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Tentative Course Offerings

These are tentative schedules. Classes and/or instructors may change or be canceled. Please consult the official Schedule of Classes on TritonLink each quarter.

Featured Courses

COGS 87: First-year Seminar - Spring 2022

COGS 87 (A00): How Minds and Groups Make Religion and Superstition | Professor Gedeon Deak

Why do humans, individually and in groups, attribute natural events to supernatural agents? How does the human brain accept religious beliefs, even in the face of contradictory evidence? We will examine how cognitive, developmental, and cultural factors work together to cause humans to believe in the supernatural.

DSGN 119: Design at Large Seminar - Spring 2022

DSGN 119: Design at Large (course information) | Professor Mai Thi Nguyen

New societal challenges, cultural values, and technological opportunities are changing design, and vice versa. The seminar explores this increased scale, real-world engagement, and disruptive impact. Invited speakers from UC San Diego and beyond share cutting-edge research on interaction, design, and learning. 2 units, P/NP grades only.

Meets Wednesdays at DIB 202 4:00pm-5:00pm (required attendance) and 5pm-5:45pm (optional mingle/discussion).

Due to COVID restrictions, only UCSD students and employees will be allowed to attend the class in person. All others must attend remotely via Zoom. Capacity is limited to first-come first-serve.

DSGN 160: Special Topics in Design - Spring 2022

DSGN 160:  Architectural Systems, Colonial Histories and the University | Professor Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió

This course examines critical histories of architecture and design in relation to cybernetics and systems thinking. We will explore the links between architectural systems and the rise of the postwar research university as a particular mode of expansion of the settler-colonial state, focusing on the links between design techniques, institutions, modes of production, and Indigenous histories of political resistance. Students will learn to interrogate canonical histories and theories of architecture and technology, with an emphasis on Indigenous design approaches, models, and epistemologies.

Prerequisites: Upper-Division or Graduate standing, AND Consent of instructor

Enrolling in this course is by permission only, to fill out this enrollment request form and Prof. Shvartzberg Carrio will get back to you.

COGS 87: First-year Seminar - Fall 2022

COGS 87 (A00): How Minds and Groups Make Religion and Superstition | Professor Gedeon Deak

Why do humans, individually and in groups, attribute natural events to supernatural agents? How does the human brain accept religious beliefs, even in the face of contradictory evidence? We will examine how cognitive, developmental, and cultural factors work together to cause humans to believe in the supernatural.

 

COGS 87 (B00): How to be wrong: Case studies in human failure, borked tools, and bad data | Professor Jason Fleischer

Science, technology, engineering, business, and even getting a university degree are human activities that need data. We will examine some common ways that our minds and our tools cause failure through examples of disasters and mishaps. Space shuttles explode, lost COVID-19 data costs lives, and AI programs are racist. Hopefully you will come out the other end with some new ideas and habits to help you avoid similar traps in your life and career. Bonus: we will also talk about how to (not) screw up your university experience!

DSGN 119: Design at Large Seminar - Fall 2022

DSGN 119: Design at Large (course information) | Professor Larry Herzog

New societal challenges, cultural values, and technological opportunities are changing design, and vice versa. The seminar explores this increased scale, real-world engagement, and disruptive impact. Invited speakers from UC San Diego and beyond share cutting-edge research on interaction, design, and learning. 2 units, P/NP grades only.

Meets Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm at DIB 202. Due to COVID restrictions, only UCSD students and employees will be allowed to attend the class in person. All others must attend remotely via Zoom. Capacity is limited to first-come first-serve.

Prerequisites: COMM 124A or COGS 10 or DSGN 1

COGS 160: Seminars in Special Topics - Winter 2024

COGS 160 (A00): Lang Devlpmnt/Early Childhood | Professor Gedeon Deák

This course is a mixed Practicum/Seminar course designed to provide hands-on experience in research on infancy and early childhood. Students learn skills and are assigned responsibilities based on the project to which they are assigned. Students also participate in a journal club and prepare brief end-of-quarter presentations and reports. It is a 3-quarter sequence. Content, skills, and responsibilities evolve and expand every quarter. Students work with a supervisor who oversees training and task progress. 

Prerequisites: GPA of 3.3 or better; commitment to this COGS 160 for 3-quarters; permission of instructor based on interview and availability. 

Request enrollment by contacting Dr. Deak (gdeak@ucsd.edu).

Course Pre-Authorizations

All COGS course pre-authorizations and prerequisite override requests must be made through the UC San Diego Enrollment Authorization System (EASy).