May 26, 2024  
2014-2015 Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
Lower Division Courses numbered 1–99 are designed primarily for freshmen and sophomores but are open to all students for lower division credit. (Graduate students requesting to enroll in lower-division undergraduate courses will not receive unit credit nor will the course fulfill degree requirements.) Upper Division Courses courses numbered 100–199 are open to all students who have met the necessary prerequisites as indicated in the catalog course description. Preparation should generally include completion of one lower division course in the given subject or completion of two years of college work.

GRADUATE COURSES
Courses numbered 200–299 are open to graduate students. (Undergraduate students must obtain the signature of the instructor, School Dean, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Graduate level units will count towards the required 120 units for graduation; however students are urged to meet with their academic advisor in order to determine if graduate course units may be used to fulfill a graduation requirement.)

CROSS-LISTED/CONJOINED COURSES
Cross-listed Courses are the same course offered under different course subjects at the same level (either undergraduate or graduate) that share the same meeting time, requirements, units, etc. Conjoined Courses are the same course but one is undergraduate and one is graduate.

COREQUISITE COURSE
A corequisite course is a course that must be taken at the same time as another course.

PREREQUISITES
Prerequisites for courses should be followed carefully; the responsibility for meeting these requirements rests on the student. If you can demonstrate that your preparation is equivalent to that specified by the prerequisites, the instructor may waive these requirements for you. The instructor also may request that a student who has not completed the prerequisites be dropped from the course. Note: For all courses a “C-” or better grade is required for a course to be used as a prerequisite for another course. If a course was taken for a “P/NP” grade then a “P” grade is required. If the prerequisite for a course is not satisfied, students must obtain the approval of the instructor (or school designee) of the course they wish to take.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES
No credit is allowed for completing a less advanced course after successful completion (C-or better) of a more advanced course in the foreign languages. This applies only to lower division foreign language courses, not upper division courses. 

More information about Course Substitutions , Grading Options , and Course Materials and Services Fees  can be found in alternate areas of the catalog.

 

Political Science

  
  • POLI 222: Executive Politics


    [4.0 units]

    Examines executive politics, with special attention to the U.S. presidency and the politics of the bureaucracy. The course considers the theoretical and empirical literature on the processes of presidential selection (nomination and election), the ways in which presidents differ in their leadership styles, skills, executive management, and their roles as decision makers are also analyzed for their consequences.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 223: Judicial Politics


    [4.0 units]

    Development and consequences of judicial institutions; influences on judicial decision making; role of courts in political systems

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 224: Subnational Politics


    [4.0 units]

    Provides an introduction to politics in American cities and metropolitan areas. We examine the historical development of local government institutions, analyze urban coalitions, investigate distributions of power, investigate the process and consequences of suburbanization, and examine local development and poverty policy.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 225: Political Parties


    [4.0 units]

    Provides a general overview of political parties and party systems. We investigate the goals of parties, organizational structures, and the sources of parties (including societal divisions, coordination needs, and institutional structures). We explore party competition and interaction, study the causes of party system change, and the effects of parties in electoral and policy making arenas.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 226: Interest Groups


    [4.0 units]

    Collective action problems, organization of interests, lobbying strategies, and the effect of advocacy activities.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 227: Media and Politics


    [4.0 units]

    Examines the role of the mass media in politics. We analyze the function of media in different political settings, study the development and transformation of the media, explore sources of bias, evaluate theories of news development and analyze the effect of the media in campaigns, elections, and governance.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 228: Elections and Representation


    [4.0 units]

    Electoral institutions and their consequences for election outcomes.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 230: Institutions and Institutional Change in Comparative Perspectives


    [4.0 units]

    Explores the political economy of institutions and institutional change in comparative perspectives. It will analyze the causes of institutional emergence/change and the effects of institutions.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 235: International Institutions


    [4.0 units]

    International political institutions and their connection with international relations.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 240: Political Economy


    [4.0 units]

    The purpose of this class is to introduce students to political economy, a field of inquiry that seeks to explain political and economic behavior by characterizing the incentives of actors and the context in which these actors make decisions and influence outcomes.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 249: Special Topics in Political Institutions and Political Economy


    [4.0 units]

    A special, instructor-selected topic in political institutions and/or political economy.

