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Ever wonder why people do what they do? This course offers some answers based on the latest research from social psychology.
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Arnold Lau profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 8 reviews
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6 years ago
Social Psychology was the most popular course on Coursera in terms of how many people signed up for it. As you'll notice from the reviews, however, appraisals of the course are rather polarizing. Either you love the course or you extremely hate it. I'm giving the course five stars for what I thought was excellent treatment in general from the course staff, even though there were many, many things that went wrong. PROS: \- This is not a fluffy course. The workload is huge - there are many lecture videos, a writing assignment and around 40 pages of reading every week. Videos alternate between documentaries borrowed by the professor for the course and lecture videos by the professor, and the treatment is generally rigorous. Social psychology contains many counterintuitive insights about the human condition, and the professor takes great care to back his assertions up with experimental research and meta- analyses. Much of the pedagogy in... Social Psychology was the most popular course on Coursera in terms of how many people signed up for it. As you'll notice from the reviews, however, appraisals of the course are rather polarizing. Either you love the course or you extremely hate it. I'm giving the course five stars for what I thought was excellent treatment in general from the course staff, even though there were many, many things that went wrong. PROS: \- This is not a fluffy course. The workload is huge - there are many lecture videos, a writing assignment and around 40 pages of reading every week. Videos alternate between documentaries borrowed by the professor for the course and lecture videos by the professor, and the treatment is generally rigorous. Social psychology contains many counterintuitive insights about the human condition, and the professor takes great care to back his assertions up with experimental research and meta- analyses. Much of the pedagogy in this course rests on overturning common sense. The professor assidously provides sources to journal articles, etc. for every single thing he says. This is what I cared most about in the course: it was a relatively difficult course and the content was worth it. \- The professor's style is engaging, with some of the videos having gags or even mini-experiments to keep the viewer engaged. \- There are "bonuses" in the course, like one winning final assignment essay being chosen to meet the Dalai Lama, and nine others being given money to donate to the charity of their choice; small group discussions for extra credit; and documentaries obtained through the professor's connections such as footage of the Stanford Prison Experiment and the Milgram shock experiments. One creative touch was how at the beginning of the course students were asked to complete an ungraded "Snapshot Quiz" with various questions relating to social psychology. Your personal answers to that quiz were then continually brought up in the middle of lectures when that relevant topic was being discussed. CONS: \- Everything in the course is provided for free, but the professor frequently encourages people to become a member of his Social Psychology Network for $10. One of the assignments featured the SPN as well, though there was an alternate assignment available. I completed the course fully without paying a cent, but it was somewhat off-putting. \- Many people on the forums expressed reservations about whether the course or some aspects of the course served the professor in some way. For example, the assignments frequently involved some aspect of the professor's work (for example, being asked to assess the persuasive effect of an anti-smoking website developed by the professor, or being asked to complete and then write about an online interview questionnaire about animal rights developed by the professor). Some wondered whether the entire course was an experiment in social psychology. \- The videos in the course were not downloadable, unlike in most other Coursera courses. This meant that many people could not download the videos for later, they had to have an Internet connection all the time. The professor's explanation was that he made extensive use of copyrighted material and in exchange had to agree not to allow downloading. I'm sure a lot of people dropped the course because of this inconvenience. \- While the professor did not proselytize, there's no denying he wore his more political beliefs on his sleeves - such as the aforementioned assignment on animal rights. This might have sometimes spilled over into the lectures, such as how the professor spent quite a while discussing the literature on how violence on TV affects aggressiveness, then right before the end of the video extrapolates to video games and encourages people to avoid violent media. Many people complained on the forum that the research literature still has mixed results on video games and aggressiveness. I do hope that these shortcomings will be worked on, although not many professors make changes to their MOOCs once they've been released. Even as it is, however, the pros weigh enough for me to honestly recommend this course.
