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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
ENE,RES
C180
Ecological Economics in Historical Context Economists through history have explored economic and environmental interactions, physical limits to growth, what constitutes the good life, and how economic justice can be assured. Yet economists continue to use measures and models that simplify these issues and promote bad outcomes. Ecological economics responds to this tension between the desire for simplicity and the multiple perspectives needed to understand complexity in order to move toward sustainable, fulfilling, just economies. Also listed as Environmental Economics and Policy C180."
ENE,RES
273
Research Methods in Social Sciences This course aims to introduce graduate students to the rich diversity of research methods that social scientists have developed for the empirical aspects of their work. Its primary goal is to encourage critical thinking about the research process: how we ""know,"" how we match research methods to research questions, how we design and conduct our information/data collection, what we assume explicitly and implicitly, and the ethical dilemmas raised by fieldwork-oriented studies."
ENE,RES
292D
Master's Project Seminar Required of second-year Energy and Resources' Master's candidates. Topics include the adoption of a research project, research design, presentation of work, statistical analyses. Students will apply the interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives learned in the core curriculum. Sequence begins fall each year. Credit and grade to be awarded upon completion of the full sequence."
ENGLISH
243B
Poetry Writing Workshop: This is an instructor-appr A writing workshop in poetry for graduate students."
ENV DES
100
The City: Theories and Methods in Urban Studies This course is concerned with the study of cities. Focusing on great cities around the world - from Chicago to Los Angeles, from Rio to Shanghai, from Vienna to Cairo it covers of historical and contemporary patterns of urbanization and urbanism. Through these case studies, it introduces the key ideas, debates, and research genres of the interdisciplinary field of urban studies. In other words, this is simultaneously a ""great cities"" and ""great theories"" course. Its purpose is to train students in critical analysis of the socio-spatial formations of their lived world."
EPS
101
Field Geology and Digital Mapping Geological mapping, field observation, and problem-solving in the Berkeley hills and environs leading to original interpretation of geological processes and history from stratigraphic, structural, and lithological investigations. Integration of the Berkeley hills geology into the Coast Ranges and California as a whole through field trips to key localities. Training in digital field mapping, global positioning systems, and laser surveying. Interdisciplinary focus encourages participation by nonmajors."
ESPM
100ES
Introduction to the Methods of Environmental Science Introduction to basic methods used in environmental research by biological, physical, and social scientists; designed to teach skills necessary to conduct independent thesis research in the required senior seminar, 196A-196B/196L. Topics include development of research questions, sampling methods, experimental design, statistical analysis, scientific writing and graphics, and introductions to special techniques for characterizing environmental conditions and features. This course is the prerequisite to 196A."
ESPM
163AC
Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment Overview of the field of environmental justice, analyzing the implications of race, class, labor, and equity on environmental degradation and regulation. Environmental justice movements and struggles within poor and people of color communities in the U.S., including: African Americans, Latino Americans, and Native American Indians. Frameworks and methods for analyzing race, class, and labor. Cases of environmental injustice, community and government responses, and future strategies for achieving environmental and labor justice. Also listed as Sociology 137AC."
ESPM
C167
Environmental Health and Development The health effects of environmental alterations caused by development programs and other human activities in both developing and developed areas. Case studies will contextualize methodological information and incorporate a global perspective on environmentally mediated diseases in diverse populations. Topics include water management; population change; toxics; energy development; air pollution; climate change; chemical use, etc. Also listed as Public Health C160."
ESPM
175B
Senior Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences Students design and conduct a senior thesis project, which requires identifying a testable question or problem, designing and executing a research protocol, analyzing data, deriving conclusions, and presenting the research in a scientific paper and an oral presentation. Lectures and assignments exphasize research design, data analysis, scientific writing, and scientific communication."
ESPM
175B
Senior Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences Students design and conduct a senior thesis project, which requires identifying a testable question or problem, designing and executing a research protocol, analyzing data, deriving conclusions, and presenting the research in a scientific paper and an oral presentation. Lectures and assignments exphasize research design, data analysis, scientific writing, and scientific communication."
