• 1. Plague Culture

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Study of episodes and metaphors of plague in Western culture from ancients into age of AIDS. Topics include scripture, ancient tragedy, Black Death, realist novel, high aesthetic metaphors of plague, Nazi propaganda, existential and absurdist thought, postwar cinema, contemporary American theater, and modern science and medicine. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 2. Comparative Genocide

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Social comparative study of genocide, combining theoretical concepts with case studies (such as Armenia, the Holocaust, American Indians, Uganda under Amin and Obote, etc.). P/NP or letter grading.

  • 3. Personal Brain Management

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Designed for College Honors students. Available psychotherapies, educational media, and drugs can alter our way of thinking. New wave of information technologies and biotechnologies is changing existing landscape. Survey of available tools that claim neuroplastic brain-changing effects, consideration of future developments, and engagement of students in discussion on ethical and philosophical implications of these developments. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 4. Welcome to Dark Side: Human Pathology in World Literature

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Exploration of various aspects of pathological human behavior and how they are portrayed in classic literary works. Spans disciplines of comparative literature (French, German, American Gothic, modern, English), medicine/psychiatry, and history. Major themes include fear and oppression; murder and infanticide; despair and suicide; barbarism and repression; hatred and revenge; incest and shame; jealousy and paranoia; madness and psychosis; sociopathy and evil. Elucidation of themes through texts, and discussion of each text in its historical and social context. Examination of pathological behaviors in context of their medical and psychiatric framework when they correspond to clinical diagnostic entity. Texts used as springboard to elaborate on recurrent themes in history of human civilization. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 5. Representing Cleopatra: History, Drama, and Film

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Examination of legendary queen of Egypt as seen by her contemporaries and study of origins of myths about her and ways in which subsequent cultures and eras have imagined her in literary, visual, and cinematic representations. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 6. Energy Issues: Before and Now

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Review of physics and chemistry of concepts of energy, history over ages of turning of discoveries into products in this area, including use of fossil fuel, and discussion of current energy issues, including alternative energies. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 7. Saint and Heretic: Joan of Arc and Gilles de Rais, History and Myth

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Examination of both history of Joan of Arc and Gilles de Rais and of way in which, over time, their histories became legends, driven by various agendas including national identity, beatification, and gender politics. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 8. Life, Death, and Everything in Between

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Literature course with classic texts used to explore various aspects of human condition as they relate to health and illness. Broad themes including creation, death, deformity, madness, contagion, infirmity, and alienation to be drawn from texts spanning Shakespeare to Plath. Texts selected to illuminate one central aspect of human experience to be examined in its historical context as well as in context of contemporary practice of medicine. Exploration of social, philosophical, and ethical issues pertaining to each theme and timely and controversial aspects of modern healthcare. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 9. Visual Communication and Scientific Principles

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Opportunity for collaboration between those in science-related disciplines and those in art/humanities-related disciplines. New ways in which science can be visually communicated, using tools, techniques, and media that are typically outside science education. Science students learn innovative ways of presenting scientific data and design and design, media, and art students learn how to apply their skills to topics they might not usually address. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 10. Language and Gender: Introduction to Gender Differences and Stereotypes

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours; discussion, one hour. Designed for College Honors students. Prior knowledge of any foreign language not required. Introduction to language from sociological perspective of gender. Use of research and examples primarily in English, Japanese, and Russian to explore nature of and stereotypes about male and female genderlects and gendered language, as reflected in lexicon, language behavior, phonetics and intonation, and language acquisition and linguistic change. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 11W. Postmodern Culture

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Exploration of theories and art (literature, music, film, fine art) that emerged after World War II in what has come to be known as postmodern era. Art criticizes master narratives of earlier age and fosters fragmentation, skepticism toward universal truth, commodification of knowledge, media creating reality, and globalization in industry and society. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • 12. Sacred Form: Literature and Poetry in India from Bronze Age to Premodern Times

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Exploration of cultural and literary development in India from early religious poetry (prior to 1000 B.C.) to broad range of literary styles and diverse religious and philosophical movements through classical, medieval, and premodern period. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 13. Inquiry in Numbers

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Preparation: high school algebra. Designed for College Honors students. Teaches nonmathematicians to love mathematics and to see mathematics as mathematicians do, not as means to end, but as beautiful and artful in its own right, including elementary number theory and study of whole numbers. Development of rich and elegant theory of prime numbers, factorization, and modular arithmetic. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 14. Interaction of Science and Society

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Examination of interaction of science and society and effects of this interaction on history, development of societies, evolution of revolutionary ideas as modeled in Galileo, Darwin, and others, and selected contemporary issues such as genetic engineering and war against infectious diseases. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 15. Symmetry

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Symmetry is one of fundamental intellectual frameworks of civilization, one that permeates sciences, arts, and other endeavors. Symmetry as it appears in mathematics, physics, and biology. Connections to and discussion of visual arts and music. Guest speakers from art community to complement scientific point of view. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 16. Science of Singing Voice

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Study of methods, including computer laboratory work, of quantifying aspects of voice production. Study of students' own vocal productions as well as recorded samples of famous singers. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 17. Art, Entertainment, and Social Change

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Integrative examination of evolving impact of arts and entertainment industry on such various aspects of social change as environmental movements, politics and elections, economy, local politics, and community. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 18. Trial of Socrates

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Examination of life and times of Socrates and trial that led to his execution, including in-class staging. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

  • 20. What Is This Thing Called Science?: Nature of Modern Science

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Exploration of difference between science and other systems of knowledge; study of history and philosophy of science and examination of its reliability as objective knowledge. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 21W. Rise and Fall of Modernism

    Units: 6

    Seminar, three hours; writing laboratory, two hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Study of early and middle 20th-century's attempt to construct significance in a general climate of disillusionment by way of literature, literary criticism, and other intellectual movements. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • 22. Comparative Odysseys

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Greek and Chinese classics have in common two modes of heroism: one glorifying prowess and another celebrating mental cunning. Both modes are associated principally with men motivated by piety and honor. Interrogation of these traditional constructions of heroic, particularly conflation of courage and violence. Readings include "Writer as Migrant" by Jin Ha, "Odyssey" by Homer, "Journey to West" by Anthony Yu, "Tripmaster Monkey" by Maxine Kingston, and "Ignorance" by Milan Kundera. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 23. Political Dissidence Today and in Ancient Greece: Trial and Death of Socrates in Its Classical and Legal Context

