Introduction to Social Psychology is an incredibly interesting class, but by no means a bird course. As such, below you will find five tips that will help you decide whether this course is one you would enjoy.
1. The lectures are mostly three hours of the professor talking at you
Intro to Social Psych is a pretty material-dense course, and the large number of students in the course make it relatively difficult for the lecture to be anything but three hours of listening to the prof. Luckily, if you’re interested in the material, it shouldn’t be a problem. However, if you are the type of student who does better in a smaller course in which the prof uses more activity-based learning, you may want to consider a different course!
2. There are only three exams
One thing that is pretty universal about intro-level courses is that the majority of your assessments come from exams. It’s easy to understand the logic behind it; who wants to mark 200 assignments?? Unfortunately, this means that each of the three exams is worth quite a bit – take them seriously~
3. The exams are not entirely multiple choice
Multiple choice exams can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on whether the prof makes the answers to the questions match up with what’s in your notes or if they really want to test your knowledge and write some questions where none of the answers seems technically correct. However, it is indisputable that short-answer questions require a better knowledge of the material, so be warned: exams have three short-answer questions at the end!
4. The class is really big
This is another point that isn’t shocking for intro-level classes, but it’s something important to know going in. The professor obviously routinely asks if anyone has questions and is always open to answering them, but this course isn’t the type of class where all the students are able to band together and help each other through the course – there are simply too many people!
5. The TAs are each responsible for one part of the course
There are three TAs for the course, and each is assigned part of the syllabus. That means that even if you have formed a nice relationship with one of the TAs, if you have questions about a part of the syllabus that is assigned to another TA, make sure you talk to the correct TA! After all, they were assigned that part of the course for a reason – it’s the material they are going to be most familiar with.
Hopefully the information presented in this article was of some use to you. One more important piece of information to remember is that if you are a psychology major, you will require numerous 4000-level courses in order to graduate. As such, taking as many courses that have 4000-level seminars (like social psychology) is always a good idea!