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PSYC 451 Philisophical Origins of Psychology

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    Feb 24, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course does require a lot of reading, and if you have professor Bargdill I highly recommend purchasing all of the books he lists on his syllabus. Bargdill is a very liberal professor and loves to go on tangents about social issues during class (even if it doesn't relate to lecture). While these tangents seem useless - make sure to take notes during them because sometimes he will ask questions about the stories he tells.

    Course highlights:

    The end of the semester there is a required poster presentation. Makes sure to be pretty thorough in your poster display and make sure to practice your talking points a few days before the presentation for your group. This can bring your grade way up, or way down.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Between the two history of psych professors at VCU, I would definitely choose Bargdill. However you should take into consideration that he assigns a lot of reading and takes random attendance each day.

    • Fall 2016
    • Bargdill
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Participation Counts Requires Presentations
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    May 06, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Bargdill makes this class unreasonably difficult. For starters, his methodology and ideology about the subject is heavily subjective. This also translates to the exams. Questions are asked in a way that forces students to think "what would Professor Bargdill say is the correct answer". I do not believe that I could take away too many things from this course. However, since we are required to take it, there isn't really room for choice.

    Course highlights:

    If I can add a positive note to the end, I would have to say that Professor Bargdill really opens the class for discussion. I thoroughly appreciate a professor who persistently tries to engage the students in discussion. It allowed me to stay focused on the subject matter, and at the same time express my thoughts with the class.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to office hours and ask questions weekly about the subject matter. It may give you more insight on how the questions will be asked on the exam.

    • Spring 2015
    • Bargdill
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Participation Counts Great Discussions

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