Social Psychology

Psychology department

Matthew Lieberman

Social Psychology

Psychology department

Matthew Lieberman

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Overall 4.3
Easiness of class 2.6
Workload 2.9
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.3
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.1


  • Uses Slides
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit


Fall 2009

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Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted Sept. 29, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

I took this class thinking it was going to be an easy class since I had previously taken a social psych course and the reviews said it was, but it really wasn't. Professor was knowledgable but his demeanor and personality was condescending. His tests were made to trick you on fairly easy concepts which was frustrating. His specific class is also philosophy based, which made things more complicated, so be aware of that. I would recommend taking social psych with a different professor if you can. He is not terrible, but this is a great subject and can be taken with a much better professor that is there to make things as clear as possible and be helpful/welcoming to students.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted March 23, 2017 Grade Received: B+

He is a really engaging lecturer and his material is really interesting too. I really enjoyed this class and I truly think I learned a lot of things that will help me in the real world.

Bonus: no textbooks!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted March 6, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Lieberman is a genius. He really knows the material he lectures on, and it's clear that he's been teaching the class for a while.
No textbooks for Psych 135. Instead, he has you read excerpts from 4 different books, all of which had extremely applicable information
Participation definitely counts for discussion sections. You're literally marked down for every single time you contribute something to the conversation.
Overall, would definitely recommend this class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 18, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Most people who post a Professor evaluation on Bruinwalk do so because they are either thrilled because they got an A, or angry that they didn't. Those situations don't produce unbiased reviews for others to consider. This review is as unbiased as they come.

The class materials are basic and easy to follow. In my opinion, I think you should go the lecture, then review his podcasts after. He provides you with Powerpoints of each lecture, so other than choosing not to study, passing (that's passing, not acing) an exam in almost a guarantee. Professor Lieberman is very engaging and insightful about his field.The material is useful and relevant in many other fields of psych and business. The points offered are minimal, based on 2 midterms with 20% extra offered for going to and participating in lecture. The exams do require some thought but they're reasonable and he evaluates the answers afterwards to ensure that the each question was fair.

The "bad". He went off UCLA's final week schedule and ran his final the last day of the last regular week. This created an issue for some of us who had projects we were finishing up for the quarter, which cost me time in studying for his final. I think he should have run his final in finals week like everyone else. The other reason this was an issue was that he ran behind in his own material and spent the last couple weeks just pounding through this stuff. He even and introduced new material in lecture less than 48 hours before the final. Not the best plan as most other Professors give you time to study for a final. He said in class that, "he knew he would run behind in presenting the material, that this happens each quarter". After teaching this for 19 years, you would think he would modify his lectures to fit the length of the quarter. After 19 years of making the same mistake, I was left wondering if he might need to stop relying on the tried and true and challenge himself to present the material in a different way. At times it felt like he was above change or modifying the way he ran his class.

Another good/bad, if you need him for office hours and can go when he has them, it's all good as he is actually there. If you send an Email and need a reply, you should probably just forget about getting a reply right now.

Good; He took the time to schedule am info session on psych grad school requirements. Not too many Professors on this campus care that much or would take the time to do something beyond their requirements.

Overall, I would definitely take his class. I would rate him an 8.5, probably above a 9 if he truncated his material and held a normal final.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I got an A in the class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 17, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

This was by far the best class I've taken at UCLA. He is so knowledgeable and passionate, that you will love social psychology. His exams are challenging BUT, if you study all the slides, listen to the podcasts and talk with you TAs, you'll do great! Its not an easy A, but it is worth it! Got myself an A this quarter. WAIT to take social psychology with Lieberman!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 14, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

exai took this class winter 2014
this class is one of the most interesting psych classes i have taken here at ucla, but don't mistake it to be an easy A! there is alot of info and memorization won't help since the test are scenario based. to be successful, make sure to understand the material inside out. know the concept behind each study. there are no textbooks, but we're responsible to read four books throughout the quarter for discussion. those books will also be on the m too. since lecture goes by really fast and he doesn't post the ppt slides before lecture, i recommend taking as much notes as possible and listening to the podcasts afterward. if the info still doesnt make sense, go to his office hours because he always there to help. this class isnt easy and requires alot of work, but it's not impossible to get an A

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 29, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

It was an interesting class, but I don't agree it was easy.
I don't like that he posts the powerpoints after class because I want to add notes to the powerpoints from lecture to explain them further so I get it. Because of this after midterm I never went to class, but just looked at ppt and listened to recording and I ended up doing better on the final than the midterm... I am assuming because I was too passive during lecture since it was hard to look up on board to see what is included in ppt what do I need to write down..etc
To me it was difficult since the test questions are scenario based and sometimes it can be a bit ambiguous.
He does go in circles a bit during lecture like over and over again but in a way that is good since I think you really get the material that way. I had a similar experience when I took social psych lower division I thought it was self explanatory and no need to study but since the tests tend to be scenario based you REALLY need to know the material very well. I also did all the extra credit. He doesn't curve the class either. I did get an A, but it is a shame that I felt it was a waste going to class since I didn't have access to the power points during class and I know he doesn't want to change that. But ah well. Other than that he is so approachable and knowledgeable and he never makes you feel stupid when you ask questions like many other prof's do.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 11, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

This was one of the best, most interesting classes I've ever taken during my UCLA career. Lieberman is a great lecturer--he is very organized and is always willing to answer questions or repeat anything that is unclear.

The class itself consisted of 40% midterm, 40% final, and 20% discussion participation. For most weeks, you had to submit a "seed" prior to discussion (basically any thoughtful comment or question on the assigned reading). I honestly skimmed most of the readings because the TAs outlined and went over what we needed to know for the exams anyway.

Make sure to know the takeaway messages on the studies he presents in class. If you understand the conclusions and importance of those studies, you should do fine on the exams.

He also gives 3 points extra credit for participating in psych studies! Although he doesn't round up, his class is definitely manageable--I ended up with a solid A in the class even though I wasn't always caught up on the lectures and readings. I highly recommend this class! You'll learn a lot about yourself and the world around you.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 1, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

I took 137G with Lieberman. Lets start with my GPA: 3.83. His class had way too many readings and he would get sidetracked in lecture. His powerpoints are disorganized and he grades harshly. I think the below posts were trolls because no way 90% of people would get an A... Think about it.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 31, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Psych 137G

Hard topic and Hard class :(

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  • Uses Slides
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit

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