• 10. Social Problems and Social Change

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to social scientific approaches to study of social problems and their solutions. Using selected contemporary social problems as cases, and drawing on variety of sources (such as scholarly readings, video clips, and guest speakers), exploration of how social problems and their solutions come to be defined, roles that economic, political, educational, and cultural institutions play in perpetuating or solving social problems, and how individuals, social advocates, and communities can lead or impede social change. 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. Power, Politics, and Social Change

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to key institutions of government, politics, and policy in U.S., covering their history, contemporary forms, and internal dynamics. Includes various scales and branches of government as well as institutions that exercise power and influence in public decision making and social action, such as corporations, unions, media, social movements, and civil society. Letter grading.

  • 30. Comparative Analysis of Wealth, Policy, and Power

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Exploration of strategic interactions that give rise to social problems around world, what can be done to address them, and how different polities have tried (and sometimes failed) to mount effective response. Applications include climate change, antivaccination movement, protest and repression, war and formation of states, corruption, and human and drug trafficking. Letter grading.

  • 40. Microeconomics for Public Affairs

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to principles of microeconomics with focus on social and policy problems. Study of decisions by firms and individuals, and implications for allocation of resources. Application of economic models to public issues such as social safety net, minimum wage, education, inequality, and poverty. Letter grading.

  • 50. Foundations and Debates in Public Thought

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction of core concepts of democracy and equality and challenges to implementation posed by race, class, and gender inequality. Review of standards by which political systems can be judged to be democratic and identification of obstacles to their mutual implementation. Focus on inequality, its historical causes and modern consequences. Letter grading.

  • 60. Using Data to Learn about Society: Introduction to Empirical Research and Statistics

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Introduction to statistics through examination of topics of public interest. Familiarization with research design principles and hands-on data analysis using statistical software. Students learn how to find and organize quantitative data; summarize, display, and interpret data; draw inferences from samples (including understanding margins of error, standard errors, and confidence intervals); test hypotheses about associations between two variables (including tests of proportion, t-tests, chi-squared, correlation); and communicate findings to lay audience. Letter grading.

  • 70. Information, Evidence, and Persuasion

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of sources and varieties of knowledge produced in social sciences. Evaluation of types of evidence, arguments, and persuasion on social problems and public issues. Examination of public life of evidence and arguments by different actors in social policy-making, persuasion, and propaganda process. Letter grading.

  • 80. How Environments Shape Human Development

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Overview of major theoretical, conceptual, and empirical traditions in study of human development. Exploration of how diverse cultural, social, socioeconomic, and historical contexts interact with biological, cognitive, and psychological processes to affect individuals during key developmental periods (such as early childhood, childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, and late adulthood). Topics may include historical changes in families, schools, neighborhoods, and workplace; economic conditions of families, schools, and neighborhoods; enduring effects of childhood on adult well-being; and impact of ascribed characteristics such as gender, race, and nationality on individuals' environments, pathways, and outcomes. 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.

  • M109. Introduction to Cities and Planning

    Units: 4

    (Same as Urban Planning M120.) Lecture, three hours. Survey of urban history and evolution in U.S., urban social theory, current growth trends, system of cities, urban economy and economic restructuring, traditional and alternative location theories, urban transportation, and residential location and segregation. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 110. Urban Revolution: Space and Society in Global Context

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of potentialities and challenges of 21st-century urban revolution in global context. Introduction of theoretical frameworks and conceptual methods used by urban studies and planning to study cities and urban transformations, and historical and contemporary analysis of urbanization to learn about key urban processes such as agglomeration, segregation, gentrification, and suburbanization. Students learn about institutions and policies governing transportation and housing, and forms of community organizing and civil society that seek to redress urban inequalities. Introduction to key theories of space and utopian visions of urbanism. Letter grading.

  • 113. Policy Analysis: Approaches to Addressing Social Problems

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Introduction to applied policy analysis designed to train students in logic of public policy analysis, introduce them to general skills required to do policy analysis, and to prepare them in persuasive presentation of their work. Development of skills fundamental to effective policy analysis and argumentation. Letter grading.

  • 114. People, Organizations, and Systems

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Theoretical approaches to human service organizations to explore social ecology of helping relationships and problem-solving processes in which helpers and clients in organizations engage. Examination of organizational structures/function. Study of interplay between individual clients, organizations, larger systems, and social and cultural backdrop. Letter grading.

  • 115. Using Quantitative Methods to Understand Social Problems and their Potential Solutions

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Requisite: course 60 or equivalent introductory statistics course. Course in R preferred. Introduction to multivariate quantitative research models used to answer questions in social science. Students gain practical and intuitive understanding of multivariate regression, program evaluation, and research methods, and apply knowledge by analyzing real world data. Focus on practical analytic tools using statistical software. Letter grading.

  • 116. Using Qualititative Methods to Understand Social Problems and Their Potential Solutions

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Introduction to qualitative research methods with focus on ethnographic observations, interviewing, and focus groups. Students practice conducting variety of qualitative methods. Letter grading.

  • 120. Urban Poverty and Public Policy

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Exploration of how neighborhoods characterized by concentrated poverty affect urban residents. Evaluation of relative efficacy of various public policies that aim to improve life chances of urban poor. Use of explicitly political lens, evaluating roles that elite institutions, mass behavior, class and race-based power disparities, and public opinion play in development and implementation of urban policy. Letter grading.

