3 months ago
This course is an excellent overview of various models used in the field of the social sciences. There's a lot to like about the scope and breadth of the topics.
However, the most recent run of the course was quite poor. Staff was totally absent from the course - it was a fully automated process, which I presume means that that's how all future runs of the course will be. Unfortunately, there were still numerous errors in the course material, ranging from simple arithmetic errors to deeper errors in the way something was explained, etc. At one point during the last week he repeatedly refers to an earlier model by a DIFFERENT name than the name he used weeks ago, causing no end of confusion.
Unless everybody involved in setting up the course was just taking a break for the summer, I think it's reasonable to assume that those errors are going to stay there in the next run and never be fixed - after all, the most recent run was already the 4th time for the course to be held, and the fact that basic errors haven't been fixed is telling.
To add to that, many of the videos border on tedious. Professor Page is fond of going into every single mathematical step - even if it's just division - and doing it over, and over again, which is where the fast-forward button comes in handy. He is an endearing lecturer, however.
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