March 06, 2007

Lindemann, Patricia
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Lindeman is no great teacher, but she knows who she's teaching: English majors knocking out a science credit. her powerpoint presentations in class essentially copy the book verbatim, with the pleasant addition of background colors and bullets. then she basically reads them to the class, allowing occasional interruptions from would-be psych majors with pretentious questions. she makes this big statement the first day about how only half of the test questions come from the book--the other half, she says, come from her class lectures. but after a few lectures, you realize that couldn't possibly be true, since she reads the book to you in class. that approach makes her exams easy, but it also transforms interesting information into just information.

Workload:

3 generously curved non-cumulative midterms; 3 pointless but easy exercises; 3 hours doing studies you should be paid for.