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10/10 starsDropped
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1 year, 12 months ago
This was the best MOOC I ever had. Very well paced, good literature, excellent videos, nice community. It's a shame it's not offered anymore. Were some people would see "demagogy" I saw stimulation towards self-awareness. As more and more people walks back towards Middle Age mentality, this course was a beacon of hope.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 3 months ago
I would give it even more stars, if I could! I absolutely loved this course. I think it has been my favourite mooc so far. It was absolutely interesting, very well presented and had tons of great resources as well. What I particularly loved about this course was the slant towards empathy, compassion, understanding prejudice and bias and being presented with many very useful and practical insights into how to make social psychology work in everyday life. If ever Prof. Plous is going to do a rerun or decides to offer another course I'd be signing up right away. Well done!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 5 months ago
My partner and I took this course together and it's something we still talk about years later and rave to friends about. Absolutely wonderful course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 9 months ago
This is an exceptional course and I could whole-heartedly recommend it. The course is divided by 6 thematic weeks, with one mid-term break allowing for catching up with the material. You start off with Week 1, in a gentle way that takes you through the course structure and requirements and introduces the basic concepts of the Social Psychology, concluding with fun overview of the basic concepts, which contrasts with what I saw in other courses. You also take your first assignment, easier than other tasks you will have to complete, which helps you understand and apply the principles behind random assignment and sampling, concepts frequently used during the lectures and readings. Weeks 2, 3, 4 and 6 are the challenging ones, full of lectures, readings, assigned videos and assignments. This is the core of the course where you learn about yourself, social impression, obedience, group processes as well as conflict, peace and terrorism. ... This is an exceptional course and I could whole-heartedly recommend it. The course is divided by 6 thematic weeks, with one mid-term break allowing for catching up with the material. You start off with Week 1, in a gentle way that takes you through the course structure and requirements and introduces the basic concepts of the Social Psychology, concluding with fun overview of the basic concepts, which contrasts with what I saw in other courses. You also take your first assignment, easier than other tasks you will have to complete, which helps you understand and apply the principles behind random assignment and sampling, concepts frequently used during the lectures and readings. Weeks 2, 3, 4 and 6 are the challenging ones, full of lectures, readings, assigned videos and assignments. This is the core of the course where you learn about yourself, social impression, obedience, group processes as well as conflict, peace and terrorism. Week 7 is somewhat more light-hearted, with only one small reading and treats us with research about happiness and life satisfaction. It is clear that the structure of the course and its topics were very well thought through, to maximise the potential of the students in order to reach the goal. By the end of Week 6, I was a bit de-motivated by workload, hence the idea of a somewhat lighter week was appealing. The lectures are extremely well designed, with frequent pop-up questions checking understanding. The professor is engaging and almost every lecture contains a humorous element helping recall and review the information. The instructions on what needs to be done at every stage of the course are clear and detailed, something I didn't see on any of the other courses. There is an extensive optional reading list attached to every lecture clip although you might need to have a log-in to academic institutions to view some of them. The readings (approximately 30-40 pages a week, with some weeks having considerably more readings than others) either review or complement lecture material in a coherent way. The exception I found was the first reading in a first week (Introduction to social psychology), which contained a lot of new information (understandable at the beginning of the course). This information was, however, expanded in subsequent video lectures in later weeks. The course benefits from extensive free resources such as the most famous psychological experiments ever done (videos), chapters from the renowned books, supplemental material provided during the catch-up week and the expense-paid trip to see Jane Goodall for the Day of Compassion winner. The Snapshot Quiz taken at the beginning of the course provides us with personalised experience as our initial views are constantly being brought up to our attention during the course itself. At the end, we can compare how much we've learned during the course. The assignments are challenging and well structured. The peer review for most of them worked well and the decision to grade the assignment based on the median (not mean) of the grades your peers provide ensured that the unfairness is limited to the minimum. All the written assignments specifically ask to provide relevant references to at least three social psychology phenomena you had learned during the week (and the weeks before) when the assignment was given. The last assignment, the Day of Compassion, was aimed at synthesising what we had learned in order to do something good for the society. In order to improve, I would prefer that the grading of this assignment did not contain a subjective criterion of an 'impact' that our assignment had on others. The course ends with a final exam (50%) based on multiple choice questions. I found it an exciting way on checking upon my understanding, although it would be fairer to replace it with an open-book paper / tasks instead. The course would further benefit from occasional quizzes or applying the knowledge in smaller open-ended problems that could be incorporated into final grading. The discussion boards were exploding from the range of information (apparently this was the biggest on-line course ever created in terms of its participants), yet they were well managed by the professor and the TAs. I found them helpful, active and engaged. The true 'cherry on the cake' was the Extra Credit Assignment that included on-line study groups where the group of randomly assigned students discussed the pre-prepared topics via Google Hangout. The truly international community enriched the course and provided me with an enlightening experience where my own views were challenged and our cultural differences were exposed. I only regret that the course does not have its advanced version. I learned a lot and applied this knowledge in the assignments. I also found out that I am (occasionally) able to apply it in my daily life, making my personal and professional relationships way better than they were in the past. The workload of this course is bigger than stated on the website. I spent on average 20 hours every week on this course, on top of my full-time job; however I topped it up with optional readings found on Google Scholar thanks to the reference list at the end of every lecture. I would predict that 12-15 hours per week should be enough to do well on this course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
5 years ago
A very light hearted and easy course. Perfect for the lay person.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
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5 years, 2 months ago
I have no experience with this subject, but have found this course to be wildly entertaining. This is the first course I've taken that I really want to keep watching the videos, no external websites, just tons of really interesting material. There is tons of work however, and even more bonus material. The professor does have fairly liberal views, and he expresses some of them - which, because they don't affect the course i don't have a problem with.
