USP Course Descriptions

USP Courses

UCSD Course Catalog

Lower-Division Courses

USP 1. History of U.S. Urban Communities (4)
This course charts the development of urban communities across the United States both temporally and geographically. It examines the patterns of cleavage, conflict, convergence of interest, and consensus that have structured urban life. Social, cultural, and economic forces will be analyzed for the roles they have played in shaping the diverse communities of America's cities.

USP 2. Urban World System (4)
Examines cities and the environment in a global context. Emphasizes how the world’s economy and the earth’s ecology are increasingly interdependent. Focuses on biophysical and ethicosocial concerns rooted in the contemporary division of labor among cities, Third World industrialization, and the post-industrial transformation of U.S. cities.

USP 3. The City and Social Theory (4)
An introduction to the sociological study of cities, focusing on urban society in the United States. Students in the course will examine theoretical approaches to the study of urban life; social stratification in the city; urban social and cultural systems—ethnic communities, suburbia, family life in the city, religion, art, and leisure.

POLI 30. Political Inquiry (4)
Introduction to the logic of inference in social science and to quantitative analysis in political science and public policy including research design, data collection, data description and computer graphics, and the logic of statistical inference (including linear regression).

Upper-Division Courses

USP 100. Introduction to Urban Planning (4)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of urban planning. It surveys important topics in urban planning including economic development, urban design, transportation, environmental planning, housing, and the history of urban planning

USP 101. Introduction to Policy Analysis (4)
(Same as POLI 160AA.) This course will explore the process by which the preferences of the individuals are converted into public policy. Also included will be an examination of the complexity of policy problems, methods for designing better policies, and a review of tools used by analysts and policy makers. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 102. Urban Economics (4)
(Same as ECON 135.) Economic analysis of why and where cities develop, problems they cause, and public policies to deal with these problems. Determination of urban land rent/use, reasons for suburbanization. Transportation and congestion in cities, zoning, poverty and housing, urban local government. Econ 1A-B or 2 or 100A; and Math 10A or 20A.

USP 103. American City in the Twentieth Century (4)
(Same as HIUS 148.) This course surveys changes in U.S. cities since about 1900. Case studies of individual cities illustrate the social, political, and environmental consequences of rapid urban expansion, as well as the ways in which "urban problems" have been understood historically. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 104. Ethnic Diversity and the City (4)
(Same as ETHN 105.) This course will examine the city as a crucible of ethnic identity exploring both the racial and ethnic dimensions of urban life in the U.S. from the Civil War to the present. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 105. Urban Sociology (4)
(Same as SOC/C 153.) Introduces students to the major approaches in the sociological study of cities and to what a sociological analysis can add to our understanding of urban processes. It covers themes such as urbanism, the ‘Urban Question’, and globalization. Prerequisite; upper division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 106. The History of Race and Ethnicity in American Cities (4)
(Same as HIUS 129.) This class examines the history of racial and ethnic groups in American cities. It looks at major forces of change such as immigration to cities, political empowerment, and social movements, as well as urban policies such as housing segregation. Prerequisite; upper division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 107. Urban Politics (4)
Same as POLI 102E.) This survey course focuses upon the following six topics: the evolution of urban politics since the mid-nineteenth century; the urban fiscal crisis; federal/urban relationships; the "new" ethnic politics; urban power structure and leadership; and selected contemporary policy issues such as downtown redevelopment, poverty, and race. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 109. California Government and Politics (4)
(Same as POLI 103A.) This survey course explores six topics: 1) the state’s political history; 2) campaigning, the mass media, and elections; 3) actors and institutions in the making of state policy; 4) local government; 5) contemporary policy issues; e.g., Proposition 13, school desegration, crime, housing, and land use, transportation, water; 6) California’s role in national politics. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 110. Advanced Topics in Urban Politics (4)
(Same as POLI 102J.) Building upon the introductory urban politics course, the advanced topics course explores issues such as community power, minority empowerment, and the politics of growth. A research paper is required. Students wishing to fulfill the paper requirement with field research should enroll in the subsequent Political Science 102JJ course offered Summer Session II. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 111. Field Research in Urban Politics (4)
(Same as POLI 102JJ.) To be taken with the approval of the Political Science 102J instructor, this course allows students to do original field research on topics in urban politics. This course is offered in Summer Session II subsequent to the spring POLI 102J course. May not be used to fulfill any major or minor requirements in politics science or urban studies and planning. Prerequisite: USP 110/POLI 102J and consent of instructor.