    Course may be repeated for credit.


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  • POLI 250: American Political Behavior


    [4.0 units]

    Intended to provide students with a broad understanding of American political behavior (political participation, the nature and origins of public opinion, vote choice). The first portion of the semester will emphasize concepts and tools while later weeks will examine political behavior in more depth, emphasizing classic writings and contemporary research controversies.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 251: Political Cognition


    [4.0 units]

    Intended to provide students with an understanding of political cognition, a topic that examines political attitudes and behavior from the perspective of research from psychology and cognitive science. Each week’s readings will include research from psychology or cognitive science and research in political science informed by these disciplines.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 252: Public Opinion


    [4.0 units]

    Provides an in-depth examination of American public opinion. We will cover concepts and tools, including technical issues of sampling and measurement, as well as the origins and structure of political attitudes and specific areas of public opinion research such as approval of political institutions, war attitudes, and tolerance.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 253: Voting, Campaigns, and Elections


    [4.0 units]

    The purpose of this course is to explore the factors that explain citizens’ vote choices and the strategies used by candidates and their campaigns to win these votes. Additional consideration will be given to the structural factors influencing elections in the United States.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 254: The Biological Bases of Politics


    [4.0 units]

    Provides an overview of different avenues explored by scholars working in the bio-politics paradigm. The course covers a number of disparate topics, including: twin studies and other techniques of behavior genetics, neuroscience, psychophysiology, personality psychology, and evolutionary psychology.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 255: Politics of Diversity


    [4.0 units]

    Examines politics through the lenses of race, ethnicity, and immigration. We consider topics such as the development of racial and ethnic identities, discrimination, voting rights, electoral mobilization, campaigns, representation, and policy debates over issues like affirmative action, immigration and naturalization, and language policy.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 260: Comparative Political Behavior


    [4.0 units]

    An introduction to the study of comparative mass political behavior. The seminar will focus on research questions related to cross-national differences and similarities in public opinion, voting behavior, and other forms of political participation.

    Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 269: Special Topics in Political Cognition and Behavior


    [4.0 units]

    A special, instructor-selected topic in either political cognition or political behavior.

    Course may be repeated for credit.


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  • POLI 290: Political Science Research Practicum


    [4.0 units]

    Individual research practicum with a faculty member in the Political Science Graduate Group.

    Prerequisite: POLI 200  and POLI 210  and POLI 211 . Normal Letter Grade only. Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • POLI 297: Research for PhD Dissertation


    [2.0-12.0 units]

    Research and writing of Doctoral Dissertation

    Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Course may be repeated for credit.


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  • POLI 299: Directed Individual Research


    [1.0-12.0 units]

    Directed Individual research on a political science topic.

    Course may be repeated for credit.


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Psychology

  
  • PSY 001: Introduction to Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to psychology as a science of behavior, including history, research methods, biological bases of behavior, cognition, personality, social behavior, psychological disorders, techniques of therapy and applied science.

    Discussion included.


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  • PSY 010: Analysis of Psychological Data


    [4.0 units]

    Design and analysis of psychological research including experimental design, correlational research, and descriptive and inferential statistics. Students in the Psychology major or minor must take this course before taking any upper division Psychology courses.

    Prerequisite: COGS 001  or PSY 001  Laboratory included.


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  • PSY 092: Internship in Psychology


    [1.0-4.0 units]

    Provides oversight and structure for a student’s internship in a field related to psychology in community organizations, professional research projects, etc. connected to the study of psychology. Students are required to write an original research paper or relevant product that demonstrates how the internship advanced their knowledge of psychology.

    Pass/Fail only. Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • PSY 105: Advanced Research Methods in Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Survey of advanced methodological approaches in psychological research.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  or COGS 105 . Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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  • PSY 110: History of Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Covers major schools of psychology (functionalism, behaviorism, etc.) and the precursors that lead to psychology as an independent discipline. Focus will be on integration and better understanding the current state of the science of psychology. Themes include the mind/body problem, the nature/nurture debate, and the criteria for a science.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  or COGS 105 .


