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Learning about what data- or method-oriented courses are available should be simple. Because the Berkeley course offerings have limited search capabilities, D-Lab creates listings of Berkeley graduate and undergraduate courses each semester that cover methods, approaches, techniques, tools, software, or data relevant to data-intensive social science across departments and disciplines. We anticipate adding course listings for online courses and other resources. After searching, click on the course title for additional details. Feedback? Please send to dlab@berkeley.edu.
 

Course Title Description
CY PLAN
114
Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation This course is designed to introduce students to the characteristics of urban transportation systems, the methods through which they are planned and analyzed, and the dimensions of key policy issues confronting decision makers."
CY PLAN
204B
Research Methods for Planners Research methods for planning, including problem definition, observation, key informant interviewing, causal modeling, survey design and overall design of research, as well as memorandum writing and presentation skills. Students work in teams with clients on actual research problems and learn professional skills as well as practical ways of conducting usable research. With permission of the instructor, students who wish to complete only half of the assignments for their individual research may take the course for 2 units."
CY PLAN
204C
Introduction to GIS and City Planning Introduction to the principles and practical uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This course is intended for graduate students with exposure to using spreadsheets and database programs for urban and natural resource analysis, and who wish to expand their knowledge to include basic GIS concepts and applications. Prior GIS or desktop mapping experience not required."
CY PLAN
230
U.S. Housing, Planning, and Policy Theory of housing markets and empirical methods for measuring market conditions and performance: housing consumption, housing supply and production, and market performance. Empirical analysis and applications to policy issues."
CY PLAN
235
Methods of Project Analysis Using case studies, this course acquaints students with the techniques of project feasibility; analysis of project proposals and overall project compatibility assessment. Case studies will be based on a variety of public and private sector developments, in central city and suburb locations."
CY PLAN
271
Development Theories and Practices This course covers the theory and praxis of international development. It studies the project of development, from its Cold War launching to its metamorphosis into the current era of economic globalization and liberalization. And it examines the theoretical models and discursive debates that have accompanied each phase, including the recent critiques put forth by feminism and postcolonialism. The course also locates development in the industrialized world, ""here"" rather than ""elsewhere,"" thereby unsettling the normalized hierarchy of First and Third Worlds."
CY PLAN
281
Theories of Planning Practice Focuses on theory and practice of planning, with emphasis on the role of different types of knowledge in different kinds of practice. Compares positivist, interpretive, and critical theory views of knowledge and links these to policy analysis, interactive planning, group processes, and emerging models of critical planning practice."
DEMOG
211
Advanced Demographic Analysis This course is designed to provide an overview of quantitative techniques commonly used in demography, sociology, economics, and other social sciences. Methods are described in both words and formulas, and students are encouraged to learn to move freely between verbal and mathematical representations of data."
DEMOG
C275A
Economic Demography Economic consequences of demographic change in developing and developed countries including capital formation, labor markets, and intergenerational transfers. Economic determinants of fertility, mortality and migration. Also listed as Economics C275A."
ECON
131
Public Economics This course focuses on the role of the government in the economy from a theoretical and empirical perspective. The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the reasons for government intervention in the economy, analyzing the merits of possible government policies, and the response of economic agents to the government's actions. The course covers the analysis of tax policy, social insurance programs, public goods, environmental protection, and the interaction between different levels of government. Special emphasis is set on current government policy issues such as social security reform, income tax reform, and budget deficits."
ECON
138
Financial and Behavioral Economics This course is an advanced class in Financial Economics. Topics include moral hazard (principal-agent problems, free cash flow), asymmetric Information (security issurance, dividends), mergers and acquisitions (theory, managerial incentives), corporate governance (separation of ownership and control, internal capital markets, superstar CEOs), corporate fraud (earnings manipulations). This class emphasizes the economic underpinning of financial decision-making and is mathematically and technically demanding. You will be required to do some empirical homework using STATA."
ECON
140
Economic Statistics and Econometrics Introduction to problems of observation, estimation, and hypothesis testing in economics. This course covers the linear regression model and its application to empirical problems in economics."
