January 13, 2009

Rakitin, Brian
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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A very good professor in that he will teach you the basics of psych and its different subfields, and is fair enough not to scare away humanities types. Like below reviews say, his lectures are pretty much straight from the textbook, but you definitely still need to go because he adds in stuff that's on exams. It's true he's kind of pompous and obnoxious, but he explains things very clearly and will always clarify if asked.

One thing that's great is he always leaves time to take questions during lecture, which are both interesting and helpful.

Exams are tricky but curved generously; written assignments are a joke. All in all, if you do the reading (not that heavy), go to lecture, and study a moderate amount, you will learn psychology basics and get at least an A- (I did and I'm an English major). Definitely recommend whether you're looking to fulfill science requirement or get into psych.

Workload:

3 exams, 3 easy and short written assignments, experiment participation. 1-2 chapters of reading each week.