December 09, 2001

Terrace, Herbert
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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I would advise you to take Terrace's Science of Psychology if you enjoy the feeling of being raped again and again. I began the course with a sincere love of Psychology and a strong desire to make it my major. After taking the final test of the semester, I have neither. Terrace is a truly horrible lecturer, as each of his lectures (as well as his slapdash attempt at a text book) are comprised of many vaguely-related digressions. He utilizes his time in front of the class to speed through the miniscule amount of course material he has to present, and then passes the rest of the hour-and-a-half entertaining himself with random PowerPoint slides that have little relation to what should be the content of the lecture. Unfortunately, there is no source text to consult in case one actually wishes to learn something. Rather, Terrace's students are treated to an manuscript of Terrace's ramblings that is missing essential diagrams, bold-printed key terms, a glossary, and a sense of organization. What makes this even more offensive is that this pile of paper costs $46.10, and CANNOT BE SOLD BACK!! The rest of the reading comes from lengthy artices of slight relevance that, of course, must be photocopied on the student's dime. Countless inconsistencies appear among what is said in the lectures, what is printed in the text, and what the T.A.s have to say in discussion sections. These inconsistencies are naturally left for the student to sort through before the test. However, in spite of Professor Terrace's contempt for his students, it is possible to enjoy bits and pieces of his course due to the innate merits of the material. For the record, I will continue my Psychology track, if for no other reason than to reclaim my love for the material that was thoroughly trampled by Herbert Terrace.

Workload:

Three non-cumulative exams, weekly quizzes (pass/fail) in discussion section