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  • PSY 123: Alcohol, Drugs, and Behavior


    [4.0 units]

    Survey of major drugs of abuse, their mode of action, and their behavioral effects, both acute and chronic; etiology and maintenance of drug abuse and review of prominent strategies for prevention, intervention and treatment.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 124: Health Disparities


    [4.0 units]

    In this course, we will focus on the differential effect of environmental factors and behavior on human health. In our examination of the determinants of health, we will discuss issues related to ethnic, cultural, and gender psychology, risk behavior, behavioral medicine, psychosocial epidemiology, and policy.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  or COGS 105 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 125: Cognition, Affect, and Health


    [4.0 units]

    Examines how cognitive and emotional processes influence the body’s physiological systems in ways that increase or decrease our risk for physical illnesses. We will discuss how thoughts, emotions, and social experiences influence health behaviors such as exercise and diet, and implications for health promotion and illness management interventions.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 130: Developmental Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Critical review of the research and theories on the development of infants and children. Covers cognitive, biological, social, personality, and emotional development, among others. Emphasis on integrating across areas of development, as well as the relative contributions of biology and experience.

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and PSY 001 .


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  • PSY 131: Social Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Behavior of the individual in social situations, surveying problems of social cognition, social interaction, group tensions, norm development, attitudes, values, public opinion, status.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 133: Neurodevelopmental Cognitive, Language and Learning Disorders


    [4.0 units]

    This is an introduction to the expression and causes of a variety of cognitive disorders (e.g., reading disability, mental retardation,, dementia, etc.). Genetic syndromes and neurodevelopmental origins are emphasized. Other atypical conditions are discussed as well, including giftedness. Some background in psychology and human biology is advantageous but not required.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  or COGS 105 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 135: Language Acquisition


    [4.0 units]

    Covers the stages that children go through as they learn their first language. It will also explore the causal mechanisms behind language acquisition as outlined by the major theoretical approaches in the field. Bilingual language acquisition will also be covered.

    Prerequisite: PSY 130  and (PSY 015  or COGS 105 ).


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  • PSY 136: Cognitive Development


    [4.0 units]

    Covers the major theories and stages of children’s cognitive development. Among others, we cover Piaget, Vygotsky, information processing theories, and connectionist approaches to learning.

    Prerequisite: PSY 130  and (PSY 015  or COGS 105 ). Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 137: Conceptual Development


    [4.0 units]

    Explores how children learn about specific conceptual domains, such as naive biology and theory or mind. The major theoretical approaches in the area will be covered. Questions of process, such as radical reorganization vs. enrichment of content areas will set the context for the course.

    Prerequisite: PSY 130  and (PSY 015  or COGS 105 ).


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  • PSY 138: Development of the Social Mind


    [4.0 units]

    Considers the emergence of social reasoning and behavior from infancy to adulthood. Special focus on the cognitive processes underlying reasoning about others as intentional agents, as members of social groups such as race and gender.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  or COGS 105 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 139: Cognitive Development and Education


    [4.0 units]

    How can developmental psychology inform educational practice? We review current developmental theories as well as attempts to apply them to education, with the aim of building an understanding of both the promise and pitfalls of a developmentally based approach to education.

    Prerequisite: PSY 130  and (PSY 015  or COGS 105 ). Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 140: Clinical Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Major theoretical approaches to clinical psychology, including psychoanalysis, existentialism, humanism, systems theory, and behavioral approaches. A review of what clinical psychologists do, including assessment methods, professional roles, and approaches to treatment.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 142: Abnormal Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Descriptive and functional account of behavioral disorders, with primary consideration given to neurotic and psychotic behavior.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001 .


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  • PSY 143: Abnormal Child Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Review of scientific knowledge and approaches to learning about major psychological disorders in childhood, including adolescence. Examples are anxiety, attention deficit, autistic, and substance use disorders. Interventions implemented to prevent or treat these disorders are also examined.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  or COGS 105 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 145: Human Sexuality


    [4.0 units]

    Survey of existing knowledge of human sexual behavior; physiological, anatomical, psychological, and cultural components; normative sexual functioning. Such topics as sexual deviation, sexual dysfunctions, and types of treatment are also considered.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 147: Health Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Introduces students to a breadth of topics in health psychology, behavioral medicine, and public health. Particular emphasis is placed on the roles of psychological processes in altering physical and mental health, promoting well-being, preventing illness, and treating disease.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 150: Psychological Perspective on Cultural, Racial Ethnic Diversity


