Latest News as of 8/21/18


1) Lauri’s Office Hours
2) Law In Iran has room!
3) Blueprint Prep Sem
4) Call Cntr Jobs
5) LS 173 has room!
6) Open Soc classes
7) CPD Fllwshp Prog
8) Challenge Courses Fa18
9) Big Ideas Contest
10) Depositions
11) Implicit Bias has room
12) Law, Politics & Lit has room


1) Lauri’s Office Hours

Lauri’s Office Hours

Welcome back everyone!
The beginning of the semester is usually really busy in my office.
Here are some things that will help streamline things and create a more civilized experience for everyone:

– If you have something urgent, please come in.
– If you can hold off for a couple of weeks, that would be great. I don’t want you to have to wait around to meet with me!
IF YOU ARE DECLARING the major or A DOUBLE MAJOR, PLEASE WAIT for a few weeks to do so. Thank you!!!
– When you come in, check to see if I’m with someone. Poke your head in and wave or something and if there is someone, please wait out on the couch.
– If you need forms signed, print them out and fill them out before you get to my office.
-If you bring in forms, take them out of your bag or folder before you get here, it’ll save time.
– Because the major has grown and there is still just one of me, let’s keep our meetings brief.

Thank you!


2) Law In Iran has room!

Law in Iran has room!

The following course needs people…there are no discussion sections, no GSIs…

190.3: Law & Society in Iran, Behnoosh Payvar,  4 units, Area II or IV
Tues 3:30-6:30pm

This course will explore the relationship between law, norms and social change in the context of a legal system which has religion of Islam as its main reference. During the course, we will review basic features of Iranian legal system, criminal law, family law, role of courts, social organization of law, and using interdisciplinary approach we will address topics as norms and modern society, gender perspective of Islamic legal system, technology and social change. Exploring the legal system background in Iran offers the opportunity to study how traditional ways of restoring justice were suddenly replaced by a modern judiciary and the proceeding implications. The class will examine the role of media and technology in social change, addressing values, norms, perceptions and interactions that take place in a modern society, and how these changes interact with the legal system that is based on traditional Islamic percepts. The course will also cover the gender perspective that is incorporated in the Islamic legal system, and how men and women are seen and perceived by the law.


3) Blueprint Prep Sem

Blueprint Prep Sem

Solve actual LSAT questions, learn new test strategies, go over the structure of law school applications, and more!

Sponsored by Blueprint LSAT Prep
August 2th @5:00pm
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4) Call Cntr Jobs

Call Cntr Jobs
Legal Studies?

Apply at the Cal Calling Center!

Now Hiring Fall 2018! STUDENT CALLER, $14.50/hour (10 hour weekly minimum)

Legal Studies majors encouraged to apply. Build your resume, expand your network of Berkeley alumni from the legal profession, and develop case-building strategies and negotiation skills. Combine theory with practice and make your own schedule.

Apply now at and answer “Pre-Law” for how you heard about us.

Act fast, the deadline for Fall hiring is 9/3 and there are only 20 positions available!


5) LS 173 has room!

LS 173 has room!
173: Making Empire: Law & the Colonization of America, Tomlins, 4 units, Area II or V

This is an intro to the origins, development, and expansion of European settlement on the North American mainland. We will concentrate on the impulses – commercial, ideological, and racial – that drove European colonizing; the migrations (voluntary and forced) that sustained it; and the political and legal “technologies” that supplied it with definition, explanation, and institutional capacity. We will pay attention to themes of sovereignty, civic identity, race, and “manifest destiny” and will discuss how law provided both the language and technical capacity to transform territory into property, people into slaves, and the land’s indigenous inhabitants into “others” who existed “outside” the civic order of the American Republic.

Tues, Thurs 8-9:30am


6) Open Soc classes

Open Soc classes

The following list of Sociology classes currently have open seats.

***NOTE:  The only course below that counts towards the Legal Studies major is Soc 114. It is a law-related Distribution requirement, Area II or IV)
***NOTE:  Check the schedule of classes for the most up to date enrollment info.