USP 113. Politics and Policymaking in Los Angeles (4)
(Same as POLI 103B.) This course examines politics and policymaking in the five-county Los Angeles region. It explores the historical development of the city, suburbs, and region; politics, power, and governance; and major policy challenges facing the city and metropolitan area. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 115. Politics and Policymaking in San Diego (4)
(Same as POLI 103C.) This course examines how major policy decisions are made in San Diego. It analyzes the region’s power structure (including the roles of non-governmental organizations and the media), governance systems and reform efforts, and the politics of major infrastructure projects. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 116. California Local Government: Finance and Administration (4)
This course surveys public finance and administration. It focuses upon California local governments-cities, countries, and special districts-and also examines state and federal relationships. Topics explored include revenue, expenditure, indebtedness, policy responsibilities, and administrative organization and processes. Prerequisite: upper-division standing

USP 120. Urban Planning, Infrastructure, and Real Estate (4)
This course will explore the interrelationships of urban planning, public infrastructure and real estate development. These three issues are critical to an examination of the major challenges facing California's and America's major metropolitan centers. Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 121. Real Estate Law and Regulation (4)
Examination of regulation of real estate development, as it affects landowners, developers and others private sector actors. Includes underlying public policies, establishment and enforcement of laws and regulations, application of regulations to individual projects, and political considerations in implementing regulations. Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 122. Redevelopment Planning, Policymaking and Law (4)
This course examines key elements of land use, planning, and law as related to urban redevelopment. It focuses on San Diego case studies, including the Petco Park/East Village redevelopment project and the Naval Training Center (NTC) Redevelopment Area (Liberty Station). Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 123. Law, Planning and Public Policy (4)
Examination of the intersection of law and policy, in the form of processes and institutions, as they affect decision-making and program implementation in urban planning and design. Opportunities and constraints in making law and policy. Application to specific case examples.

USP 124. Land Use Planning (4)

Introduction to land use planning in the United States: zoning and subdivision, regulation, growth management, farmland preservation, environmental protection, and comprehensive planning. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 125. The Design of Social Research (4)
Research methods are tools for improving knowledge. Beginning with a research question, students will learn to select appropriate methods for sampling, collecting, and analying data to improve their research activities and research results. Prerequisities: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 126. Comparative Land Use and Resource Management (4)

This course evaluates alternative land use, regulatory, and land transfer approaches to the U.S. regime. Considered are overseas reform models for comprehensive land use and resource management, and their effects on environmental justice, resource sustainability, and management efficiency and innovation.

USP 129. Research Methods: Studying Racial and Ethnic Communities (4)
(Same as ETHN 190.) The course offers students the basic research methods with which to study ethnic and racial communities. The various topics to be explored include human and physical geography, transportation, employment, economic structure, cultural values, housing, health, education, and intergroup relations. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor

USP 130. Field Work in Racial and Ethnic Communities (4)
(Same as ETHN 107.) This is a research course examining social, economic, and political issues in ethnic and racial communities through fieldwork. Topics are examined through a variety of research methods which may include interviews, and archival, library, and historical research. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 132. African Americans, Religion, and the City (4)
(Same as ETHN 188.) This course details the history of African-American migration to urban areas after World War I and World War II and explore the role of religion in their lives as well the impact that their religious experiences had upon the cities in which they lived. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 133. Social Inequality and Public Policy (4)
(Same as SOC/C 152) Primary focus on understanding and analyzing poverty and public policy. Analysis of how current debates and public policy initiatives mesh with alternative social scientific explanations of poverty. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 135. Asian and Latina Immigrant Workers in the Global Economy (4)
(Same as ETHN 129) This course will explore the social, political, and economic implications of global economic restructuring, immigration policies and welfare reform on Asian and Latina immigrant women in the United States. We will critically examine these larger social forces from the perspectives of Latina and Asian immigrant women workers, incorporating theories of race, class, and gender to provide a careful reading of the experiences of immigrant women on the global assembly line. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 136. Collaborative Community Leadership (4)
Provides an overview of collaborative leadership and considers consensus organizing as both a tactical and strategic approach to effective community building and development. Examines how various communities have approached collaborative leadership, consensus organizing, and community building.

USP 137. Housing and Community Development Policy and Practice (4)
History, theory, and practice of U.S. housing and community development. How do public, private, and nonprofit sectors shape and implement planning and policy decisions at the federal, state, local, and neighborhood levels. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 138. Urban Economic Development (4)
This course focuses on strategies that policy makers and planners use in their efforts to foster healthy economies. Topics include theories of urban economic development, analytical techniques for describing urban economies, and the politics and planning of economic development. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 139. Urban Design and Economic Development (4)
This course explores emerging trends in urban design and economic development and their interrelationship. The course focuses on selected community projects and also considers urban governance structures. Various research methods will be applied to urban problems. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 143. The U.S. Health Care System (4)
This course will provide an overview of the organization of health care within the context of the community with emphasis on the political, social, and cultural influences. It is concerned with the structure, objectives, and trends of major health and health-related programs in the United States to include sponsorship, financing, training, and utilization of health personnel. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor (offered winter quarter).