    [4.0 units]

    Issues that bear upon race, ethnicity, and culture, such as the cultural specificity of psychological theories, cultural influences on child development, ethnic identity, psychological issues in immigration, ethnic and racial prejudice, and assessment and interventions with culturally diverse and ethnic minority populations.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 151: The Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice


    [4.0 units]

    Cognitive processes underlying stereotyping and prejudice are reviewed. Focuses on the relationship between stereotyping and categorization in general, the development of stereotyping and prejudice, and empirical proposals to reduce bias through contact or other forms of intervention.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  or COGS 105 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 157: Personal Relationships


    [4.0 units]

    Survey the psychological science of close relationships, including interpersonal attraction, communication, interdependence, friendship, love, sex, conflict, violence, breakups and relationship loss.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 158: Positive Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Survey of research on the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Positive Psychology emphasizes positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions. Note: This course fundamentally addresses the UC Merced guiding principles of scientific literacy, communication, self and society, and development of personal potential.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001 .


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  • PSY 159: Personality Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Examines how individuals are unique and similar to other people. The course will cover major theories in personality that attempt to describe human nature and empirical research on individual differences and personality development.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 160: Cognitive Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to human information processing, mental representation and transformation, imagery, attention, memory, language processing, concept formation, problem solving, and computer simulation.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001  or COGS 001 . Laboratory included.


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  • PSY 161: Perceptual Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Provides an introduction to data, theoretical constructs, and experimental procedures associated with research on perceptual psychology. Topics include: visual and auditory perception, skin and body senses, chemical senses, person-action perception, and perceptual attention. This course focuses on psychophysics experimental methods, brain imaging techniques, brain function, and perceptual disorders.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  or COGS 105 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 162: Psychology of Visual Perception


    [4.0 units]

    This is a comprehensive course on the psychological study of vision, including: color vision, motion, object recognition, depth perception, visual attention, oculomotor behavior, and visual consciousness. Also covered is the neurophysiology and development of the visual system; evolutionary and biological variations of vision; psychophysical methods; and vision disorders.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  or COGS 105 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 170: Industrial and Organizational Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    How psychology is applied to industrial and organizational problems, including workplace testing, personnel issues, advertising, etc.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 171: Psychological Tests and Measurement


    [4.0 units]

    Provide an introduction to how psychological tests and other measurements are developed, evaluated, and used across several areas, such as education, clinical and counseling practice, and businesses. Ethical and legal issues in the use of psychological tests will also be discussed.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  or COGS 105 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 172: Forensic Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Survey of the application of psychology to the criminal justice system, including public policy, sanity, competency, eyewitness testimony and treatment of mentally ill offenders.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 180: Physiological Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Relationship of brain structure and function to behavior, motivation, emotion, language, and learning in humans and other animals. Review of research methods used in physiological psychology and neuroscience.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 181: Clinical Neuropsychology


    [4.0 units]

    Designed to provide students with an understanding of the theory, method, and practical applications of neuropsychology. Topics include functional neuroanatomy, neuroimaging, neuropsychological assessment, and the complex functions of the normal brain. Neurological and psychiatric disorders of the brain will be described including their diagnosis and treatments.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  or COGS 105 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 182: Evolutionary Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Evolutionary psychology is an approach to psychology in which knowledge and principles from evolutionary biology are implemented in the study of the human mind. This course provides a brief introduction to evolutionary theory, surveys research within the discipline, and discusses interdisciplinary applications within the broader field of psychology.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  or COGS 105 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 183: Human Behavioral Genetics


    [4.0 units]

    An introduction to the genetic (and nongenetic) contributions to individual and group differences observed for a variety of human traits, including personality, psychopathology, intelligence, language, learning, sexuality, health, and some medical conditions. What knowledge is needed in genetics and specialized methodologies will be provided in class.

    Prerequisite: PSY 015  or COGS 105 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 190: Topics in Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Intensive treatment of a special topic or problem of psychological interest.

    Prerequisite: PSY 001  Normal Letter Grade only. Course may be repeated 3 times for credit.