ECON
141
Econometric Analysis Introduction to problems of observation, estimation, and hypothesis testing in economics. This course covers the statistical theory for the linear regression model and its variants, with examples from empirical economics."
ECON
C142
Applied Econometrics and Public Policy This course focuses on the sensible application of econometric methods to empirical problems in economics and public policy analysis. It provides background on issues that arise when analyzing non-experimental social science data and a guide for tools that are useful for empirical research. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of the types of research designs that can lead to convincing analysis and be comfortable working with large scale data sets. Also listed as Public Policy C142 and Political Science C131A."
ECON
191
Topics in Economic Research This course discusses recent research and policy developments. The core objective is to expose students to different aspects of research in economics. A sequence of five different frontier research topics are studied in depth each semester. Each topic lasts three weeks, during which students will familiarize themselves with cutting-edge economic research and methodology. Students will then develop their own research ideas and write two medium- size research papers."
ECON
202B
Macroeconomic Theory Basic preparation for the Ph.D. program including aggregation theory, national accounting and index problems, survey of major short-term models, implications of various expectations hypotheses, wage price determination, the role of money and financial assets, theories of consumption and investment, disequilibrium theory, dynamic systems, and international considerations."
ECON
219B
Applications of Psychology and Economics This course will build off of the material presented in 219A. It will expand on the psychological and experimental economic research presented there, but will emphasize a range of economic applications and especially empirical research."
ECON
230B
Public Economics Government intervention changes opportunities and incentives for firms, families, individuals, service providers, and state and local government. This course considers the incentive effects of government expenditure programs. The primary emphasis will be in the examination of the effect of social expenditure programs on individuals and families. Most of the papers will be empirical. The course will not contain an explicit section on methodology and econometric techniques; instead, relevant econometric techniques (e.g., discrete choice, duration analysis) will be discussed in the context of the empirical literature."
ECON
234C
Financial Decision-Making in Firms This course provides a theoretical and empirical treatment of the core topics in corporate finance including internal corporate investment; external corporate investment (mergers and acquisitions); capital structure and financial contracting; bankruptcy; corporate governance."
ECON
236B
Aggregate Economics Macroeconomic models; theory and practice of aggregate economics; rational expectations models; finance theory integrated with macro."
ECON
240B
Econometrics Basic preparation for the Ph.D. program including generalized least squares; instrumental variables estimation; generalized method of moments; time series analysis; and nonlinear models."
ECON
241A
Econometrics Intended for students specializing in econometrics and others with strong mathematical backgrounds. Linear and nonlinear statistical models and their applications in economics. Special problems in analyzing data from non-controlled experiments."
ECON
244
Applied Econometrics Methods of applied econometrics, with emphasis on alternative modelling strategies and problems met in practice. Intended for doctoral students conducting empirical research."
ECON
C275A
Economic Demography Economic consequences of demographic change in developing and developed countries including capital formation, labor markets, and intergenerational transfers. Economic determinants of fertility, mortality and migration. Also listed as Demography C275A."
ECON
280C
International Economics This course is an empirical treatment of open-economy macroeconomics and finance. Topics include trade elasticities, the determination of the trade balance and income under fixed and floating exchange rates, purchasing power parity, devaluation in small open economies, quantifying the degree of international capital mobility, implications for the effectiveness of monetary and fiscal policy, international interdependence and coordination, models of exchange rate determination."
EDUC
204C
Research Seminars: Inquiry in Educational Psychology The doctoral program in Educational Psychology requires that students complete extensive projects of documentary and empirical research. As they engage in these projects, students will enroll (ordinarily during alternate years) in appropriate sections of this seminar. At each meeting, participants will present their own projects, and analyze those presented by others."
EDUC
213B
Theoretical and Scientific Bases for School Psychology, Part II: Adolescence Historical and contemporary overview of the professional specialty of school psychology. Examines the empirical evidence for developmental and learning models in relation to the school curriculum and school organization for birth through pre-adolescence."