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Study of trial and death of Socrates by examining its relevance today to legal treatment of dissent and civil disobedience in the U.S. and to variety of contemporary theories and strategies of dissent. Introduction to Greek legal system, values that animated that system, and new ways to think about roles of law. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 24. We Could Be Heroes: Race, Gender, and the Contemporary Hero Narrative

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Ways in which hero narratives represent and work through issues of racial and gender identity. Interdisciplinary consideration of hero narratives in film alongside various literary and media arts genres including graphic novel, blaxploitation films, hip-hop concept music, animated television series, and novel. Critical reading and analysis of these texts to question often-fraught racial and gender politics embedded in these cultural productions as way to access role that racial and gender dynamics have on world at large. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 25. Politics and Passion: Judgment, Justice, and Emotions

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. How to combine judgment and emotions without them standing in way of justice, including our ability to listen and respond to pain of others. What should govern our political lives? Should it be our reason or our emotions? Or is there some way to combine the two? Exploration of these questions through debates on place of emotions in politics, from ancient to contemporary thinkers within philosophical framework. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 26. Representing Medicine: Art, Literature, and Film

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Limited to Freshman Summer Program students. Exploration of interdisciplinary dimensions of medical representation, with emphasis on cross-cultural 20th-century portrayals of profession, including representations of doctor/patient relations, healthcare sites and circumstances, aging, alternative treatments, and mental health. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 27. Varied Mathematics

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Informal approach to mathematics and engineering topics. Ideas through stories from historical and anthropological sources. Simplification of topics that cause difficulties in traditional mathematics. Examples emphasize practical solutions. In place of terms used in mathematics, relevant views from popular culture, including gambling, playing card games, and student contributions. Sources include computer, control, space, and other contemporary scientific issues, and reckoning cases from East Asia, South America, and Polynesia. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 28. Material Culture and the Museum: Introduction to Collections-Based Research

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Examination of relationship between people, objects, and ideas. Insight into way that human beings have historically and contemporaneously created and conceived of things and their use and importance in daily life and in performance of cultural identity. Consideration of questions including how past and present intersect, how people have made sense of world over time and space, and how objects, heritage, collectors, and museums converge, diverge, and intersect. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 29. Imagining Human Rights

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Introduction to debate on international human rights. History of natural rights and examination of rise of human rights regimes during 20th century. Drawing upon art, journalism, philosophy, psychology, political science, law, history, literature, and film to investigate how this shift from natural rights to human rights involves reimagination of humanity and the human being in modern society. Students engage in comparative and interdisciplinary discussions exploring how and why idea of human rights demands critical imagination. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 30. Vietnam War and American Culture

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Cultural, social, and political implications of the Vietnam War on American society through examination of photography, journalism, personal narrative, political commentary, drama, and fiction. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 35. Scientific Method: Critical Inquiry into Question of Extraterrestrial Life

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Course does not presume to answer question of whether or not there is intelligent life in the universe but rather uses this question as a pedagogic tool to introduce central ideas, techniques, and limitations of the scientific method -- what questions would need to be asked, what scientific knowledge would be needed, and what obstacles would have to be overcome just to address this question. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 36. Global Geographies and Idea of Home

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Home is potent symbolic notion across eras and cultures, locale from which we depart and to which we may return. Broader notions of home, as homeland, incessantly form basis of conflicts between people and nations. Investigation of what home is through challenging works of theory surrounding notions of space, place, longing, belonging, exile, and return, and through lighter vibrant works of literature, film, and performance. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 37W. Sampling and Remix: Aesthetics and Politics of Cultural Appropriation

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or English as a Second Language 36. Limited to College Honors students. Contemporary media literacy has spurred production of amateur remixes of songs, films, images, and other media texts. But this is only one moment within far-reaching genealogy of cultural appropriation. Use of remix as lens through which to explore aesthetics and politics of historical and contemporary forms of cultural appropriation, including remixes of political speech, viral videos, and comedy mashups. Examination of fine line between honorific cultural allusion and allegations of theft. Satisfies Writing II requirement. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 38. Film and History/Film as History

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Designed for College Honors students. How do films reflect on, and even constitute, historical events? Examination of relationship between film and history and some ways in which film has functioned as history. Tracing questions of film and history from silent era to postfilm digital present, exposure to major issues in scholarly body of work in film and media studies while also learning about ways that films can engage with history. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 39. Philosophy Ramble

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Grounded in Aristotelian-style philosophy found in Martha Nussbaum's "Quality of Life" and P.M.S. Hacker's "Intellectual Powers." Prompted by wide range of philosophical readings and employing Socratic method of asking questions, examination of place in our lives -- especially our civic lives -- of attention, memory, will, science, prudence, and assessment/creation of self. Like Aristotle's peripatetic version of Plato's Academy, class takes regular walks together, using UCLA and West Los Angeles as Lyceum, engaging in intellectual dialog in historical tradition of exercising both body and mind. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 40W. Transformations of Cultural Stories across Disciplines and Texts

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Tracing of writing and rewriting of traditional story types, specifically the adventure story as represented by Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" and its remanifestations in Coetzee's "Foe" and the fairy tale as represented by "Cinderella" and its various cross-cultural remanifestations. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • 41. Understanding Ecology: Finding Interdisciplinary Solutions to Environmental Problems

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Designed for College Honors students. Exploration of ecological basis of planet's most important environmental issues, including global climate change, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss, deforestation, pollution, and declining freshwater resources and fisheries. Examination of both hard science and interdisciplinary solutions (social, political, educational) to environmental problems. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 43W. Science, Rhetoric, and Social Influence

    Units: 6

    Seminar, four hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Science writing, particularly scientific texts, both contemporary and historical, that have been used to communicate science to and influence large groups of people's beliefs and behavior. What is it about certain scientific texts that change way we think and have potential to affect social policy? Texts cover variety of topics from evolution to nutrition and food industry to current debates about climate change. Students encouraged to practice science writing themselves. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • 44. Society of Excess: On Waste, Consumer Culture, and Environment

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Examination of waste in both real and virtual worlds, looking in interdisciplinary ways at various cultural representations of trash set against backdrop of society of excess and environment constantly threatened by overflowing and mismanaged waste, including social and cultural responses to physical waste and cyber battle against Internet debris. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 46. Drugs in Society: Interdisciplinary Perspective on Drug Use, Abuse, Treatment, and Intervention

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Examination of drug use and abuse and consequent social issues and policies both historically and in the contemporary U.S., including discussion of current research on neurobiological properties of different drugs and corresponding clinical interventions. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 48. Politics of Reproduction

