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Psychology and Law is a wonderfully captivating course, and one that all students should consider taking – especially if you have a particular fascination with why criminals commit the crimes they do and what kind of criminals exist! This particular blog focuses on taking the course during the summer with Professor Erentzen, who happens to be a fantastic professor, so read on to find out what this experience is like!

1. Taking it during the summer means more exams

Professor Erentzen really loves to make her class more engaging, but summer classes are condensed and don’t exactly allow for this! As such, be aware that taking the class during the summer means that your grade will most likely be a combination of three separate midterms. Luckily, they aren’t cumulative!

2. Go to class!

Psychology and Law can be an incredibly interesting class, but there is a lot of information! Furthermore, Professor Erentzen doesn’t always include everything she says in her slides – and don’t think for a moment that what isn’t on her slides won’t be included on exams! She also tends to give hints about what she considers more important information, so you’ll also get valuable information about what to focus on when studying for exams!

3. You will be tested on information in the textbook but not presented in class

There is quite a bit of information which ppears in the textbook that Professor Erentzen does not go over in class. Unfortunately (although this is the case with most professors), you are responsible for knowing that as well! And since taking the class in the summer means fewer assessments, each exam is worth more – so do yourself a favour, and keep on top of your reading!

4. There is a lot to memorize – keep on top of the material!

Although some people might not think this would be the case given the name of the course, there is actually a lot to memorize for exams! You are responsible for knowing details of past cases, various assessments, and more. So make sure that the studying you do every day is hard-core, actually memorizing studying as opposed to passively looking through your notes to make yourself feel like you’re studying!

5. The exams are not entirely multiple choice

Whether this is a positive or negative thing depends on what you prefer in an exam. Some people just don’t do well with multiple choice, so if that’s the case for you, rejoice! The short answer questions give students the opportunity to demonstrate what they know and are simply easier to understand; students are always told to select the “best” answer in multiple choice – that means that technically, none of the answers might be exactly right! In contrast, especially with Professor Erentzen, short answer questions are usually pretty straight-forward and ask about concepts discussed in class.

All in all, the class may not be for everyone, but it certainly is popular – after all, who wouldn’t want to take a class that by the end makes you feel like one of the profilers on Criminal Minds?! Just remember that some of the cases are slightly graphic, so if you are easily upset by crimes, it may be advisable to take a different course!


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Lia Reed

Lia hopes to get her PhD in Clinical Psychology, so she'll be in school for a long time! Aside from that, she loves playing with her cat and tutoring (so she gets at least some human interaction!).


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