USP 144. Environmental and Preventive Health Issues (4)
This course will analyze needs of populations, highlighting current major public health problems such as chronic and communicable diseases, environmental hazards of diseases, psychiatric problems and additional diseases, new social mores affecting health maintenance, consumer health awareness and health practices, special needs of economically and socially disadvantaged populations. The focus is on selected areas of public and environmental health, namely: epidemiology, preventive services in family health, communicable and chronic disease control, and occupational health. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor (offered fall quarter).

USP 145. Aging–Social and Health Policy Issues (4)
This course will provide a brief introduction to the nature and problems of aging, with emphasis on socioeconomic and health status; determinants of priorities of social and health policies will be examined through analysis of the structure and organization of selected programs for the elderly. Field visits will constitute part of the course. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor (offered spring quarter).

USP 146. Research Methods for Built Environment and Active Living (4)
This course examines urban design's effects on physical activity. In field experience settings, students will learn about survey, accelerometer, observation, and GIS methods. Quality control, use of protocols, relevance to all ages, and international applications will also be emphasized. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 147. Case Studies in Health Care Programs/Poor and Underserved Population (4)
The purpose of this course is to identify the special health needs of low income and underserved populations and to review their status of care, factors influencing the incidence of disease and health problems, and political and legislative measures related to access and the provision of care. Selected current programs and policies that address the health care needs of selected underserved populations such as working poor, inner city populations, recent immigrants, and persons with severe disabling mental illnesses will be studied. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: upper-division standing (not offered 2001-2002).

USP 154. Global Justice in Theory and Action (4)
Discuss the idea of justice from multiple perspectives: theory, philosophy, institutions, markets, social mobilization, politics, environment. Examine the assets and capabilities of diverse justice-seeking organizations and movements aimed at improving quality of life and place locally, regionally and globally. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 165. History of the American Suburb (4)
(Same as HIUS 147.) This lecture explores the development of suburbs in America, from the early nineteenth-century to the contemporary era. Topics include suburban formation, class, ethnic and racial dimensions, government influences, social life, and cultural responses to suburbia. The class will explore competing theories of suburbanization as it surveys the major literature. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 166. History of San Diego (4)
A lecture-discussion course that surveys the social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental history of the San Diego region from pre-colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on the urban development that has occurred since 1900. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 167. History of New York City (4)
(Same as HIUS 123) New York City breathes history. Whether it is in the music, the literature, or the architecture, the city informs our most basic conceptions of American identity. This course examines the evolution of Gotham from the colonial era to today. Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor

USP 170. Sustainable Planning (4)
This course will explore the different factors and processes that shape a sustainable city. Contemporary green planning techniques and values will be evaluated. The course will also discuss planning, designing and implementation of sustainable facilities that will reduce sprawl. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 171. Sustainable Development (4)
Sustainable development is a concept invoked by an increasingly wide range of scholars, activists, and organizations dedicated to promoting environmentally sound approaches to economic development. This course critically examines the diverse, often contradictory, interests in sustainability. It provides a transdisciplinary overview of emergent theories and practices. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 173. History of Urban Planning and Design (4)
The analysis of the evolution of city designs over time; study of the forces that influence the form and content of a city: why cities change; comparison of urban planning and architecture in Europe and the United States. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 174. Regional Governance and Planning Reconsidered (4)
Regional planning and local governance in California, focusing upon San Diego. Current system, the state/local relationship, and the incentives and disincentives for restructuring regional and local governance and planning. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 175. Site Analysis: Opportunities and Constraints (4)
Introduction to the theory and practice of context-sensitive site analysis, including: site selection and programming; site inventory and analysis; and conceptual design. Demonstrates uses of GIS-based sketch planning tools for suitability analysis and project visualization in real world settings. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 176. Bi-National Regional Governance and Planning Challenges (4)
This course explores governance and planning challenges in the California/Baja California bi-national region. What are the roles of federal, state, and local governments in addressing issues of transportation, land-use, water/wastewater management, and safety and security?