  • M130. Biomedical, Social, and Policy Frontiers in Human Aging

    Units: 5

    (Same as Gerontology M108 and Social Welfare M108.) Lecture, four hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Course of human aging charted in ways that are based on variety of recent research frontiers. Use of conceptual frameworks to increase relevance of aging to students' lives and enhance their critical thinking--biopsychosocial approach that is based on recognition that aging is inherently interdisciplinary phenomenon, and life course perspective that is distinguished by analytical framework it provides for understanding interplay between human lives and changing social structures, and allows students to understand how events, successes, and losses at one stage of life can have important effects later in life. Focus on individuals as they age within one particular sociohistorical context. Letter grading.

  • M131. Diversity in Aging: Roles of Gender and Ethnicity

    Units: 4

    (Same as Chicana and Chicano Studies M106B, Gender Studies M104C, Gerontology M104C, and Social Welfare M104C.) Lecture, four hours. Exploration of complexity of variables related to diversity of aging population and variability in aging process. Examination of gender and ethnicity within context of both physical and social aging, in multidisciplinary perspective utilizing faculty from variety of fields to address issues of diversity. Letter grading.

  • 140. US Housing Policy and the Geography of Opportunity

    Units: 4

  • M142. Latino Social Policy

    Units: 4

    (Same as Chicana and Chicano Studies CM177.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Examination of social welfare of Latinos (Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans) in U.S. through assessment and critical analysis of social policy issues affecting them. Survey of social, economic, cultural, and political circumstances affecting ability of Latinos to access public benefits and human services. Letter grading.

  • 148. U.S. Housing Policy and Geography of Opportunity

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Exploration of contemporary levels of racial inequality through lens of U.S. housing policy. Study includes historical overview of federal policies; evaluation of ways by which living in racially segregated, high-poverty neighborhoods constrain opportunity and social mobility; exploration of most prevalent affordable housing policies; and evaluation of their respective program designs and outcomes. Letter grading.

  • M152. Local Policymaking for Urban Planners

    Units: 4

    (Same as Public Policy M152.) Seminar, three hours. Study of complex arena of public policy and ethical concerns in planning and community development; necessity to balance demands from interest groups including planners, politicians, business and nonprofit sectors, general public; and interrelationship between local government implementation and federal urban laws and regulations. Letter grading.

  • M153. Transportation and Land Use: Parking

    Units: 4

    (Same as Urban Planning CM151.) Lecture, three hours. Parking is misunderstood link between transportation and land use. Transportation engineers typically assume that free parking simply is there at end of most trips, while urban planners treat parking as transportation issue that engineers must study. No profession is intellectually responsible for parking, and everyone seems to assume that someone else is doing hard thinking. Mistakes in planning for parking help to explain why planning for transportation and land use has in many ways gone slowly, subtly, incrementally wrong. Study of theory and practice of planning for parking and examination of how planning for parking in U.S. has become planning for free parking. Exploration of new ways to improve planning for parking, transportation, and land use. Letter grading.

  • M160. Urban Sustainability

    Units: 4

    (Same as Urban Planning M161.) Lecture, three hours. In 21st century, majority of Earth's population now lives in urban areas and virtually no part of globe remains untouched by human influence. Cities constitute crucibles of most pressing social and environmental challenges but are also potential centers of innovation for addressing those challenges. Examination of theory and practice from geography and related fields to understand many articulations of urban sustainability and how it might be achieved. Letter grading.

  • M164. Science, Technology, and Public Policy

    Units: 4

    (Same as Electrical and Computer Engineering CM182 and Public Policy CM182.) Lecture, three hours. Recent and continuing advances in science and technology are raising profoundly important public policy issues. Consideration of selection of critical policy issues, each of which has substantial ethical, social, economic, political, scientific, and technological aspects. Letter grading.

  • 170. Civil Society, Nonprofit Organizations, and Philanthropy: Comparative Perspectives

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Increased importance of nonprofits, rise of philanthropy, and (re-)discovery of civil society have moved this set of institutions closer to center of policy agendas. Introduction of conceptual and historical background. Examination of organizational performance and impact. Exploration of key policy issues. Comparative perspective between U.S. and other countries and fields. Letter grading.

  • 175. Communications and Conflict in Public Affairs

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Interactive course that prepares students for successful work with collaborators, policymakers, and public. Students gain interpersonal skills, cultural competency; learn effective communication, conflict resolution, and negotiate their interests successfully; learn to engage constituencies and build community around shared goals. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 191A. Variable Topics Seminar: Public Affairs

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours; outside study, nine hours. Emerging issues in public affairs. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

  • M191P. Variable Topics Seminar: Public Policy

    Units: 4

    (Same as Public Policy CM191B.) Seminar, three hours; outside study, nine hours. Emerging issues in public policy. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 196. Research Apprenticeship in Public Affairs

    Units: 2 to 4

    Tutorial, three hours per week per unit. Limited to juniors/seniors. Research apprenticeship for upper-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP grading.

  • 199. Directed Research or Senior Project in Public Affairs

    Units: 2 to 6

    Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to juniors/seniors. Supervised individual research or investigation under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper or project required. May be repeated for maximum of 16 units. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.