Units of study

UCLA Summer Sessions offer a wide-range of courses that are drawn from the university’s academic-year program of approved classes. A standard UCLA course is generally worth 4 units. This is equivalent to one 6-credit point unit of study at the University of Sydney, UNSW and at the University of Western Australia. The package price includes the costs of two UCLA courses worth 4 units each. It is compulsory for students to complete at least 8 units (2 courses) for visa purposes. Students are able to take 5 unit courses and these have been included in the course list below. However, please note, an additional cost will apply for any course that is more than 4 units.

Some courses may have mandatory requisites and students are responsible for making sure they have the experience comparable to the listed requisites (information is available on the UCLA schedule of classes website). UCLA does not require students to provide proof of required knowledge.

The UCLA summer courses include lower-division, upper-division and graduate courses. As a general rule, the following applies:

  • Lower-division classes are numbered 1-99 and are meant for first-year and sophomore students. These are equivalent to University of Sydney and University of Western Australia first year units of study i.e. ‘1000 level units’, which are meant for junior students.
  • Upper-division courses are numbered 100-199 and are designed for juniors and seniors. These are equivalent to University of Sydney and University of Western Australia second and third year units of study i.e. ‘2000 and 3000 level units’, which are meant for intermediate and senior students.
  • Graduate courses are those numbered 200-299 and 500-599 (those from 500-599 are open only to UCLA graduate students).

Credit Approvals

Each student is responsible for understanding their own degree progression and what they can receive credit for. Please note that you do not need to have credit approval to submit an application, but you do need to have approval before you depart for the UCLA program.

University of Sydney

  • The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has recently noted that all UCLA units of study will be credited as 3 credit points (meaning two units at UCLA will equal 6 USYD credits). Please click here for a list of pre-approved units (please keep checking this page for updates on pre-approved units). To gain course approval for a unit not on the attached list, please email the UCLA course outline to the FASS faculty services email, fass.facultyservices@sydney.edu.au Please make sure you note in your email that you are participating on the USSC UCLA program.
  • The Business School has provided a pre-approved list of units. They have also provided a list just for Comm Law students. If you would like to take a unit that is not on the list, please fill out their Independent Study Abroad form and submit it to the buisness school faculty services email, business.facultyservices@sydney.edu.au
  • The Faculty of Engineering & IT students need to obtain relevant departmental permission for the UCLA units they wish to receive credit towards their degree. They can be emailed at feit.facultyservices@sydney.edu.au

    Law Students, please note: You WILL NOT be able to participate in the UCLA program if you are undertaking Law units during Semester 1, 2018. Exams for Law units will not be able to be rescheduled at the University of Sydney. If you wish to participate in the UCLA program, please drop all Law units.
  • Faculty of Science students need to obtain relevant departmental permission for the UCLA units they wish to receive credit towards their degree. Please head to the Science Faculty study abroad page.

University of Western Australia

In most instances, units will be counted towards category A or B broadening units or elective units where applicable. Students will be required to seek approval for each UCLA unit they wish to enrol in prior to departure. Credit towards any major or specialisation is subject to approval by the relevant department and the faculty.

University of New South Wales

Students from UNSW will need to speak with their individual faculties for credit approval.

If students have further questions about credit approval or are having difficulties with this process, please contact Amelia Trial.

UCLA Units

The below list includes all 4-unit and 5-unit courses offered in the 2018 UCLA Summer Session. If you would like to view the arts and business pre approved units, they are listed in the links in the above section. The units are subject to change, so please check on the UCLA schedule of classes for most updated course offerings.

Enrolment in most courses is unlimited prior to the first day of session. Courses with enrolment limits close when enrolment reaches the limit but students can be placed on a wait list when it is available. Often additional selections will be added as the wait list is filled to capacity.

For individual course descriptions, please visit the UCLA schedule of classes. After selecting the term (Summer 2018/Session A), subject area, and course, click on the nine-digit course ID number to find details specific to that course.

*These courses are worth 5 units and will incur an additional fee. All other courses listed are 4 units and are included in the program fees.

