When I attended the first class, and found out we had to do the talks every other week, I’m not going to lie, I contemplated dropping the course. The thought of speaking in front of others used to scare the heck out of me. However, I decided to stick it out and I’m glad that I did. This course has helped me to interact with my peers, something that was previously out of my comfort zone. I feel like the whole point of university is to get us to experience new things that we wouldn’t normally do.
This course has allowed me to view so many different topics, by having to research many aspects of social cognition and then writing about it. Not only did I learn a lot when doing my own research and writing, but also by reading the blogs of my peers and having to make constructive comments related to their given topics. The talks were also something that I actually quite enjoyed. It brings new insight listening to other people talk about subjects that they are interested in. Many times over the course of the semester I found myself doing further research related to someone else’s talk just to learn more about it.
My advice to any one considering taking this course would be to do it! The whole no exams thing was awesome. I feel that the structure of this class allowed the students to interact with each other in a way where socialization was happening at the same time learning was occurring. It was refreshing walking into class knowing that I wouldn’t be sitting in the same spot for an hour and fifteen minutes with a prof standing at the front giving a lecture, while everyone takes notes. I feel that this style of teaching was very effective for learning, I actually learned a lot from my peers, which is something that I’ve never really experienced during my time in university.
Overall this course was by far one of my favourites, and I will definitely recommend it to everyone. It’s nice when the marks are spread out over the course of a semester rather than having three exams that make up your whole grade. Other professors should take note of this style of teaching, I mean it’s great for hands on learning and the prof gets to sit back while the students do all the talking!