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 provided a pre-approved list of units (this will be continually updated. Please make sure you check this page for updates). If you wish to take a unit not on the pre-approved list, please email the UCLA course outline to the FASS faculty services email, facultyservices.1@sydney.edu.au. For further information can be found on the Faculty of Arts study abroad page.
  • 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, facultyservices.2@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, 2017. 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 4-unit and 5-unit courses offered in the 2017 UCLA Summer Session. The units are subeject 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 2017/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*
413702110 M167 Worker Center Movement: Next Wave Organizing for Justice for Immigrant Workers
413828110 188A Special Courses in Afro-American Studies
413846110 C191 Variable Topics Research Seminars: Afro-American Studies

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
286480110 130 Ancient Egyptian Religion*



111110110 9 Culture and Society*
111160110 33 Culture and Communication*
111393110 110P Principles of Archaeology
111487110 124P Evolution of Human Sexual Behavior
111504110 133F Anthropology of Food
111679110 156 Anthropology of Religion
111721110 167 Urban Anthropology
111783110 175Q Ideology and Social Change in Contemporary China 

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
118617110 C152B History of Korean Painting
118629110 154D Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art
118714110 C169 Selected Topics in Architectural History

Asian American Studies


121030110 10 History of Asian Americans*
121150110 50 Asian American Women*
121373110 112 Asian American Creative Writing
121694110 M166C Worker Center Movement: Next Wave Organizing for Justice for Immigrant Workers
121744110 174A Special Courses in Comparative Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality
121736110 187C Special Courses in Asian American Populations and Communities



257181110 M60W Introduction to Buddhism*



123048110 5 Life in the Universe

Chemistry and Biochemistry


142042110 14A Atomic and Molecular Structure, Equilibrium, and Bases
142044210 14C Structure of Organic Molecules
142119110 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
142650210 156 Physical Biochemistry

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
144453110 CM106 Health in Chicano/Latino Population
144470110 M115 Musical Aesthetics in Los Angeles
144472110 M116 Chicano/Latino Music in U.S.*
144481110 M130 Worker Center Movement: Next Wave Organizing for Justice for Immigrant Workers
144663110 M155A Latinos in U.S.
144781110 180 Chicana and Chicano Schooling and Community Activism
144798110 M183 History of Los Angeles
144846210 191 Variable Topics Research Seminars: Chicana and Chicano Studies.



259210110 70 Classics of Chinese Literature*
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*
024384110 114 Understanding Relationships
024546110 141 Films of Persuasion: Social and Political Advocacy in Mass Society
024582110 M147 Sociology of Mass Communication
024642110 157 Celebrity, Fame and Social Media
024684110 164 Entertainment Law
024696110 166 Communicative Dynamics in Film and Television Production
024805110 184 Abortion, the Death Penalty, and Gun Control: Arguing Contemporary social issues

Comparative Literature

152007910 1E Social Media and Storytelling: Comparing Cultures*
152018110 4CW Literature and Writing: Age of Enlightenment to the 20th Century *
152019110 4DW Literature and Writing: Great Books from the World at Large*

Design/Media Arts


141032110 10 Design Culture*
141063110 21 Color
141066110 22 Form
141073110 24 Motion
141085110 28 Interactivity
141665110 161 Network Media*

Disability Studies


028030110 10 Intersections of Art History and Disability Studies: Disability in Modern Art
028311110 101W Perspectives on Disability Studies*
028318110 M103 Studies in Disability Literatures*
028426110 M121 Topics in Gender and Disabilities
028474110 129 Theory, Policy, and Practice of Special Education: Implications for Educators and Advocates
028535110 M139 Perspectives on Autism and Neurodiversity
028666110 M161 Sports, Normaltivity, and Body
028685110 164B Documenting Disability

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
128354110 109 Introduction to Marine Science
128355110 109L Introduction to Marine Science Laboratory
128396110 116 Conservation Biology
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
180419110 106F Finance
180420110 106G Introduction to Game Theory
180541110 M134 Environmental Economics
180673110 160 Money and Banking



