January 19, 2003

Terrace, Herbert
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

I started this course with a fair amount of trepidation based on the mostly negative reviews here on CULPA, and, unfortunately, the course was just about as bad as promised. I won't rehash what everyone else said in great detail, but just for fun, the textbook is crap, the slides are confusing, Terrace's unemotional delivery of material is soporific, and the tests are irritatingly detailed. Luckily, there's a pretty steep curve, since few people do well, so I managed to get a decent grade, but the overall experience was an unpleasant one. This course makes it obvious that Columbia is more intent on hiring profs who are prestigious researchers (as evidenced by Terrace's recent scientific breakthroughs) over those who are simply good teachers.

Workload:

3 non-cumulative exams along with weekly retakeable pass/fail quizzes during the discussion sections