2022 Psychology Summer Courses


    Introduction to Psychology (5 credits)

  • PSYC 1-01 [Online/Remote]

    Session 1

    Introduces prospective majors to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and also provides an overview for non-majors. Emphasizes social, cognitive, developmental, and personality psychology and their interrelations.

    General Education Code PE-H

    Proposed Instructor: Giselle Laiduc


  • Introduction to Psychology (5 credits)

  • PSYC 1-02 [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    Introduces prospective majors to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and also provides an overview for non-majors. Emphasizes social, cognitive, developmental, and personality psychology and their interrelations.

    General Education Code PE-H

    Proposed Instructor: Emily Hentschke


  • Introduction to Psychological Statistics (5 credits)

  • PSYC 2-01 [Online/Remote]

    Session 1

    An introduction to elementary statistical principles and techniques relevant to psychological research. Topics covered include basic parametric and nonparametric statistics, analysis of variance, and simple factorial designs. This course is prerequisite to PSYC 181.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1 or PSYC 20; and AM 3 or AM 6 or MATH 3 or MATH 4 or MATH 11A or satisfactory placement score on math placement exam or CEEB Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam.

    General Education Code SR

    Proposed Instructor: Claudia Castañeda


  • Introduction to Psychological Statistics (5 credits)

  • PSYC 2-02 [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    An introduction to elementary statistical principles and techniques relevant to psychological research. Topics covered include basic parametric and nonparametric statistics, analysis of variance, and simple factorial designs. This course is prerequisite to PSYC 181.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1 or PSYC 20; and AM 3 or AM 6 or MATH 3 or MATH 4 or MATH 11A or satisfactory placement score on math placement exam or CEEB Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam.

    General Education Code SR

    Proposed Instructor: Paulette Garcia Peraza


  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology (5 credits)

  • PSYC 10-01 [Online/Remote]

    Session 1

    Addresses psychological development from conception through adolescence. Provides an overview of developmental psychology.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1; and AM 3, or AM 6, or MATH 3 or higher level Mathematics course; and PSYC 2 or STAT 5 or STAT 7 and STAT 7L.

    Proposed Instructor: Abigail Walsh


  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology (5 credits)

  • PSYC 10-02 [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    Addresses psychological development from conception through adolescence. Provides an overview of developmental psychology.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1; and AM 3, or AM 6, or MATH 3 or higher level Mathematics course; and PSYC 2 or STAT 5 or STAT 7 and STAT 7L.

    Proposed Instructor: Brenda Gutierrez


  • Cognition: Fundamental Theories (5 credits)

  • PSYC 20-01 [In Person]

    Session 1

    Introduces basic concepts in cognitive psychology with a focus on theoretical explanations of cognitive functioning. Topics include perception, attention, memory, concepts, language, visual cognition, executive functions, and reasoning processes. (Formerly course 20A.)

    Proposed Instructor: Andrew Guydish


  • Cognition: Fundamental Theories (5 credits)

  • PSYC 20-02 [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    Introduces basic concepts in cognitive psychology with a focus on theoretical explanations of cognitive functioning. Topics include perception, attention, memory, concepts, language, visual cognition, executive functions, and reasoning processes. (Formerly course 20A.)

    Proposed Instructor: Yasmin Chowdhury


  • Research Methods in Psychology (7 credits)

  • PSYC 100 [In Person]

    Session 2

    An introduction to research methods used to investigate human psychology. Course emphasizes critical thinking, designing and conducting research, analyzing and interpreting data, and writing a professional research report.

    Prerequisite(s): Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; AM 3 or AM 6, or MATH 3 or higher level Mathematics course; and PSYC 2, or STAT 5, or STAT 7 and STAT 7L.

    Proposed Instructor: Benjamin Storm


  • Adolescent Development: Adolescence into Young Adulthood (5 credits)

  • PSYC 102 [In Person]

    Session 2

    Focuses on individual and relational development from early adolescence into emergin adulthood. Emphasis on the mutual influences of family relationships and adolescent development, and on the interface of family, peer group, and school experience in cultural contexts.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 10 and PSYC 100.

