Collaborative Instruction


During Collaborative Instruction courses, faculty and alumni work together to apply theory taught in the classroom to potential careers following graduation. Students have the opportunity to learn more about practical application of their degree from the first-hand experience of alumni. Collaborative Instruction courses are offered through various departments including Economics, Sociology, Communication Studies, Anthropology and the Life Sciences.


All students are eligible to take courses that include the Collaborative Instruction component unless there is a course requisite that a student has not fulfilled.




  • Sociology 131: Careers in Sociology
    • Examination of possible career paths for Sociology majors, including such fields as business, nonprofit sector, government, healthcare, entertainment, and other areas. Development of career-relevant materials and skills.


  • Anthropology 126: Evolution of Personality
    • Personality traits are patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior that are relatively consistent within individuals over time and across situations, but that differ between individuals. Descriptive and explanatory study of personality variation has enjoyed robust renaissance during past 20 years. Several promising lines of inquiry have used evolutionary (adaptationist) theory to generate hypotheses about ultimate sources of personality variation and adaptive (i.e., biological fitness) consequences of different personality configurations in different environments. These perspectives have been applied to both human and nonhuman animal personality variation. Study covers basics of evolutionary psychology and personality psychology. Review of research on nonhuman animal personality variation and evolutionary studies of human personality variation. Consideration of theoretical links between personality variation and adaptive phenotypic flexibility.
  • Anthropology 130: Study of Culture
    • Twentieth-century elaboration and development of concept of culture. Examination of five major paradigms: culture as human capacity, as patterns and products of behavior, as systems of meaning and cognition, as generative structure and semiotic system, as component in social action and reality construction.
  • Communication Studies 19: UCLA Centennial Initiative: Loud Bark, Curious Eyes–Century of UCLA Student Media
    • Examination of history of student media at UCLA over past century. Examining primary source data and featuring alumni guest speakers, students trace evolution of campus publications, their staffs, and their content since founding of southern campus of University of California.
  • Communication Studies M147: Sociology of Mass Communication
    • Studies in relationship between mass communication and social organization. Topics include history and organization of major media institutions, social forces that shape production of mass media news and entertainment, selected studies in media content, and effects of media on society.
  • Communication Studies 148: Integrated Marketing Communications
    • Examination of key concepts and methods in marketing communications in both traditional and digital media. Development and execution of communications strategies, with primary emphasis on consumer insight, branding, market segmentation and positioning, message strategy, promotion, and execution of marketing communications through appropriate media technologies.
  • Communication Studies 151: Computer-Mediated Communication
    • Examination of how computer technology, particularly Internet, has influenced patterns of human communication. History and distinctiveness of computer-mediated communication (CMC). CMC’s influence on modern economic, political, and social interaction.
  • Communication Studies 160: Political Communication
    • Study of nature and function of communication in political sphere; analysis of contemporary and historical communications within established political institutions; state papers; deliberative discourses; electoral campaigns.
  • Economics 103: Econometrics
    • Introduction to theory and practice of econometrics, with goal to make students effective consumers and producers of empirical research in economics. Emphasis on intuitive understanding rather than on rigorous arguments; concepts illustrated with applications in economics.
  • Economics 106D: Designed Markets
    • Discussion of markets and other institutions that were purposefully designed, mostly by economists. Choices designers face when designing such markets. Markets and their context and corresponding economic models. Topics include matching between medical residents and hospitals, matching between high school students and New York and Boston high schools, kidney transplants, course allocation in business schools, eBay auctions, and prediction markets. Examination of how to optimize one’s actions and outcomes in such markets.
  • Economics 106E: Economics of Entrepreneurship
    • Application of economic theory to practice of managing new businesses — combining elements of strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurial finance courses. Examination of both strategic decisions of entrepreneurs (pricing, advertising, deterring entry) and more practical issues (funding, business plans, patents).
  • Economics 106F: Corporate Finance
    • Introduction to principles of asset valuation and role of financial markets in market economy. Basic topics include time value of money, discounted cash flow analysis, CAPM model, and applications to public policy.
  • Economics 106G: Introduction to Game Theory
    • Introduction to basic ideas of game theory and strategic thinking. Discussion of ideas such as dominance, backward induction, Nash equilibrium, commitment, credibility, asymmetric information, and signaling, with application to examples from economics, politics, business, and other real-life situations.
  • Economics 106M: Financial Markets and Institutions
    • Application of analytical tools of economics and finance to real-world problems in financial markets to link models students have learned in prior courses to patterns observed in financial markets and to understand when i

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