December 31, 1999

Galanter, Eugene
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

If you're interested only in satisfying your science requirement, this is a great class to do it in. The reading is relatively light and if your TAs are good the three "quizzes" that are given are fairly easy. If you want to learn about psychology, however, you had better look elsewhere. Galanter isn't interested in teaching the class - his lectures are often a collection of personal anecdotes and name dropping that take up only two thirds of the alotted lecture time. He has no plan for teaching the class and chooses to lecture on whatever happens to strike his fancy. He does not cover a lot of the things a tradition psych class might and spends a disproportianate amount of time on some extremely boring areas that are the focus of his research. Although one shouldn't expect to learn a whole lot about psychology, on the whole the class is a reasonably pleasant experience.

Workload:

Three relatively easy "quizzes" with a gentle curve in the B to B+ range. The last quiz is given on the last day of classes, so its one less thing to worry about during finals.