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UCSB Reads 2011: Relevant Courses

Our Bodies, Our Cells: Exploring Identity

Relevant courses listed in the UCSB General Catalog

BMSE 210. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Techniques for Physical Scientists (4)

An intensive laboratory course for physical science and engineering students providing background knowledge and laboratory experience in standard molecular biology and protein purification techniques, as well as techniques for characterizing purified proteins.

BMSE 252. Principles of Bioengineering (2)

An overview of various aspects of bioengineering including modeling of physiological functions, biomedical devices, drug delivery, and tissue engineering.

BMSE 294B. Bioengineering: Career and Development Opportunities at the Interface between Biotechnology and Engineering (2)

Based on presentations by experts from the bioengineering industry. Presenters describe their companies' technologies and developments, including biosensors, therapeutics, tissue engineering, quantum dots and advanced instrumentation. Training and educational requirements for different career tracks are discussed.

BL ST 160. Analyses of Racism and Social Policy in the United States (4)

In-depth analysis of the history, ideological and scientific origins of racism in the United States from the nineteenth century. The effects of institutional racism on social policy, desegregation, integration, and affirmative action programs are also examined.

BL ST 131. Race and Public Policy (4)

Provides a theoretical overview of the role of race and ethnicity in local, national, and international public policy debates. Examines critical case studies of several policies: regional development, social welfare, environment, criminal justice, etc. Student policy projects with fieldwork component.

ENGR 101. Ethics in Engineering (3)

The nature of moral value, normative judgement and moral reasoning. Theories of moral value. The engineer's role in society. Ethics in professional practice. Safety, risk, responsibility. Morality and career choice. Code of ethics. Case studies facilitate the comprehension of the concepts introduced.

FEMST 135. Feminist Theories of Science and Feminist Scientists (4)

Exploration of feminists analyses and critiques of science in social, historical, and political contexts. How does science construct gender? How and why are women excluded from scientific discourses and practices? How have women transformed science, and what is "feminist science?"

FEMST 163A. Women and Public Policy in Twentieth-Century America (4)

How gender-based cultural attitudes and social roles, collective action, and economic and social change interacted to shape law and public policy with respect to work, family, and legal and reproductive rights. From 1900 through approximately 1945.

FEMST 215. Intersectional Perspectives on Gender, Social Politics, and Public Policy(4)

Intersectional perspectives on the making and implementation of law and social policy in the United States, historically and comparatively. Includes feminist theories of the state and may cover issues of citizenship, immigration, sexuality, reproduction, health, work, welfare, anti-discrimination, marriage, family.

HIST 247. Social Dimensions of Stem Cell Research (4)

Overview of ethical, social and legal contexts of biological research with special reference to stem cells, embryology, and policy.


MCDB 247. Social Dimensions of Stem Cell Research (4)

Same as Hist 247
Overview of ethical, social and legal contexts of biological research with special reference to stem cells, embryology and policy.


PSY 7. Introduction to Experimental Psychology (3)

Introduction to the purpose, design, planning, and execution of experiments in psychology and to the analysis and interpretation of data. 

PSY 99. Independent Research in Psychology (1-4)

Advanced independent research under the guidance of a faculty member in the department, including writing a research report or review.

PSY 112L. Laboratory in Social Behavior (5)

Methods, techniques and typical experimental research in social psychology.

PSY 119. Social Norms (4)

Review of social psychological principles and theories that explain the formation and change of social norms, and how those norms affect everyday social behavior in health, legal, business, political, and educational contexts.

PSY 120L. Laboratory in Advanced Research Methods (5)

Exposes students to sophisticated aspects of experimentation in psychology including the bases for theoretical inference, experimental designs, development of procedures and analyses.

PSY 148. The Psychology of Self (4)

Examination of the self from social and cognitive perspectives. topics may include: (a) how we come to know who we are and what we are like, (b) how we stucture knowledge about the self in our minds, and (c) how we use this self-knowledge to guide and direct our behavior.


PSY 154. Cultural Psychology (4)

Discusses how culture influences human psychological processes. Reviews empirical evidence of cultural differences in how people think, feel, and act, and also the processes in which these psychological tendencies are connected to culture.

WRIT 109HP. Writing for Health Professions (4)

Strategy, analysis, format for various types of academic and professional writing in the health care field. Contemporary topics/issues will be the basis of study, discussion, research, and writing.

WRIT 109JW. Journalistic Writing (4)

Analysis and practice of news writing for print and broadcast with focus on inverted pyramid style, interview techniques, background research, editing, writing to deadline, and ethical issues.

WRIT 109ST. Writing for Science and Technology (4)

Analysis and practice of various forms of scientific and technical writing,both academic and professional, such as reports, proposals, journal articles, and abstracts. Attention to research methods, design of papers, development of graphics, technical style, and editing strategies.

WRIT 109WS. Writing for Women's Studies (4)

Analysis and practice of various forms of writing and research methods in women's studies. Attention to strategies for argumentation, analysis, organization and documentation used in humanities and social sciences. Writing projects incorporate interdisciplinary and multimedia sources.

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