Psychology 117


NOTE: The next PSYC 117 course has been moved from Fall '16 to the Winter '17 quarter. If you would like to take part in this Winter's course, then contact the instructor, Dr. Daniel Bajic, after the start of the Fall quarter. Additional information about the application process will be made available on this website.

Psychology 117, Spring Quarter 2016

NOTE: The number of students who've already inquired about enrolling in this Spring 2016 course has exceeded our maximum enrollment for the quarter, so we won't be able to accept any additional applicants.

Students in PSYC 117 will assist with an afterschool education program for children in East County, San Diego. This is a great opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of children from underserved local communities. (Also, previous students have said that the course is fun.)

For more information about the course, see this feature article from the UCSD Guardian.

Class meetings will address topics such as cognitive skill acquisition, child psychology, the effectiveness of different pedagogical techniques, and education policy at the state and national levels. Evaluation will be based on class and lab participation, quizzes, and essay assignments.

PSYC 117 is part of the UCSD Community-Based Research and Outreach Project. For more information about the broader goals of this project, and more detailed information about the structure of a typical lab meeting, please read about the philosophy of the project. More information can also be found in this report from UCSD's diversity opportunities website.

The class meetings and the meetings of our afterschool program will take place MWF. To ensure that you can take part, you'll need to have a schedule that's free from 2:30pm to 6:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 3:00-4:30pm on Fridays. As typically takes place when people volunteer at schools, standard background checks will be needed prior to working with the children.

If you are interested in joining the team, or if you'd like additional information, then contact the instructor, Dr. Daniel Bajic, at

Dr. Bajic, as drawn by one of the children.

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