May 03, 2013

Rakitin, Brian
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Rakitin is a terrible, terrible professor. DO NOT TAKE HIS CLASS IF YOU CAN AVOID IT. I went to every lecture until halfway through the semester and was unable to stay awake during even one. His lectures are boring and taken exactly out of the textbook, so as long as you keep up with the reading and study the lecture slides before the exams you'll be fine. He leaves all the dirty work to his TAs- they grade your papers and exams, and he doesn't even show up on exam days. He is often rude to students who come in a few minutes late and shuts down questions when he doesn't want to answer them. I have since stopped going to lectures because I really get nothing out of them. I also came into the semester thinking about a potential psych major, and Rakitin has totally dissuaded me from his line of work.

Bottom line: if you want a class that is pretty easy and you can basically teach yourself the material, then go ahead and take this class. If you want an intellectually stimulating introduction to psychology, find someone else-- Rakitin is definitely NOT your guy.

Workload:

3 written assignments, 2 pages each- based on articles that the TAs send you. Very doable. 2 midterms and a final, not cumulative. As long as you do the readings and review the lectures before each test, you'll be fine.