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Examination of complex relations between individual, local, and global interests as they shape and reflect reproductive practices, public policy, and exercise of power. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 49. Evidence in Law, Science, History, and Journalism

    Units: 4

    Seminar, four hours. Rigorous study of ways in which lawyers, scientists, historians, and journalists handle evidence, with aim of advancing cross-disciplinary inquiry to produce a common vocabulary and set of concepts that allow for discussion of evidentiary issues in differing fields of inquiry. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 51. Music and Society

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Minimal experience reading music desirable but not required. Analysis of Western art music, with focus primarily, but not exclusively, on music of late-18th through early-20th centuries through multiple analytical prisms: sociological, historical, political, and musical. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 55. Culture and History of Utopias

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Study of major utopian writings from Thomas More's classical text to recent ecological and feminist utopian texts, with purpose of uncovering social, intellectual, and cultural landscapes underlying quest for a more perfect society. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 57. Language, Performance, and Culture

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours. Mixture of lecture and discussion on topic of language and its relationship to performance and culture in 19th and 20th centuries. Study of theorists such as Saussure, Wittgenstein, Stanley Cavell, Judith Butler, and others, playwrights such as Wilde, Stein, and Samuel Beckett, and films such as "His Girl Friday" and "Monkey Business." P/NP or letter grading.

  • 59W. Literature and Culture of the American South

    Units: 6

    Seminar, four hours; writing laboratory, two hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Examination of historical imagination as it is expressed in such writers as William Faulkner, Allen Tate, Flannery O'Connor, Richard Wright, and Zora Neale Hurston; in Civil War and WPA/FSA photography; and in Southern rhetoric and political documentary. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • 63W. Nabokov and Reading Minds

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or English as a Second Language 36. Designed for College Honors students. Examination of three works by Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-American writer, teacher, translator, lepidopterist, and composer of chess problems. Nabokov's eclectic writings lend themselves well to precepts of cognitive criticism -- way of understanding world through relationship between literacy and thought. Reading and writing about art and science built into course. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • 64. Neuroscience and Psychology of Art and Biology of Aesthetics

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Interdisciplinary approach to study of premise that beauty, whether of faces, art works, or other subjects, is processed by brain and can be understood as neurological and psychological phenomenon. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 65W. Body-Mind Literacy

    Units: 6

    Seminar, four hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3. Designed for College Honors students. Exploration of relationship between body and mind: when are they most in harmony and when are we alienated from this potential unity? When do we value one part of ourselves over another and why? What cultural, social, political, and personal influences determine answers to these questions? Topics include Cartesian dualism, pluralistic intelligence, mental and physical health, and views of body/mind as integrated unit. Satisfies Writing II requirement. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 70A. Genetic Engineering in Medicine, Agriculture, and Law

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Not open to students with credit for Life Sciences 3, 4, former Microbiology 7, or Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology 70. Historical and scientific study of genetic engineering in medicine, agriculture, and law, including examination of social, ethical, and legal issues raised by new technology. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 70AL. Gene Discovery Laboratory

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours; laboratory, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 70A. Laboratory work in genomics research and seminar discussion that apply experimentally concepts and techniques taught in course 70A. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 71. Cross-Cultural Approaches to Media History and Culture

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Examination of media, media history, and media culture from cross-cultural perspective, one that demands redefinition of media and understanding of art in cross-cultural context. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 73. Elementary Particles in the Universe

    Units: 4

    Lecture, two hours; discussion, 90 minutes. No special mathematical knowledge required. Examination of elementary particle physics, including status of its current study in laboratories around the world and its role in assessing the early evolution of the universe. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 77. Greeks and Persians: Ancient Encounters from Herodotus to Alexander

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Examination of multiple encounters between Greeks and Persians in antiquity, from origins of Achaemenid Empire through its conflicts with Greek world of Mediterranean, to Alexander's defeat of Darius III. Consideration of mutual constructions of other in antiquity, Near Eastern versus Greek testimonia, and art and archaeological evidence of these two civilizations. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 78. Science and Religion from Copernicus to Darwinism

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Relationship of religion and science in West by focusing on leading scientists such as Galileo, Newton, and Darwin. Each one dealt differently with competing demands of religion, based on faith and revelation, and science founded on experience and reason. Dialog was and is constant one. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 79. Personal Financial Health: Theory and Practice

    Units: 6

    Seminar, three hours; fieldwork, four hours. Designed for College Honors students. Special economics or mathematics preparation not required. Theory and practice of managing financial health, allowing for broad discussion of larger theoretical picture of variables affecting economy and practical hands-on look at personal finance, including budgeting, debt, insurance, investing, and purchasing. Examination of variety of financial issues through three principal standpoints: psychology of finance, historical perspective of finance, and socioeconomic perspective of finance. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 80. Cossacks and Narratives about Them

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Designed for College Honors students. Examination of two Cossack societies: Ukrainian (Zaporozhian) Cossacks and Russian (Don) Cossacks. Both emerged in 15th and 16th centuries as warrior societies along contact zone between Slavic world and Muslin Tatar and Turkic world. Their frontier status and liminal culture proved to be mythogenic, and Cossacks figure prominently in imagination of cultures they impacted over centuries, especially in folklore, literature, film, and opera. Study of Cossacks through these media to understand not just Cossack society but ways in which Cossacks have been viewed through paradigms of Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Jewish, Ottoman, and west European cultures. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 82. Community and Labor Development from Ground Up

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to practical applications of community development and outreach efforts in Los Angeles area, with projects from Community Outreach Partnership Center within School of Public Policy and Social Research. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 83W. Politics and Rhetoric of Literature

    Units: 6

    Seminar, four hours; writing laboratory, two hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Examination of relationship among politics, rhetoric, and literature in study of literature from classical times to the present, broadening into general discussions of development of political discourse in Western thought, particularly conflict between self and state, between ideology and the practical business of living. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • 84. Conflicts between Languages

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Introduction to potentially conflict-ridden language situations in three countries abroad and discussion of various aspects of minority languages in the U.S. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 85. Biological Clock

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Designed for College Honors students, but open to all majors. Rotation of Earth imposed diurnal oscillations of physical changes on all living organisms on Earth. Protein complexes, called circadian or biological clock, allow organisms to anticipate and adapt to daily environmental changes, and knowledge of it comes from molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and genomics. Study of these processes and interdisciplinary methodologies to understand how biological clock works and how it affects health and well-being. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 86. Psychology of Fear