    Proposed Instructor: Andrew Takimoto


  • Adult Development and Aging (5 credits)

  • PSYC 103 [In Person]

    Session 1

    Overview of the cultural, societal, biological, interpersonal, and cognitive processes of adult development and aging. Class discusses how each of these contexts and processes promotes stability and change as adults experience adulthood, reflect on their lives, and prepare for death.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 10 and PSYC 100.

    Proposed Instructor: Margarita Azmitia


  • Children's Thinking (5 credits)

  • PSYC 105 [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    Cognition in children from infancy through adolescence. Basic and current research on children's understanding of the social and physical world. Focus on major theoretical perspectives: especially Piaget's constructivist approach and sociocultural approach.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 10 and PSYC 100. Enrollment is restricted to psychology and cognitive science majors and minors.

    Proposed Instructor: Sam McHugh


  • Identity Development in Social and Cultural Contexts (5 credits)

  • PSYC 119M [In Person]

    Session 1

    Senior seminar that focuses on identity development in adolescence and young adulthood. Discusses theory and research on the development of personal and social identities and the sociocultural contexts in which these personal and social identities are negotiated. Satisfies seminar requirement. Satisfies senior comprehensive requirement.

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements and PSYC 100PSYC 102 strongly recommended. Enrollment is restricted to senior psychology majors or by permission of instructor.

    Proposed Instructor: Margarita Azmitia


  • The Science of Learning (5 credits)

  • PSYC 122 [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    Academic success often entails managing and mastering multiple courses covering a variety of topics, each with their own unique requirements. However, what study methods are effective versus ineffective, and why? For example, is learning based on the amount of time a student spends studying? Is highlighting an effective method of learning? Is it better to study by reviewing notes or testing oneself? How will you know if a study tip you read on the internet will really help you learn? Course poses questions about studying and discuss the answers that have been uncovered through scientific research on human memory.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 20 or PSYC 129; and PSYC 100.

    Proposed Instructor: Karen Arcos


  • Human Learning and Memory (5 credits)

  • PSYC 129 [In Person]

    Session 1

    Examines basic theories, models, methods, and research findings in human memory. Both traditional and nontraditional topics are covered.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100. Enrollment is restricted to psychology and cognitive science majors and minors.

    Proposed Instructor: Benjamin Storm


  • Women's Lives in Context (5 credits)

  • PSYC 140G [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    Examines gender as a psychological and social factor that influences women's experiences in different contexts. Cuts across other areas of psychology by taking a women-centered approach. Emphasis also placed on understanding how intersections between gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc., impact women's psychological well-being.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100, or SOCY 3A. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior psychology and sociology majors.

    Proposed Instructor: Melina Singh


  • Sexual Identity and Society (5 credits)

  • PSYC 140H [In Person]

    Session 1

    Addresses sexual and gender identity diversity in social, historical, and political context. Highlights current social justice issues and cultural ideologies related to sexual and gender identity diversity. Discusses social and scientific activism for sexual liberation; gay and lesbian identities and communities; sexuality beyond binaries and categories (e.g., bisexuality, pansexuality); asexuality; kink/fetish; transgender identities and sexualities; sexual fluidity and heteroflexibility; and queer sexual ethics and politics.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100.

    General Education Code TA

    Proposed Instructor: Daniel Copulsky


  • Social Psychology of Gender (5 credits)

  • PSYC 140Q [In Person]

    Session 1

    Considers individual, interpersonal, and cultural influences on gender similarities and differences in thinking, motivation, and behavior. Emphasizes factors related to power and status inequalities between women and men.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100.

    Proposed Instructor: Michael Vallerga


  • Privacy and Surveillance (5 credits)

  • PSYC 141 [In Person]

    Session 1

    Survey of theory and research on privacy and surveillance. Topics include: the functions of privacy; threats to privacy in multiple domains; the psychological impact of surveillance; historical and cultural differences in privacy and surveillance practices; and the relationship between privacy, surveillance, and social justice.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100, or by permission of the instructor.

