May 15, 2003

Krauss, Robert
[PSYC W2240] Human Communication

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The professor is a very nice person. Thats about the only good thing I can say about this class. Professor Krauss is not very eloquent, which can make attending the lectures boring and painful. Most of the readings are filled with ridiculous academic jargon, the tests ask for really nit-picky bits of information and the TAs are hard graders. A word of warning: this is not a good class to take to fulfill the psych sequence. The first half of the semester has almost nothing to do with psychology and everything to do with linguistics. So if memorizing the area of the vocal tract in which each consonant is formed doesnt appeal to you, you will be in for a rough time.

Workload:

2 short papers, midterm, final, theoretically optional project. It doesnt seem like a huge amount of work, but everything is graded very harshly, and the class is curved so the optional project is really a necessity.