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours; fieldwork, one hour. Examination of phobias, including inquiry into how people are distressed by intense fear, examination of structures and processes of irrational fears, and discussion of courage and fear reduction strategies. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 87W. Worlds of Neil Gaiman: Graphic Novels, Social Media, and Fantasy Fiction

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3. Designed for College Honors students. Examination of eclectic art of Neil Gaiman, exploring his contributions to children's and young adult literature, novels, graphic novels, video games, film and television, and online writing. Use of multiple lenses to understand his work, including philosophy, cultural studies, and media studies. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • 89. Honors Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 89HC. Honors Contracts

    Units: 1

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

  • 90. Hollywood and Global Responsibility

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. American filmmakers have enormous power to reach global audiences. When they use this platform to make films that flout social norms still respected in most parts of world, objections arise. Where is line between free speech and free artistic expression and social responsibility? How can Hollywood become more globally responsible given its business realities and lack of government oversight? Study of different case studies affecting different countries and cultures to illuminate discourse on ethics and art. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 99. Student Research Program

    Units: 1 to 2

    Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.

  • 101A. Student Research Forum

    Units: 2

    Lecture, two hours. Designed to promote deep engagement in university research, including instruction on securing research opportunities, skills necessary for research and professional success, exploring research internships on and off campus, and communication of research. P/NP grading.

  • 101B. UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal

    Units: 2

    Seminar, two hours. For students on editorial board of annual "UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal," including study of writing in sciences and honing of editing and production skills. May be repeated for maximum of 10 units. P/NP grading.

  • 101C. UCLA Undergraduate Journal for Humanities and Social Sciences

    Units: 2

    Seminar, two hours. For students on editorial board of annual "Aleph" journal of undergraduate research and writing, including study of writing in various disciplines and honing of editing and production skills. May be repeated for maximum of 10 units. P/NP grading.

  • 101D. Counseling Multicultural Communities

    Units: 2

    Seminar, two hours. Study of issues of culture and identity in cross-cultural counseling, including development of working model. P/NP grading.

  • 101E. Leading Undergraduate Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, one hour. Limited to students who have been accepted into Undergraduate Student Initiated Education (USIE) program. Learning and exploration of issues that are integral to developing seminars and development of skills to become effective student facilitators. Practical teaching strategies and techniques, as well as pedagogical, organizational, and technological issues confronted by new instructors. Discussion of key topics, followed by discussion of syllabi that students are developing for their seminars and conducting of micro-teaching presentations. Guest speakers expand on topics that arise from class discussions. May be repeated once for credit. P/NP grading.

  • 101F. Integrity in Research

    Units: 2

    Seminar, two hours. Limited to students in CARE, HHMI, MARC, and UC Leads programs. Discussion about integrity in research, current thinking in field, and important ethical issues that impact scientific investigation. P/NP grading.

  • 101G. Graduate School Preparation

    Units: 2

    Seminar, two hours. Limited to AAP students. Designed to help AAP students familiarize themselves with academic disciplines they would like to pursue in graduate school. Through course readings, guest speakers, and interactive assignments, students learn more about their graduate school options and how to navigate application process. P/NP grading.

  • 101I. Research Today: Sources, Tools, and Strategies

    Units: 2

    Lecture, two hours; activity, two hours. Introduction to research process in digital age, offering opportunity to develop research skills through exploration of library and Internet resources, exposure to rare and unique materials, experimentation with digital tools, engagement with librarians and other experts, and interactive creation of research project proposal. Designed to prepare students for capstone or thesis experience in humanities or social sciences. P/NP grading.

  • 101J. Mellon Mays Research Seminar

    Units: 2

    Seminar, two hours. Limited to current Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows and designed to support them in their current research projects and graduate school preparation. Topics include research methods, abstracts, presentations, and posters, as well as graduate school application materials. May be repeated for maximum of 10 units. P/NP grading.

  • M102. Culture, Media, and Los Angeles

    Units: 6

    (Same as African American Studies M102 and Asian American Studies M160.) Lecture, four hours; screenings, two hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Role of media in society and its influence on contemporary cultural environment, specifically in Los Angeles; issues of representation as they pertain to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 103. Scientific Knowledge, Industrial Growth, and Social Policy

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Examination, using nanotechnology, of both benefits and risks to economy and society when new technologies are in process of development. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 104. Fundamental Forms of Social Relationships from Theory to Research Design

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Relational models theory posits that four elementary models organize social coordination, emotions, motives, and norms in virtually all domains and cultures. Study and critique of theory, development of research questions, planning of study, design of its methodology, and writing of research proposal. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 105. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Examination of ways in which race and ethnicity impact delivery of healthcare in U.S. and discussion of policies and proposals to address disparities in healthcare and diversity in healthcare professionals. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M106. Imaginary Women

    Units: 5

    (Same as Gender Studies M106.) Seminar, four hours. Designed for junior/senior College Honors students. Study of four female cultural archetypes -- absconding wife/mother, infanticide mother, intellectual woman, and warrior woman -- as they appear in their classical and modern manifestations in European and American cultures. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 107. Literature and Political Order: Homer, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Examination of political order and questions of violence, power, leadership, and ideology through close readings of literary texts, specifically "Iliad" by Homer, "Julius Caesar" and "Henry IV, Part 1" by Shakespeare, and "Brothers Karamazov" by Dostoevsky. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 108. Ancient Rome and the Monuments of Washington, D.C.

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Exploration of public buildings, marble monuments, and heroic statues of Washington, D.C., inspired by memory and ruins of classical antiquity, and how these evocations have meaning today. Consideration of obelisk, Greek temple, and Pantheon and American monumental counterparts, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial. Examination of ancient inspirations, historical background, architectural design, and art of these monuments in context of shifting public ideologies and local politics in Washington. Public buildings including U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court Building, and Library of Congress, publicly commissioned statues of war heroes (Revolutionary and Civil), monuments to honor veterans of Vietnam, Korean, and Second World War conflicts, and American presidents. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M109. Foreign Exchange Market and Exchange Rate Forecasting

    Units: 5

    (Same as Economics M123.) Seminar, four hours. Introduction to forecasting of exchange rates. Theory linked with real-world data through use of powerful computer platform called Tradestation© in computer laboratory. Analysis of how foreign exchange market works, what financial instruments are used in this market, and what main theoretical determinants of exchange rates are. Generation of exchange rate forecasts by combining theoretical concepts with real-world data using concepts and techniques from computer science, linguistics, and statistics. How to write simple codes to generate exchange rate forecasts and to evaluate accuracy of student forecasts. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 110. Marxist and Post-Marxist Approaches to Cultural Studies

    Units: 4

    Seminar, four hours. Examination of Marxist and post-Marxist approaches to study of culture, including classic texts, theoretical and empirical works, and the Marxist roots of postmodernism. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 111. Stress and Coping

    Units: 4

    Seminar, four hours. Examination of research and theory on stress and coping, with emphasis on physical and mental consequences of stress and moderators of both social support and personality in coping strategies. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M112. Inner and Outer Worlds of Children: Social Policies

    Units: 4

    (Same as Education M112.) Seminar, four hours. Practices and analysis of social policies impacting on children. Topics include assessment, social justice and geographical space, temporal orientation, and classical theories of adolescent development. Letter grading.

