December 16, 2003

Hart, Carl
[PSYC W2460] Drugs and Behavior

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I disagree. Drugs and Behavior was easily my favorite class. Although it could get annoying when he allowed questions - c'mon, its a 100+ lecture class and at 9:30 in the morning NO ONE asks reasonable questions - he presented the lectures in a well-articulated lesson. Yes, he basically reads off his powerpoint, but I thought it was helpful in taking notes - and he does allow enough time to jot down everything from a given slide. Pop quizzes personally kept me on track, and I think that its a positive reinforcement for you to go to class. As far as those really odd questions pertaining to lectures... once again I think that its just another reason to go to class - after all, you're here to learn, not just to download notes off Courseworks. The big benefit which has not been mentioned is that Hart doesn't only stick with psychology (although a good amount of each lecture focuses on neuroscience) but he also looks at sociology and history in his lectures. Great class, lots of fun, its a Must-Take, regardless of your major.

Workload:

About 1 chapter (20-30pgs) for each class - book may seem a little high-schoolish but its pretty interesting and an ease to read. Pop quizzes 1-2 times per week - we had 10 over the course of the semester. 3 tests - first 2 non cumulative, third cumulative. If you go to lectures and read the book, the questions are extremely clear and relatively easy. Sometimes he'll even give cues like "in the lecture..." Essays are a mixed bag but if you pay attention in class you can usually understand it. Big plus - his study guides basically lay out the exam for you.