Not too easy. Not too difficult.
First, this course can be counted towards your graduate program. Second, Dr. Williams is an outstanding professor, her lectures are enjoyable and she makes difficult concepts easier to comprehend. She also applies knowledge into real life situations well. Her exams are difficult, but that is because she expects her students to really read the textbook, as well as listen to her lectures and the videos she shows in class. Overall, I learned a lot in this class, including information that overlaps into other majors such as Health Science, Kinesiology, and Human Services. I highly recommend taking PSYC 474 with Williams! You will not regret it!
I gained a better understanding of the health and medical side to psychology, which I feel is very crucial. Most psychology courses at CSU Fullerton focus on the intrapsychic domain, and not much is taught about the medical and health aspects involved in psychology. I learned a lot about stress management, the differences between the biopsychosocial vs. biomedical model, different theories pertaining to behavior changes, and much more. A highlight of taking this course over the summer were the 4 documentaries we had to watch and write papers on. I cannot stress how thankful I am to be able to watch these 4 documentaries (the last one is actually a movie called "Wit") because of how interesting each was, the knowledge I gained from each, and by writing response papers on them I was able to expand my critical thinking skills and question my own values, as well as question our current healthcare system.
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Advice for students:
Make sure to attend all class meetings! Do not skip class because each of her lecture contains valuable time and information. Be sure to READ THE TEXTBOOK she assigns for class. Most of the exam questions ask specific details that are directly from the textbook. Not only that, the textbook she assigns for this course has a wealth of information that is helpful in general to improve your overall health, manage stress, understand the biological/physical component of your health, provides useful tips on healthy behaviors vs destructive behaviors (supported by empirical evidence) and much more.