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  • PSY 192: Internship in Psychology


    [1.0-4.0 units]

    Provides oversight and structure for a student’s internship in a field related to psychology in community organizations, professional research projects, etc. connected to the study of psychology. Students are required to write an original research paper or relevant product that demonstrates how the internship advanced their knowledge of psychology.

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Pass/Fail only. Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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  • PSY 200A: Professional Seminar for First-Year PhD Graduate Students I


    [4.0 units]

    A two semester sequence required of and limited to first-year Ph.D. students in Psychology. Survey of major issues in contemporary psychology with their historical backgrounds.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 200B: Professional Seminar for First-Year Graduate Students II


    [4.0 units]

    A two semester sequence required of and limited to first-year Ph.D. students in Psychology. Survey of major issues in contemporary psychology with their historical backgrounds.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 202A: Advanced Psychological Statistics I


    [4.0 units]

    Topics covered include: descriptive and inferential statistical techniques; correlation and linear regression with one predictor and multiple predictors; linear statistical inference. The goal is to teach the skill of thinking statistically so that the student can learn new techniques independently.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 202B: Advanced Psychological Statistics II


    [4.0 units]

    Regression; multiple regression; path analysis; introduction to structural equation modeling with latent variables; introduction to multilevel modeling.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 202C: Multivariate Analysis


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to analysis of data having multiple dependent variables. Topics include continuous multivariate distributions, multiple regression, multivariate analysis of variance, discriminant analysis, classification, canonical correlation, principal component analysis. Applications from clinical, cognitive, physiological, and social psychology. Computer methods.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 204: Research Design and Methodology


    [4.0 units]

    The nature of causal inference; experimental and quasi-experimental designs including randomized experiments, nonrandomized control groups studies, time series, regression discontinuity; generalizing from experiments; ethical issues and ethical principles of research conduct; practical problems in experiments.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 205: Measurement Theory and Psychometrics


    [4.0 units]

    Classical test theory, factor analysis, generalizability theory, item response theory, interrater reliability, fundamental measurement theory.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 206: Quantitative Methods for Reviewing Research


    [4.0 units]

    Quantitative procedures (meta-analysis) for reviewing research findings; techniques for locating and coding research studies, calculating effect sizes, and analyzing study findings.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 207: Linear Structural Modeling


    [4.0 units]

    Path models, path analysis, cross-lagged panel studies, confirmatory factor analysis, and complete latent variable causal models, applications to experimental and nonexperimental data.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 208A: Methods for Program Evaluation


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to program evaluation. Survey of the many methods used in program evaluation, including needs assessment, surveys, experiments, and qualitative methods. Discussion of policy and strategy issues, and of utilization of findings.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 208B: Theory of Program Evaluation


    [4.0 units]

    History and nature of program evaluation, review of different approaches taken to evaluation by variety of major theorists in the field; practice in evaluation.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 209: Longitudinal Data Analysis and Bayesian Extensions


    [4.0 units]

    Focuses on longitudinal data analysis. Analysis of variance, regression, and structural equation modeling approaches will be explored. Traditional frequentist) estimation approaches will be introduced in the beginning of the course. The last portion of the course is devoted to model estimation via the Bayesian estimation framework.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 211: Computer Programming for Social Sciences


    [4.0 units]

    An introduction to specialty computer programs that are useful in the social sciences, such as Matlab, GAUSS, specialty programs in meta-analysis, and basic languages.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 212: Special Problems in Psychological Statistics


    [4.0 units]

    Special problems in psychological statistics and data analysis.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 214: History of Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Covers the major schools of psychology, including Wundtian psychology, structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, gestalt psychology, cognitive psychology, etc., as well as the philosophical and physiological influences that lead to the birth of psychology as an independent discipline. Focus is on integration over these areas with the goal of better understanding the current state of the science of psychology. Major recurring themes within these schools include the mind/body problem, the nature/nurture debate, and the criteria for practicing a science.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 220: Health Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    A review of theory and research on how behavior affects health and disease as well as how disease affects behavior (e.g., cognitions, emotions, relationships) in humans. Research into behavioral interventions to improve, ameliorate, or prevent disease are also reviewed. Focus is placed on the role of behavior for the major diseases and threats to health in children, adolescents, and adults.

