Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Noel: First day of school, Spring 2010

Started today off at the gym again- I've missed it, surprisingly. Since I haven't worked out since mid-November, I just did 30-40 minutes of cardio and lots of stretching.

Drugs, Behavior, and Society
Professor is very nice, very down-to-earth.
Has been going on for 10 minutes now about the student email system, though... but at least he's fairly funny :)
We're going to be covering a lot of material really quickly, though.
Overall, I think I'm going to enjoy this class.

Interpersonal Psychology
Instructor is a small woman, quiet-ish. I bet she's formidable.
She passed out small sheets asking for information about us: name, year, hobbies, movies, etc but with a couple of surprising ones: What cultures are you most familiar with? With whom do you currently have the most emotionally intimate relationship? Interesting....
She expects a lot of participation in class, and flat-out said that some of the things we'll work on will be triggering for some of us.

Lunch with Chris!

Gender and Power
I'm definitely going to like this class. The professor is really nice, and did her ethnographic research in St Petersburg- awesome!
Lots and lots of reading ahead, there are 5 books for this class and 1 really long paper. I probably want to decide here very soon what that will be on, because it's definitely going to be some real work.

Cross-Cultural Psychology
This course is going to be easy, but annoy me. The instructor is Korean and has a really annoying tendency to lilt the ends of her words so that every one of them sounds like a question. She's super anal-retentive as well, so I'm going to see if there's another 3-4000 level Psych course that's open in the same time slot. That said, the assignments are 4 simple 2-page papers.

Update: I dropped Cross-Cultural Psychology and am now taking Sexuality and Society.

Queer Identities
Dr Cavalier is a newly minted PhD, and very androgynous.
She flat-out said that she likes to give A's and doesn't test, but does require a lot of writing. That's not really a problem for me, though.
The good news is, she's a little sick and letting us out as soon as we're done with the syllabus :)
.........but what really amuses me is that apparently a lot of people sign up for this class and don't realize that it's heavily focused toward gays and lesbians. Um, really?

Overall, looks like a good line-up and lots of reading.

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