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.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Elizabeth Goldman


  • 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 to petition for enrollment. Include proof of prerequisite material.

    Proposed Instructor - Allison Nguyen


  • 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): 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 to petition for enrollment. Include proof of prerequisite material.

    Proposed Instructor - Paulette Garcia Peraza


  • 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 20, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology.)

    Proposed Instructor - Kelsey James


  • 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


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

  • PSYC 102

    Session 1

    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.

    If you are enrolled in PSYC 100 for Session 2, and would like to take PSYC 102 as well, contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code. This summer, PSYC 100 and 102 may be taken concurrently.

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

    Proposed Instructor - Margarita Azmitia


  • Adult Development and Aging (5 credits)

  • PSYC 103

    Session 2

    An introduction to cultural, biological, interpersonal, and cognitive processes that influence adult development and aging. We discuss how each of these processes promotes stability and change during adulthood. (Formerly course109.) Prerequisite(s): courses 3 or 100 and course 10. 

    Proposed Instructor - Brenda Gutierrez


  • Social and Emotional Development (5 credits)

  • PSYC 106

    Session 2

    An examination of contemporary theory and research on social and emotional development from infancy through childhood. Prerequisite(s): courses 3 or 100and 10.

    Proposed Instructor - Abigail Walsh


  • 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


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

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Yasmin Chowdhury


  • 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 to petition for enrollment. Include proof of prerequisite material.

    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.
    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