Evolution of Mass Media Images
Do not take this class. All he does is preach about evolutionary psychology. I cannot believe this pseudo-scientific sexist crap is being taught at a prestigious University like UCLA. Pornography is "natural", killing stepchildren is "natural", and rape is an adaptation. Men are only attracted to women with good looks, women are only attracted to men with a fat wallet, and all humans are just pre programmed robots. If you believe humans are free agents, and in charge of their own destiny, take a class with Paul von Blum instead.
Professor Okami was an interesting enough lecturer. I think he made some interesting points, but he presented them in a very insensitive manner. He made jokes about domestic violence portrayals in the media, and declared to the class that the Clothesline Project (where sexual abuse victims decorate shirts about their experiences) was misleading. I thought this was quite insensitive as rape victims may have been amongst the students in the class, and he insisted on belittling their experiences. He also told us too many personal details for comfort(eg, he's on his fourth wife and that one of them choked him and another one broke his rib). The class was NOT about mass media images, but rather evolutionary psychology, the final paper was assigned with out much direction, which made it difficult to write, and the exams were relatively detail specific. There was a tad bit too much reading and the Pinker Blank Slate book should be burned because it's so repetitive. Probably would not recommend the class.