Winter 2018 - Like previous reviews stated, you really DO need to read the entire textbook to get an A in the class. However, the reading is not difficult, it's actually pretty pleasurable to read Bradbury's textbook. It's fun but also time consuming. I actually started reading the book the week before the midterm, and then again the week before the final, and I pulled off an A-. Maybe if I actually studied systematically I'd get an A. You will get a practice exam before the midterm, which is pretty helpful. For the final exam, you'll get a study guide. The study guide consists of terms taken straight of the final exam, so as long as you study everything concerning those terms, you'll be good. There were some questions on the final that were not on the study guide, but as long as you do the readings, you'll be fine. Make sure to study the graphs from lecture because there are questions on the midterm that ask about the outcome of the studies illustrated by those graphs. Also take notes when you're watching a movie in class because there are questions on the exam that ask what the point of showing the movie in class was. When it comes to the paper, start writing it early and show it to the TA. I did the opposite and got 31/35 which I was pretty bummed about cause there is NO CURVE in the class so every single point matters. Overall, the class is very interesting and I feel like I learned SO MUCH about relationships-I definitely recommend it. Just make sure not to slack off!
Winter 2022 - If you're considering taking this course as an upper division elective, take it with professor Bradbury! I took this class during winter quarter 2022, so roughly the first half of the course was online and the second was in person. Regardless, professor Bradbury was always engaging during lectures. The overall content of the class is interesting and not overly technical. There is a required textbook, but many students were able to easily find a free pdf of it online. The readings from the book aren't a lot since the book is actually pretty engaging and easy to follow along. Roughly two chapters are assigned per week, except when an exam is assigned. There are only two exams for this course: a midterm and a final, both are written exams. Each exam consists of four single-spaced one page essays. There are a total of four prompts per exam (4 for the midterm and 4 for the final) and they are accessed a week before the deadline. Both exams are open book and you have access to the slides and lectures (zoom recording and bruincast) for reference. My only complain would be that grades are posted pretty late, but overall this class great!