    Prerequisite: Social and Cognitive Science or Psychological Sciences majors only. Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 221: Issues in Health Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    A survey of selected topics in health psychology not covered in PSY 220. This may include psychological perspectives on major chronic disease, quality of life in people with health conditions, pediatric psychology, aging and health, and the interface between public health and health psychology.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 222: Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology


    [4.0 units]

    An introduction to the field of psychoneuroendocrinology (PNI) with a heavy emphasis on neuroendocrinology and stress. Recent studies in PNI will be discussed in class and all students will be required to write a paper on a PNI topic.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 224: Health Disparities


    [4.0 units]

    Disease prevalence, severity, and treatment varies across sociodemographic groups. Understanding why health disparities occur is key to determining how inequalities might be alleviated. The focus of this course is on research that a) describes health disparities, b) investigates factors that explain differences, and c) proposes interventions to treat at-risk populations.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 225: Health Risk Decision Making


    [4.0 units]

    A focus on the decision making process underlying health risk behaviors. Consideration of the role perceptions of risks/benefits, attitudes, emotions, social relationships, and the media play on health decisions, with an emphasis on decision making theories (e.g., rational choice theory, prospect theory, health beliefs model, and the theory of planned behavior).

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 230: Developmental Psychology I


    [4.0 units]

    A foundational core graduate course (along with PSY 231) surveying Developmental Psychology. Topics include: historical perspectives; genetic and environment mechanisms; prenatal development; cognitive, linguistic and emotional development; and various methodologies. This course addresses the Psychological Sciences PhD Program Learning Outcomes of Core Knowledge, Statistics and Methods, and Writing.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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  • PSY 231: Developmental Psychology II


    [4.0 units]

    A foundational core graduate course (along with PSY 230) surveying Developmental Psychology. Topics include: historical perspectives; genetic and environment mechanisms; prenatal development; cognitive, linguistic and emotional development; and various methodologies. This course addresses the Psychological Sciences PhD Program Learning Outcomes of Core Knowledge, Statistics and Methods, and Writing.

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  • PSY 234: The Nativism Empiricism Debate


    [4.0 units]

    A major debate in developmental psychology concerns the relative contribution of innate versus learned knowledge and skills. We focus on theoretical and empirical contributions to this debate, and try to place them within a broader framework of contemporary cognitive development.

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  • PSY 235: Language Acquisition


    [4.0 units]

    The stages that children go through as they learn their first language. Course also explores the causal mechanisms behind language acquisition as outlined by the major theoretical approaches in the field. Bilingual language acquisition are also covered.

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  • PSY 236: Cognitive Development


    [4.0 units]

    The major theories and stages of children’s cognitive development. Among others, we cover Piaget, Vygotsky, information processing theories, and connectionist approaches to learning.

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  • PSY 237: Conceptual Development


    [4.0 units]

    Explores how children learn about specific conceptual domains, such as naive biology and theory or mind. The major theoretical approaches in the area are covered. Questions of process, such as radical reorganization vs. enrichment of content areas set the context for the course.

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  • PSY 238: The Development of Social Mind


    [4.0 units]

    Considers the emergence of social reasoning and behavior from infancy to adulthood. Special focus on the cognitive processes underlying reasoning about others as intentional agents, as members of social groups such as race and gender.

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  • PSY 239: Cognitive Development and Education


    [4.0 units]

    How can developmental psychology inform educational practice? We review current developmental theories as well as attempts to apply them to education, with the aim of building an understanding of both the promise and pitfalls of a developmentally based approach to education.

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  • PSY 250: Social Psychology


    [4.0 units]

    Designed for graduate psychology students. Intensive consideration of concepts, theories, and major problems in social psychology.

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  • PSY 251: The Psychology of Prejudice and Stereotyping


    [4.0 units]

    Cognitive processes underlying prejudice and stereotyping are reviewed. We focus on the relationship between stereotyping and categorization in general, the development of stereotyping and prejudice, and empirical proposals to reduce bias through contact or other forms of intervention.

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  • PSY 263: Language and Communication in Everyday Life


    [4.0 units]

    Conversational language, metaphor, idioms, ambiguity, spatial language, gesture, sign language, propaganda, dialects, cross-cultural variation, semantic change.

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