USP 177. Urban Design Practicum (4)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the theory and practice of urban design, the form of the built environment, and how it is created. There is an emphasis on the development within a larger urban context. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 178. Urban Design for Redevelopment (4)
This course addresses inner-city and suburban redevelopment focusing on urban design, ecological, andethnic issues using advanced physical planning and urban design methods. Also included will be the environmental impact assessments of redevelopment projects. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 179. Urban Design, Theory, and Practice (4)
Roles of the urban designer, preparing schematic proposals and performance statements, identifying opportunities for and constraints on designers. Each student will prepare a practical exercise in urban design using various design methods. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 180. Transportation Planning (4)
Introduction to the history and current state of urban transportation planning, including the relationship between transportation and urban form; role of automotive, mass transit, and alternative modes; methods for transportation systems analysis; decision-making, regulatory, and financing mechanisms; and public attitudes. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 181. Public Transportation (4)
Livable cities rely on balanced transportation systems that can mitigate the negative impacts of car-oriented environment and society. This course will explore the role of public transit in creating a balanced transportation system. A variety of public transportation systems will be analyzed. Prerequisites: USP major and upper-division standing

USP 186. Senior Sequence Research Proposal (6)
Introduces students to the theory and practice of social research including the challenges of writing a scholarly proposal. Students are required to complete 100 hours of an internship experience while critically examining the relations between social science and society.Prerequisites: USP major and upper-division standing

USP 187. Senior Sequence Research Project (6)
An intensive research, internship and writing experience that culminates in an original senior research project. Students learn about the theoretical, ethical and technical challenges of scholarly research and publication.Prerequisite: USP 186

USP 189. Special Topics in Urban Planning (4)
An undergraduate course designed to cover various aspects of Urban Planning. May be taken for credit up to two times. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

USP 190. Senior Honors Seminar (4)
Each student enrolled will be required to write an honors essay, a substantial research paper on a current urban policy issue, under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Most often the essay will be based on their previous fieldwork courses and internship. This essay and other written exercises, as well as class participation, will be the basis of the final grade for the course. The seminar will rotate from year to year among the faculty in urban studies and planning. Prerequisites: USP 186, USP 187, major GPA 3.5, and permission of instructor.

USP 191. GIS for Urban and Community Planning (4)
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and using GIS to make decisions: acquiring data and organizing data in useful formats; demographic mapping; geocodeing. Selected exercises examine crime data, political campaigns, banking and environmental planning, patterns of bank lending and finance. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

USP 193. San Diego Community Research (4)
Using the San Diego region as a case study, students will be introduced to the process of collecting, evaluating, and presenting urban and regional data using a variety of methods including aggregate data analysis, historical research, ethnography, and GIS mapping. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

USP 194. Research Seminar in Washington, D.C. (4)
(Same as Cognitive Science 194, Communication194, Earth Science 194, History 193, Political Science 194, Sociology E/194) Course attached to six-unit internship taken by students participating in the UCDC program. Involves weekly seminar meetings with faculty and teaching assistant and a substantial research paper. Prerequisite: department approval. Participating in UCDC program.

USP 195. Teaching Apprentice–Undergraduate (2-4)
Introduction to teaching activities associated with course. Responsibilities include preparing reading materials assigned by the instructor, attending course lectures, meeting at least one hour per week with the instructor, assisting instructor in grading, and preparing a summary report to the instructor. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and an A in the course in which the student plans to assist.

USP 198. Directed Group Study (2-4)
Directed group study on a topic or in a field not included in the regular departmental curriculum by special arrangement with a faculty member. Prerequisites: upper-division standing and consent of instructor.

USP 199. Independent Study (2-4)
Reading and research programs and field-study projects to be arranged between student and instructor, depending on the student's needs and the instructor's advice in terms of these needs. Prerequisites: upper-division standing and consent of instructor.


ANBI 132. Conservation and the Human Predicament (4)
(Same as BIEB 176.) Interdisciplinary discussion of the human predicament, biodiversity crisis, and importance of biological conservation. Examines issues from biological, cultural, historical, economic, social, political, and ethical perspectives emphasizing new approaches and new techniques for safeguarding the future of humans and other biosphere inhabitants. Prerequisites: upper-division standing. ANLD 2 (formerly 10) or consent of instructor.

ANSC 131. Urban Cultures in Latin America (4)
This course examines four interrelated and historically structured themes of urban culture in Latin America: the role of cities in organizing national space and society; immigration and race; modernism; and popular culture as new religion, music, and film.


ECON 116. Economic Development (4)
Analysis of current economic problems of less-developed areas and conditions for increasingtheir income, employment, and welfare; case studies of specific less-developed countries. Prerequisite: Economics 1A-B or 2A-B.