183348110 M102 Mexican Americans and Schools
183420110 120 Early Childhood Development*
183438110 123 Teaching Profession*
183493110 132 Autism: Mind, Brain, and Education*
183822110 187 Variable Topics in Education*
183834110 191A Current Issues in Education. Educational Innovation in Diversity, Entertainment and Sport



186367110 111 Introduction to Finance and Marketing for Engineers
186799910 183EW Engineering and Society



196113110 4W Critical Reading and Writing*
196156110 20W Introduction to creative writing*
196387110 M103 Studies in Disability Literatures*
196392110 115D Detective Fiction*
196417110 118C Studies in Visual Culture*
196529210 M138 Topics in Creative Writing*
196599110 149 Medievalisms*
196607110 150C Topics in Shakespeare*
196721110 170A American Literature, 1865-1900*
196773110 179 Topics in Literature, circa 1850 to Present*

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
197081110 27 Business Communication: Writing
197293110 97A Variable Topics in English as a Second Language
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*
430171110 50B Jazz in American Culture: 1940s to Present*
430390110 M115 Musical Aesthetics in Los Angeles
430396110 M116 Chicano/Latino Music in U.S.
208414110 M119 Cultural History of Rap*
430829110 188 Special Courses in Ethnomusicology

Film and Television


238099910 33 Introductory Screenwriting
238433810 122B Introduction to Art and Technique of Filmmaking (class room version only)
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*
405312110 102 Power
405332110 105B Queer Literatures and Cultures, 1850 to 1970*
405384910 M114 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Studies*
405426110 M121 Topics in Gender and Disabilities
405516110 M136 Music and Gender*
405666110 M161 Sports, Normativity, and Body
405672110 M162 Sociology of Gender*
405690110 M165 Psychology of Gender
405744110 M174 Sociology of Family



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
207525110 133 Cultural Geography of Modern World
207533110 135 African Ecology and Development
207564110 145 Slavery and Human Trafficking
207586110 M149 Transportation Geography
207593110 151 Cities and Social Difference
207599110 155 Industrial Location and Regional Development

Global Studies


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



221548110 142D American Popular Culture
221603110 149A North American Indian History, Precontact to 1830
221640110 M155 History of Los Angeles
221727110 176E Vietnam: Past and Present
221741110 179B History of Medicine: Foundations of Modern Medicine
221790110 191C Capstone Seminar: History -- Europe

International Area Studies


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

International Development Studies


229360110 110 Economic Development and Culture Change
229420110 M120 Political Economy of Developing Countries
229660110 160 Selected Topics in International Development Studies



237110110 46 Italian Cinema and Culture in English*



261225110 75 Anime*
261630110 155 Topics in Japanese Cinema



267120110 40 Korean Wave: Globalization of South Korean Popular Culture*

Labour and Workplace Studies


242702110 M167 Worker Center Movement: Next Wave Organizing for Justice for Immigrant Workers

Law, Undergraduate


245792110 182 Law and Popular Culture

Life Sciences


252003312 1 Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity*
252006410 2 Cells, Tissues and Organs
252009310 3 Introduction to Molecular Biology
252012312 4 Genetics*
252045910 15 Life: Concepts and Issues*



253090110 20 Introduction to Linguistics*
253334110 103 Introduction to General Phonetics*
253330110 105 Morphology*
253420110 120A Phonology I
253437110 120B Syntax I
253741110 130 Language Development*
253556110 160 Field Methods*



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
260552110 142A Information Technology in Accounting (in class version only)
260605110 160 Entrepreneurship and Venture Initiation
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


269180110 60 Biomedical Ethics*
269270110 90 Human Stem Cells and Medicine
269300110 100 Introduction to Cell Biology*



281011110 3 Preparatory Music Theory
281029110 7 Understanding Movie Music
281213110 80A Beginning Keyboard
281219110 80F Beginning Guitar Class
281244110 80V Vocal Technique for Beginners

