Psychology Summer Courses


    Introduction to Psychology (5 credits)

  • PSYC 1

    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(s): PE-H.) 

    Proposed Instructor: Julia Soares

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  • Introduction to Psychological Statistics (5 credits)

  • PSYC 2

    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 course 181. Prerequisite(s): course 1 or 20, and Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3 or 6 or Mathematics 3 or 4 or 11A or satisfactory placement score on math placement exam or CEEB Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam. Enrollment limited to 165. (General Education Code(s): SR.)

    UCSC students - if you are taking your last prerequisite in Session 1, contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code for PSYC 2 in Session 2. 

    Visiting students - contact the instructor, Brandon Balzer-Carr at bbalzerc@ucsc.edu to petition for enrollment. Include proof of prerequisite material.

    Proposed Instructor: Brandon Balzer Carr

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  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology (5 credits)

  • PSYC 10

    Session 2

    Addresses psychological development from conception through adolescence. Provides an overview of developmental psychology. Prerequisite(s): course 1; Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3 or 6, or Math 3 or higher Mathematics courses; and course 2 or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 5 or 7/7L. 

    Visiting students - contact the instructor, Abigail Walsh at abwalsh@ucsc.edu to petition for enrollment. Include proof of prerequisite material.

    Proposed Instructor: Abigail Walsh

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  • Cognition: Fundamental Theories (5 credits)

  • PSYC 20A

    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 20, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology.)

    Proposed Instructor: Peter Krause

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  • Research Methods in Psychology (7 credits)

  • PSYC 100

    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; Applied Mathematics and Statistics 2 or 3 or 6, or Mathematics 3 or higher level Mathematics course; and course 2 or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 5 or 7/7L. 

    Enroll in lecture and associated discussion section. New fall admit transfers and visiting students - contact the department at psyadv@ucsc.edu to petition for enrollment. Include proof of prerequisite material.

    Proposed Instructor: Benjamin Storm

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

  • PSYC 102

    Session 2

    Focuses on individual and relational development from early adolescence into emerging 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): courses 10 and 100.

    Visiting students - contact the instructor, Margarita Azmitia at azmitia@ucsc.edu to petition for enrollment. Include proof of prerequisite material.

    Proposed Instructor: Margarita Azmitia

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  • Children's Thinking (5 credits)

  • PSYC 105

    Session 1

    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): courses 10 and 100. Enrollment is restricted to psychology and cognitive science majors and minors.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Claudia Castañeda

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  • The Psychology of Language (5 credits)

  • PSYC 125

    Session 2

    An analysis of human communication as a function of psychological, linguistic, and social factors. Focuses on language comprehension and production, including the processing of sounds, words, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and dialogue. Prerequisite(s): course 100. Enrollment is restricted to psychology and cognitive science majors and minors.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Alina Larson

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  • Human Learning and Memory (5 credits)

  • PSYC 129

    Session 1

    Examines basic theories, models, methods, and research findings in human memory. Both traditional and nontraditional topics are covered. Prerequisite(s): course 100. Enrollment is restricted to psychology and cognitive science majors and minors.

    Visiting students - contact the instructor, Travis Seymour at nogard@ucsc.edu to petition for enrollment. Include proof of prerequisite material.

    Proposed Instructor: Travis Seymour

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  • Forgetting (5 credits)

  • PSYC 139J

    Session 1

    Explores forgetting as an essential and adaptive process in human memory. Topics include: intentional and unintentional forms of forgetting; the (re)constructive nature of memory; and cases of extreme remembering. Satisfies the senior seminar requirement. Satisfies the senior comprehensive requirement. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements and course 3 or 100. Enrollment is restricted to senior psychology and cognitive science majors. Enrollment limited to 30. 

    Proposed Instructor: Benjamin Storm

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  • Psychology of Trauma (5 credits)

  • PSYC 140T

    Session 2

    Overview of psychological theory and research on trauma and traumatic stress, including responses to childhood trauma (especially sexual abuse), combat, and natural disasters. Variety of theoretical frameworks presented, including developmental, cognitive, neuropsychological, clinical, and social/contextual. Prerequisite(s):course 100 or permission of instructor. 

    Visiting students - contact the instructor, Sarah Harsey at sharsey@ucsc.edu to petition for enrollment. Include proof of prerequisite material.

    Proposed Instructor: Sarah Harsey

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  • Psychology and Law (5 credits)

  • PSYC 147A

    Session 1

    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. (Also offered as Legal Studies 147A. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): courses 3 or 100; and course 40 is highly recommended prior to taking this course. Enrollment is restricted to psychology, pre-psychology, and legal studies majors. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. All students - restrictions waived in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Shirin Bakhshay

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  • Community Psychology: Transforming Communities (5 credits)

  • PSYC 149

    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): course 3 or 100. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. All students - restrictions waived in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Christine Rosales

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  • Psychology of Sexual Aggression (5 credits)

  • PSYC 159D

    Session 1

    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 course 3 or 100. Enrollment is restricted to senior psychology or feminist studies majors or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 30. 

    Visiting students - contact the instructor, Eileen Zurbriggen at zurbrigg@ucsc.edu to petition for enrollment. Include proof of prerequisite material.

    Proposed Instructor: Eileen Zurbriggen

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  • Childhood Psychopathology (5 credits)

  • PSYC 171

    Session 2

    A critical and intensive exploration of a wide variety of specific disorders within their biological, developmental, and social contexts. Concepts of psychopathology in childhood, major and minor diagnostic systems, and a variety of theories of etiology are explored. General intervention strategies and a wide range of specific psychotherapy systems for treatment are closely examined and demonstrated. Prerequisite(s): courses 3 or 100; and course 10. Course 170 strongly recommended. 

    Visiting students - contact the instructor, Sona Kaur at skau15@ucsc.edu to petition for enrollment. Include proof of prerequisite material.

    Proposed Instructor: Sona Kaur

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  • History and Systems of Psychology (5 credits)

  • PSYC 183

    Session 1

    An overview of the history of psychology. Examines issues of paradigm and philosophy of science. Reviews central paradigms in the history of the discipline. Assumes a critical-historical approach, linking scientific knowledge produced to prevailing societal beliefs about mind and behavior. (Formerly course 180) Prerequisite(s): course 3 or 100.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Samuel Hughes

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