ECON 118 Law and Economics: Torts, Property and Crime (4)
Uses economic theory to evaluate the economic effects of U.S. law in several legal fields, including tort law (accidents), product liability law, property law, criminal law (law enforcement), and litigation. Also considers risk bearing and why people buy insurance. Renumbered from ECON118A. Credit not allowed for both ECON 118 and ECON 118A. Prerequisites: ECON 1A-B or 2 or 100A; and Math 10A or 20A

ECON 130. Public Policy (4)
Role of economics in public policy. Topics such as funding health care, drug policy, incentives for high technology industries, mass transit versus highway construction, and agriculture subsidies. Term paper usually required. Prerequisites: Economics 1A-B or 2A-B.

ECON 131. Economics of the Environment (4)
Environmental issues from an economic perspective. Relation of the environment to economic growth. Management of natural resources, such as forest and fresh water. Policies on air, water, and toxic waste pollution. International issues such as ozone depletion and sustainable development. Prerequisites: Economics 1A-B or 2A-B.

ECON 139. Labor Economics (4)
Operation of labor markets. Such topics as labor force participation, unemployment, labor mobility, wage inflation, the impact of unions, human capital investments, internal labor markets, and labor market discrimination. Prerequisites: Economics 1A-B or 2A-B.

ECON 150. Economics of the Public Sector: Taxation (4)
Overview of the public sector in the U.S. and the scope of government intervention in economic life. Basic principles of taxation, tax incidence, and tax efficiency. Analysis of the U.S. tax system before and after the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Prerequisites: Economics 100A or 170A.

ECON 151. Economics of the Public Sector: Expenditures (4)
Overview of the public sector in the U.S. and the scope of government intervention in economic life. Theory of public goods and externalities. Introduction to the basic forms of government intervention. Evaluation of specific expenditure programs such as education and national defense. Prerequisites: Economics 100A or 170A.

ECON 155. Economics of Voting and Public Choice (4)
An economic analysis of social decision making, including such topics as the desirable scope and size of the public sector, the efficiency of collective decision-making procedures, voting theory and collective vs. market resource allocation. Prerequisite: Economics 100A-B or 170A-B. 

Education Studies

EDS 130. Introduction to Academic Mentoring of Elementary/School students (4)
This course focuses on the role of undergraduate mentors in raising academic expectations for students and families traditionally underrepresented at the university. The relationship between the school and community, the social and political organization of elementary schools, and the academic achievement of elementary children are examined. Prerequisite: department stamp required. EDS 139 must be taken as a prerequisite. 

Environmental Studies

ENVR 102. Selected Topics in Environmental Studies (4)
An interdisciplinary course focusing on one of a variety of topics related to environmental studies such as environmental policy and politics, foreign study in environmental problems, environmental history, nature writers, ethics and the environment. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

ENVR 110. Environmental Law (4)
Explores environmental policy in the United States and the ways in which it is reflected in law. The social and political issues addressed include environmental justice and environmental racism, as well as the role of government in implementing environmental law. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

ENVR 130. Environmental Issues: Social Sciences (4)
Explores contemporary environmental issues from the perspective of the social sciences. It includes the cultural framing of environmental issues and appropriate social action, the analysis of economic incentives and constraints, and a comparison of policy approaches. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor. 

Ethnic Studies

ETHN 103. Environmental Racism (4)
This course will examine the concept of environmental racism, theempirical evidence of its widespread existence, and the efforts bygovernment, residents, workers, and activists to combat it. We willexamine those forces that create environmental injustices in order tounderstand its causes as well as its consequences. Students areexpected to learn and apply several concepts and social scientifictheories to the course material.

ETHN 104. Race, Space, and Segregation (4)
Through in-depth studies of housing segregation, urban renewal and displacement, neighborhood race effects, and the location of hazards and amenities, this course examines how space becomes racialized and how race becomes spatialized in the contemporary U.S.

ETHN 118. Contemporary Immigration Issues (4)
This course examines the diversity of today's immigrants--their social origins and contexts of exit and their adaptation experiences and contexts of incorporation.

ETHN 121. Contemporary Asian-American History (4)
The course will study changes in Asian-American communities as a result of renewed immigration since 1965; the influx of refugees from Vietnam, Kampuchea, and Laos; the impact of contemporary social movements on Asian-Americans' current economic, social, and political status.

ETHN 123. Asian-American Politics (4)
This course will examine the development of Asian-American politics by studying the historical and contemporary factors, such as political and economic exclusion, that have contributed to the importance and complexity of ethnicity as a mobilizing force in politics.