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5 years, 6 months ago
A very high quality course with original references. I had never seen the original video for the obedience experiment.
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4/10 starsCompleted
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6 years ago
I had substantial previous experience with social psychology and took this course to see how Coursera would handle the topic. It was my first MOOC experience, although I have downloaded prerecorded psychology lectures from other sources several times in the past few years. I was very interested in seeing how the Coursera MOOC experience would improve on the experience of learning from prerecorded lectures in a solo environment. The videos were well produced and the team had done excellent work in assembling study materials, but I felt that the aspects I was most interested in getting from a MOOC were badly handled -- namely, the use of assignments and the management of the discussion boards. If this had been just a video series I would have considered it near-perfect, but as it was I found it a very flawed and unsatisfying experience First, the assignment structure: There were five assignments, all of which were peer graded, and none... I had substantial previous experience with social psychology and took this course to see how Coursera would handle the topic. It was my first MOOC experience, although I have downloaded prerecorded psychology lectures from other sources several times in the past few years. I was very interested in seeing how the Coursera MOOC experience would improve on the experience of learning from prerecorded lectures in a solo environment. The videos were well produced and the team had done excellent work in assembling study materials, but I felt that the aspects I was most interested in getting from a MOOC were badly handled -- namely, the use of assignments and the management of the discussion boards. If this had been just a video series I would have considered it near-perfect, but as it was I found it a very flawed and unsatisfying experience First, the assignment structure: There were five assignments, all of which were peer graded, and none of which seemed particularly well thought out or relevant to the course material. The first assignment was to use a random-number generator website to practice making random assignments to hypothetical research groups, but since there was no kind of research component to the course nor any discussion of psychology research methodology, many students commented on the boards that they did not see how the assignment connected to the material. The second assignment requested students to pay for a membership on the professor's own social psychology network. There was an alternate assignment available, but the primary assignment involved paying the professor money, which directly contradicted what he stated in his introductory video that he "wasn't receiving a penny" from the course. The third assignment involved going to a web page designed by the professor and providing him with feedback about its effectiveness. The fourth assignment involved going to an electronic interview website created by the professor and and giving him feedback on the effectiveness of THAT product. (That particular website appeared to be designed to shame students who were not vegetarians or vegans; the professor is involved the animal rights movement. This caused extensive protests on the discussion boards.) The final assignment was not even related to psychology but asked students to attempt to "live compassionately" for 24 hours and then write about the experience. A reward was offered of a trip to meet with the Dalai Lama -- a decent enough offer perhaps but not at all relevant to psychology. The Dalai Lama is a religious figure and a political activist, not a psychologist. I found that the rubrics for grading the assignments generally did not match well with the assignment instructions themselves; often, students were asked to grade submissions on things that had not been specified in the assignment instructions. For example, the largest grading element in the "Compassion" assignment was to asses the "impact" of the student's attempt to be compassionate, but this was not indicated as the main feature on which the assignment would be graded in the instructions. Students expressed dismay on the boards that they were being graded on whether or not they had been "impactful" in their efforts to "live compassionately", and were also not happy to have been involved in a competition to be compassionate (particularly grating, in that there is no way to assess that any of the reported compassionate behaviors actually took place! The award could easily have gone to the most creative fiction writer.) Finally, the multiple-choice final exam was specified to be "closed book", yet there was absolutely no way to deter or detect rampant cheating. The decision to make the exam "closed book" when there was no way to enforce or monitor that policy seems bizarre and unproductive, as it only punishes students who are actually honest. Why was the exam not given open book? That would have leveled the playing field for all students. The discussion boards were also very poorly handled, although it is unclear how much of that was due to the class staff and how much was due to limitations in Coursera's discussion board software. The most alarming feature was that individuals could be blocked from the discussion boards without being informed that they had been blocked and without any information being given from either Coursera or the course staff as to what action had prompted this or what might be done to have it lifted. When an individual was blocked, all threads started by that individual disappeared completely, no matter how popular or on-topic they were, and all posts made by all students on the thread vanished as well. The discussion boards started out as a lively community and by the end of the course were a veritable wasteland. Some of this was no doubt due to the typical Coursera attrition but the opaque and seemingly arbitrary moderation by the course staff no doubt played a significant role as well. (It was also very disrespectful to all student participants to treat their posts like this.) I would suggest that Coursera implement software that allows individual students to choose which posts and posters they want to continue to view and allows them to "ignore" any that annoy them, rather than giving the course organizers the power to censor discussions with all the finesse of a sledgehammer. There was also a significant perceived problem with the professor's political slant, in that there appeared to be a definite political agenda attached to the material that is not warranted by the data alone. Students who commented on the political slant and complained about the distortions in the content were banned from the discussion boards in several reported cases. I don't find this acceptable from a supposed educational platform. In short, the things I had hoped to the MOOC experience would provide that a video/audio lecture series could not -- engaging, relevant assignments and an interactive learning community -- were sorely lacking in this course.