EDUC
228A
Qualitative Methodology The course will be organized by principal activities: group readings, book reports, expert and novice methodology presentations, in-class research and analysis, and student research. For each activity, we will look at the full breadth of methodology, from ""how-to"" methods and specific areas of concern to general questions including: what constitutes objective data, what are strengths and weaknesses of methods in regard to various issues, and what are the relations between theory and data?"
EDUC
236B
Elementary Teaching in Mathematics This course is designed to strengthen methods for students' mathematical development. Students will gain facility with methods that support the learning of children with diverse instructional needs. The course emphasizes an inquiry-based approach that includes the use of rich problems, appropriate tools and representations, various discourse formats, and ongoing assessment."
EDUC
250A
Qualitative Research in Language/Literacy Education Focuses on students' and teachers' use of language from interrelated perspectives, particularly developmental, sociolinguistic, and ethnographic. Designed to provide students with a view of the classroom as a unique setting whose aims are fostered or rendered problematic by the nature of language use. Students conduct small-scale studies in classroom settings."
EDUC
252B
The Ethnography of Reading This course approaches reading as a socio-cultural activity and considers recent ethnographic work on reading practices in different educational settings, communities, and historical epochs. By considering how reading is differently conceived and realized in a wide range of contexts, this course will shed light on reading as a historically contingent, ideologically shaped, and socio-culturally organized practice. More specifically, this course has a twofold aim: 1) to introduce students to recent ethnographic research on reading practices; 2) to familiarize them with ethnographic methodology. To this scope, in addition to reading exemplary studies of reading practices, students will also conduct a small-scale ethnographic research project in settings of their choice."
EDUC
262D
Research Group on the Working Lives of Teachers Research group for graduate students specializing in research on teachers' work and organizational and policy contexts of teaching. Complements but does not substitute for foundational course work in research methods or substantive areas of specialization. Strengthens preparation for research through (a) consultation and feedback on research design, data collection, analysis, and writing; and (b) reading and discussion on selected topics related to teachers' work."
EDUC
271B
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods Introduces principles and methods commonly associated with qualitative field research in the social sciences. Includes assigned readings on basic methodological topics; structured activities related to research design, research ethics and human subjects protection, data collection, data organization and reduction, data analysis; and field research experience through individual or team projects. Course satisfies the qualitative methods requirement for students in the Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation (POME) program."
EDUC
273B
Research Group on Policy Implementation This year-long research and writing group is intended for graduate students who plan to specialize in studying educational policy implementation. In the course, we will investigate what happens from the time a policy is enacted until the policy is actually implemented in classrooms, schools, and districts. The centerpiece of the research group is reviewing and providing feedback to members on their works-in-progress related to policy implementation. The goal is to strengthen participants' preparation for research in this area through a combination of consultation and feedback on specific problems related to conceptualizing and enacting high quality research, including but not limited to the formulation of research questions, theory development, research design, data collecti
EDUC
273C
Decision Making Based on Data Evidence This course builds on the premise that data evidence is one of the powerful tools that can help us make informed decisions. The course plans to examine and practice effective and thoughtful use of data for educational improvement at all levels of a school district. Main topics include: evaluating policy, programs, and interventions; understanding assessment and key accountability indicators; and becoming a critical consumer of research and evaluation."
EDUC
274B
Measurement in Education and the Social Sciences II An introduction to classical test theory and item response theory from a theoretical viewpoint. Application of these techniques to a practical measurement situation will be studied. Topics such as test bias, computerized and polytomous response modes will be discussed."
EDUC
274C
Research Seminar in Measurement The seminar will address a current research issue in the area of educational and psychological measurement. Topics will vary from year to year. Some examples are polytomous item response theory, measurement of cognitive processes and learning, and assessment issues in evaluation."
EDUC
274D
Multidimensional Measurement Exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and multidimensional item response theory."
EDUC
275B
Data Analysis in Educational Research II A second course in educational statistics and data analysis. Emphasis is on using and interpreting multiple regression, loglinear models, and the analysis of variance for a variety of data sets and with a variety of analytic objectives. Must be taken concurrently with the computer laboratory Education 275L."