Sociology 114 SOCIOLOGY OF LAW

Andy Barlow

MW 5-6:30

277 Cory

The sociology of law studies law and legal institutions as social relationships. Everyday life both incorporates and creates legal meanings and practices. Utilizing sociological theories and methods, this course explores the legal field as a set of social networks and cultural meanings and examines the relationship of the legal field to social life. Specifically, the course examines the ways that ‘legality’ is constituted in the United States by a wide range of political, economic and cultural practices, and the ways that law appears in the very conceptions of American society, community and the individual. Topics to be covered include: sociological theories of law and society, and the social constitution of tort law, contract law, criminal law and institutions. Throughout, attention will be given to the concepts of social justice as they appear in the legal construction of class, race, gender, citizenship and sexuality in the United States. Course requirements include class participation, two midterms, a final exam and a final paper.


Sylvia Flatt

Monday 5-8

105 North Gate

Organizations face a rapidly changing external environment that make developing and sustaining a competitive advantage more tenuous. Firms that were successful last year may no longer be as successful. This course examines topics in organizational strategy from sociological and business perspectives and at times in parallet to each other. We begin with a brief history of strategy, its emergence and roots in sociology and business, and then we review classic and contemporary models and theories. Since Sociology and business management have each contributed towards organizational strategy theoretical development, we critically examine both perspectives by continually juxtaposing them throughout the course. Some of the topics include: history of strategy, the internal and external context of organizations, developing a competitive advantage, why firms are similar, why firms are different, competing in a global environment, alignment of organizational design with strategy, organizational ambidexterity (explore and exploit), blue ocean strategy, and organizational status/reputation


Christoph Hermann

T/TH 11-12:30

100 GPB

The main objectives of this course is to introduce students to economic thinking about society and social change and to explain the functioning and transformation of capitalist societies. To this end the course is divided into four parts: The first part – Spotlights on Economic Thought – deals with major controversies in economic and social thought. It does so by presenting important economists (unfortunately all men) and discussing one of their major contributions to economic and social thinking. The economists that are covered include Smith, Marx, Schumpeter, Keynes, Veblen, Friedman, Piketty, and Sen. The topics include wealth, accumulation, innovation, demand, waste, freedom, inequality, and justice.

The second part – institutional foundations of capitalism – deals with a number of institutions that are essential for the functioning of capitalist economies. These include money and finance, markets, enterprises, and states. In addition lectures in this part will also address the role of shareholder value, the internationalization of firms and production, as well as the variation of institutional frameworks as highlighted in the Varieties of Capitalism literature. The third part – capitalist transformations – introduces major concepts and theories of economic and social change, including globalization, neoliberalism, and financialization. The fourth part is devoted to a discussion of the causes and consequences of the Great Recession which erupted the world economy in 2008. The fifth part looks beyond capitalism and engages with two important debates that relate to a non-capitalist economic system: the de-growth debate and the debate about democratic planning.


Szonja Ivester

T/TH 12:30-2

120 Latimer

The basic premise of this class is that sociology has a great deal to offer not only to the theoretical understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship, but also to entrepreneurship as a practical enterprise. This perspective, while popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, has gotten steadily lost in the entrepreneurial fervor of the 1980s as the study of entrepreneurship was passed almost exclusively into the hands of people in and around the business-school community. The objective of this class is to (re-) incorporate critical social analysis into the field. Throughout the semester, we will explore the various ways in which the social sciences have provided fresh new insights into entrepreneurial behavior by placing innovation in its broader social, cultural, and cross-national contexts. Additionally, we will look at entrepreneurship from the perspective of a much wider range of actors (classes, genders, racial and ethnic groups) than is typically done by the business community. By the end of the semester, you should have a firm grasp of what entrepreneurs do (the usual purview of modern business schools), as well as the causes of entrepreneurship and its cumulative (often not so positive) effects.


