Ugh...this class. Dry, boring, and I had to entertain myself from falling asleep in class. I agree with the below post that he really makes things more confusing than they really are. Doesn't seem to know his own material well, and is not prepared when people asks him questions, and often admits he doesn't know the answer. Interesting material, professor sucks in terms of teaching. Horrible.
Winter 2020 - This was my first seminar class, and I want to let ppl know that this class is very different from other lecture classes. The general structure is mostly to do readings at home, come to class to discuss it, and the professor would lead the discussion& clarify important things. We are not informed of the participation grade/ paper grade but only know a final letter grade, but here are a few things that I think are important 1. Participation matters. In the syllabus, participation takes 30 percent of the grade! 2. The workload is HEAVY. For each lecture, we need to read 1-3 papers (30-100 pages). In order to do well in participation, you need to be prepared, which means to do the readings. The professor may also call people's names to ask questions if he thinks those people are not active in discussions. 3. Papers are long. We wrote an annotated bibliography (~15 sources) and a final paper. The final paper was 6-10 pages single spaced 4. BUT, you will find the lectures very interesting if you do the readings. Professor Kellman is very knowledgeable& esteemed in this field, and I really did learn a lot in this class
I took professor Kellman for psychology 120B - Sensation and Perception. This professor is extremely knowledgeable about the subject and will go out of his way to explain the material thorougly for your learning. He is highly energetic and I can tell that he want his students to enjoy the subject as much as he does. The course can be confusing (especially if you don't know much about the material in the first place). It gets better after the midterm. In order to do well in this course, you must understand the lecture material (use your TA office hours, the blackboard discussion board, and your peers), read the book (this makes the difference between an A and a B), and start early on that paper! Minilabs and discussion attendance are just icing on the cake as they are simple to get full credit for. Overall, this class isn't that bad.