ESPM
C183
Forest Ecosystem Management Introduces students to concepts and quantitative tools needed for the sustainable management of multi-use forest ecosystems. Topics covered include: estimation of ecological, economic, and social values: construction of dynamic forest models, methods for optimal decision-making, and development of forest management plans. Application to current issues in temperate and tropical forest management are discussed. Quantitative, analytical, and communication skills are emphasized. Oral presentation required. Also listed as Environmental Economics and Policy C183."
ESPM
210
Spatial Data Analysis for Natural Resources An introduction to natural resource spatial data analysis. Topics to be covered include spatial sampling, quadrat analysis, distance methods, spatial point patterns and Ripley's K function, spatial autocorrelation, and geostatistics (Kriging). Readings will cover applications in various natural resource fields as well as general theory."
ESPM
215
Hierarchical Statistical Modeling in Environmental Science Hierarchical statistical models include generalized linear mixed models, generalized additive mixed models, state-space models for time-series data, and random field models for spatial data. Introduction to formulation and analysis of such models with frequentist methods, including maximum likelihood via numerical integration and restricted maximum likelihood, and Bayesian methods, including Markov chain Monte Carlo. Background in relevant probability theory."
ESPM
C273
Science and Technology Studies Research Seminar This course will cover methods and approaches for students considering professionalizing in the field of STS, including a chance for students to workshop written work. Also listed as Anthropology C273, Science and Technology Studies C250, and History C251."
ETH GRP
201
History and Narrativity: Contemporary Theories and Methods The course examines critical theories and methods in the production of historical narratives, social myths, and ideologies dealing with racialization and ethnicity. Special attention is given to employment strategies, tropes, and allegorical forms in the construction of historical events and narratives."
ETH GRP
240
Series in Comparative Transnational Theories and Methods: "Transnational Paradigms in Ethnic Studies" Research seminar focus is on critical theories and practices in transnational comparative frameworks."
ETH STD
101B
Humanities Methods in Ethnic Studies The course provides an introduction to basic theoretical approaches to the literary and other cultural productions of ethnic or ""minority"" communities in the United States. It also involves the study of important writings by Latina/o, Native American, African American, Asian American, and mixed race writers, and to a lesser degree, the visual art production of these same communities. The course will focus with particular care on discourses of racialization, gender, and sexuality."
ETH STD
144AC
Racism and the U.S. Law: Historical Treatment of Peoples of Color Intensive histori-legal survey of racism in the United States, exploring the legal antecedents of the country's contemporary stratified society, and emphasizing the role of law as a social policy instrument. Readings and lectures will investigate the prevailing legal currency of racism in the United States through an examination of the country's formative legal documents and the consequent effects of a myriad of judicial decisions on peoples of color."
ETH STD
176
Against the Grain: Ethnic American Art and Artists Comparative survey of art and other cultural production from a cross-section of selected American ethnic groups (in general, Asian American, Chicano, African American, and Native American). We approach works from various critical/theoretical perspectives, often constructing them as we analyze, and through the lens of Ethnic Studies."
FILM
128
Documentary A survey of the history, theory, and practice of the documentary film (including video). How have the forms and ethics of the documentary changed since the beginning of cinema? A range of practices and strategies will be covered: cinema verite, direct cinema, narrational documentary, autobiography, investigative documentary, and recent fictional styles that combine the essayistic with the observational. The course moves between classic works of the genre as well as highly experimental works that critique traditional approaches. Throughout, the emphasis will be on the formal analysis of the films focusing on their narrative structures and the ways in which they make meaning."
GEOG
180
Field Methods for Physical Geography Field introduction to geomorphology, biogeography, and California landscapes. Students conduct field experiments and mapping exercises. Results of field projects are analyzed and presented as a technical report. Oral field reports are required for some trips."
GEOG
187
Advanced Cartographic Methods: GIS for Cartographers Advanced cartographic methods will focus primarily on data acquisition, manipulation, analysis, and representation using GIS software and vector-based illustration software, in the service of geographical analysis. Some field research will be required."