Joanna Reed

MWF 3-4

A1 Hearst Annex

Note: This course meets the American Cultures requirement

This course explores the causes and consequences of inequality in the U.S. We will begin by discussing concepts and theories scholars use to understand and measure different forms of inequality and explain its persistence. We will then turn to the main mechanisms and institutions important in structuring inequality in the U.S., including education, labor markets, welfare policy and family structure, residential segregation and neighborhoods, health and the environment and the criminal justice system. Within each topic area, we will pay special attention to the significance of race and ethnicity, social class and gender. This course satisfies the American Cultures requirement.


Jill Bakehorn

MWF 9-10

160 Kroeber

We will be drawing upon social construction theory to examine the creation, reproduction, and stratification of sexualities and sexual cultures in particular social, cultural, historical, and political contexts. While many people think of sexuality as inherent, biological, and purely “natural”, we will be challenging the idea of a “pre-social” sexuality. You will come to see sexuality as something that is constructed and structured by and through social relations.The course will begin with an examination of sociological theories of sexuality, including queer theory. Sexuality will be explored in relationship to other social locations such as gender, race, class, and ethnicity. The differential effects of sexuality and sexual politics along these lines will be discussed and highlighted throughout all of the applied topics. We will unpack terms like heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, asexual, polyamorous, and others in the last section of the semester, we will focus on the pornography industry. We will apply the theories and understandings of sexualities learned in the first part of the course to the modern day pornography industry in the United States. We will examine how the sex industry can be a reflection of and reinforce sexual inequalities, but can also be used to challenge these inequalities.


Laleh Behbehanian

T/TH 3:30-5

A1 Hearst Annex

While this course introduces students to sociological scholarship on social movements, it aims to do so from the perspective of movements themselves. We explore a variety of social movements in 20th and 21st century US history, including: the Movement of the Unemployed; the Labor Movement; the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements; Draft Resistance; the Chicano Movement; the Third World Liberation Front; the Gay Liberation Movement; the Occupy Movement; and Black Lives Matter. Focusing on questions and concerns that emanate from the experiences of these movements, we turn to sociological and social science scholarship to develop analytic and theoretical approaches that enable us to pursue those questions. What are the conditions that allow for (or obstruct) the emergence of a movement, and how can we recognize and fully exploit those conditions when they arise? What forms of organization have facilitated movements and which have endangered them? What different kinds of strategies and tactics have various movements adopted and how effective have they been in different contexts? What strategic and tactical innovations have been introduced in the contemporary period? What challenges and forms of repression have movements faced historically and how have they adapted?

Sociology 142 WAR AND GENOCIDE

Martin Sanchez-Jankowski

M 2-5

166 Barrows

This course will look at the social basis of group conflict and war. In this pursuit we will investigate the social psychology of individual and group violence, the role of social and economic change in causing group violence, and the social basis of civil and national war. Issues such of personal insecurity, morality, citizenship, injustice, greed, and solidarity will be examined as they relate to the killing, murder, and genocide of peoples; with a emphasis of how each of these affects their respective societies.

Sociology 148 SOCIAL POLICY

Cybelle Fox

T/TH 3:30-5

2040 VLSB

During the past four decades economic inequality has rapidly increased. Yet where most rich democracies use redistributive social policy to mitigate poverty and inequality, the United States has done less in this regard. In this class, we will examine American policy responses to poverty and inequality and evaluate different theories about why the United States is so exceptional. We will pay particular attention to the role of public opinion, interest groups, race relations, social movements, and the state in explaining the scope, form, and function of American social welfare provision.


Laleh Behbehanian

T/TH 9:30-11

101 Morgan

This course explores a wide range of scholarship on policing. It commences with the task of developing a sociological conceptualization of “police” before proceeding to examine the historical emergence of the police in modern societies, focusing particularly on the case of the United States. The course traces the historical development of policing in the U.S. from the colonial era through the contemporary period. How are we to understand the nature, means, and function of police? If the mandate of police is to enforce and guarantee “order”, what is the relationship between policing and the maintenance of the class order of capitalism, the racial order of white supremacy, and the gendered and heteronormative order of patriarchy? And how are deviations from and resistances to these orders criminalized as forms of “disorder” that then become targets of policing? The course concludes by examining major current developments that are transforming the nature of contemporary policing. How can we understand the phenomenon referred to as “the militarization of police”? What new forms of policing have emerged alongside neoliberalization? What becomes the role of police in the maintenance of a neoliberal order? Finally, how are we to understand the increasing centrality of criticisms of policing within contemporary social movements in the U.S.?