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5/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 9 months ago
The first lecture was perfect, the second one was great, the third one was ok, the fourth one was bearable, the fifth one was unbearable etc. Anyway, you should take it, overall it was not bad.
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6/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 8 months ago
This is a controversial class because of some of the choices by the professor. Personally I was relatively unaffected by the sales pitch for the social psychology network, but I can understand others' beef with this. Since I'm liberal, the liberal viewpoints of this professor, like 90% of social psychology people is generally not a problem for me, but I did get annoyed at one weekly assessment that was strongly promoting veganism and trying to persuade me to change. I saw no value in this assessment as it didn't relate to the week's materials. On the plus side, the videos are very interesting and it is clear that the professor is giving you an introductory social psychology class that incorporates views (and videos and papers) from the leading social psychology researchers of the past and today. So in that sense it seems quite comprehensive. However, so far the assessments really suck. So I'd give it nearly a 5 for course m... This is a controversial class because of some of the choices by the professor. Personally I was relatively unaffected by the sales pitch for the social psychology network, but I can understand others' beef with this. Since I'm liberal, the liberal viewpoints of this professor, like 90% of social psychology people is generally not a problem for me, but I did get annoyed at one weekly assessment that was strongly promoting veganism and trying to persuade me to change. I saw no value in this assessment as it didn't relate to the week's materials. On the plus side, the videos are very interesting and it is clear that the professor is giving you an introductory social psychology class that incorporates views (and videos and papers) from the leading social psychology researchers of the past and today. So in that sense it seems quite comprehensive. However, so far the assessments really suck. So I'd give it nearly a 5 for course materials and nearly a 1 for assessments. I also think if you are in the minority of people checking out social psychology and who have a conservative political viewpoint, you are likely going to dislike a lot of this course.
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5/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 10 months ago
I went into this course very excited about taking it. I already had extensive experience with social psychology and had hoped this would give me a fresh perspective on the material. Unfortunately, there were several issues with the course. First, there was a lot more work involved than was indicated when signing up for the course. Between the videos, the reading, and the assignments, it was very difficult for more to keep up with all the work on top of my normal schedule, and was ultimately the reason I ended up having to drop the course - the college courses I was paying for had to take precedence. Second, although I am a vegetarian and a non-smoker, I really felt like the "assignments" to review the sanctimonious anti-smoking and pro-vegan websites run by the professor were less about social psychology and more about increasing internet traffic. Finally, the forums/discussion boards were completely out of control. Due to the fact t... I went into this course very excited about taking it. I already had extensive experience with social psychology and had hoped this would give me a fresh perspective on the material. Unfortunately, there were several issues with the course. First, there was a lot more work involved than was indicated when signing up for the course. Between the videos, the reading, and the assignments, it was very difficult for more to keep up with all the work on top of my normal schedule, and was ultimately the reason I ended up having to drop the course - the college courses I was paying for had to take precedence. Second, although I am a vegetarian and a non-smoker, I really felt like the "assignments" to review the sanctimonious anti-smoking and pro-vegan websites run by the professor were less about social psychology and more about increasing internet traffic. Finally, the forums/discussion boards were completely out of control. Due to the fact that the grading in this course was done by our fellow students, some of them chose to bully people into giving people good scores regardless of whether they actually completed the assignment or not (I imagined that these people didn't follow the assignment guidelines and were worried about their own grades, but that is just a suspicion). I imagine that this could be a very good course with some refining, but only if the instructor/course designers are willing to listen to feedback. I have taken other courses on Coursera and I know they can be really good, so I have hopes that this one will improve if offered again.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 10 months ago
I wish I had enough time to do the projects in this course. it was very well executed and really makes you thiik about your belief system and how you actually act in the world. Very eye opening and made me want to change myself and the world for the better.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Nice course. Staff took a lot of efforts in making this an experience. Cherry picking the apparent highlights of social psychology. Many wonderful ideas, experiments, movies presented. Very enjoyable teacher. Cons: there is no common framework or bigger picture in this course (is there any in social psychology). Way too much stuff to read.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years ago
This course exceeded expectations, by far. The professor is central to the field. He arranged for texts and videos to be available to students for free. The topics were meaningful and very interesting.
