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PSYCH XL 127A
This introductory course provides an overview of abnormal psychology, abnormal personality patterns, and psychological disorders.
HIST XL 141B
This course examines the dynamics of the U.S. economy over the past century.
EDUC X 470
Specifically designed for Au Pairs, this course explores U.S. history and culture with embedded English-language study.
HIST XL 153
This course studies the West as frontier and as region, in transit from the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific, from the 17th century to the present.
ANTHRO XL 133F
This course explores food and the culture of food. How is food affected by class, ethnicity, nationalism, capitalism, gender, race, and sexuality? How does food shape our identities, desires, and needs?
ANTHRO XL 142P
Have you ever wondered why people have seemingly very different religious practices and preferences? To find out, this course takes you on a journey into religious lives of others, and why we believe in what we do.
Do you want your students to remember and apply what they learned long after your course is over? This workshop presents research-based methods of teaching for long-lasting learning. Designed for…
ANTHRO XL 8
This course surveys our evolutionary prehistory, from the emergence of early humans to the development of food-producing societies and complex civilizations capable of written chronicles of their own history.
PSYCH XL 120A
This course presents how people acquire, represent, and use verbal and nonverbal information.
HIST XL 22
This course presents a broad thematic survey of world history since the mid-18th century, examining imperialism, total war, nationalism, decolonization, changes in women's rights, and the eclipse of world communism.
ENGL XL 4W
This introduction to literary analysis includes close reading and carefully written exposition of selections from one or more of the principal modes of literature: poetry, prose, fiction, and drama.
ANTHRO XL 4
This course is an introduction to study of communication from an anthropological perspective.
ANTHRO XL 3
This course examines the primary institutions that define culture and society, emphasizing identity, kinship, exchange, politics, social order, communication, religious practices, and contemporary cultural change.
PSYCH XL 130
This course explores the development from birth to adolescence through physical, mental, social, and emotional growth aspects.
ENGCOMP XL 3
This course stresses rhetorical techniques and skillful argument. Students analyze a variety of academic prose and write a minimum of 20 pages of revised text.
ENGL XL M30
This course examines environmental issues from the perspective of different cultural forms, including fiction, journalism, poetry, and visual art.
CHICANO XL 176
The course is designed to help the student develop a critical political economy analysis of the interplay between the globalization (of flows of people, material goods, information and…
PSYCH X 401
What makes human beings flourish? Learn the science behind the field of positive psychology and what contributes to happiness, resilience and thriving.
SOCIOL XL 191V
This course explores the past, present, and future of hip and cool. Examine the social psychology of the hipster; the roles of race, class, gender, and location; and see how hipness is marketed, purchased, and performed.
HIST XL 154
This course covers the development of California from the earliest times to the present, examining themes of immigration, the environment, ethnic and racial relations, and the mythical California "state of mind".
HIST XL M155
Study the social, economic, cultural, and political development of Los Angeles and its environs from the time of its founding to the present.
PSYCH XL 178
This course examines the history, theories, and experimental findings related to human motivation.
POL SCI XL 123A
This course explores international law: the decentralized system of rules governing relations among states.
POL SCI XL 40
Study the basic institutions of American politics. Debate contemporary political and constitutional issues.
PHILOS XL 22
This course is a systematic introduction to ethical theory, including discussion of egoism, utilitarianism, justice, responsibility, the meaning of ethical terms, and relativism.
PHILOS XL 7
This introduction to philosophical issues about the nature of the mind and its relation to the body covers materialism, functionalism, behaviorism, determinism and free will, and the nature of psychological knowledge.
LING XL 1
Explore what is known about human language: its unique nature and structure, its universality, and its diversity. Study language in its social and cultural setting, in relation to other aspects of human inquiry and knowledge.
PSYCH XL 10
This introductory course provides a broad overview of the various specializations in the fascinating field of psychology along with emphasis on applied psychological research.
SOCIOL XL 1
This course surveys the characteristics of social life, processes of social interaction, and tools of sociological investigation.Topics include race; social class; economic and cultural globalization; information technology.
PHILOS XL 31
This course studies the sentential and quantificational elements of symbolic logic, forms of reasoning, and the structure of language.