ETHN 131. Social and Economic History of the Southwest II (4)
This course examines the history of the American Southwest from the U.S.-Mexican War in 1846-48 to the present, focusing on immigration, racial and ethnic conflict, and the growth of Chicano national identity. (Cross-listed with HIUS 159.)

ETHN 142. Medicine, Race, and the Global Politics of Inequality (4)
Globalization fosters both the transmission of AIDS, cholera,tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases and gross inequalities inthe resources available to prevent and cure them. This course focuseson how race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and nation both shapeand are shaped by the social construction of health and diseaseworldwide.

ETHN 151. Ethnic Politics in America (4)
This course will survey the political effects of immigration, ethnic mobilization, and community building in America, and the contemporary role of ethnicity in politics and intergroup relations.

ETHN 161. Black Politics and Protest Since 1941 (4)
Discussion of black social, political, and intellectual experiencessince the publication of Richard Wright's Native Son. Close examination of blacks' involvement in and relationships to Second World War, ColdWar, Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Movement, Reagan Revolution, and Underclass Debate.

ETHN 184. Black Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century (4)
An analysis of black cultural and intellectual production since 1895. Course will explore how race and race-consciousness have influenced the dialogue between ideas and social experience; and how other factors i.e., age, gender, and class affected scholars' insights.


HIEU 129. Paris, Past and Present (4)
This course surveys the historical and cultural significance of Paris from about 1500 to the present. The focus is on interactions between political, architectural, and urban evolutions, and the changing populations of Paris in times of war, revolutions, and peace.

HILA 115. The Latin American City, a History (4)
A survey of the development of urban forms of Latin America and of the role that cities played in the region as administrative and economic centers. After a brief survey of pre-Columbian centers, the lectures will trace the development of cities as outposts of the Iberian empires and as “city-states” that formed the nuclei of new nations after 1810. The course concentrates primarily on the cities of South America, but some references will be made to Mexico City. It ends with a discussion of modern social ills and Third World urbanization. Lima, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo are its principal examples. Prerequisite: upper-division standing

HILA 121. History of Brazil (4)
From colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Among the topics covered: the evolution of a slave-based economy, the key differences among regions, the military in politics, and the creation of the most populous and industrialized country in Latin America. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

HISC 172/272. Building America: Technology, Culture, and the Built Environment in the United States (4)
The history of the built environment in the United States, from skyscrapers to suburbs, canals and railroads to factories and department stores. The technological history of structures and infrastructures, and the social and cultural values that have been "built into" our material environment. Graduate students are required to submit an additional paper. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

HITO 180/280. Housing in the Developing World (4)
The majority of the world's citizens now live in cities; this course examines the evolution of housing architecture and finance in the twentieth-century context of rapid urbanization, dissolving empire, industrialization, and globalization. Graduate students will submit a more substantial piece of work with in-depth analysis and with an increased number of sources cited. A typical undergraduate paper would be ten pages, whereas a typical graduate paper would require engagement with primary sources, more extensive reading of secondary material, and be about twenty pages. Prerequisites: Upper division or graduate standing and consent of instructor

HIUS 114. California History (4)
This course examines California history from 1800 onward, with an emphasis on social, economic, and political change. The course will explore the effect of national and international events as well as the ways in which California—the ideal and the real—shapes the American experience.

HIUS 117. History of Los Angeles (4)
This course examines the history of Los Angeles from the early nineteenth century to the present. Particular issues to be addressed include urbanization, ethnicity, politics, technological change, and cultural diversification.

HIUS 124/ETHN 125. Asian American History (4)
Explore how Asian Americans were involved in the political, economic, and cultural formation of United States society. Topics include migration; labor systems; gender, sexuality and social organization; racial ideologies and anti-Asian movements; and nationalism and debates over citizenship.

HIUS 126. A History of Race in the United States (4)
Examines key periods, events, and processes throughout the twentieth century that shaped the way Americans thought about race. Also examines the historical development of the category of race and racism, as well as how it is lived in everyday life.

HIUS 139/ETHN 149. African-American History in the Twentieth Century (4)
This course examines the transformation of African America across the expanse of the long twentieth century: imperialism, migration, urbanization, desegregation, and deindustrialization. Special emphasis will be placed on issues of culture, international relations, and urban politics. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

HIUS 140. Economic History of the United States I (4)
The United States as a raw materials producer, as an agrarian society, and as an industrial nation. Emphasis on the logic of the growth process, the social and political tensions accompanying expansion, and nineteenth- and early twentieth-century transformations of American capitalism.

