• 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 98. Cannabis Policy: A historical view of licensing and regulation

    Units: 1

  • 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.

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

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. 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.

  • 110. Urban Revolution: Space and Society in Global Context (Effective Spring 2019 )

    Units: 4

  • 113. Policy Analysis: Approaches to Addressing Social Problems

    Units: 4

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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. US Housing Policy and the Geography of Opportunity

    Units: 4

  • M152. Local Policy Making 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.

  • 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.