EDUC
275H
Research Group in Multilevel Modeling Multilevel models are useful when the units of observation are grouped in clusters such as students in schools, patients in hospitals, or prisoners in prisons. The research group is for students who wish to analyze such data or who have an interest in the methodology. In each meeting, we will either discuss students' ongoing research projects, or a methodological topic of interest. Readings (papers, chapters, drafts of student projects) will be distributed a week in advance."
EDUC
276A
Introduction to Program Evaluation This course provides an introduction to the field of program evaluation (""programs"" might be curriculum innovations, school reorganizations, teacher training reforms, instructional methods innovations, funding programs, or programs in the health or welfare areas). It will give an overview of issues of concern to practicing evaluators, researchers, program managers, and academics interested in field-based research. Those taking the course will be introduced to the history of the field, the basic concepts and intellectual disputes, the major methodological issues, and to some common ""models"" of how an evaluation ought to be conducted. Based on the understandings of the topics and issues discussed in this course, participants will be asked to conceptualize and design an eva
EDUC
278D
Milestone 4:Research Design and Methodology The fourth course in the LEEP milestone sequence moves students from the exploration of the professional knowledge base to the design of their dissertation study. The main course objective is the completion of milestone 2: the writing of a paper on the design and methodology of the dissertation study. Together with the first milestone paper (Exploring the Knowledge Base) and the third milestone paper (Dissertation Prospectus), this paper should qualify students to participate in the qualifying exam, the prerequisite for dissertation research."
EDUC
280D
Research Apprenticeship and Qualitative Methodology Seminar II This is the second in a sequence of courses on the practice of research. In the first semester students work with faculty mentors and in the seminar to carry out a field research project. Continuing both apprenticeship and seminar, this semester is devoted to analyzing the field materials and preparing a paper on the research."
EDUC
290A
Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation: "Formative Assessment in Virtual Learning Environments"
EL ENG
122
Introduction to Communication Networks This course is an introduction to the design and implementation of computer networks. We will focus on the concepts and fundamental design principles that have contributed to the Internet's scalability and robustness and survey the underlying technologies--e.g., Ethernet, 802.11, DSL, optical links--that have led to the Internet's phenomenal success. Topics include layering, congestion/flow/error control, routing, addressing, multicast, packet scheduling, switching, internetworking, network security, and networking/programming interfaces."
EL ENG
123
Digital Signal Processing Discrete time signals and systems: Fourier and Z transforms, DFT, 2-dimensional versions. Digital signal processing topics: flow graphs, realizations, FFT, chirp-Z algorithms, Hilbert transform relations, quantization effects, linear prediction. Digital filter design methods: windowing, frequency sampling, S-to-Z methods, frequency-transformation methods, optimization methods, 2-dimensional filter design."
EL ENG
126
Probability and Random Processes This course covers the fundamentals of probability and random processes useful in fields such as networks, communication, signal processing, and control. Sample space, events, probability law. Conditional probability. Independence. Random variables. Distribution, density functions. Random vectors. Law of large numbers. Central limit theorem. Estimation and detection. Markov chains."
EL ENG
219C
Computer-Aided Verification Introduction to the theory and practice of formal methods for the design and analysis of systems, with a focus on automated algorithmic techniques. Covers selected topics in computational logic and automata theory including formal models of reactive systems, temporal logic, model checking, and automated theorem proving. Applications in hardware and software verification, analysis of embedded, real-time, and hybrid systems, computer security, synthesis, planning, constraint solving, and other areas will be explored as time permits."
EL ENG
C219D
Concurrent Models of Computation Theory and practice of concurrent models of computation (MoCs) with applications to software systems, embedded systems, and cyber-physical systems. Analysis for boundedness, deadlock, and determinacy; formal semantics (fixed point semantics and metric-space models); composition; heterogeneity; and model-based design. MoCs covered may include process networks, threads, message passing, synchronous/reactive, dataflow, rendezvous, time-triggered, discrete events, and continuous time. Also listed as Computer Science C219D."
ENE,RES
102
Quantitative Aspects of Global Environmental Problems Human disruption of biogeochemical and hydrological cycles; causes and consequences of climate change and acid deposition; transport and health impacts of pollutants; loss of species; radioactivity in the environment; epidemics."

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