Professor Murphy is probably the most helpful instructor I've had at Columbia. She was always available to assist with research for the final paper, which was a 20+ page research paper on the topic of your choice. It was great to see a Columbia professor that cared to much about her students. The class itself was interesting because Professor Murphy mixed lecture in with group discussion, which made for a balanced approach. Her notes were always clear and concise and helped with the midterm topics. Allowing freedom on the final paper and then assisting with it made it a great learning experience.