Afro-American Studies


413015110 M5 Social Organization of Black Communities*
413342110 M107 Cultural History of Rap*

Ancient Near East


286031110 10W Jerusalem: The Holy City*
286306110 CM101A-Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt, Predynastic Period to New Kingdom
286318110 M103A Ancient Egyptian Civilization
286363110 122 Elementary Ancient Egyptian: Intensive
286480110 130 Ancient Egyptian Religion*



111009110 3 Culture and Society*
111411110 110P Principles of Archaeology
111366110 124S Evolution of Human Sexual Behavior
111504110 133 Anthropology of Food
111517110 139 Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Cross- and Intra-Cultural Perspectives and Understandings of Disability
111624110 142P Anthropology of Religion
111874110 160B Change and Continuity among Native North Americans

Applied Linguistics


384091110 30W Language and Social Interaction*
384121110 40W Languages and Gender: Introduction to Gender and Stereotypes*
384307110 101W Introduction to Language learning and language teaching*

Architecture and Urban Design


114031310 10B History of Architecture and Urban Design: Baroque to contemporary Moment*
114618110 CM153 Introduction to Sustainable Architecture and Community Planning



119020110 11E Ceramics
119634110 133 Advanced Painting *

Art History


118362110 M110A-Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt, Predynastic Period to New Kingdom
118414110 119A Western Islamic Art
118492110 132 Selected Topics in Contemporary Art
118496110 133D Architecture in U.S.
118604110 C142B Latin American Art of 20th Century
118627110 154B Later Art of India
118617110 C152B History of Korean Painting

Asian American Studies


121030110 10 History of Asian Americans*
121091200 30W Asian American Literature and Culture



257181110 M60W Introduction to Buddhism*



123048110 5 Life in the Universe

Chemistry and Biochemistry


142140910 20A Chemical Structure
142088910 30A Organic Chemistry I: Structure and Reactivity
142042910 14A Atomic and Molecular Structure, Equilibria, Acids, and Bases
142117910 14BL General and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
142044910 14C Structure of Organic Molecules
142119910 14CL General and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
142130910 17 Chemical Principles
142140110 20A Chemical Structure
142088110 30A Organic Chemistry I: Structure and Reactivity
142637110 153A Biochemistry: Introduction to Structure, Enzymes, and Metabolism
142641110 153L Biochemical Methods I

Chicana and Chicano Studies


144029111 10A Introduction to Chicana and Chicano studies: History and Culture*
144302110 100SL Barrio Service Learning*
144440110 M102 Mexican Americans and Schools
144455110 M108A Music of Latin America: Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean Isles
144483110 M121 Issues in Latina/Latino Poverty
144502110 M127 Farmworker Movements, Social Justice, and United Farm Workers Legacy
144781110 180 Chicana and Chicano Schooling and Community Activism
144829110 188 Special Courses in Chicana and Chicano Studies



259420110 C120 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics



148043110 20 Discovering Romans*
148810110 185 Origins and Nature of English Vocabulary*

Communications Studies


024001110 1 Principles of Oral Communication
024002110 1A Public Speaking for Non-native Speakers
024003110 1B Learning American English and Culture from Movies
024030210 10 Introduction to Communication studies*
438300910 100 Communication Theory
024384110 114 Understanding Relationships
024546110 141 Films of Persuasion: Social and Political Advocacy in Mass Society
024642110 157 Celebrity, Fame and Social Media
438696110 166 Inside Hollywood
024805110 184 Abortion, the Death Penalty, and Gun Control: Arguing Contemporary social issues

Comparative Literature

152007910 1E Social Media and Storytelling: Comparing Cultures*
152019110 4DW Literature and Writing: Great Books from the World at Large*

Design/Media Arts


141032110 10 Design Culture*
141063110 21 Color
141073110 24 Motion
141076110 25 Typography
141085110 28 Interactivity

Disability Studies


028311110 101W Perspectives on Disability Studies*
028426110 M121 Topics in Gender and Disabilities
028535110 M139 Perspectives on Autism and Neurodiversity

Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences


411003110 1 Introduction to Earth Science*
411021110 7 Perils of Space: Introduction to Space Weather
411024910 8 Earthquakes*
411027110 9 Solar System and Planets
411045110 15 Blue Planet: Introduction to Oceanography*

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


128300310 100 Introduction to Ecology and Behavior
128305110 100L Introduction to Ecology and Behavior Laboratory
128396110 116 Conservation Biology
128420910 120 Evolution
128762910 C177 Practical Computing for Evolutionary Biologists and Ecologists
128816910 186 Evolutionary Medicine: Clinical Perspective on Medical, Surgical, and Psychiatric Disorders



