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PSYCH XL 127A
This introductory course provides an overview of abnormal psychology, abnormal personality patterns, and psychological disorders.
Format: Remote Instruction
Next Start Date: September 20, 2021 (May still be accepting enrollments)
HIST XL 141B
This course examines the dynamics of the U.S. economy over the past century.
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EDUC X 470
Specifically designed for Au Pairs, this course explores U.S. history and culture with embedded English-language study.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: September 20, 2021 (May still be accepting enrollments)
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.
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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?
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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.
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PSYCH 806
This workshop presents research-based methods of teaching for long-lasting learning. Designed for those who teach adult continuing education, college or high school in any format, or professionals who would like to learn to teach their discipline in continuing education.
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SOCIOL 701
Through two 3 hour class lectures students will learn about a varied history of protest art and create art themselves through demonstrations, lectures, and critiques.
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PSYCH XL 120A
This course presents how people acquire, represent, and use verbal and nonverbal information.
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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.
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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.
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ANTHRO XL 3
Introduction to study of culture and society in comparative perspective. Examples from societies around world to illustrate basic principles of formation, structure, and distribution of human institutions. Of special concern is contribution and knowledge that cultural diversity makes toward understanding problems of modern world.
Format: Remote Instruction | Classroom
Next Start Date: September 22, 2021 (May still be accepting enrollments)
PSYCH XL 130
This course explores the development from birth to adolescence through physical, mental, social, and emotional growth aspects.
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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.
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ENGL XL M30
This course examines environmental issues from the perspective of different cultural forms, including fiction, journalism, poetry, and visual art.
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POL SCI XL M122B
This course examines some of the politics and policies of major global environmental issues, including global warming, resource scarcity, population growth, and pollution, as well as their political influence, while integrating political, legal, and ecological perspectives.
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COM LIT XL 4DW
This course studies texts from Latin America (Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia) about the discovery of the New World, European conquest and the efforts to free Latin America from colonial imposition. The African texts studied (Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya) include stories that protest colonization, call for independence and celebrate African pride.     
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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.
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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.
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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".
Format: Online
Next Start Date: September 20, 2021 (May still be accepting enrollments)
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.
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HIST XL 13C
This course is open to participants of UCLA’s Global Classroom only. For more information, visit international.ucla.edu/institute/globalclassroom.
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HIST XL 13A
The first in a sequence of three courses (XL 13A, 13B, 13C), this course offers a comprehensive understanding of the cultural heritages, political institutions, economic developments, and social interactions that created contemporary American society.
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POL SCI XL 123A
This course explores international law: the decentralized system of rules governing relations among states. 
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POL SCI XL 40
Study the basic institutions of American politics. Debate contemporary political and constitutional issues.
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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.
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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.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: September 20, 2021 (May still be accepting enrollments)
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.
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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.
Format: Remote Instruction
SOCIOL XL 1
Survey of characteristics of social life, processes of social interaction, and tools of sociological investigation.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: September 20, 2021 (May still be accepting enrollments)
SOCIOL 700
This workshop will introduce participants to the tenets of Critical Race Theory and help students understand how critical theories can unpack the role that institutions play in promoting white supremacist structures and systems.
Format: Remote Instruction
Next Start Date: November 1, 2021
PHILOS XL 31
This course studies the sentential and quantificational elements of symbolic logic, forms of reasoning, and the structure of language.
Next Start Date: TBA
GENINT 760.07
This session will provide an introduction to Mindfulness training for personal self-care to enhance one’s daily life, work, and relationships. Attendees will learn about mindfulness meditation…
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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.
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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.
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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.
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POL SCI XL 150
This course examines the use of violence in revolutionary processes: demonstrations, mass uprisings, coup d'état, assassination, and terrorism.
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PSYCH XL 115
This course covers nervous system anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and their relationships to behavior.
Format: Remote Instruction
Next Start Date: September 23, 2021 (May still be accepting enrollments)
PHILOS XL 9
This course examines the nature of arguments: how to analyze them and assess the soundness of the reasoning they represent.
Next Start Date: TBA
ECON XL 2
Introduction to principles of economic analysis, economic institutions, and issues of economic policy. Emphasis on aggregative economics, including national income, monetary and fiscal policy, and international trade.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: September 20, 2021 (May still be accepting enrollments)
ECON XL 1
Introduction to principles of economic analysis, economic institutions, and issues of economic policy. Emphasis on allocation of resources and distribution of income through price system.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: September 20, 2021 (May still be accepting enrollments)
COMM XL 1
This course provides instruction and experience in preparation and delivery of speeches. The emphasis is on research, preparation, delivery and evaluation of speeches.
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PSYCH XL 100A
Explore basic statistical procedures and their application in various research and practical areas of psychology.
Format: Remote Instruction
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.
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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.
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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.
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SOCIOL XL M175
This course explores how the U.S. educational system both promotes socioeconomic opportunities and maintains socioeconomic inequalities.
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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.
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SOCIOL XL M162
Examination of processes by which gender is socially constructed. Topics include distinction between biological sex and sociological gender, causes and consequences of gender inequality, and recent changes in gender relations in modern industrial societies. 
Format: Online
Next Start Date: TBA
COMM XL M147
Studies in relationship between mass communication and social organization. Topics include history and organization of major media institutions, social forces that shape production of mass media news and entertainment, selected studies in media content, and effects of media on society. 
Format: Online
Next Start Date: September 20, 2021 (May still be accepting enrollments)
SOCIOL XL 180DA
This course explores the intimate and changing relationship between human and non-human animals, including how we conceptualize animals as companions, food, workers, representatives of self, and more; the rights--or lack thereof--of animals. 
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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.
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ECON XL 41
This course is open to participants of UCLA’s Global Classroom only. For more information, visit international.ucla.edu/institute/globalclassroom.
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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.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: TBA
PSYCH 783
This workshop is an introduction on how to succeed in college and beyond with easy-to-implement strategies and the right mindset for more effective learning!
Format: Remote Instruction
Next Start Date: September 30, 2021
PSYCH 883
This workshop is an introduction on how to succeed in college and beyond with easy-to-implement strategies and the right mindset for more effective learning!
Next Start Date: TBA
COM HLT 760.21
This course will assess the science and practice of gratitude and compassion. Emotional, physical, and social benefits will be explored, and evidence-based practices will be discussed and practiced.
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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.
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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.
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COM LIT XL 191W
An advanced exploration of American short stories from their beginnings through the twentieth century, tracing distinctive American themes and values. This course will include the works of authors Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Gilman Perkins, Edith Wharton, Jean Toomer, Ernest Hemingway, and Eudora Welty.  
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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.
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PSYCH 736
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the importance of self-care, placed within the context of challenges related to frequently-shifting work and social expectations.
Format: Remote Instruction
Next Start Date: September 30, 2021
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.
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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.
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COM LIT XL 1A
This course studies the seminal texts of Western civilization from the Jewish, Classical, Christian, and Germanic worlds that together form the foundation of modern thought and life. 
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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 "Divine Comedy," Shakespeare's "King Lear," Cervantes's "Don Quixote," and Sor Juana's Mexican poetry. 
Format: Online
Next Start Date: September 20, 2021 (May still be accepting enrollments)
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.
Next Start Date: TBA
POL SCI XL 120B
This course discusses such complex problems as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
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