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209.48 sec. 1 - Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Seminar (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Calvin Morrill  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 1
Meeting Time: Th 1:00-1:50
Meeting Location: 2240 Piedmont

Course Start: January 12, 2012

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 will be graded on a credit/no credit basis. The seminar is only open to those graduate students who have applied for and been selected as BELS Fellows.

Exam Notes: None
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Law and Society

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