180004110 1 Principles of Economics
180008110 2 Principles of Economics
180052110 11 Microeconomic Theory
180123110 41 Statistics for Economists
180346110 101 Microeconomic Theory
180364110 102 Macroeconomic Theory
180374210 103 Introduction to Econometrics
180318810 103L Econometrics Laboratory
180419110 106F Finance
180420110 106G Introduction to Game Theory
180673110 160 Money and Banking



183348110 M102 Mexican Americans and Schools
183474110 129 Education and Law
183822110 187 Variable Topics in Education*



186367110 111 Introduction to Finance and Marketing for Engineers



196255910 70 Medievalisms: Medieval Literature and Contemporary Culture
196355110 M107A Studies in Women's Writing: Women Writers and Fairy-Tale Tradition
196416110 119 Literary Cities: Los Angeles Phase
196529110 M138 Topics in Creative Writing: Three-Act Screenplay*
196534110 139 Individual Authors
196599110 149 Medievalisms*
196607110 150C Topics in Shakespeare*
196679110 163B Transatlantic Romanticism
196698110 166C American Literature, 1832-1865*
196773110 179 Topics in Literature, circa 1850 to Present: California Food Cultures*

English as a Second Language


197060110 20 Conversation and Fluency
197063110 21 Pronunciation
197067210 22 Public Speaking
197069210 23 American Culture through Film
197075110 25 Academic reading and Writing
197332110 105 Advanced Grammar and Style for Multilingual Students

English Composition


194099510 3 English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language*
194481110 131B Specialized Writing: Business and Social Policy  



184036110 12 Sustainability and Environment
184480110 M132 Environmentalism: Past, Present, and Future
184504110 M134 Environmental Economics
184618110 M153 Introduction to Sustainable Architecture and Community Planning
184679110 163 Business and Natural Environment
184674110 M164 Environmental Politics and Governance



430075110 25 Global Pop*
430090110 30 Music and Media
430170110 50A Jazz in American Culture: Late 19th Century through 1940s*
430348110 M108A Music of Latin America: Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean Isles
208414110 M119 Cultural History of Rap*

Film and Television


238012910 4 Introduction to Art and Technique of Filmmaking*
238018910 6A History of American Motion Picture
238099910 33 Introductory Screenwriting
238338910 106C History of African, Asian, and Latin American Film
238366011 M111 Women and Film
238435110 122D Film Editing: Overview of History, Technique, and Practice
238436110 122E Digital Cinematography
238441110 122J Disney Feature: Then and Now*
238444110 122M Film and Television Directing
238564110 C144 Interactive Multimedia Authoring
238798210 183A Producing I: Film and Television Development



236003110 1 Elementary French
236009110 3 Elementary French
236123110 41 French Cinema and Culture*

Gender Studies


405030110 10 Introduction to Gender Studies*
405318110 103 Knowledge
405363910 M110C Women and Film
405363910 M111 Philosophical Analysis of Issues in Feminist Theory
405384910 M114 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Studies*
405426110 M121 Topics in Gender and Disabilities
405666110 M161 Sports, Normativity, and Body
405672110 M162 Sociology of Gender*
405690110 M165 Psychology of Gender



207012110 2 Biodiversity in Changing World*
207077110 4 Globalization: Regional Development*
207086110 5 People and Earth’s Ecosystems*
207394110 M115 Environmentalism: Past, Present, and Future
207483110 126 Geography of Extinction
207533110 135 African Ecology and Development
207564110 145 Slavery and Human Trafficking
207586110 M149 Transportation Geography
207593110 151 Cities and Social Difference

Global Studies


022660110 160 Special Topics in Global Studies:Introduction to International Business



221052110 9D Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of Middle East
221363110 114A History of Rome to Death of Caesar
221329110 119D Topics in Medieval History
221518110 140C 20th-Century U.S. History since 1960
221634110 154 History of California

International Area Studies


407001110 1 Introduction to international area studies*
407093110 31 Introduction to Southeast Asia*

International Development Studies


229001110 1 Introduction to International Development Studies
229360110 110 Economic Development and Culture Change
229420110 M120 Political Economy of Developing Countries

