This guide is designed for students undertaking research for the Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Thesis (ISF 190).
Students interested in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of capitalism use research from a wide range of disciplines, including Sociology, Economics, and History which address topics such as changes in the nature, scope and embeddedness of market activities and transformations of monetary systems. Other important disciplines for research are Industrial Relations, Development Studies and Political Economy, Public Policy, Political Science and Legal Studies,
Students work with a variety of methods -- experiments, archival research, statistical causal analysis, and ethnography -- and a variety of source types, including case studies, data and statistics, news, scholarly journals, and experimental research.
This guide is organized by the types of sources being researched. Academic research usually comprises secondary source material such as monographs, articles, essays and reports. Statistics and News are specific kinds of primary sources. The list of organizations points students toward both primary and secondary material. Recommended readings provide context for student research. Campus Resources offer guidance to events and expertise at Berkeley.