  • 113. Hyperconnected World: Society and Internet

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Exploration of social, political, economic, psychological, and cultural dimensions of our hyperconnected world via Internet. Topics include transformations of social relationships online, virtual versus real communities, identity and its creations, trust and deception, politics and social media, surveillance and privacy, economics, intellectual property, culture, education, and knowledge, and digital wellness. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 114. Architecture from Los Angeles: Work of Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, and Greg Lynn

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Within last 30 years, body of architectural work originating in Los Angeles but reaching world both in material construction and aesthetic influence has emerged. Study of works of three seminal architects -- Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, and Greg Lynn. Site visits and hands-on practice in how to read architectural plans and how to use computers and modeling in architectural study and design. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 115. Poetry and Society in England, 1588 to 1688: Verse, Politics, Religion, and Sexuality from Spanish Armada to Glorious Revolution

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Poetry of England in century between 1588 and 1688 through prism of evolving political, philosophical, theological, sexual, economic, and scientific practices of that day and vice versa to understand poetry in cultural and historical context. Students research widely on range of subjects from alchemy to zoology and become class resource on some relevant topic such as Renaissance medicine, Calvinism, Scholasticism, Cromwell and New Model Army, Elizabethan foreign policy, Stuart architecture, agricultural and dietary changes, and printing and publishing conventions. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M116. Art Alive: Art and Improvisation in Museums

    Units: 4

    (Same as Theater M187.) Seminar, four hours. Offered in collaboration with Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Interpretation of art in collection through acting, dialogues, movement, and music. Research into history and art history and production of creative performance piece required. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 117. London and Culture of Male Homosexuality, 1870 to 1900

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Designed for College Honors students. Examination of male homosexual subculture that thrived in London during period when brilliant Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854 to 1900) was sent to jail for committing acts of gross indecency. Study of Wilde trials, cultural consequences of Labouchere Amendment criminalizing male homosexual acts, some of Wilde's writings, and exciting new writings that have come to light offering insight into links that gay men in London had with theatrical world, prostitution, aristocrats, and underground publishing. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M118. Roots of Patriarchy: Ancient Goddesses and Heroines

    Units: 4

    (Same as Gender Studies M128.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of ancient goddesses and heroines -- European, Neolithic, Near Eastern, Celtic, Scandinavian, Balto-Slavic, Indo-Iranian, and Greco-Roman -- using translations of ancient texts, archaeological evidence, and feminist methodology in order to discover implications of ancient patriarchy on modern society. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 119. Hollywood and Cultural Diversity in America

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Hollywood filmmakers often produce movies where characters confront societal issues such as sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination. So it is surprising to see recent media coverage that turns magnifying glass around and exposes Hollywood's own severe problems when it comes to racial and cultural diversity. Exploration of differing media representations -- how they occur, why they persist, and what they can teach about current racial divides in America. Examination of how Hollywood represents different races, cultures, and groups. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M120. Art and Performance: Interdisciplinary Approach to Collections of Getty Center

    Units: 4

    (Same as Theater M109.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Drawing from objects in five major collections at Getty Museum, focus on five parallel historical periods in which political, social, and aesthetic philosophy of age is examined in musical and dramatic performance. Letter grading.

  • 121. Psychoanalysis before Freud, and a Little After

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of different ways human beings have developed conceptions of themselves through history from early civilizations through Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, scientific revolution, Enlightenment, origins of modern world, Freud's "fin de siècle Vienna," and post-Freudian visions; investigation of various interactions of these different conceptions in present day. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 122. Chemical Communication across Tree of Life

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours; discussion, two hours. Designed for College Honors students. Chemical communication governs relationships among most biological entities, across entire tree of life from viruses to "Homo sapiens." Bioinspired devices are using knowledge gleaned from chemosensory systems to change face of robotics, with wide applications in consumer industries, homeland security, and space exploration. Chemical, physical, and biological principles to be combined as pedagogical tools for teaching larger lesson in science. Synthesis of information and concepts across disciplines to develop student hypotheses and conclusions. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M123. Philanthropy as Civic Engagement

    Units: 5

    (Same as Civic Engagement M122.) Seminar, three hours. Limited to juniors/seniors; application required. Study of history, philosophy, and practice of philanthropy. Practical experience in setting priorities and making philanthropic investments in Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations. Letter grading.

  • 124. Midwives, Mothers, and Medicine: Perspectives on History of Childbirth

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Using examples from history and anthropology, examination of variety of practices associated with childbirth over time and across cultures, addressing such themes as shifting relations among birthing women, midwives, and medical men and cultural meanings of birth. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 125. Communities and Nations in Conflict: Theory and Practice of International Conflict Resolution

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to theory and practice of conflict resolution, with emphasis on international conflict. Transitional justice mechanisms, from international criminal tribunals, special courts, and International Criminal Court to indigenous approaches such as community justice systems. Examination of environmental conflict resolution, homeland security and terrorism, role of gender in conflict, and role of media in conflict. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 126. Waves of Resistance: Race, Empire, and Social Justice in Asia and Pacific Islands

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Examination of historical and contemporary moments of racial violence, empire, and social justice in Asia and Pacific Islands. Global forces such as capitalism, colonialism, and globalization played significant role in cultural, economic, and political organization of places such as American Samoa, Guam, Hawai'i, Marshall Islands, Philippines, Okinawa, and South Korea. Exploration of how various groups of people have responded to these forces to have better understanding of how race, empire, and social justice have connected these distant and diverse areas and peoples. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 127. Citizenship, Leadership, and Service

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours; fieldwork, three hours. Interactive participatory study of interactions between citizenship, leadership, and service, including both theoretical work in classroom and practical work in service organizations in the field. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 128. What We Do When We Laugh Together: Humanistic, Social Scientific, and Biological Perspectives

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Designed for College Honors students. Application of venerable humanist insights and social scientific thinking to contemporary social phenomenon of human laughter and humor. While Aristotle and Hobbes thought humor was bad for society, Locke and Bahktin would have disputed them for different reasons. Use of their ideas to critically evaluate how social scientists investigate mass media political satire of today. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 129. Research in Psychology and Legacy of John Wooden

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Designed for College Honors students. Exploration of life and work of Coach John Wooden, with particular attention to his pyramid of success, how he was viewed and is remembered by his players, and relationship between his philosophy and academic research. His philosophical approach as lens through which to explore research in fields of sport and education psychology. Connects different elements of Coach Wooden's pyramid of success (and other aspects of his coaching philosophy) to research in psychology. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 130. Speeding Cures: How Can Health Activists Make Differences?

