This class was tough.
This class is, hands down, my favorite class that I have ever taken. The exams are extremely challenging, and Professor Hardin expects a very thorough understanding of the themes, but if you immerse yourself in the material you will find your understanding of the world around you to be greatly expanded. It has also informed the way that I have experienced the classes that I have taken since-- I've referenced my notes from this course quite often in the time since taking this class.
I really enjoyed learning about cognitive dissonance, Sherif's studies on the Autokinetic Effect, Devine's findings on implicit bias, and a lot of the other topics we covered. I also learned that I was capable of learning more material than I realized, and having a deeper understanding of that material than I'd anticipated.
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Advice for students:
Professor Hardin allows students to record lectures, and I consider this to be an indispensable asset. Listen to them multiple times and take thorough notes. Explain the concepts to others-- they are interesting enough to be engaging to people who are not even taking the class. Participate in class discussions. Read the text before class, and it will really illuminate the topics during lectures. Don't put off studying till the last minute! Not only will you do poorly on the exams, but it will make the material a lot less fun and interesting!