December 23, 2007

Rakitin, Brian
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

I don't know where people get off bashing Professor Rakitin. He manages to make an introductory lecture engaging and fun. And even if you're a little bored by the material on occasion watching his giant, curly ponytail is highly entertaining.

All of the lectures (in very clear powerpoint format) are posted on CourseWorks. There are more than enough TAs to answer any questions you could have and Rakitin himself stays behind after class to field tons of inane queries from students.

If anything, Rakitin is too kind and open, being overly patient with redundant and plain old stupid questions from students during his lecture.

It's a great intro course and a pain-free way to fulfill the science requirement.

Workload:

3 Exams and 3 written assignments as well as weekly reading (1 chapter a week).

The tests are mostly multiple choice and scaled, if you do the reading and study for them you should get AT LEAST a B/B+ easily. The writing assignments require more attention to detail and are a little harder to understand.

That said, about 1/3 of the class gets As, so it's not that bad.