Islamic Studies


234360110 M110 Introduction to Islam



261225110 75 Anime*
261630110 155 Topics in Japanese Cinema

Labour and Workplace Studies


242426110 M121 Issues in Latina/Latino Poverty
242450200 M125 U.S./Mexico Relations
242463110 M127 Farmworker Movements, Social Justice, and United Farm Workers Legacy
242540200 140 Working It: Women, Work, and Family

Law, Undergraduate


245792110 182 Law and Popular Culture

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies (LGBTQS)


436384110 M114 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
436523110 M137 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Perspectives in Pop Music

Life Sciences


252022910 7A Cell and Molecular Biology
252022110 7B Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology
252024910 7C Physiology and Human Biology
252060910 20 Quantitative Concepts for Life Sciences
252071110 23L Introduction to Laboratory and Scientific Methodology
252090910 30A Mathematics for Life Scientists
252342410 107 Genetics*



253002910 1 Introduction to Study of Language
253090110 20 Introduction to Linguistics*
253312910 102 Introduction to Applied Phonetics
253330110 105 Morphology*
253420110 120A Phonology I
253437110 120B Syntax I
253491910 132 Language Processing



260001110 1A Principles of Accounting
260320110 108 Business law
260491110 120A Intermediate financial accounting I*
260510110 122 Management Accounting
260534110 126 Financial Statement Analysis
260539110 127A Tax Principles and policies
260678310 163 Entrepreneurship and New Product Development
260780810 180 Special Topics in Management
260661110 182 Leadership principles and practice



262206110 1 Pre-calculus
262074110 3A Calculus for Life Science Students
262089110 3C Probability for Life Science Students
262181110 31A Differential and Integral Calculus
262206110 32A Calculus of Several Variables
262221110 33A Linear Algebra and Applications
262268110 61 Introduction to Discrete Structures
262338110 110A Algebra
262398110 115A Linear Algebra*
262447110 131A Analysis
262469110 132 Complex Analysis for Applications
262503110 134 Linear and Nonlinear Systems of Differential Equations
262508110 135 Ordinary Differential Equations
262513110 142 Mathematical Modelling
262629110 164 Optimization
262646110 167 Mathematical Game Theory
262660110 170A Probability Theory
262749110 174E Mathematics of Finance for Mathematics/Economics students



264780110 180 Special Topics: Introduction to Integrative East-West Medicine

Molecular, Cell and Development Biology


269151910 50 Stem Cell Biology, Politics, and Ethics: Teasing Apart Issues
269180110 60 Biomedical Ethics*
269270110 90 Human Stem Cells and Medicine
269300110 100 Introduction to Cell Biology*
269362110 110L Integrative Approach to Discovery in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology



281011110 3 Preparatory Music Theory
281029110 7 Understanding Movie Music
431050110 15 Art of Listening
281213110 80A Beginning Keyboard
431212200 80B Intermediate Keyboard
431218110 80E Sight Singing and Ear Training
281219110 80F Beginning Guitar Class
281244110 80V Vocal Technique for Beginners
431830200 188 Special Courses in Music: Anatomy of Popular Song
431830202 188 Special Courses in Music: Hollywood Bowl Concerts: Composers, Music, and Performance
431830205 188 Special Courses in Music: Music Therapy

Music History


433015110 5 History of Rock and Roll
433036110 12W Writing about Music
433204110 68 Beatles
433522110 M137 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Perspectives in Pop Music
434306200 101 Seminar: Music Industry, Technology, and Science
434343200 107A Audio Technology for Musicians I
434390200 115 The Art of Music Production



302150110 50 Fundamentals of Epidemiology



312019110 4 Philosophical Analysis of Contemporary Moral Issues
312040110 7 Introduction to Philosophy of Mind*
312079110 22 Introduction to Ethical Theory*
312082110 31 Logic, First Course
312450910 C119 Topics in Modern Philosophy
312514110 129 Philosophy of Psychology
155A Medical Ethics: Beginning- and End-of-Life Issues
312810110 185 Major Philosophers of 20th Century: Ludwig Wittgenstein and Philosophical Investigations
M187 Philosophical Analysis of Issues in Feminist Theory: Gender and Social Justice



318001110 1A Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics*
318007110 1B Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Oscillations, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Fields*
318008110 1C Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Electrodynamics, Optics, and Special Relativity*
318016310 4AL Physics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics
318017110 4BL Physics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers: Electricity and Magnetism
318025810 5A Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Mechanics and Energy
318026910 5B Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Thermodynamics, Fluids, Waves, Light, and Optics
318027910 5C Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Electricity, Magnetism, and Modern Physics
318065110 10 Physics

