July 25, 2010

Rakitin, Brian
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Rakitin is...meh. There's nothing necessarily bad about him, I guess, but nothing great either. The course is entirely based on the readings, which are lengthy. His lectures consist of him angrily reading his powerpoints, which come directly from the readings, so there is really no reason to come to class if you are doing and understanding the readings. Most people caught on to this by the second week; only about 30% of the class came to lectures, and of those, 80% were on facebook. Though he is willing to answer questions, generally the only interaction with the class was Rakitin angrily dealing with the one GS student who always asked obvious questions. Also, even though there were over 120 people in the class, there were somehow no discussion sections.

Workload:

long, boring-ish readings
3 short papers in which you analyze a psych experiment
3 non cumulative exams that are mc and short answer
6 credits of psych experiment participation
fair grading