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PSYCH 1, General Psychology   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This survey course introduces modern psychology by presenting scientific and humanistic interpretations of the human mind and behavior. Topics discussed include the methods psychologists use to gather data, the biological bases of behavior, the basic processes of perception, learning and motivation, the development of thinking and personality, and social influences on behavior.

3077   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 255   Sage R

3078   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 253   Laurent M G

3079   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 256   Davis-King D T

Above section 3079 is part of the Black Collegians Program. See Special Programs section of schedule for program information.

3080   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 254   Shirinyan D

3081   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 256   Guild L A

3082   8:00a-11:05a F   HSS 253   O’Leary B A

3083   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 253   Chin D

3084   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 256   Davis-King D T

3085   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 255   Sage R

3086   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 254   Phillips D M

3087   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 256   Guild L A

3088   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 253   Loeb T

3089   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 254   Phillips D M

Above section 3089 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

3090   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 256   Chambers C

3091   11:15a-12:35p TTh   HSS 255   O’Leary B A

3092   11:15a-12:35p TTh   HSS 256   Tawalbeh S

3093   11:30a-2:35p F   HSS 252   Khasky A D

3094   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 256   Davis-King D T

3095   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 254   Phillips D M

3096   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 255   Sage R

3097   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 253   Shirinyan D

3098   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 254   Phillips D M

3099   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 256   Tawalbeh S

3100   1:45p-4:50p F   HSS 254   Farwell L A

3101   2:15p-3:35p MW   HSS 254   Schwartz A F

3102   2:15p-3:35p MW   HSS 256   Chambers C

3103   2:15p-3:35p MW   HSS 255   White K R

3104   2:15p-3:35p TTh   HSS 255   Khasky A D

3105   2:15p-3:35p TTh   HSS 253   Edney J J

3106   3:45p-5:05p MW   HSS 254   Schwartz A F

3107   3:45p-5:05p MW   HSS 256   Chambers C

3108   Arrange-3 Hours    ONLINE-E   Gunn K S

Above section 3108 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3109   Arrange-3 Hours    ONLINE-E   Gunn K S

Above section 3109 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

4433   5:15p-6:35p MW   HSS 253   Smith-Clark C T

4434   5:15p-6:35p MW   HSS 255   White K R

4435   5:15p-6:35p TTh   HSS 254   Olson Gene C

4436   6:45p-9:50p M   HSS 253   Dennis M A

4437   6:45p-9:50p T   HSS 254   Olson Gene C

4438   6:45p-9:50p T   HSS 256   Graham M D

4439   6:45p-9:50p W   HSS 254   Smith-Clark C T

4440   6:45p-9:50p Th   HSS 256   Graham M D

4483   6:00p-9:05p T   MALIBU 22   Farwell L A

Above section 4483 meets at Webster Elementary School, 3602 Winter Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265.

PSYCH 2, Physiological Psychology   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5 (Biological Sciences, non-lab) • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This introductory course emphasizes the biological approach and methods as tools for adding to our understanding of human psychology. Information about the functioning of the human nervous system is used to provide insight into mental, emotional, and behavioral processes. The role of biological factors underlying sensation, perception, motivation, learning, thinking, language processes, and psychopathology is stressed.

3110   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 254   Shirinyan D

3111   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 254   Shirinyan D

3112   9:30a-10:50a TTh   MC 5   Russell R L

3113   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 253   Shirinyan D

Above section 3113 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

3114   12:45p-2:05p TTh   MC 5   Russell R L

3115   12:45p-3:50p F   HSS 256   Lanum J C

3116   3:45p-5:05p TTh   HSS 256   Abara J P

4441   5:15p-6:35p TTh   HSS 256   Abara J P

4442   6:45p-9:50p Th   HSS 254   Olson Gene C

PSYCH 3, Personality: Dynamics and Development   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This course provides an introduction to personality psychology. Topics covered include the utility of personality in predicting behavior, the influences of personality, the major theories of personality development and dynamics, and the application of personality theory and concepts to health, psychopathology, and treatment. Assessment of personality will also be discussed. This course will use a lecture, discussion, and demonstration format in exploring these topics.

3117   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Chin D

Above section 3117 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3118   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Chin D

Above section 3118 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

PSYCH 5, The Psychology of Communication   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This course emphasizes the study of communication as a process of giving, receiving, and interpreting verbal and non-verbal behavior in a variety of interpersonal situations. Communications research, listening skills, conflict resolution, feedback, communication barriers, and message organization are covered. Experiential exercises, including role playing and small group interactions, provide techniques for the development of more effective communication styles. Issues in gender and cross-cultural communication and conflict will be discussed, with an emphasis on methods to improve interpersonal interaction in culturally diverse settings.

4443   6:45p-9:50p T   HSS 253   Gunn K S

PSYCH 6, Marriage, Family, and Human Intimacy   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This course provides insight into and preparation for establishing rewarding relationships as the basis for a successful and fulfilling individual, marital, and family life. Included are values clarification, communication techniques, current views of male and female roles in society, mate selection, sexual involvement and adjustment, family planning, and child rearing. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the need for compromise and adjustment in a marriage and family unit in our rapidly changing society.

