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Berkeley Summer Sessions offers several online courses. Our learning environment allows you flexibility with your study schedule while you experience the quality and excellence of UC Berkeley courses from the convenience of your own home. Even if you can't physically come to Berkeley, you can still experience the best that UC Berkeley has to offer. Regular Summer Sessions fees are applicable to online courses. Information on regular fees can be found here.

You can contact your Online Program Coordinator with any questions at summer_online_support@berkeley.edu.

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We provide the support you need to be successful. After you enroll, your Online Program Coordinator will contact you to ensure that you have the tools you need to access the courses and participate fully in the interactive online learning environment. Full 24/7 technical support is available to you throughout your course.

2014 Summer Online Courses

Berkeley Summer Sessions is excited to offer the following online courses for Summer 2014:

African American Studies W111 Math W53
African American Studies W124 Molecular and Cell Biology W61
Astronomy W12 Political Science W145A
Chemistry N3AL Psychology W1
English as a Second Language W9 Statistics W21

Summer courses offered by UC Online:

Engineering W7

 

Online Course Descriptions

 

African American Studies W111 - Race, Class, and Gender
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The goal of this course is to describe, interpret and explain the circumstances of African Americans, with regard to race, class and gender stratification in the contemporary USA. We begin with consideration of key concepts, including racialization, racism and ethnicity; Black nationalism, leadership and identity; wealth, income and inequality; sex, gender and the gender division of labor; feminism and Black feminism; and globalization and international migration. We briefly explore the historical background to contemporary stratification by considering theories of 'the declining significance of race' (as argued by William Julius Wilson) and the move from plantation to ghetto, and then from ghetto to penitentiary as controlling institutions used against African Americans (as argued by Loic Wacquant). We also consider how Black women and girls have been left out of the larger debates on these issues (as argued by Nikki Jones), and how consideration of them complicates the analysis. We move on to consider the role of economics, politics, demography, class relations, and racist ideologies in the prevalent patterns of stratification; and the role of black leadership and cultural strategies in reducing inequality. We also consider the principles underlying federal policies for alleviating racial inequality and promoting equal opportunities. Throughout the analysis we consider the impact of gender ideologies on these experiences, and we distinguish the experiences of men and women. We then examine the changing relationship of racist images and racialized structures in the age of Obama and the 'post-racial' society; and assess how globalization impacts African Americans. As the course unfolds we will also consider the unique experiences of African Americans in California, as compared with African Americans across the USA in general, to assess what are the common and what are the distinctive patterns. Most of the time we will focus on African Americans; but we will also consider how their experiences compare with those of other Blacks, especially West Indians and Africans born abroad, but whose children are born/raised in the USA.

Please note: Final Exam to be held August 14, 2014 at 1-4 p.m. (Final exam date is tentative; subject to change by professor). The deadline to register/add this course is midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

African American Studies W124 - Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr
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The life of Martin Luther King, Jr., provides a rare opportunity to understand the crucial issues of an era that shaped a good deal of contemporary America. King's life helps us focus history and humanize it. King epitomizes the interdependence of academic excellence and social responsibility. By critically reviewing his political philosophy we gain appreciation of its depth and relevance today.

Please note: Final Exam to be held August 15, 2014 at 1-4 p.m. The deadline to register/add this course is midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Astronomy W12 - The Planets Cross-listed with Earth and Planetary Science W12
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A tour of the mysteries and inner workings of our solar system. What are planets made of? Why do they orbit the sun the way they do? How do planets form, and what are they made of? Why do some bizarre moons have oceans, volcanoes, and ice floes? What makes the Earth hospitable for life? Is the Earth a common type of planet or some cosmic quirk? This course will introduce basic physics, chemistry, and math to understand planets, moons, rings, comets, asteroids, atmospheres, and oceans. Understanding other worlds will help us save our own planet and help us understand our place in the universe.

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Please note: Final exam will be held August 13, 2014 at 6-8 p.m. The deadline to register/add this course is midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Chemistry N3AL - Organic Chemistry Laboratory
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Introduction to the theory and practice of methods used in the organic chemistry laboratory. An emphasis is placed on the separation and purification of organic compounds. Techniques covered will include extraction, distillation, sublimation, recrystallization, and chromatography. Detailed discussions and applications of infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy will be included (All introductory lectures, lab safety and equipment instruction will happen online. Lab sessions will be scheduled during evening hours on campus).

Please note: All lecture material is presented entirely over the Internet. Lab sections take place in regular lab rooms. Lab exam will be held August 11, 2014 at 7-8 p.m. The deadline to register/add this course is midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Math W53 - Multivariable Calculus
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The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic notions of multivariable calculus which are needed in mathematics, science, and engineering. Para- metric equations and polar coordinates. Vectors in 2- and 3-dimensional Euclidean spaces. Partial derivatives. Multiple integrals. Vector calculus. Theorems of Green, Gauss, and Stokes.

Please note: Final exam will be held on August 14, 2014 at 8-11 a.m. The deadline to register/add this course is midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Molecular and Cell Biology W61 - Brain, Mind, and Behavior
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This course deals with the structure and function of the human nervous system, with an emphasis on how brain physiology and chemistry are related to human behavior. This is a comprehensive introduction to the exciting field of contemporary neuroscience for students of all backgrounds and interests.

Please note: Final exam to be held tentatively July 2, 2014 at 6-9 p.m. (Final exam date is subject to change by professor). The deadline to register/add this course is midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Political Science W145A - Understanding Political Developments in India
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This class, which focuses mostly on the 'domestic' politics of India, has multiple aims. In addition to providing an overview of political developments in India since Independence, this online course assesses the nature of democratic participation and representation in contemporary India – the world's largest democracy. While the assigned readings for this course have India as their sole focus, class participants are encouraged to think comparatively not only across the cases discussed but also look at other nations so that we can better understand representation in political life in India.

Please note: Final exam to be held August 13, 2014 at 9-12 p.m. The deadline to register/add this course is midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Psychology W1 - General Psychology
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Introduction to the principal areas, problems, and concepts of psychology. The content of this course is identical with that of the offering of this course during the regular academic year. However, because there are no formal discussion sections, approximately 50% more lectures have been added, permitting the professor to cover the various topics in greater depth and breadth.

Please note: Final exam August 15, 2014 at 9-12 p.m. The deadline to register/add this course is midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Statistics W21 - Introductory Probability and Statistics for Business
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Introductory Probability and Statistics for Business Descriptive statistics, probability models and related concepts, sample surveys, estimates, confidence intervals, tests of significance, controlled experiments vs. observational studies, correlation, and regression.

Please note: Final exam will be held August 14, 2014 at 8-11 a.m. The deadline to register/add this course is midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, June 15, 2014.


 

Summer Courses Offered by UC Online

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Engineering W7 - Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers
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Elements of procedural and object-oriented programming. Induction, iteration, and recursion. Real functions and floating-point computations for engineering analysis. Introduction to data structures. Representative examples are drawn from mathematics, science, and engineering. The course uses the MATLAB programming language. CCN: 36833

Please note: The final exam time and location are TBA.