POL SCI XL 140B
A broad overview of the American presidency, this course studies the nature and problems of presidential leadership including the impact of the bureaucracy, congress, public opinion, interest groups, and the party system.
PHILOS XL 4
When if ever is abortion permissible? What moral rights do animals possess? Must we conserve the natural world? This course critically investigates the arguments and principles invoked in these debates.
PHILOS XL 166
This course examines topics including the nature of law, the relationship of law and morals, the nature of legal reasoning, punishment, and the obligation to obey law.
POL SCI XL 150
This course examines the use of violence in revolutionary processes: demonstrations, mass uprisings, coup d'état, assassination, and terrorism.
PSYCH XL 115
This course covers nervous system anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and their relationships to behavior.
PHILOS XL 9
This course examines the nature of arguments: how to analyze them and assess the soundness of the reasoning they represent.
ECON XL 2
This course introduces the principles of economic analysis, economic institutions, and issues of economic policy, emphasizing the determination of key macro-economic variables using simple models and concepts.
COMM XL 1
Examination of foundations of communication and public speaking. Consideration of number of basic theories related to study of communication and development of skills to enable composition and…
PSYCH XL 100A
Explore basic statistical procedures and their application in various research and practical areas of psychology.
PSYCH XL 187A
This course explores new topics that relate to law and psychology along with drawing expertise from outside speakers.
SOCIOL XL 156
This course focuses on racial and ethnic relations that continue to permeate American lives, color our national character, and shape the structure of American society.
ANTHRO XL 139M
This course explores what medical anthropology is and how anthropologists investigate and respond to studies of disease, suffering and healing in specific contexts.
SOCIOL XL 130
Through our everyday interactions, we make and remake our social worlds and these worlds make and remake us. This course examines social processes shaping experience, definition, and enactment of self and personal identity.
PSYCH XL 135
The nature and causes of how an individual behaves in a social setting are explored through scientific findings in this course.
SOCIOL XL M175
This course explores how the U.S. educational system both promotes socioeconomic opportunities and maintains socioeconomic inequalities.
SOCIOL XL 128
This course examines the new field of the sociology of emotions from a constructionist and interactionist perspective. Instruction addresses such issues as definition and the social and cultural construction of emotion.
SOCIOL XL M162
What does it mean to say that gender is an "accomplishment"? What gender-related inequalities do we live with and perpetuate? This course provides a personal and an academic exploration of gender in its many manifestations.
COMM XL M147
This course is a critical exploration-on both the personal and the objective level-of the phenomenon conventionally labeled mass communication. We will examine the pervasive effects the media has on our social life.
SOCIOL XL 180D
This course explores the social aspects of food through reading, writing, talking, and tasting. Examine cultural perspectives on food, physical fitness, body image, diets, eating disorders, politics of food, and food as work.
LING XL M10
This course presents an introduction to the structure of English words of classical origin, including most common base forms and rules by which alternate forms are derived.
PHILOS XL 154B
This course examines philosophical problems surrounding moral responsibility and free will, using contemporary and classical readings in an attempt to better understand kind of freedom required for moral agents.
SOCIOL XL 158
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the sociological approach to the study of cities and communities by applying urban theories and qualitative research methods.
COM LIT XL 191W
A focused look at American short stories from their beginnings through the twentieth century, tracing distinctive American themes and values. Authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Gilman…
COM LIT XL 191EX
This course examines the Existentialist tenet that "existence precedes essence"—that humans are alive before their lives take on meaning, and that we, according to our decisions, determine who we are.
HIST XL 20
This course surveys major civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from 3,500 BC to 600 AD, with a focus on the rise of agricultural civilizations based on cities.
COM LIT XL 1C
Study major texts in world literature, with an emphasis on Western civilization. Authors may include Swift, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Goethe, Flaubert, Ibsen, Strindberg, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Joyce, Woolf, and Stevens.
COM LIT XL 1B
In this course, read some of the essential and extraordinary works of the late Middle Ages, Renaissance, and 17th century, including Dante's Inferno, Shakespeare's Othello, Cervantes's Don Quixote, and Milton's Paradise Lost
POL SCI XL 20
This course provides an introduction to the problems of world politics, and furnishes students with the analytical tools and background necessary to better understand world politics.
POL SCI XL 120B
This course discusses such complex problems as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.