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Designed for College Honors students. Study of intersection of science and society by examination of historical examples of ways in which health activists have contributed to moving specific health challenges into forefront of both public discourse and biomedical research. Some scientists argue that surest route to cures and health is through curiosity-driven science supplemented by serendipity, followed by integration of new knowledge into practical therapies. Others argue that extra scientific passion, financial incentives, social and political organization, and strategic planning may be more important. Research of one disease-related or health-related campaign in depth. Topics include autism, AIDS, cancer, politics of disability, economics of drug development, DNA sequencing, aging, and future roles of health advocates. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 131. Global Dimensions of Education and Inequality

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Examination of role that education plays in maintaining and perpetuating poverty and inequality. Examination of how various reform strategies that have been proposed to spur development of human capital and local development are impacting poor countries and poor people who reside in rich and poor countries. Examination of how different countries have used education to promote social equality and development and analysis of why some countries appear to be making more progress than others. Consideration of how factors such as history, particularly related to colonialism, political economy, and culture affect character and performance of schools. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 132. New Women and Activism from America to Asia

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Spanning of academic disciplines and regional boundaries by looking at women's movements in U.S. and East Asia in early 20th century, with examination of how issues of women's rights, labor rights, and race/nation identities united and divided women across classes and national borders. Examination of suffrage movement in 1913 New York and parallel movements in East Asia (Japan, Korea, China) that adopted and adapted some of these same ideas to their own unique historical circumstances. Use of highly successful Reacting to Past historical role-playing game titled Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and New Woman. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 133. Practice and Ethics of Ethnographic Fieldwork

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Examination of ethics and practices of ethnographic fieldwork. This is not field methods course but one intended to convey rich knowledge fieldwork can produce in many disciplines and kinds of ethical issues raised in doing fieldwork. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 134. Democracy and Utopias

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Political culture of modern democracy fosters idea of progress and constant reform and is also wary of radical upheavals. Political culture of ancient Greek democracy made possible two things: awareness of having achieved unmatched superiority over any other society and birth of utopia. Democracy praised itself as perfect form of government, but it let flourish counterfactual objections to quest for absolute, just, and blissful political order. Examination of this paradoxical link between democracy and utopia by tracing its history in works of Aristophanes, Plato, Thomas More, Tommaso Campanella, Francis Bacon, and Charles Fourier to show relevance to contemporary politics. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 135. Poetry and Society in England, 1588 to 1688

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Reading and discussion of poems to comprehend meaning and place in configurations of rapidly transforming society. Tensions and changes in that culture, and lives of authors, these works helped negotiate. How and why metaphysical and cavalier modes emerge in period of intense struggle. Interplay of form, content, and meaning within these modes. Evidence offered about personal psychology, gender politics, and status competitions of this period and its poets, especially Donne, Herbert, Jonson, Carew, and Marvell. What kind of work were the poems doing? How, and how well, were they doing it? And, what kinds of work should we do on them now? P/NP or letter grading.

  • 136. Art, Entertainment, and Social Change

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Integrative examination of evolving impact of arts and entertainment industry on various aspects of society, including politics, self-concept, and experience of everyday life, among others. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 137. Living the Dharma in America: Perspectives on Race and Buddhism

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Deconstruction of and deeper histories behind images of Buddhism such as bald, saffron-robbed monks; ornate, golden temples with scent of incense; serene Zen meditation centers; and popular Buddhists from Richard Gere to Thich Nhat Hanh to the Dalaai Lama. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 138. Empire, Globalization, and Multiethnic Storytelling

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Exploration of theoretical evolution of postcolonial and transnational studies through predominantly American multiethnic short story. How do our primary works in contemporary short fiction question literary conventions of allegedly mainstream, white Euro-American literature? What manifestations of empire, diasporic mobility, and generic mutability unite or separate our primary creative works? What meditations on identity do our fiction and creative non-fiction works offer as they intersect notions of race, class, caste, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and/or sexuality? What aesthetic or critical possibilities does the short story open up for future of postcolonial, diaspora, ethnic, and area studies? Could the muliethnic short story be the socio-politically subversive narrative genre par excellence? Close reading of short stories in comparative light with creative non-fiction and hybrid narrative forms in works by Aimé Céaire, Amitava Kumar, Jhumpa Lahiri, ZZ Packer, Roxane Gay, and Claire Vaye Watkins. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 139. Confucius and His Legacies

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Examination of Confucian Tradition, from Warring States period to popularization in 21st century. Society in which Confucius (551-479 B.C.E.) lived. Study of Analects as core text of Confucianism. Confucius as object of ritual devotion and visual representations. Importance and impact of Confucius on Chinese and Asian culture. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 140. Dominants and Subordinates: Social Psychology of Privilege and Oppression in Public Education

    Units: 6

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour; tutoring, three hours. Study of social arrangements and temporary inequalities in contemporary American public school, showing how such entrenched inequalities tend to become permanent. Field component included. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 141. Biology and Medicine in Postgenomic Era

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Requisite: Life Sciences 3. Discussion of human genomic project, comparative and environmental genomics, structural and functional genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, pharmacogenomics, and metabolomics. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 142. Free Will and Moral Responsibility: From Neuroscience to Philosophy and Back

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Survey of motivations, methods, and conclusions of neuroscientific and psychological investigations of free will. Consideration of neuroscientific arguments that humans are not free when they choose and of philosophical arguments about what is required for freedom and what is required for responsibility. Discussion of extent to which philosophical investigations of free will inform neuroscience and whether and how experiments could be designed and carried out to better correspond with philosophical and legal debate on free will. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M143. Latino Immigration History and Politics

    Units: 4

    (Same as Chicana and Chicano Studies M124.) Lecture, four hours. Overview of immigration in 20th century, examining social, political, and economic contexts out of which different waves of Latin American immigration to U.S. has occurred. Letter grading.

