2020 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.) 

    If this class is a prerequisite for a Session 2 course you want to take, email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code anytime after you enroll.

    Proposed Instructor - Elizabeth Goldman

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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): 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(s): SR.)

    If you need to take the prerequisite in Session 1, enroll in that course first, then email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll in this course.

    Proposed Instructor - Allison Nguyen

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  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology (5 credits)

  • PSYC 10

    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.

    If this class is a prerequisite for a Session 2 course you want to take, email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code anytime after you enroll.

    Visiting Students - contact instructor for approval to enroll - P. Garcia Peraza, padegarc@ucsc.edu. Provide proof of prerequisite material.

    Proposed Instructor - Paulette Garcia Peraza

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  • Cognition: Fundamental Theories (5 credits)

  • PSYC 20

    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.)

    If this class is a prerequisite for a Session 2 course you want to take, email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code anytime after you enroll.

    Proposed Instructor - Kelsey James

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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; 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.

    If you need to take the prerequisite in Session 1, enroll in that course first, then email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll in this course.

    New UCSC Transfer Edge students 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 1

    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 - Margarita Azmitia

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  • Adult Development and Aging (5 credits)

  • PSYC 103

    Session 2

    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.

    If you need to take the prerequisite in Session 1, enroll in that course first, then email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll in this course.

    Proposed Instructor - Brenda Gutierrez

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  • Moral Development (5 credits)

  • PSYC 112

    Session 1

    How and why do children develop into moral beings? This course covers key theories and empirical research about the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral aspects of moral development, including psychoanalytic, behaviorist, constructivist, nativist, and evolutionary approaches.
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 10 and PSYC 100.

    Proposed Instructor - Tess Shirefley

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  • Emotional Development (5 credits)

  • PSYC 119K

    Session 2

    Covers classic and contemporary work on the nature and development of human emotions. Both theoretical perspectives and empirical research are discussed. Major topics include: emotion-cognition interplay, the measurement of emotion, universality and cultural variability, and emotional communication. Satisfies the senior seminar requirement. Satisfies the senior comprehensive requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 10 and PSYC 100 and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior psychology majors.
    If you need to take the prerequisite in Session 1, enroll in that course first, then email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll in this course.
    Proposed Instructor - Audun Dahl

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

  • PSYC 119M

    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 100. Enrollment is restricted to senior psychology majors or by permission of instructor.
    Proposed Instructor - Margarita Azmitia

  • 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): PSYC 100. Enrollment is restricted to psychology and cognitive science majors and minors.

    UCSC students - major restrictions lifted in summer. If you have met the PSYC 100 prerequisite but are not a declared PSYC or COG SCI major, contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.

    Visiting students - contact psyadv@ucsc.edu with proof you met the PSYC 100 prerequisite for permission to enroll

    Proposed Instructor - Yasmin Chowdhury

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

    UCSC students - major restrictions lifted in summer. If you have met the PSYC 100 prerequisite but are not a declared PSYC or COG SCI major, contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.

    Visiting students - contact psyadv@ucsc.edu with proof you met the PSYC 100 prerequisite for permission to enroll

    Proposed Instructor - Benjamin Storm

  • Modeling Human Performance (5 credits)

  • PSYC 139D

    Session 1

    Hands-on experience using computational modeling to understand human cognitive-task performance by comparing simulated and human data. Satisfies senior seminar requirement. Satisfies senior comprehensive requirement. Enrollment restricted to senior psychology, cognitive science, computer science, and computer engineering majors, or by permission of instructor. Satisfies the senior seminar requirement. Satisfies the senior comprehensive requirement.

    Prerequisite(s): Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; PSYC 100, and at least one of the following: PSYC 121PSYC 123PSYC 128PSYC 129PSYC 132PSYC 138; or CSE 5JCSE 11CSE 14CSE 103CSE 140.

    Proposed Instructor - Travis Seymour

  • Women's Bodies and Psychological Well-Being (5 credits)

  • PSYC 140L

    Session 2

    Examines how women's bodily experiences (e.g., sexual objectification, violence, menarche, sexual health) are uniquely tied to their subordinate status and impacts their psychological well-being. Theories of gender inequality will address how social control directed at women's bodies through power relations embedded in societal institutions contributes to women's marginalized status. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior psychology, sociology, feminist studies, and community studies majors.

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; and PSYC 100, or SOCY 103B, or FMST 100. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior psychology, sociology, feminist studies, and community studies majors.

    Proposed Instructor - Sarah Harsey

  • Social Psychology of Gender (5 credits)

  • PSYC 140Q

    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.
    Visiting Students - contact instructor for approval to enroll - M. Vallerga - mvallerg@ucsc.edu. Provide proof of prerequisite material.
    Proposed Instructor - Michael Vallerga

  • Psychology of Sexual Aggression (5 credits)

  • PSYC 159D

    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

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