HIUS 141. Economic History of the United States II (4)
The United States as modern industrial nation. Emphasis on the logic of the growth process, the social and political tensions accompanying expansion, and twentieth-century transformations of American capitalism.

HIUS 154. Western Environmental History (4)
This course examines human interaction with the western American environment and explores the distinction between the objective environmental understanding of science and the subjective views of history and historians. The course will also analyze the most compelling environmental issues in the contemporary West.

HIUS 180. Immigration and Ethnicity in Modern Amer. Society (4)
(Same as ETHN134.) Comparative study of immigration and ethnic-group formation in the United States from 1880 to the present. Topics include immigrant adaptation, competing theories about the experiences of different ethnic groups, and the persistence of ethnic attachments in modern American society. Prerequisite: Department stamp required. 


PHIL 163. Biomedical Ethics (4)
Moral issues in medicine and the biological sciences, such as patient's rights and physician's responsibilities, abortion and euthanasia, the distribution of health care, experimentation, and genetic intervention. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor. Formerly Philosophy 122. 

Political Science

POLI 100H. Race and Ethnicity in American Politics (4)
This course examines the processes by which racial and ethnic groups have/have not been incorporated into the American political system. The course focuses on the political experiences of European immigrant groups, blacks, Latinos, and Asians.

POLI 100J. Race in American Political Development (4)
Readings examine how the multiracial character of the United States has shaped the broad outlines of American politics. Cases include thefounding/the Constitution, southern politics, social organization informerly Mexican regions, the New Deal, consequences of limitedsuffrage.

POLI 105A. Latino Politics in the U.S. (4)
This course examines contemporary issues in Latino politics in the U.S.; comparisons of racial and ethnic group experiences in the U.S.; Latino access to the political system through political participation. Prerequisite: upper-division standingPOLI 125A. Communities and the Environment (4)A popular new idea in environmental protection is to include local communities in conservation efforts. But what are these communities? What challenges do they face in governing their own resources? This course uses both theory and case studies to explore the political economy of community-based conservations.

POLI 150A. Politics of Immigration (4)
Comparative analysis of attempts by the U. S., western Europe, and Japan to initiate, regulate and reduce immigration from Third World countries. Social and economic factors shaping outcomes of immigration policies, public opinion toward immigrants, anti-immigration movements, and immigration policy reform options in industrialized countries.,

POLI 160AB. Introduction to Policy Analysis (4)
In this course, students will use their knowledge of the political and economic foundations of public policy making to conduct research in a wide variety of public policy problems. Prerequisite: PS 160AA.

POLI 162. Environmental Policy (4)
This course will explore contemporary environmental issues such as global warming, endangered species, and land us. Students will be asked to analyze various policy options and to write case analyses. Policies may be debated in class.

POLI 168. Policy Assessment (4)
The use of real data to assess policy alternatives. Introduction to benefit/cost analysis, decision theory, and the valuation of public goods. Applications to health, environmental, and regulatory economic policy making. 


PSYCH 60. Introduction to Statistics (4)
Introduction to the experimental method in psychology and to mathematical techniques necessary for experimental research. Prerequisite: one year mathematics or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 104. Social Psychology (4)
An introduction and survey of current knowledge in social psychology. Prerequisite: Psychology 60. 