  • 144. International Development: Using Your Major For Doing Well and Doing Good

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. The adoption of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (2015) called for addressing extreme poverty, disease, environmental degradation, gender inequities, unemployment, and other problems afflicting people across the globe. Sustainability entails development solutions that endure and engage local people. The aim is to leverage local capacities to improve living conditions consistently. Students will address questions such as: How does your major relate to one or more of the goals? Which goal speaks to your interest? What key concept or passion do you have that can contribute to addressing one or more of the goals? P/NP or letter grading.

  • M145. Politics of Crisis: Migration, Identity, and Religion

    Units: 4

    (Same as Chicana and Chicano Studies M126.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of individual and collective religious response of Latin Americans and Latinas/Latinos in U.S. to dislocations, displacements, and fragmentation produced by conquest, colonization, underdevelopment, globalization, and migration. Letter grading.

  • 146. Imagining Global Climate Change

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Global and comparative study of regions in front line of climate change, such as tropical islands and poles that visibly confront sea level rise and glacial melt, through study of visual arts, literature, and film. Study of authors and artists from U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Guyana, Mexico, and Maldives to examine threat of climate change in its complex cultural imaginations. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 147. The Anthropocene: An Archaeological Perspective

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Examination of new geological period, informally labeled the Anthropocene, in which environment is profoundly impacted by human activities. Evidence that anthropogenic forces have affected conditions on Earth during past two centuries, including loss of biodiversity, burning of fossil fuels, ocean acidification, and ozone depletion. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M148. Simulating Society: Exploring Artificial Communities

    Units: 5

    (Same as Sociology M118.) Seminar, three hours; computer laboratory, one hour. Examination of social behavior through computer simulations of behavior in artificial communities. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 150. Solo Performer's Toolbox: Storytelling for Artists and TED Talkers

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Creation and presentation of original one-person performance speech. Development and writing of original script through exploration of personal themes, tone, and subject matter. Addressing of physical or emotional strengths and weaknesses in relation to creative processes of playwriting and performing. Breakdown, interpretation, and summation of one-character plays and synthesis of this knowledge to benefit writing and performance. Identification and exploration of student's unique personal voice in order to establish clear and creative point of view in developing or performing their story. Analysis of dramatic structure, dramatic action, and creation of believable and interesting character. Focus, concentration, imagination, and relaxation during their solo performance, and maintaining professional decorum and discipline. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 151. Victorian Sexual Scandals

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Introduction to four major sex scandals that took place in London between 1870 and 1895 to understand ways in which institutions create frameworks for understanding dissident sexualities and gender identities, and relations between sexual scandals and legal actions. Sodomy trial of Ernest Boulton and Frederick Park. Examination of extent of queer networks among gay men, transgender individuals, and their apparently straight admirers during time of Offences against the Person Act 1861. The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon, in which journalist W. T. Stead exposed extent of sexual trafficking of children. Series of murders in which bodies of women (several of whom were sex workers) were mutilated and disemboweled, attributed to Jack the Ripper. Trials of Oscar Wilde who was sent to jail for two years in solitary confinement with hard labor for gross indecency. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M152. Past People and Their Lessons for Our Own Future

    Units: 5

    (Same as Anthropology M148 and Geography M153.) Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Examination of modern and past people that met varying fates, as background to examination of how other modern people are coping or failing to cope with similar issues. Letter grading.

  • 156. Political Opposition in Early Modern Europe

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Examination of tradition of radical political movements from Italian Renaissance to French Revolution. Topics include Machiavelli's contributions to political thought, turmoil of 16th-century France and Dutch Republic and their radical underside of Protestant thought, French Wars of Religion, Dutch revolt against Spanish, English Civil Wars, and radical thought of European Enlightenment and its contributions to French Revolution. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M157. International Relations of Middle East

    Units: 4

    (Same as Political Science M132B.) Lecture, three or four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Role of great powers in Middle East, with emphasis on American, Soviet, and West European policies since 1945. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 158. Justice and Moral Responsibility in Literature

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Discussion of literature (drama and fiction) addressing themes of law, justice, government, and moral responsibility in public context. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 160. Asceticism

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Historical overview of literary, philosophical, and theological writings on asceticism, with particular attention to late antiquity and medieval periods. Study of asceticism from desert fathers to medieval female mystics, Weber on Protestantism, Nietzsche on ascetic ideal, and Foucault on ancient "askesis." Literary readings include selections from Flaubert, Melville, Kafka, Eliot, and Weil. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 163. China's Rise: Critical Issues and Global Implications

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Study of ascendency of China in 21st century, with emphasis on global implications. Aspects of Chinese development that lend themselves to comparative analysis, including labor, environment, nationalism, migration, inequality, rule of law, social movements and authoritarianism, state capitalism, and China in Africa. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 165. Privacy versus National Security

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Designed for College Honors students. Edward Snowdon's disclosures of extent of government surveillance conducted by National Security Agency sparked national debate about scope and necessity of government surveillance programs. What is proper balance between privacy and national security in information age? Study of debate about constitutional values and moral responsibility, complicated by public fear, competing commercial interests, and international legal and diplomatic quandaries. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 166. Stories of Cultural Distance and Imposed Assimilation

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Study of how fiction, memoir, and film have represented involuntary cross-cultural assimilation as seen from perspective of intimate others, usually family members, coming to terms with their own and their relatives' cultural identity. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 168. Paris: Biography of City from 1715 to World War II

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Exploration of history of Paris from death of Louis XIV to World War II. Study of consequences of rapid urbanization and reasons why Paris became fulcrum for political revolutions. Examination of Paris as locus of modernism, its rebuilding and design under Baron George Haussmann, impact of World War I and expat culture, and city?s housing crisis. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 169. Imposture and National Identity

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Cross-cultural approach to study of imposture (assumption of false identity) as window through which to examine cultural modernity and national identity. Study of literature, history, and film from Australia, United Kingdom, the U.S., Near East, and South Asia as way of trying to define both hypocrisies and creativity of imposture. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M170. Philanthropy: Confronting Challenges of Serving Disabled

    Units: 5

    (Same as Disability Studies M171.) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: Disability Studies 101 or 101W. Study of history, philosophy, and practice of philanthropy using lens of disability studies theory in conversation with important themes of charity, paternalism, and systems of dependency. Analysis of multiple perspectives of philanthropy to gain practical experience setting priorities and making philanthropic investments in Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities. Letter grading.