Brian Powers

MWF 2-3

A1 Hearst Annex

This course in sociological social psychology explores the relationship between society and the self. With the help of research and theory from a number of social psychological traditions, especially interpretive, constructionist, and symbolic interactionist perspectives, we identify features of society, including its institutions and symbolic systems that influence the thinking, action, and identity of individuals and groups. Readings, films, and guided research initiatives over the session shed light on the processes by which the external world affects the perceptions, beliefs, and actions of others. With a sociological focus, we examine the formation of personal identities within social categories of race, gender, sexuality, and social class. We revisit landmark episodes of collective behavior in history to better understand the social factors involved in communal violence and moral panics. We also explore the force of structural contexts and social situations in intimate activities like mothering, falling in love, and social withdrawal among educated youth in contemporary, high-tech societies. Journals and reflections. Short mid-term study of processes of identity; final course paper examining the structures and processes of identity-formation observable in a setting selected by the student with the approval of the instructor.


Jill Bakehorn

MWF 11-12

100 Lewis

In this course we will be examining various forms of popular culture including media, subcultures, art, and consumer culture. We will begin the course with an examination of the definition of popular culture and how cultural texts, artifacts, and behavior come to be seen as popular. Then we will focus on sociological theories that will guide our understanding of popular culture. While popular culture is often denigrated and criticized for being “dumbed down” or homogenous, we will explore the enormous diversity of popular cultural forms and the important role they play in our lives. Here we will take popular culture seriously. Some of the issues we will explore include:

  • The role of social context. What is the role of social context in the production of popular culture? What is the structure of the media industries?
  • Reproduction of inequality. How does popular culture play a role in reproducing gender, racial, ethnic, sexuality, and class inequality? In what ways could it be used to challenge inequality?
  • Cultural reception. How do we decode popular culture texts? What are the different uses of popular culture?
  • The relationship between culture and identity. How are identities are shaped by popular culture?
  • Popular culture and social change. How does popular culture reflect shifts in larger cultural beliefs and trends?


Lecture 1: John Kaiser, T/TH 5-6:30, 60 Barrows

Lecture 2: Edwin Lin, TH 2-5, 145 Moffitt

This course is designed to interrogate different aspects of cross-cultural communication and cultural differences: family life, social relationships, the workplace, government, education, gender, romance, and religion. Throughout exploring these topics, we will strive to engage in personal self-reflection, hands-on experience, and to understand the connections to larger social structures.


Jill Bakehorn

MWF 3-4

101 Morgan

This course will provide a broad overview of food as culture. Food has more meaning than mere sustenance. Food itself is a social construction; how and what is defined as suitable to eat is socially constructed. What is acceptable as food in one culture can be taboo in another. Food reflects a culture’s values and is a way one culture asserts their superiority over another. How food is prepared and consumed is imbued with cultural, gender, religious, ethnic, and class meanings. We will begin the course by examining some foundational writings on the cultural implications and explanations of food:

*How and why we consume what we do

*How food is used to create social distinctions

*The implications of a global food world.

We will use these foundations to explore how food is imbued with gender, race, class, ethnic, and sexual meanings and can form the basis for the constitution and recreation of identities.