GERMAN
291
Methods and Issues in German Morphology The seminar will deal with the methods and results of morphological analysis as applied to the German language. It will introduce basic concepts and means of morphological analyses, as well as study and apply various theories of word structure to German. The primary concern will be the synchronic analyses of modern German word formation, but questions of a diachronic nature as well as ones about inflection will also be discussed."
GMS
201
Research Seminar in Comparative Urban Studies This core seminar for the Designated Emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies offers an in-depth examination of contemporary research topics, data and methods, recent research findings, and challenges in specific subfields of international urban studies. Emphasis will be placed upon the discussion and improvement of students' dissertation chapters."
HISTORY
281
Paleography and Other Auxiliary Sciences: "History, Numbers, Numeracy" Introduction to the scholarly handling of texts, whether ancient or modern, inscriptions or manuscripts, and instruction in the methodologies, tools, sources, and the editing and use of texts relevant to a particular field of history; instruction in any auxiliary science requisite for historical research."
IAS
102
Scope and Methods of Research in International and Area Studies: "Research, Analysis and Writing in International Studies" Required prerequisite for all students intending to enroll in Development Studies H195 and Political Economy of Industrial Societies H195. Introduction to interdisciplinary research strategies for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data. Course integrates the study of the fundamental theories of social science with the practical techniques of social science research methods."
IAS
102
Scope and Methods of Research in International and Area Studies Required prerequisite for all students intending to enroll in Development Studies H195 and Political Economy of Industrial Societies H195. Introduction to interdisciplinary research strategies for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data. Course integrates the study of the fundamental theories of social science with the practical techniques of social science research methods."
IAS
C118
Introductory Applied Econometrics Formulation of a research hypothesis and definition of an empirical strategy. Regression analysis with cross-sectional and time-series data; econometric methods for the analysis of qualitative information; hypothesis testing. The techniques of statistical and econometric analysis are developed through applications to a set of case studies and real data in the fields of environmental, resource, and international development economics. Students learn the use of a statistical software for economic data analysis. Also listed as Environmental Economics and Policy C118."
IAS
206
Intermediate Microeconomic Theory This course is designed as a comprehensive overview of intermediate microeconomic theory. It covers a number of topics including consumer and demand theory, firm, production, and cost theory, competitive market theory, imperfect competition, welfare economics, choice under uncertainity, and information. All analysis conducted in the course relies on graphical and algebraic techniques. Outside reading and discussion sections will demonstrate the applicability of the models covered in class to topics with an international dimension, such as the setting of tariffs, cartel behavior, and international trade."
IND ENG
165
Engineering Statistics, Quality Control, and Forcasting This course will introduce students to basic statistical techniques such as parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, analysis of variance. Specific applications in forecasting and quality control will be considered in detail."
IND ENG
166
Decision Analysis Introductory course on the theory and applications of decision analysis. Elective course that provides a systematic evaluation of decision-making problems under uncertainty. Emphasis on the formulation, analysis, and use of decision-making techniques in engineering, operations research and systems analysis. Includes formulation of risk problems and probabilistic risk assessments. Graphical methods and computer software using event trees, decision trees, and influence diagrams that focus on model design."
IND ENG
231
Introduction to Data Modeling, Statistics, and System Simulation This course uses industrial engineering and operations research models for analyzing and optimizing real systems where the underlying processes and/or parameters are not fully known, but data may be available, sampled, or artifically generated. Monte Carlo simulations are used to model systems that may be too complex to approximate accurately with deterministic, stationary, or static models, and to measure the robustness of predictions, and manage the risks, in decisions based on data-driven industrial engineering and operations research models."
IND ENG
264
Computational Optimization This course is on computational methods for the solution of large-scale optimization problems. The focus is on converting the theory of optimization into effective computational techniques. Course topics include an introduction to polyhedral theory, cutting plane methods, relaxation, decomposition and heuristic approaches for large-scale optimization problems."
IND ENG
290A
Dynamic Production Theory and Planning Models: "Learning and Optimization" Development of dynamic activity analysis models for production planning and scheduling. Relationship to theory of production, inventory theory and hierarchical organization of production management."
