November 06, 2011

Stroessner, Steven Silver_nugget
Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice

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

Steve Stroessner is possibly the chillest person I have ever met. But simultaneously, he's very passionate about his subject. He introduces the first day of class with "we should all learn each other's names, since I'd like to know who I'm arguing with", which should give you a pretty good idea of his teaching style. He loves to hear what students have to say but also likes for you to hear what he has to say too. He will play devil's advocate to every point you make, but it really helped me to get a better grasp on the material. He is very quick in responding to emails, is happy to meet just to talk about anything, and he's wonderful at helping you understand the many psychological tests used in the studies. Steve also knows most of the social psychologists who wrote the papers we read, so he would tell us anecdotes about the researchers and gave us a lot of insight into what was going on when the studies were being done. Overall, a very interesting, insightful, and easy class.

Workload:

Read 3 articles a week (which vary in length, but usually about 10-15 pages each) but they're research papers so you don'y have to read every fact and figure, and one research paper at the end where you design your own experiment related to the course material. You also lead one of the lectures during the semester with a partner.