January 18, 2007

Lindemann, Patricia
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Yes, this is a survey course: do not expect a lot of depth. It is an easy science credit for non-science folks. Regardless, Professor Lindemann seems to put a lot of time and energy into the course. I found her lectures to be very engaging and at times entertaining. Her sense of humor is quirky (okay, dorky), but I found that endearing. I'd rather have a dynamic lecture with dumb jokes thrown in than a static, monotonous lecture that's lame-joke-free. There is a moderate amount of reading required, and you probably won't do well on the exams if you don't do it, but the textbook is well-written although superficial. The three reading analyses were annoying, and her expectations for them were vague. I recommend looking at each of the reading options before writing; some have a lot more scope for analysis than others. If you disagree with the TA's grade on these, Lindemann will look it over herself and possibly adjust your grade; I got an additional two points (out of ten) this way on one analysis. Exams weren't too difficult if you did the reading and went to most of the lectures; there are no trick questions.


Six hours total on the reading analyses, five hours with the text before each exam, about three hours of subject participation. Optional extra credits are an hour each.