IND ENG
290G
Advanced Mathematical Programming: "The Linear Complementarity Problem" Selected topics in mathematical programming. The actual subjects covered may include: Convex analysis, duality theory, complementary pivot theory, fixed point theory, optimization by vector space methods, advanced topics in nonlinear algorithms, complexity of mathematical programming algorithms (including linear programming)."
IND ENG
290R
Topics in Risk Theory: "Learning and Optimization" Seminar on selected topics from financial and technological risk theory, such as risk modeling, attitudes towards risk and utility theory, portfolio management, gambling and speculation, insurance and other risk-sharing arrangements, stochastic models of risk generation and run off, risk reserves, Bayesian forecasting and credibility approximations, influence diagrams, decision trees. Topics will vary from year to year."
INFO
203
Social and Organizational Issues of Information The relationship between information and information systems, technology, practices, and artifacts on how people organize their work, interact, and understand experience. Individual, group, organizational, and societal issues in information production and use, information systems design and management, and information and communication technologies. Social science research methods for understanding information issues."
INFO
205
Information Law and Policy Law is one of a number of policies that mediates the tension between free flow and restrictions on the flow of information. This course introduces students to copyright and other forms of legal protection for databases, licensing of information, consumer protection, liability for insecure systems and defective information, privacy, and national and international information policy."
INFO
214
Needs and Usability Assessment Concepts and methods of needs and usability assessment. Understanding users' needs and practices and translating them into design decisions. Topics include methods of identifying and describing user needs and requirements; user-centered design; user and task analysis; contextual design; heuristic evaluation; surveys, interviews, and focus groups; usability testing; naturalistic/ethnographic methods; managing usability in organizations; and universal usability."
INFO
235
Cyberlaw Introduction to legal issues in information management, antitrust, contract management, international law including intellectual property, trans-border data flow, privacy, libel, and constitutional rights."
INFO
247
Information Visualization and Presentation The design and presentation of digital information. Use of graphics, animation, sound, visualization software, and hypermedia in presenting information to the user. Methods of presenting complex information to enhance comprehension and analysis. Incorporation of visualization techniques into human-computer interfaces."
INFO
C263
Technologies for Creativity and Learning How does the design of new educational technology change the way people learn and think? How do we design systems that reflect our understanding of how we learn? This course explores issues on designing and evaluating technologies that support creativity and learning. The class will cover theories of creativity and learning, implications for design, as well as a survey of new educational technologies such as works in computer supported collaborative learning, digital manipulatives, and immersive learning environments. Also listed as New Media C263."
INFO
290
Special Topics in Information: "Data Mining and Analytics in Intelligent Business Services" Specific topics, hours, and credit may vary from section to section, year to year."
INFO
290T
Special Topics in Technology: "Working with Open Data" Specific topics, hours, and credit may vary from section to section and year to year."
INFO
296A
Seminar: "Data Science and Analytics: Thought Leaders" Topics in information management and systems and related fields. Specific topics vary from year to year."
JOURN
226
Science Reporting Advanced study of methods of reporting developments in such fields as science, education, health, or the environment."
LD ARCH
205
Environmental Planning Studio Application of environmental planning principles to a complex problem involving a variety of environmental criteria and desired land uses in a complex institutional and political setting. Student teams will identify needed data, assess environmental developmental problems, weigh competing uses, and prepare an environmental management plan."
LD ARCH
221
Quantitative Methods in Environmental Planning Discussion and critique of the application of quantitative methods to environmental assessment, analysis, and evaluation in environmental planning. Topics to include geographical information systems and data bases, remote sensing, and multivariate analysis. This course emphasizes computer applications and data analysis."
LEGALST
100
Foundations of Legal Studies This is a liberal arts course designed to introduce students to the foundational frameworks and cross-disciplinary perspectives from humanities and social sciences that distinguish legal studies as a scholarly field. It provides a comparative and historical introduction to forms, ideas, institutions, and systems of law and sociological ordering. It highlights basic theoretical problems and scholarly methods for understanding questions of law and justice."

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