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1/10 starsDropped
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6 years, 2 months ago
For me, this course was a big disappointment. In my opinion, the lectures are not very engaging, and they are loaded with advertisements for books which the students are supposed to read and ideally purchase. What irritated me more than anything else was that it is an obligatory(!!) requirement to complete a profile on a psychology social networking site (another bit of advertising here) for discussion or to submit a personal CV for peer-review. That is objectionable on a number of levels, and (if completed honestly by the student) a serious breach of privacy. Also, the course requires excessive reading (some may like that, others not - I mention this last point just for information).
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years ago
I discovered this course too late to earn a certificate, but found the subject so fascinating that I watched all six week's worth of lectures in just three weeks. Professor Plous is an excellent lecturer, and he has filled his course with so many compelling case studies that I have been talking about them non- stop for three weeks. I appreciated the way in which his syllabus is organized and how concepts build upon concepts. I didn't attempt any of the assignments because of the timing issue, but highly recommend this course content. You will look at the human race differently!
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6 years, 1 month ago
I like the course . The material was presented in a sometimes amusing , informative manner , suitable for people having no prior experience in social sciences . It helped me understand some new aspects of the behaviour of people around me , and of my own .. in that matter Unfortunately , due mostly to lack of time I haven't done any of the writing assignments , but I hope to correct this by retaking a future session of the course .
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2/10 starsDropped
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6 years, 1 month ago
I dropped the course after passing 5 units of 6 and completing all assignemenst but one. The information provided by the course was very interresting for me and I enjoyed the lectures, but what I hated were the assignements. The assignements usually require you to do something almost unrelated to the facts presented in the course. For example, the second assignement required to join (paid!) web site (Social Psychology Network) operated by professof Plous and give a lot of personal information. Unpaid alternatives were also given but this one was preferred. Three other assignemens were also performed on other web sites of professor Plous and, in my view, almost unrelated to the material presented in lectures. All tasks were really weird such as operating random number generator or answering stupid questionaire generated by robotic software. The last assignement was to be compassionate for one day (without analyzing what the word means... I dropped the course after passing 5 units of 6 and completing all assignemenst but one. The information provided by the course was very interresting for me and I enjoyed the lectures, but what I hated were the assignements. The assignements usually require you to do something almost unrelated to the facts presented in the course. For example, the second assignement required to join (paid!) web site (Social Psychology Network) operated by professof Plous and give a lot of personal information. Unpaid alternatives were also given but this one was preferred. Three other assignemens were also performed on other web sites of professor Plous and, in my view, almost unrelated to the material presented in lectures. All tasks were really weird such as operating random number generator or answering stupid questionaire generated by robotic software. The last assignement was to be compassionate for one day (without analyzing what the word means in the lecture) and write an essay about it. During the lectures, I had strong feeling that professor Plous wants to make me non-smoking vegan budhistic pacifist, and to change my sexual orientation into a lesbian transsexual. On the other hand, my learnig experience with the course was quite good - and I will certainly read a good book about Social Psychology in the future.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
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6 years, 1 month ago
After reading the other reviews I felt I should give my view. I don't mind reading. Actually I love to read and being a teacher (university level) myself, I find it difficult to help people understand a subject if I can't give them stuff to read. The reading provided by this course is very helpful. Chapters from books and article which would otherwise cost a lot of money - here they are for free. Thanks! There are also quite a few clips which usually are not freely available. They are kindly provided by their copyright owners. Thanks again. That's why I don't mind if the teacher does a little bit of advertisement. Fair enough. Nothing obnoxious, IMHO. And no, you don't have to become part of the Social Psychology Network, you can submit your homework also otherwise. And even if you do, there are ways to protect your identity.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years ago
