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.

Workload:

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.