3119   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 255   Guild L A

PSYCH 11, Child Growth and Development   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course will examine the major developmental milestones for children, both typically and atypically developing, from conception through adolescence in the areas of physical, psychosocial, and cognitive development. Emphasis will be on interactions between maturational and environmental factors within a culturally sensitive framework. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages.

3120   8:00a-9:20a MW   BUNDY 217   Tannatt M G M

Above section 3120 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

3121   8:00a-9:20a TTh   BUNDY 217   Matheson C C

Above section 3121 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

3122   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 253   Schwartz A F

Above section 3122 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

3123   9:30a-10:50a MW   BUNDY 217   Tannatt M G M

Above section 3123 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

3124   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 253   Schwartz A F

3125   9:30a-10:50a TTh   BUNDY 217   Matheson C C

Above section 3125 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

3126   11:30a-2:35p T   BUNDY 339   Grace Y H

Above section 3126 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

3127   11:30a-2:35p Th   BUNDY 335   Grace Y H

Above section 3127 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

3128   11:30a-2:35p F   BUNDY 335   McGrath M T

Above section 3128 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

3129   12:45p-2:05p MW   BUNDY 217   Tannatt M G M

Above section 3129 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

3130   2:15p-3:35p MW   HSS 253   Berg D S

3131   2:15p-3:35p TTh   HSS 256   Matheson C C

3132   3:00p-6:05p W   BUNDY 335   Bacino J R

Above section 3132 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

3133   3:45p-5:05p MW   HSS 253   Berg D S

3134   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Parise W A

Above section 3134 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3135   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Parise W A

Above section 3135 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

4444   6:30p-9:35p Th   BUNDY 335   Mosley K R

Above section 4444 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

4445   6:45p-9:50p Th   HSS 253   Davison L L

PSYCH 13, Social Psychology   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This course is a study of the nature of social interaction and group processes that affect the motivations, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors of individuals.

3136   11:15a-12:35p TTh   HSS 253   Edney J J

3137   3:45p-5:05p TTh   HSS 253   Edney J J

NEW 4487   6:45p-9:50p W   HSS 252   Tingen I W

PSYCH 14, Abnormal Psychology   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This course provides an introduction to biological, environmental, social, and psychological determinants of psychopathology and behavioral deviation. Historical and current theories of abnormal mental or behavioral functioning, their implications for therapy, and community support systems are discussed.

3138   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 255   O’Leary B A

4446   6:45p-9:50p M   HSS 255   Devich-Navarro M

4447   6:45p-9:50p W   HSS 255   Devich-Navarro M

PSYCH 19, Lifespan Human Development   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4I (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This course traces physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development throughout the lifespan from conception through aging and dying. The impact on the individual of the family, the culture, and socio-economic factors will be a special emphasis. Theoretical understanding of lifespan issues will provide a foundation for exploration of their practical implications at each stage of development. This course is open to all and is especially geared toward health professionals.

3139   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 255   Laurent M G

3140   8:00a-11:05a F   BUNDY 416   Feiger H T

Above section 3140 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

3141   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Druker S L

Above section 3141 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3142   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Druker S L

Above section 3142 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

4448   6:30p-9:35p T   BUNDY 235   Davison L L

Above section 4448 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

4449   6:45p-9:50p W   HSS 253   Davison L L

PSYCH 25, Human Sexuality   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This study of sexual behavior begins with anatomy and physiology, reproduction, and other biological topics. Pre- and post-natal development, gender differentiation, and psychosexual development are discussed to provide the background for considering the diversity of adult sexuality. In regularly scheduled small group meetings, the student is given an opportunity to explore and compare his or her own psychological and behavioral dynamics with the different values, beliefs, and practices of other individuals and other cultures.

3143   3:45p-5:05p TTh   HSS 255   De Villers L C

4450   6:45p-9:50p T   HSS 255   De Villers L C

PSYCH 40, Environmental Psychology   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None.

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

This course will focus on the theory and application of psychological principles as they relate to the causes of, and potential solutions to, current global environmental problems. Modern ecological issues (such as global climate change, habitat-loss, etc.) have their historical origin in human behavior; this class will focus both on relevant causal behaviors, and on the mental mechanisms that give rise to such behavior. An evolutionary perspective will be employed to identify the pathways by which the clash of a “universal human nature” and the modern environment results in an “evolutionary mismatch.” Evolutionary models such as the “tragedy of the commons” will be elucidated with relevant and real world examples. In addition, the course will explore potential avenues to effectively reshape human kind’s social, technological and economic relationship with its environment. As such, a systems approach will be taken that considers the human as a part of, as well as an influence on, ecosystems. Cutting edge research will be integrated from different domains of psychology (cognitive, social, developmental and evolutionary, etc.) as well as related fields (genetics, behavioral economics, game-theory, anthropology, etc.) to comprehensively study the human-environment interaction.

PSYCH 40 is the same course as ENVRN 40. Students may earn credit for one but not both.

4451   5:45p-8:50p M   HSS 254   Schwartz A F

PSYCH 88A, Independent Studies in Psychology    1 unit

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Psychology 1 and one other Psychology course.

Please see “Independent Studies” section.

3144   Arrange-1 Hour    HSS 367   Farwell L A

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