Szonja Ivester

T/TH 5-6:30

100 GPB

This class explores the problem of fairness and inequality in America by comparing it with other advanced post-industrial societies in Europe. Throughout the semester, we will look at the both causes and the consequences of social inequality, as well as the anti-inequality effects of existing and proposed government programs and policies. The types of questions that we will address include the following: What is inequality and why does it matter? Why is it so persistent? Why is inequality so pervasive among women as well as among racial and ethnic minorities? What is the relationship between inequality, family structure, inner city neighborhoods, health, labor market conditions, and public policies? How is inequality passed on from one generation to the next? Does education matter? Whenever possible, class lectures and discussions will illustrate these themes by exploring contemporary social problems and developments, including the debate over a national health care system, the sources of current racial tensions, the relationship between poverty and social problems, and the continued discrimination (or new backlash?) against women.


7) CPD Fllwshp Prog

CPD Fllwshp Prog
Center on the Politics of Development
Undergraduate Fellows Program


The CPD Undergraduate Fellows Program is a year-long fellowship that offers a highly selective group of undergraduate students a unique opportunity to work closely with political science faculty and graduate students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to study the politics of developing countries. In addition to working side-by-side with CPD research associates to conduct original research, fellows have the opportunity to attend workshops where scholars from UC Berkeley and other top universities present their projects. This gives fellows a unique insight into the theories and methods used by experts studying development. Fellows also have a chance to develop key research skills, like statistical programming and map-making, among others.

Application Instructions: 

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to in an email titled “Undergraduate Fellows Program Application.” Interviews will be scheduled in early September.


Open to any UC Berkeley student who has completed at least one semester of study in residence at Berkeley. All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Stipend Amount: 

Students will receive a $1000 stipend distributed over two semesters; $500 in Fall 2017, $500 in Spring 2018.

Application Deadline:
Tuesday September 4, 2018




8) Challenge Courses Fa18

Challenge Courses Fa18

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology is offering courses in Blockchain, Sports Tech, and Global Startup in Fall 2018.

Interested in entrepreneurship?

Check out the Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Fall 2018 Challenge Courses:

Blockchain (INDENG 185-002)

Sports Tech (INDENG 185-003

Global Startup (INDENG 185-004)

All majors welcome!

In a competition-based format, students work in cross-discipline lean start-up teams vying to create innovative products.
Courses also fulfill requirements for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology.

visit or contact


9) Big Ideas Contest

Big Ideas Contest

The Big Ideas Contest Launches!

Big Ideas is an early-stage, university-based, innovation contest that connects students with the mentorship, training, and resources needed to successfully conceptualize, deploy, and scale social innovations. Open to undergraduate and graduate students with creative solutions that address social challenges, the Contest awards up to $300,000 in prizes across 40-50 winning teams annually. Since its founding in 2006, the competition has inspired over 2,000 student-led projects aimed at solving the world’s most pressing problems.

Learn more at our information sessions!
Wednesday, September 12 & 26 | 6:00pm | B100 Blum Hall

Check out our full list of events here!

This year’s contest categories:

Students receive:

  • Chance to win up to $10K per team + additional $8K in other prizes
  • Project feedback from experts in the field
  • Access to training workshops & networking events
  • 7-week mentorship for finalists
  • Recognition and exposure

3 page pre-proposal submissions due November 14, 12pm PT
Subscribe to our Newsletter for contest updates
Wondering if your idea is a good fit for the contest?
Speak with a Big Ideas advisor!


10) Depositions


Legal Studies Fall 2018 Announcement:
An Opportunity for Undergrads to Participate in a Berkeley Law JD Skills Class with the OPTION of earning 1 unit of LS 199 Individual Research Credit

In Fall 2018, undergraduates will have a unique opportunity to play the role of witnesses in a Berkeley Law JD Professional Skills Class (Depositions: Law 246.3), taught by Professor Henry Hecht.

Professor Hecht seeks six (6) students to serve as role-playing witnesses.  Students selected will be expected to prepare in advance by reading a witness statement and a very limited amount of background material.  Witnesses will then be expected to participate in six (6) classes: one Friday (1) afternoon class from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., on September 21, and five (5) Tuesday afternoon classes from 3:35 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., on September 25, October 16, October 23, November 13, and November 20.  During those sessions, you will play the role of a witness for either the plaintiff or the defendant in a mock case.  Students selected must be able to commit to attending all four Tuesday afternoon classes and the one Saturday class.

