Midterm Study Guide (3.7.08)

Midterm Study Guide (3.7.08) - Psyc/Soc 277 Spring 2008 1...

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Psyc/Soc 277 Spring 2008 STUDY GUIDE General Study Hints Each chapter illustrates a point. The selected readings for that chapter have been chosen because they contribute something, an underlying lesson, to the point of the chapter. In addition, the in- class discussion contribute valuable explanation to the readings. In studying for the exam: Re-read text material, ‘brief’/outline materials, write out important details What is a brief? A brief is basically an outline of the case. Law students “brief” cases as a way of breaking up the material and organizing the important elements of the case. There is no one correct way to brief a case, but bullets, roman numerals, or brief paragraphs work well. To some extent, Professor Sales briefs the cases in his power point slides/lecture notes, but it may be helpful to brief the cases on your own and then compare your work to his lecture notes to make sure that you understand the case correctly. Things to include in a brief Parties involved Issues in the case Parties’ arguments and facts Legal rules/legal standard (i.e., what test or criteria did the Court apply to the facts of the case?) Court’s holding (i.e., who did the Court find in favor of? What did the court decide?) Court’s reasoning behind their findings or holdings What facts did the Court consider important when analyzing the case and why? How did the court resolve any dispute about the law? How did the court apply the law to the facts? How and to what extent did the Court rely on behavioral and social science in coming to its decision? Review the lecture notes. Review past quizzes and old exam questions provided in study guide. Come into TAs’ and the Professor’s office hours to ask questions about information that you do not understand. Each reading is designed to teach a lesson about the law, but they also are suggestive about how behavioral/social science might interact with law. Keep that lesson in mind when you review each reading and the related lecture notes. Pay special attention to definitions. Pay special attention to anything mentioned in multiple places. If something is mentioned in the lecture and in the readings, more than likely it is something important. A Sample Brief: Arizona v. Graciano . If you choose to do your own brief to aid your studying, you may choose to include more or less details then are included in this sample brief. The amount and nature of what to include is whatever helps you to organize and understand the case. 1
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Psyc/Soc 277 Spring 2008 In general, briefs are about one page in length. This is just a sample brief to give you a general idea of how to begin. Note, this style of outlining could be adapted to other readings in addition to cases. Parties: Arizona (Prosecution); Graciano (Defendant)
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