Clusters Lower-Division Courses

M1A-M1B-M1CW. Food: Lens for Environment and Sustainability. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters M1A-M1B-M1CW.) (Same as Environment M1A-M1B-M1CW.) Course M1A is enforced requisite to M1B, which is enforced requisite to M1CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. M1A-M1B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Food as lens for local and global environmental and sustainability issues. Integration of environmental, social, economic, and technological solutions for fair, sustainable, and healthy food production, food security, and access. Focus on human impacts on Earth’s biological and physical systems, including how food production and consumption contributes to, and is impacted by, global problems, including climate change, pollution, and overpopulation. Laboratory exercises included in discussions. M1CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course M1B. Examination of specialized environmental and sustainability topics as they relate to food, including air, water, biodiversity, climate change, food access, food security, and health. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

20A-20B-20CW. Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 20A-20B-20CW.) Course 20A is enforced requisite to 20B, which is enforced requisite to 20CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. 20A-20B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Examination of nature and meaning of race in American society through study of history, literature, and law. Consideration, among other topics, of construction of race as social and cultural category among two or more groups and exploration of ways in which race has shaped understanding of American citizenship. 20CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 20B. Consideration of how experience, debates, and issues of race are represented and understood in historical, legal, cinematic, and literary contexts. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

21A-21B-21CW. History of Modern Thought. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 21A-21B-21CW.) Course 21A is enforced requisite to 21B, which is enforced requisite to 21CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. 21A-21B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Introduction to key issues in humanities and social sciences through reading of prominent social theories of past four centuries. Consideration of writers from Rousseau and Wollstonecraft to Foucault and Beauvoir in historical context and from perspectives of academic specialties for which their work is fundamental. 21CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 21B. Examination of cross-section of classical and modern social theories and debates that shape them. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

22A-22B-22CW. Toward World Economy: Perils and Promise of Globalization. (5-5-5) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 22A-22B-22CW.) Course 22A is enforced requisite to 22B, which is enforced requisite to 22CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. 22A-22B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Exploration of causes and mechanisms of globalization as well as its consequences. Critical examination of globalization theories, international institutions of trade, finance, governance, and overall impact of globalization on human society. 22CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisites: course 22B, and English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Topics may include global governance, development, and health. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

23A-23B-23CW. Inside Performing Arts: Interdisciplinary Exploration of Performance in Society and Culture. (5-5-5) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 23A-23B-23CW.) Course 23A is enforced requisite to 23B, which is enforced requisite to 23CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. 23A-23B. Lecture, four hours; discussion, two hours. Introduction to historical development and evolution of performing arts, aesthetic theories and practices, and political, social, and cultural contexts within which performance has evolved. 23CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisites: course 23B, and English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Topics include origins and ideas of performance, art and performance, and music as cultural expression. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

M24A-M24B-M24CW. Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters M24A-M24B-M24CW.) (Same as Labor and Workplace Studies M1A-M1B-M1CW.) Course M24A is enforced requisite to M24B, which is enforced requisite to M24CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. M24A-M24B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Exploration of ways in which work has been transformed over last century, impact of this transformation on working people, and role of labor movement as force for social justice. M24CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course M24B. Topics include labor law/history, gender, race, and workplace. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

25A-25B-25CW. Politics, Society, and Urban Culture in East Asia. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 25A-25B-25CW.) Course 25A is enforced requisite to 25B, which is enforced requisite to 25CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. 25A-25B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Comprehensive exploration of historical evolution of popular East Asian urban culture and interrelationship of East Asian politics, social life, and economic and urban cultural expression. 25CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 25B. In-depth examination of issues in historical and contemporary East Asian popular culture. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

26A-26B-26CW. Poverty and Health in Latin America. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 26A-26B-26CW.) Course 26A is enforced requisite to 26B, which is enforced requisite to 26CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. 26A. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Introduction to social determinants of health, with focus on cultural, historical, socioeconomic, public health, medical, political, and artistic context of poverty in modern Latin America and on different local, national, and regional responses to health inequities. Exploration of major trends and debates that have shaped and continue to define issues related to poverty and health in region. 26B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 26A. Responses to health inequities and possible solutions to promote improved health outcomes and to social determinants of health illustrated through examples of current programs and policies. Major areas for addressing health inequity include governance, community action, social justice and human rights movements, health sector and public health programs, and global priorities. Introduction to tools to promote health, such as service delivery, health workforce, information systems, access to medicines, health systems financing, and health systems governance. 26CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 26B. Students meet weekly in small group seminars based on topics related to course theme to allow them to study, discuss, and then generate policy solutions to create more equitable healthcare in Latin America. Focus on one particular area of Latin America or one local Latin American community to reflect field study sites to eventually be offered and serve as preparation for summer field study component. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

30A-30B-30CW. Never-Ending Stories: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Myth. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 30A-30B-30CW.) Course 30A is enforced requisite to 30B, which is enforced requisite to 30CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. 30A-30B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Exploration in depth of particular mythological traditions, aspects of storytelling, role of myth in culture, society, and/or art, and contributions of various disciplines to study of myth. 30CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 30B. Topics may include myth and modern art (including literature, music, and film), myth and ritual, oral tradition and orality, myth and political ideology, myth and science, hero and trickster, and myths of creation. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

