kind of a bitch. Keep looking if you want a good non-
sciency way to fulfill the requirement.

Workload:

LOTS of reading, 3 2-page reading analysis papers which are graded harshly, 3 midterms, research participation. The entire class is curved, so it's hard to know what grade you will get until the end, but usually an 86 or higher will end up being an A.