Professor Hecht’s Depositions course is a skills course, in which Berkeley Law students, working in small groups, simulate the process of preparing witnesses for their depositions and then taking as well as defending their depositions.  Practicing Bay Area lawyers attend these sessions, observe the law students in action, and critique their performances.  (Note: A deposition is a pre-trial legal procedure in which witnesses in a civil lawsuit answer questions by the opposing parties under oath, typically in a law office.)
Playing the role of a witness will allow you to gain insight into the US system of civil litigation and to see it in operation.  In addition, it will provide a chance to meet and talk with Berkeley Law students and Bay Area attorneys.  Finally, witnesses will earn a $50.00 Amazon gift card for their service.

To Apply:
Please apply by e-mail to Professor Hecht’s assistant Stephanie Dorton at, by no later than Thursday, August 30, at 5:00 p.m.  Please include the words “Application to be a Witness” and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail.  In your cover message, please include a brief statement about why you are interested in taking part in this class; and attach your resume.

Students’ applications will be reviewed by Professor Hecht, and he will notify students of his decisions by no later than Thursday, September 6, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

OPTION: Earn 1 Unit of LS 199 Course Credit for Supervised Independent Research with Professor Perry
Students who choose this OPTION have the opportunity to earn one unit of LS 199 P/NP course credit for their service as a witness in Professor Hecht’s Depositions class under the supervisor of Professor Perry.  In order to earn this supervised independent research credit, students will be required to do some additional readings on the civil litigation process and on the participant observation method.  At the end of the semester, students selecting this option must submit a paper of at least ten pages in length (exclusive of notes and bibliography).  The requirements for the LS 199 course credit, offered by Professor Perry, are described below.
Requirements for LS 199 credit:
i.     Attend all class role playing sessions, and prepare for the role plays;
ii.    Take notes on what you did and what you observed, preferably in a small note pad, organized by the date of the session; and submit the raw, handwritten pages along with your final paper;
iii.    Read materials, posted on bCourses, on participant observation methods; and consider how those method(s) apply to your own experience;
iv.    Read two chapters, posted on bCourses, from Robert Kagan’s Adversarial Legalism: The American Way of Law, focusing especially on Chapter 6, which mentions depositions;
v.    Meet at least twice during the semester with Professor Perry; and
vi.    Papers will be graded on a P/NP basis by Professor Perry.


11) Implicit Bias has room

Implicit Bis has room
180: Implicit Bias, Plaut, 4 units, Area IV

Implicit bias—automatic or unconscious stereotyping and prejudice that guides  our perception of and behavior toward social groups—is one of the fastest growing areas of law and psychology.  It also lies at the heart of one of the raging debates in American Law: whether the results of psychological studies showing the operation of unconscious gender, racial, and other biases can be used as courtroom evidence to prove discrimination.  Students will be introduced to cutting edge research that bears not only on the highly relevant substantive areas of employment discrimination and criminal law, but also on questions regarding other legal contexts, such as communications, voting, health care, immigration, and property.  Students will learn how implicit bias works, how to interpret and use empirical research findings from psychology, how to understand the major critiques of implicit bias research, and how to understand courts’ use of implicit bias findings. Remedies to implicit bias will be discussed throughout the course.

Tues, Thurs 8-9:30am


12) Law, Politics & Lit has room

Law, Politics& Lit has room
190.2: Law, Politics & Literature, Shapiro, 4 units, Area II or V

This course will examine some key issues of politics through the close reading of a number of literary works.

Thurs 2-5pm  (no discussion sections, no GSIs)
NOTE: Students have enjoyed this class for years and usually take more than one class from him.


— Lauri La Pointe Student Academic Advisor Legal Studies Program 2240 Piedmont Avenue University of California, Berkeley Berkeley CA 94720-2150 Ph:(510)643-5823 Fax:(510)642-2951 Drop-in Office Hours: M-F 8:30-12 & 1:30-4

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