40A-40B-40CW. Chinese Classics, Their Legacy in East Asia, and Reimagination in Modern Times. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 40A-40B-40CW.) Course 40A is enforced requisite to 40B, which is enforced requisite to 40CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. 40A-40B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Learning in traditional China was defined through mastery of canon of classic texts that students memorized as part of their education. These classics were also taught in Vietnam, Japan, and Korea, and served to create cultural ties across East Asia. Many more texts came to be considered classics — works of enduring value, read by large numbers of people across centuries, including religious scriptures, legal codes, novels, paintings, and performances. Exploration of how Chinese classics have been used and reimagined in different places and times to demonstrate enduring importance of these texts and cultural artifacts. Emphasis on how these works were interpreted throughout East Asia, relationship with past, and how shared history is seen as informing present. 40CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 40B. In-depth examination of Chinese classic texts and their reimagination in modern times. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

60A-60B-60CW. America in Sixties: Politics, Society, and Culture, 1954 to 1974. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 60A-60B-60CW.) Course 60A is enforced requisite to 60B, which is enforced requisite to 60CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. 60A-60B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Interdisciplinary exploration of U.S. society from Brown versus Board of Education (1954) to resignation of Nixon. Topics include civil rights, Great Society, anti-Vietnam war movement, political and artistic countercultures, and changes in technology, law, and media. 60CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 60B. In-depth examination of political and cultural issues affecting U.S. society from 1954 to 1974. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

66A-66B-66CW. Los Angeles: The Cluster. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 66A-66B-66CW.) Course 66A is enforced requisite to 66B, which is enforced requisite to 66CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. 66A-66B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. In-depth look at city in which UCLA is located. Drawing on concept of Los Angeles as laboratory, students engage in systematic way with urban area that is to be their home for next several years. As they do, they come to understand peoples, spaces, politics, and cultures of Los Angeles and its metropolitan region in both present and past, as well as Los Angeles’s place in urban world. 66CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 66B. Topics may include musical cultures of Los Angeles, Los Angeles as global city, Los Angeles in fiction, Southern California and environment, planning for 21st-century Los Angeles, and housing and homeless in Los Angeles. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

70A-70DW. Evolution of Cosmos and Life. (6 each) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 70A-70DW.) Course 70A is enforced requisite to 70B, which is enforced requisite to 70CW or 70DW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. 70A-70B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Use of concept of evolution, as it applies to biological organisms, Earth, solar system, and universe itself, to introduce students to both life and physical sciences. Examination of evolution of universe, galaxy, solar system, and Earth in course 70A; focus on evolution of life in course 70B. 70CW. Special Topics in Life Sciences. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 70B. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 70DW. Examination in depth of various issues of evolution in cosmos from life sciences perspective. Satisfies Writing II requirement. 70DW. Special Topics in Physical Sciences. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 70B. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 70CW. Examination in depth of various issues of evolution in cosmos from physical sciences perspective. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

M71A-M71B-M71CW. Biotechnology and Society. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters M71A-M71B-M71CW.) (Same as Society and Genetics M71A-M71B-M71CW.) Course M71A is enforced requisite to M71B, which is enforced requisite to M71CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. M71A-M71B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Exploration of methods, applications, and implications of biotechnology and of ethical, social, and political implications as well as biological underpinnings. M71CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course M71B. Topics include in-depth examination of ethics and human genetics, bioweapons and biodefense, sex and biotechnology. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

M72A-M72B-M72CW. Sex from Biology to Gendered Society. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters M72A-M72B-M72CW.) (Same as Communication M72A-M72B-M72CW, Society and Genetics M72A-M72B-M72CW, and Sociology M72A-M72B-M72CW.) Course M72A is enforced requisite to M72B, which is enforced requisite to M72CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. M72A-M72B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Examination of many ways in which sex and sexual identity shape and are shaped by biological and social forces, approached from complementary perspectives of anthropology, biology, medicine, and sociology. Specific topics include biological origins of sex differences, intersex, gender identity, gender inequality, homosexuality, sex differences, sex/gender and law, and politics of sex research. M72CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course M72B. Topics may include politics of reproduction, sexuality, sexual identity, social construction of gender, and reproductive technologies. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

73A-73B-73CW. Mind over Matter: History, Science, and Philosophy of Brain. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 73A-73B-73CW.) Course 73A is enforced requisite to 73B, which is enforced requisite to 73CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. 73A-73B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Human brain is most complex structure in universe and last major organ system to be understood. Our brains give us power to see and hear, learn and remember, interpret others, and act purposefully in our environment. We can lose these abilities that we take for granted, naturally over time or as result of injury or disease. Brain function from historical, biological, psychological, and philosophical perspectives to enable students to better understand organ responsible for all mental processes and behavior in health and disease and to encourage them to think and write critically about interaction of neurobiological, philosophical, and psychological factors that control behavior and our experiences as human beings. Use of historical perspective to better understand how field of neuroscience and study of brain have emerged over time. 73CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 73B. Topics include mental illness, neuroscience in popular culture, and neuroscience of decision making. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

80A-80B-80CW. Frontiers in Human Aging. (6-6-6) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 80A-80B-80CW.) Course 80A is enforced requisite to 80B, which is enforced requisite to 80CW. Limited to first-year freshmen. Letter grading. 80A-80B. Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Examination of aging process from vantage points of multiple disciplines, including biology, psychology, sociology, ethics, and public policy. Study of biomedical and biological aging and psychological, social, and ethical implications of phenomena. 80CW. Special Topics. Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 80B. In-depth examination of gender and aging, cellular aging, cancer, and aging of brain. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

97A. Cluster Colloquia: Variable Topics. (1) (Formerly numbered General Education Clusters 97A.) Seminar, one hour. Variable topics course designed for students who have completed one GE cluster. Study, through small-group discussion and projects, of selected topics related to one cluster theme or topic. Consult Schedule of Classes for topics and instructors. May be repeated once for credit. P/NP grading.