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209.48 sec. 1 - Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Seminar (Fall 2014)Instructor: Jonathan Simon (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: Th 1:00-1:50
Meeting Location: 2240 Piedmont
Course Start: August 28, 2014
The BELS (Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies) seminar provides a context for students in law and social sciences graduate students conducting quantitative or qualitative empirical work on law in which to develop articles for publication, dissertation chapters, grant proposals, dissertation proposals, and/or drafts of methodological instruments (e.g., surveys, interview protocols, and observational strategies), etc. Depending on the type of project and the stage the project is at, the seminar will address issues such as: framing research in terms of the relevant literatures in law, law and society, and social sciences; motivating and framing research questions; contributions of the research question to theory and policy; logical problems with the argument; research design and feasibility; types of data and data collection strategies; data analysis; relevant audiences; publication options and strategies; presentation styles; and funding options (for research proposals). At each session, one participant will have their written work discussed and one student will be asked to write and circulate in advance a written critique of the work being discussed that week. Critiques will be posted to bspace along with other relevant materials generated in the discussions (e.g., lists of additional readings on theoretical and/or methodological approaches). Each seminar participant must attend all sessions, present their work once or twice, and be a discussant. The seminar is only open to those graduate students who have applied for and been selected as BELS Fellows.
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