Class Descriptions

Students learn the psychological principles behind behaviors such as learning, motivation, intelligence, feelings and emotions, personality, abnormal behavior and methods of adjustment. Different psychological perspectives such as psychoanalysis, neuroscience, cognitive, behaviorism and humanism will be emphasized.

Students explore issues related to higher education that contribute to student success. Topics will include an overview of academic success skills, value and purpose of higher education, Los Angeles City College and Los Angeles Community College District policies and procedures, ethics and responsibility, diversity in higher education, educational strategies and planning, interpersonal communication, career development, health issues, and self-assessment techniques.

Students explore communication in a variety of interpersonal relationships. Students will study communication behaviors in dyads (pairs) and their impact on personal and professional relationships, developing effective communication skills in areas such as verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, emotional intelligence, and conflict management. This course meets AA degree and transfer requirements.

Students develop their skills for writing college-level essays that incorporate various documentation styles.  Students learn the importance of various fiction and non-fiction readings.

Students receive an introduction to ideas and methods in the Humanities. The course explores the way in which individuals and groups create meaning in their lives and in the world around them.

The students learn the major principles of sociology as they are applied to contemporary social issues. With the use of several theoretical perspectives it examines social structures within American society and other cultures from macro and micro perspectives. There are extensive references to contemporary research findings on social structure, group dynamics, social stratification, and social institutions.

This course focuses on the exploration of major health issues and behaviors in the various dimensions of health. Emphasis is placed on individual responsibility for personal health and the promotion of informed, positive health behaviors. This course does not focus on the vocational aspects of the public health field and instead looks at the connection between personal behavior and it’s correlation with disease prevention. Topics include nutrition, exercise, weight control, mental health, stress management, violence, substance abuse, reproductive health, disease prevention, aging, healthcare, and environmental hazards and safety.

This course is an introduction to probability, descriptive and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency and dispersion, sampling, and estimation. Hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, test of independence, linear correlation and regression analysis also are covered.

Students learn about physical, emotional, cognitive and social growth and change affecting individuals across the lifespan. Students follow the development of humans from conception to death, examining theories and research in the fields of personality, social, emotional, and cognitive psychology. This course will also investigate problems of development.

This introductory and integrative course in the arts offers a thematic approach to art appreciation through art examples from Western and non-Western cultures. The student learns about art forms and media in traditional and contemporary styles, including terminology and problems of definition, meaning, and evaluation in the visual arts.

Students learn to explain psychological behavior as a result and cause of events taking place in the brain, nervous systems, and genes. Students learn to explain the relationship of biological events to psychopathology, sexuality, motivation, sleep, stress, emotions, perception, and learning.

This is a practical course in college level research using academic libraries and related information sources. Students develop strategies to fi nd, organize, evaluate, and cite various print and online sources effectively and ethically. These skills help students become strong researchers and life long learners.

The student surveys various research methods with an emphasis on research design, experimental procedures, instrumentation, and the collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of research data. Research design and methodology will be illustrated through a selected review of research in the field of psychology.

The Student learns the major historical and contemporary ethical theories, as well as a discussion and analysis of current moral issues.

Students learn how we are influenced by our society in the areas of persuasion, propaganda and brain washing, obedience and conformity, aggression and prejudice, sexism, gender roles, group processes, interpersonal relationships and multiculturalism.

Students study representative works from major genres, to develop close reading and analytical writing skills, and to have an appreciation and critical understanding of the cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities of literature. Students study literature and literary criticism in order to develop critical thinking, reading and writing skills beyond the level achieved in English 101. This course emphasizes logical reasoning, analysis, and strategies of argumentation.

An introduction to United States and California government and politics, including their constitutions, political institutions and processes, and political actors. Examination of political behavior, political issues, and public policy.

Students learn a practical and historical overview of basic physics, including laws of motion, properties of matter, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, light, atomic and nuclear physics, and relativity, and are reminded of their role in technology and culture today. No mathematical preparation is needed. If a student wishes to transfer, this as a laboratory science course the student must also complete Physics 14.

The student will learn to use basic Laboratory techniques to understand and apply simple physical laws and concepts, including the use of graphs, calculators and simple measurements to understand and measure the speed of sound, forces, densities, velocities, indexes of refraction, specific heats, and verify Hooke’s Law, Boyle’s law, and Ohm’s Law. When taken with or after Physics 12, it completes the units requirement for a Natural Science course with laboratory.

Students survey study of the social and political history of the United States from the Reconstruction era to the present, focusing not only on political and social developments in the history of the United States but also on economic and cultural developments, and analyzing changes in both the United States’ domestic policies and its ongoing and changing role in international affairs.

The student applies sociological perspectives and concepts in analyzing contemporary social problems in the United States. Problems associated with drug abuse; poverty; racial, ethnic, and gender inequality; crime and violence; and the environment are some of the topics addressed.


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