April 29, 2003

Krauss, Robert
[PSYC W2240] Human Communication

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

I'd like to put in a good word for Professor Krauss and for this course. While it may not be the stuff of epiphany, I found it a painless and often pleasant way for a humanities student to fulfill the science requirement. It's entirely qualitative, and I didn't find the material as dry or banal as the other reviewers. Human communication is such a nacent field -- it's kind of exciting to analyze competing theories rather than memorize "accepted fact."
As for Krauss, he's sweet and careful in a grandpa sort of way, and he clearly puts a lot of effort into preparing his lectures and making them as interesting as possible. Having suffered through a different intro psych professor with virtually zero sense of humor, I appreciate playing guessing games based on the accents of people who phone in to "car talk." I also don't find it particularly self-indulgent or boring when he presents his own findings to the class. I would rather he be interested in his subject matter and want to share it with us than treat the course with an indifference that boarders on scorn (again, I'm thinking of my previous psych experience). Overall, a decent class, and as an anthrophile, i'm thrilled to have taken it for my science requirement rather than something with numbers, say, or even (shudder) electrons.

Workload:

The reading is much heavier for the first half of the semester than the second, but it's not like you have to do all of it. Midterm (not that hard if you study, especially given that he provides two exams from prior years with practically identical questions), final, two short papers