    Proposed Instructor: Camille Conrey


  • Psychology of Oppression and Liberation (5 credits)

  • PSYC 142 [In Person]

    Session 2

    Provides theoretical frameworks for understanding interlocking systems of oppression from the perspective of the oppressed as well as the oppressor nationally and internationally. Goes beyond mainstream (traditional) psychology and emphasizes critical psychological perspectives that include micro- and macro-level theories of oppression; importance of ideology in oppressive systems; and theories of social change and liberation across contexts.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100 or feminist studies, sociology, community studies, or politics majors

    Proposed Instructor: Sylvane Vaccarino


  • The Social Context (5 credits)

  • PSYC 146 [Online/Remote]

    Session 1

    A systematic analysis of the social and contextual determinants of human behavior, with special attention given to concepts of situational control, social comparison, role and attribution theories, as well as the macrodeterminants of behavior: cultural, historical, and sociopolitical context.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100.

    Proposed Instructor: Ibette Valle


  • Psychology and Law (5 credits)

  • PSYC 147A [In Person]

    Session 2

    Current and future relationships between law and psychology, paying special attention to gaps between legal fictions and psychological realities in the legal system. Topics include an introduction to social science and law, the nature of legal and criminal responsibility, the relationship between the social and legal concepts of discrimination, and the nature of legal punishment. Cross Listed Course LGST 147A

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100; and PSYC 40 is highly recommended prior to taking this course. Enrollment is restricted to psychology, pre-psychology, cognitive science, and legal studies majors.

    Proposed Instructor: Roxy Davis


  • Community Psychology: Transforming Communities (5 credits)

  • PSYC 149 [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    Introduces community psychology, a discipline that blends social psychology, sociology, and anthropology. Topics include levels of analysis, ecologies, prevention, intervention, feminisms, empowerment, sense of community, coalition building, and social justice and action.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors.

    Proposed Instructor: Daniel Rodriguez Ramirez


  • Psychology of Sexual Aggression (5 credits)

  • PSYC 159D [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    An overview of psychological theory and research related to sexual aggression, focusing on both perpetration and victimization. Includes a discussion of the social construction of masculinity and femininity, media representations of sexual violence, and alternative (non-aggressive) visions of sexuality. Satisfies the senior seminar requirement. Satisfies the senior comprehensive requirement.

    Prerequisite(s): Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; and PSYC 100. Enrollment is restricted to senior psychology or feminist studies majors or permission of instructor.

    Proposed Instructor: Eileen Zurbriggen


  • Clinical Psychology (5 credits)

  • PSYC 167 [Online/Remote]

    Session 1

    Serves as an in-depth introduction to the field of clinical psychology. Covers issues of clinical assessment, interviewing, testing, and a range of therapeutic modalities.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100PSYC 170 is recommended as preparation. Enrollment is restricted to psychology majors.

    Proposed Instructor: Hannah Raila


  • Qualitative Research Methods (5 credits)

  • PSYC 182 [In Person]

    Session 1

    Designed to equip students with the ability to evaluate, conceive, and carry out psychological research. A variety of techniques (interpretive,phenomenological analysis, grounded theory and narrative inquiry) are examined and experienced. Students carry out research projects.

    Prerequisite: PSYC 100.

    General Education Code PR-E

    Proposed Instructor: Samuel Hughes


  • International Field Study (10 credits)

  • PSYC 193I [In Person]

    Special Session: June 17 - August 12

    Psychology and Cognitive Science Internship
    Intern in Barcelona, Spain or Lisbon, Portugal

    Explore your career goals, expand your professional network and skills, and gain real work experience by participating in an internship for an organization in either Barcelona, Spain or Lisbon, Portugal. Internships are customized according to your career interests and skills in Psychology or Cognitive Science. You will earn UCSC credit, enroll in Psychology 193, and fulfill the Field Study Requirement, which will complement your experience and support a successful internship. Internships are available in a variety of organizations and placements are in English with some language immersion options.

    You will intern approximately 25 hours per week and should expect to spend additional hours per week on coursework for PSYCH 193. 

    Deadline to apply: February 15, 2022

    Course Description:

    Designed to provide advanced psychology undergraduates the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to direct experience in a community agency abroad. Students earn academic credit by working as interns at a variety of psychological settings where they are trained and supervised by a professional within the agency. Faculty also supervise the students' academic work by providing guidance and helping them integrate psychological theories with their hands-on intern experience. Applications due two quarters in advance to the Psychology Field Study Office. Genereal Eduction Code PR-S

    Course Pending CCI Approval