Music History


431009110 3 Preparatory Music Theory
431029110 7 Understanding Movie Music
431050110 15 Art of Listening*
431213110 80A Beginning Keyboard
431219110 80F Beginning Guitar Class
431243110 80S Beginning Saxophone
431244210 80V Vocal Technique for Beginners
431830210 188 Special Courses in Music



298570110 M145 Neural Mechanisms Controlling Movement*



302150110 50 Fundamentals of Epidemiology



312006910 2 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion*
312015910 5 Philosophy in Literature*
312035910 6 Introduction to Political Philosophy*
312040110 7 Introduction to Philosophy of Mind*
312049910 8 Introduction to Philosophy of Science*
312079110 22 Introduction to Ethical Theory*
312082110 31 Logic, First Course
312305110 100A History of Greek Philosophy
312450910 C119 Topics in Modern Philosophy
312514110 129 Philosophy of Psychology
312675110 166 Philosophy of Law
312745110 174 Topics in Theory of Knowledge
312810110 185 Major Philosophers of 20th Century



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*
318034510 6A Physics for Life Science Majors: Mechanics*
318036110 6B Physics for Life Science Majors: Waves, Electricity, and Magnetism*
318038310 6C Physics for Life Science Majors: Light, Fluid, Thermodynamics*
318065110 10 Physics

Physiological Science


387009910 3 Introduction to Human Physiology*
387432110 122 Biomedical Technology and Physiology
387516110 136 exercise and cardiovascular function*
387570110 M145 Neural Mechanisms Controlling Movement*

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
324416110 M122B Global Environment and World Politics
324468110 135 International Relations of China
324533110 140A National Institutions: Congress
324622110 157 Government and Politics in the Middle East
324793110 M182 Ethnic Politics: African American Politics



350033110 11A Intensive Portuguese*
350034110 11B Intensive Portuguese*

Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Sciences


326751110 175 Mindfulness Practice and Theory
326793110 182 Personal Brain Management



328056210 10 Introductory Psychology
328081110 15 Introductory Psychobiology
328304110 100A Psychological Statistics
328327110 M107 Asian American Personality and Mental Health
328336910 110 Fundamentals of Learning
328357110 116 Behavioral Neuroscience Lab
328360110 118 Comparative Psychobiology
328316110 119I Integration of Face and Brain
328472110 127A Abnormal Psychology
328431110 131 Research in Developmental Psychology
328466210 135 Social Psychology
328537110 M139 Perspectives on Autism and Neurodiversity
328585110 162 Psychology of Addiction
328593110 M165 Psychology of Gender

Public Policy


317032110 10C Public Policy for Crime, Cannabis, and Other Drugs*
317330110 105 Leadership in Public Interest
717144110 M224A Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
717540110 290 Special Topics in Public Policy

Religion, Study of


27033110 11 Religion in Los Angeles
327492110 M132 Ancient Egyptian Religion*
327762110 177 Variable Topics in Religion



218149110 50 Introduction to Scandinavian Literatures and Cultures*

Social Welfare


319300110 100A Introduction to Social Welfare: polices and Programs

Society and Genetics


381672110 162 Biotechnologies, Law, and Body



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
347475110 132 Social Psychology: Sociological Approaches
347577110 147A Sociology of Crime
347626110 M155 Latinos in U.S
347649110 158 Urban Sociology
347675110 M162 Sociology of Gender*
347694110 168 Organizations and Society
347706110 M174 Sociology of Family
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
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



356076110 20 Acting Fundamentals
356067110 21 Acting for Camera (4 unit version only)
356091410 30 Dramatic Writing
356546110 138 Special Problems in Performance Techniques: Advanced Acting for Camera

Urban Planning


325420110 120 Introduction to Cities and Planning
325474110 129 Special Topics in Urban Policy and Research: Los Angeles as Global City
325498110 C133 Political Economy of Urbanization
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


401420110 120 Topics in Cultural Studies: Sports Culture