  • 171. Rationality and Emotions

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Historical study of way in which philosophers, social theorists, and cognitive scientists have characterized relationship between rationality and emotions, culminating in emerging consensus that emotions can positively influence rational decision making. Readings range from philosophy of ancient Greeks to writings of contemporary neuroscientists. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 172. French Thinkers of Society

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. In-depth study of distinguishing perspectives of French theorists who wrote on society and its impact on individuals. Theorists include Pascal, Rousseau, Marcel Mauss, and Emile Durkheim from early modern period, contemporary thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Michel de Certeau, and Pierre Bourdieu, and two postmodern theorists, Guy Debord and Jean Baudrillard. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 173. American Political Thought from Revolution to Civil War

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Exploration of nature of American political thought between Revolution and Civil War. Topics include nature of rights, federalism, constitutionalism, and democracy, as well as morality of slavery and legitimacy of succession. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 173A. Liberty, Government, and Society in European Thought

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Examination of great works of European thought from 17th through 18th century, including works of John Locke, Montesquieu, David Hume, Edmund Burke, and Thomas Payne, with emphasis on legal, social, and moral preconditions of liberty. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 173B. Nature, Culture, and Capitalism in European Thought

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Course 173A is not requisite to 173B. Designed for College Honors students. Examination of great works of European thought from 17th through early 20th century, including works by Thomas Hobbes, Adam Smith, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, and Max Weber, with emphasis on intellectual foundations of liberal democracy and capitalism. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 174. Future Impact of Nano in New Technologies

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Examination, for general audience, of science behind nanotechnology and way in which nano can potentially influence medical care, environment, energy issues, military, government, and economics. Demonstration of how nano, like current technology, cannot be separated from ethical, cultural, political, and social issues. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M175. Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Practical Approach

    Units: 5

    (Formerly numbered 175.) (Same as Epidemiology CM175.) Seminar, three hours. Terrorism, its origins, and ways of addressing terrorism at local, national, and global levels. Guest speakers from variety of UCLA departments and from Los Angeles. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 176A. Context of Arab World: Cairo and Alexandria

    Units: 4

    Seminar, four hours; fieldwork, eight hours. Enforced corequisite: course 176B. Introduction to some of most important cultural, historical, and political currents in contemporary Arab world, with special focus on Cairo and Alexandria. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 176B. Reading Arab World: Cairo and Alexandria

    Units: 4

    Seminar, four hours; fieldwork, eight hours. Enforced corequisite: course 176A. Introduction to some of most salient literature in contemporary Arab world, with focus on Cairo and Alexandria. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 177. Biotechnology and Art

    Units: 5

    Seminar, six hours. Bioartists use cells, DNA molecules, proteins, and living tissues to bring to life ethical, social, and aesthetic issues of sciences. Study of how bioart blurs distinctions between science and art through combination of artistic and scientific processes, creating wide public debate. Exploration of history of biotechnology as well as social implications of this science. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 178. Secret Coups, Imperial Wars, and American Democracy since World War II

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Study of U.S. involvement, both covert and overt, in expeditionary wars since World War II, including involvement in Vietnam, Korea, Cuba, Iran, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Chile, and implication of these actions for vitality of American democracy. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M179. Critical Vision: History of Art as Social and Political Commentary

    Units: 5

    (Same as Communication M169.) Seminar, three hours. Study of tradition of visual arts (painting, graphic art, photography, sculpture) as vehicles for social and political commentary. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M180. Structure, Patterns, and Polyhedra

    Units: 5

    (Same as Chemistry M117.) Lecture, four hours; laboratory, two hours. Exploration of structures and their geometric underpinnings, with examples and applications from architecture (space frames, domes), biology (enzyme complexes, viruses), chemistry (symmetry, molecular cages), design (tiling), engineering (space filling), and physics (crystal structures) to effect working knowledge of symmetry, two-dimensional patterns, and three-dimensional solids. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 182. From Scientific Revolution to Industrial Revolution

    Units: 5

    Seminar, four hours. Designed for College Honors students. Examination of most important development in making of Western power and hegemony: rise of new science and its relationship first to British, then European, Industrial Revolution. Once seen as solely product of material factors such as abundant coal, high wages, and available labor, Industrial Revolution is shown as also possessing critically important knowledge of components, one scientific culture derived from Newtonian science and mechanics. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 183. Being Human: Identity in Age of Genomics and Neuroscience

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. Identity looked at through complex interplay of nature, nurture, consciousness, and philosophy, including exploration of current debates about race and IQ, sex, disability, and intelligence itself. Examination of way in which philosophers, anthropologists, psychologists, and biologists have thought about human nature to look for ethical guides about what genetic and neurobiological technologies to pursue or avoid. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 184. India and Pakistan: Historic Roots of Conflict and Prospects for Cooperation

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Designed for College Honors students. History of India and Pakistan from demise of British India's Empire in mid-August 1947, with inept partition of Punjab and Bengal and bifurcated Pakistan, to current state of both nations and their potential for conflict and cooperation. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 189. Advanced Honors Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 189HC. Honors Contracts

    Units: 1

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

  • 193A. Journal Club Seminars

    Units: 2

    Seminar, two hours; discussion, two hours. Study of key research journals and important research articles. Presentations by program faculty members and other leading researchers. May be repeated for credit. P/NP grading.

  • 193B. Journal Club Seminars: Arts and Humanities Summer Research Program

    Units: 2

    Seminar, one hour; discussion, one hour. Limited to students selected for Humanities Summer Research Program. Study of humanities research journals and monographs. Weekly student research reports and presentations by humanities faculty members. May be repeated for credit. P/NP grading.

  • 193C. Journal Club Seminars: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Scholars

    Units: 2

    Seminar, one hour; discussion, one hour. Limited to Mellon Mays undergraduate fellows. Study of key research journals and important research articles in arts, humanities, and social sciences. Weekly research reports and presentations by Mellon Mays students. Presentations by program faculty members and other leading researchers. P/NP grading.

  • 199. Directed Honors Studies

    Units: 4

    Tutorial, two hours. Preparation: minimum of 4 units completed in Honors Collegium with grade of B or better, overall UCLA grade-point average of 3.0 or better. Special research/writing tutorial with director of one Honors Collegium course to pursue in greater depth significant topics from one collegium course. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.