Engaging content and excellent pace. While the level is introductory (I'd have liked a bit more depth), I would expect this from a lower-division/breadth course—and even more so from a MOOC like this.
I thought this was a great introduction to both modern Buddhist thought and evolutionary psychology. Professor Wright is an excellent lecturer, and his office hours are informative as well as amusing.
By Justin H•
A lot of emphasis on the modular perspective of psychology.
Much of the video content in this course features "office hours" material which is a mail bag type of discussion reflection on student somments.
The course had a few references to interesting studies; such as a look at human perception using illusion art and mood setting environments.
The philosophically inclined peer-reviewers seem stricter than the usual peer-reviewers you see on Coursera.
I am disappointed that this course does not offer a certificate; unlike most other Coursera courses.
By Ryugan M W L•
Good course. I learned great deal and especially valued the connection between the Buddha's early teachings and the theory of evolution. Caveats to set expectations though: the "Buddhism" is Theravada Buddhism, and the "Modern Psychology" is evolutionary psychology. A major issue is the strong emphasis on the "modular theory of the mind," which is entirely theoretical and not broadly shared as accepted psychology. Especially as "modern" fMRI and MRI scans find no physiological structure to correspond to such operating models.
By Corinne S•
The Professor is excellent. I enjoyed this course solely because of Professor Wright. If you have a positive outlook on Buddhism but do not know the ins and outs of the religion/practice I do not recommend this course. I have a totally different outlook on it now that I wish I didn't have. It is interesting information but the essays are in depth and difficult...and there is no chance to even purchase a certificate.
By Priya K C•
I found the course interesting and learnt a lot of new things during this study. I hope this will help my study in psychology even more better. Although the provided resources were easy to understand, it would have been even better if the lecture contained few presentation slides or may be few animation because only listening to the professor got me bored at some moment.
By Monica S•
The content was captivating and fascinating. However the videos were too long, 20mns-30mns videos are too long to watch in one sitting. In addition, not being able to access the videos from my mobile phone was inconvenient so I couldn't listen when I was out and about. More flexibility in the way to consume the content would be more aligned with my learning preferences.
By Asia T•
I found the beginning very interesting with good argument and some material to progress.
After especially regarding the self issue, there is a process to intellectualized the questions and come with some hypothetical theory , which become simply too long.
Psychology is a soft science , so it is better to synthesis. Too much talk and not enough interview or summary .
By Osman V•
Great lectures. I really enjoy discovering the world of the teacher and friends. I'll give it 3 stars since it doesn't arrive at an awe inspiring conclusion or life changing experience as somebody interesting into these subject would expect. The part where our own importance is challenge is enlightening. Cheers to the good professor.
By James B•
An interesting class but left me wanting more. I realize that this is an overview but the field of secular Buddhism seems very shallow. After going through this class and reading three of Steven Batchelor's books I have the distint feeling that I may have reached the end of the subject.
By Triana B•
The course is somewhat interesting, unfortunately the way to provide the information is disengaging. Even though the professor clearly posses a lot of knowledge, he has a hard time landing the information.
By German G S•
Very interesting material, however, I found that the lectures are sometimes difficult to follow due to the lack of visual slides or schemes. It would help tremendously to the lectures imo!
By Deleted A•
The beginning is well prepared, interesting and informative, the end is undercooked, subjective and repetitive. Be it 2 separate courses, I would rate them 5 and 2.
By Marni S•
I enjoyed the course material and the idea behind linking Buddhist concepts with psychology; I just found some of the videos a little dry.
By Abhishek S•
The contents are in too much details if compared to the other courses of coursera,,only thing it should be made little precise
By Krishna S•
Good course. It was informative and gave me information from the perspective of Evolutionary Psychology
By Pavankumar B•
A unique course that has encouraged a fresh approach to theology.
By ANAND K R•
Could provide certificate. As of now no certificate provided
By RIYA B•
There is no certificate for this course so don't join in
By Beatriz S•
Excellent! Pity there is no certificate for this course.
By Darleen M•
Loved the professor. Do not like essay questions.
By Beatriz C•
good but not what i expected, too boring
By Kamala .•
Nice course more information its give
Actually i have learnt most
By Francisco J L M•
THANK YOU ALL. Namaste.
By Жураева М•
By Guillermina E E A•
I finished the Buddhism and Modern Psychology course, I liked it but it has no certificate. However, I think that they should grant a proof of studies or diploma, even if it is not official, due to the effort and time invested.
I was excited that Princeton University offers the course, in fact it was one of the reasons why I signed up.
I would have liked to be able to say that I did these studies with the support of the knowledge offered by the University. Believe me, otherwise it's like I've read books and wikipedia.