Physiological Science


387009910 3 Introduction to Human Physiology*
387039910 13 Introduction to Human Anatomy
387432110 122 Biomedical Technology and Physiology
387516110 136 exercise and cardiovascular function*

Political Science


324018110 6 Introduction to Data Analysis*
324070110 10 Introduction to Political Theory*
324094110 20 World Politics*
324121110 40 Introduction to American Politics*
324141110 50 Introduction to comparative politics*
324421110 120A Foreign Relations of U.S.
324415110 122A World Order
324430110 126 Peace and War
324468110 135 International Relations of China
324533110 140A National Institutions: Congress
324575110 149 Special Topics in American Government and Politics: Modern Politics: Trump's Predictable Win and Deciphering 2018

Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Sciences


326751110 175 Mindfulness Practice and Theory
326793110 182 Personal Brain Management



328056210 10 Introductory Psychology
328081110 15 Introductory Psychobiology
328062200 20A MATLAB Programming for Behavioral Sciences
328194110 85 Introduction to Cognitive Science
328304110 100A Psychological Statistics
328305910 100B Research Methods in Psychology
328327110 M107 Asian American Personality and Mental Health
328336910 110 Fundamentals of Learning
328346110 112B Psychobiology of Fear and Anxiety
328357110 116 Behavioral Neuroscience Lab
328360110 118 Comparative Psychobiology
328326200 119A Neuropsychopharmacology of Emotion and Cognition
328316110 119I Integration of Face and Brain
328432110 126 Clinical Psychology Laboratory
328472110 127A Abnormal Psychology
328426910 130 Developmental Psychology
328466210 135 Social Psychology
328537110 M139 Perspectives on Autism and Neurodiversity
328600110 150 Introduction to Health Psychology
328593110 M165 Psychology of Gender

Public Policy


317033200 10D Public Policy and Urban Homelessness*

Religion, Study of


27033110 11 Religion in Los Angeles
327354110 M109 Introduction to Islam
327492110 M132 Ancient Egyptian Religion*



218149110 50 Introduction to Scandinavian Literatures and Cultures*

Social Welfare


319300110 100A Introduction to Social Welfare: polices and Programs

Society and Genetics


381504110 134 Food and Health in Global Perspective



347002810 1 Introduction to Sociology*
347007110 M5 Social Organizations of Black Communities*
347060110 20 Introduction to Sociological Research Methods*
347303110 101 Development of Sociological Theory*
347313110 102 Contemporary Sociological Theory *
347449110 128 Sociology of Emotions
347487110 134 Culture and Personality
347577110 147A Sociology of Crime
347633110 156 Race and Ethnicity in American Life
347675110 M162 Sociology of Gender*
347698110 170 Medical Sociology
347710110 M176 Sociology of Mass Communication

South Asian Studies


265630110 155 Topics in South Asian Cinema and Literature



349002210 1 Elementary Spanish
349008210 2 Elementary Spanish
349010210 3 Elementary Spanish
349012110 4 Intermediate Spanish
349075110 25 Advanced Spanish and Composition
349126110 42 Iberian Culture
349601110 150 Topics in Contemporary Studies
349720110 170 Topics in Media, Interdisciplinary and Transhistorical Studies



263030110 10 Introduction to Statistical Reasoning*
263040110 13 Introduction to Statistical Methods for Life and Health Sciences
263060110 20 Introduction Statistical Program with R
263303110 100A Introduction to Probability
263304210 100B Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
263317110 101A Introduction to Data Analysis and Regression
263312910 101C Introduction to Statistical Models and Data Mining



356091410 30 Dramatic Writing
356161310 50 Theater Production
356546110 138 Special Problems in Performance Techniques: Advanced Acting for Camera
356611110 150 Theater Production and Performance

Urban Planning


325420110 120 Introduction to Cities and Planning
325474110 129 Special Topics in Urban Policy and Research: Los Angeles as Global City
325540110 M140 Issues in Latina/Latino Poverty*
325546110 141 Planning with Minority Communities
325600110 M150 Transportation Geography
325660110 M160 Environmental Politics and Governance
325690110 M165 Environmentalism: Past, Present, and Future

World Arts and Cultures


401066110 22 Introduction to American Folklore Studies