A fascinating subject matter, brought to life with many great examples and clips. I'm taking the class primarily for the video lectures, which are full of variety and extremely worthwhile. The assigned textbook reading is not quite as entertaining, but it has a lot of interesting material, and you can easily skim it if you want. The biggest weakness of the class is that the lectures and readings do not adequately prepare you for some of the assignments. It's a bit like being given a tour of an art museum and then being asked to sculpt something. We need more instruction in actually using the techniques we've seen demonstrated. That said, most are peer-graded, and you should be able to muddle through without too much trouble since everyone's in the same boat. Another reviewer made it sound as though you have to join the Social Psychology Network, but you do not. You can instead submit a resume or CV, and you do not have to use your re... A fascinating subject matter, brought to life with many great examples and clips. I'm taking the class primarily for the video lectures, which are full of variety and extremely worthwhile. The assigned textbook reading is not quite as entertaining, but it has a lot of interesting material, and you can easily skim it if you want. The biggest weakness of the class is that the lectures and readings do not adequately prepare you for some of the assignments. It's a bit like being given a tour of an art museum and then being asked to sculpt something. We need more instruction in actually using the techniques we've seen demonstrated. That said, most are peer-graded, and you should be able to muddle through without too much trouble since everyone's in the same boat. Another reviewer made it sound as though you have to join the Social Psychology Network, but you do not. You can instead submit a resume or CV, and you do not have to use your real information in doing so. The same reviewer also complained about "advertisements" for other books, but I haven't found anything objectionable. The instructor does make a point of talking about famous psychologists and their contributions, but it was all perfectly on point. All in all, I'd recommend the course to everyone who wonders why people act the way they do.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
  • 2 reviews
  • 0 completed
6 years ago
Great experience! This is my first online class and I found everything very interesting. I have completed all the assignments and found its not too hard to get the statement of accomplishment (I just have to take the final.exam). The lectures were all very interesting with lots of original videos for many experiments but I stopped reading the books because it was too much. But you don't need to do everything to enjoy the course: )
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
6 years ago
This is my first formal course in psychology and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Prof. Scott Plous takes a lot of effort to make the subject matter interesting and interactive by including guest videos, quizzes, google hangouts with well- known psychologists (the chosen few got the chance, but the google hangout session was taped and uploaded for the entire class) and online discussion with fellow-students. I found the readings (made available at no cost) very helpful in order to understand and appreciate the finer points. I didn't find the assignments out of place, as others here have said. They make one think and reflect about the topics discussed in class. All in all an excellent course.
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5/10 starsDropped
  • 18 reviews
  • 14 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
While studying engineering, I've always found social sciences to be interesting, and thus used MOOCs to learn something outside formal education. This being said, I'm doing this MOOC while studying for college and, for someone who does not have much time, this course is not appropriate since it demands you to read around 50 pages per week to get the full grasp of the material (lectures aren't enough). For me, it is not easy to keep focus, after a full day of work, to go and read an extensive PDF. Took Inspiring Leadership prior do this course, which also had "mandatory" readings, but these ones are just too much. Other thing which I didn't like (not a reason to drop) is the continuous advertisement to an website authored by the teacher. Other than that, I found the material very interesting.
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1/10 starsDropped
  • 86 reviews
  • 77 completed
6 years ago
One of the people who commented here said: "During the lectures, I had strong feeling that professor Plous wants to make me non-smoking vegan budhistic pacifist, and to change my sexual orientation into a lesbian transsexual." Precisely why I dropped out. One of the assignments was to be a good Samaritan for a day, and if you were the best choir boy you would get to meet the Dalai Lama. Oh goody! What does that have to do with Social Psychology? Nothing. But it befits the instructor's philosophy. This is not science. It's pure ideology transvestite. I didn't watch many lectures as my patience threshold for demagogy is very low, but it's safe to recommend that you stay away from it - unless you like being mind-numbed by this pervasive post-modern mentality that distorts what should be a neutral enterprise, turning it into a justification for life choices.
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