SOCI 100. Classical Sociological Theory (4)
Major figures and schools in sociology from the early nineteenth century onwards, including Marx, Tocqueville, Durkheim, and Weber. the objective of the course is to provide students with a background in classical social theory, and to show its relevance to contemporary sociology. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 112. Social Psychology (4)
This course will deal with human behavior and personality development as affected by social group life. Major theories will be compared. The interaction dynamics of such substantive areas as socialization, normative and deviant behavior, learning and achievement, the social construction of the self, and the social identities will be considered. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 117. Language, Culture and Education (4)
(Same as EDS 117.)The mutual influence of language, culture, and education will be explores; explanations of students’ school successes and failures that employ linguistic and cultural variables will be considered; bilingualism; cultural transmission through education. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 121. Economy and Society (4)
An examination of a central concern of classical social theory; the relationship between economy and society, with special attention (theoretically and empirically) on the problem of the origins of modern capitalism. The course will investigate the role of technology and economic institutions in society; the influence of culture and politics on economic exchange, production, and consumption; the process of rationalization and the social division of labor; contemporary economic problems and the welfare state. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 125. Sociology of Immigration (4)
Immigration from a comparative, historical, and cultural perspective. Topics include: factors influencing amount of immigration and destination of immigrants; varying modes of incorporation of immigrants; immigration policies and rights; the impact of immigration on host economies; refugees; assimilation; and return migration. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 126. Social Organization of Education (4)
(Same as EDS 126.)The social organization of education in the U.S. and other societies; the functions of education for individuals and society; the structure of schools; educational decision making; educational testing; socialization and education; formal and informal education; cultural transmission. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 132. Gender and Work (4)
Examination and analysis of empirical research and theoretical perspectives on gender and work. Special attention tooccupational segregation. Other topics include: the interplay between work and family; gender, work and poverty; gender and work in the Third World. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 135. Medical Sociology (4)
A selective inquiry into the roles of culture, social structure, and organized health professions for defining, mediating, and structuring the health and illness experiences of key social groups in American Society. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 136E. Sociology of Mental Illness: A Historical Approach (4)
An examination of the social, cultural, and political factors involved in the identification and treatment of mental illness. This course will emphasize historical material, focusing on the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. Developments in England as well as the United States will be examined from an historical perspective. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 136F. Sociology of Mental Illness in ContemporarySociety (4)
This course will focus on recent developments in the mental illness sector and on the contemporary sociological literature on mental illness. Developments in England as well as the United States will be examined. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 139. Social Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender (4)
Massive inequality in wealth, power, and prestige is ever-present in industrial societies. In this course, causes and consequences of class, gender, racial and ethnic inequality ("stratification") will be considered through examination of classical and modern social science theory and research. Prerequisite: upper-division standing

SOCI 141. Crime and Society (4)
A study of the social origins of criminal law, the administration of justice, causes and patterns of criminal behavior, and the prevention and control of crime, including individual rehabilitation and institutional change, and the politics of legal, police, and correctional reform. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 144. Forms of Social Control (4)
The organization, development, and mission of social control agencies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with emphasis on crime and madness; agency occupations (police, psychiatrists, correctional work, etc.): theories of control movements. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 146. Law Enforcement in America (4)
Provides a sociological understanding of policing in practice in the United States. Examines the social, political, and historical forces behind the development and shaping of policing in America - including the functions of police, the "working personality" of police officers, as well as police misconduct and its control. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 148. Political Sociology (4)
Course focuses on the interaction between state and society. It discusses central concepts of political sociology (social cleavages, mobilization, the state, legitimacy), institutional characteristics, causes, and consequences of contemporary political regimes (liberal democracies, authoritarianism, communism), and processes of political change. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 148E. Inequality and Jobs (4)
Causes and consequences of labor market inequality will be examined. The focus will be on recent theoretical and empirical research at the micro and macro levels of analysis: How do characteristics of individuals, of jobs, of societies affect labor market outcomes in modern societies? Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 151. Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations (4)
An historical and comparative analysis of race and ethnic relations in various national settings, with emphasis on the United States. The course will analyze the origins of ethnic stratification systems, their maintenance, the adaptation of minority communities, and the role of reform and revolutionary movements and government policies promoting civil rights and social change. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 155. The City of San Diego (4)
A research-oriented course studying a specific city. Students will describe and analyze a local community of San Diego. Additional work on one citywide institution. Guest lecturers from San Diego organizations and government. Readings largely from city reports and news media.

SOCI 159. Special Topics in Social Organizations and Institutions (4)
Readings and discussion of particular substantive issues and research in the sociology of organizations and institutions—including such areas as population, economy, education, family, medicine, law, politics, and religion. Topics will vary from year to year. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 169. Citizenship, Community and Culture (4)
Will survey the liberal, communitarian, social-democratic, nationalist, feminist, post nationalist, and multicultural views on the construction of the modern citizen and good society. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 179. Social Change (4)
Course focuses on the development of capitalism as a world-wide process, with emphasis on its social and political consequences. Topics include: precapitalist societies, the rise of capitalism in the West, and the social and political responses to its expansion elsewhere. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

SOCI 180. Social Movements and Social Protest (4)
An examination of the nature of protests and violence, particularly as they occur in the context of larger social movements. The course will further examine those generic facets of social movements having to do with their genesis, characteristic forms of development, relationship to established political configurations, and gradual fading away. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

Visual Arts

VIS 110G. The Natural and Altered Environment (4)
Explores the natural and altered environment as a basis for subject as well as placement of work pertaining to the environment. Prerequisites: two from VIS 104CN, 105C, 106C, 107CN, and 147

VIS 111. The Structure of Art (4)
This course will address the structure of signification in art. We will consider the modes of signification in a wide range of representational and nonrepresentational artworks from architecture through drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, and film to performance. Examples will be selected from various places and epochs. This course is required for transfer students. This course is offered during winter quarter only. 

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