This course is designed to provide students with a basic overview and understanding of U.S. and international law with a focus on major legal areas that affect business. Cases, text material, articles and class discussion highlight judicial process, alternative dispute resolution, constitutional law, international human rights, agency, corporate law, torts, products liability and contracts. Students will develop their critical thinking skills while examining business opportunity and strategy within the current global business and legal environment. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between law, justice and corporate citizenship, including corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices. This is an integrative course, meaning it is an opportunity to integrate all of your business classes within the context and through the lens of business law.
This course is designed to enhance students’ ability to use classical and contemporary theories of persuasion and propaganda in order to (1) improve their understanding of the role, operation, and function of persuasion in society, (2) critically and insightfully analyze and deconstruct persuasive messages, and (3) improve their abilities to effectively act as both persuaders and persuadees in academic and civic life. Students will learn about the role of persuasion in different social events and cultural phenomena, including advertising, political campaigns, social movements, cults, government propaganda, and other venues and will apply social scientific and rhetorical theories of persuasion to different case studies.
This class will explore psychological and sociological approaches to deviance and social control in contemporary society. The topics to be considered include: the origins and functions of deviance in society; the institutional production and categorization of deviance; the impact of deviance on personal and social identity; deviant careers; and deviance and social change. We will explore the literature on deviance and examine portrayals of deviance and social control in literature, film, and popular culture.
Study of psychopathy and its relevance to crime, violence, and the criminal justice system. Exploration of the origin and dynamics of psychopathy with focus on forensic assessment, prediction of dangerousness, and how scientific and popular conceptions of psychopathy shape criminal justice policy and practice.
MATH 1130-02: Elements of Calculus Business
Introduction to Marketing is an introductory course in marketing for students who have not had a previous course or extensive marketing practical experience. The course has several objectives, in addition to the obvious one of introducing the basic terms and concepts of the field. It will also provide opportunities to apply the marketing concept to business strategy and to develop a strategic marketing plan within an integrated business framework. The course will include significant team activities.
This course is focused on
understanding concepts of mental illness and health, and how the experience of
disturbance is shaped by culture and history. Case examples are used to
illustrate and examine the individual experience of ‘abnormality’, and the
personal experience of disturbance. This course also aims to identify the
differences between social and cultural uses of abnormal terminology, and the
clinical use of terms and diagnostic descriptions. The impact of diagnostic
language, self-labeling and the perception of ‘progress’ in the field of patient
care are examined. DSM diagnostic categories are considered through the
dimensions of biological, psychological and social influences, and historical
and developmental contexts. Critical evaluation of psychological data and
research in the context of mental illness / mental health in the news and
current events is emphasized. Treatment for mental illness is considered
relative to diagnosis, theoretical orientation of the provider, frequently used
approaches, measurable outcomes, major theories, and the applications /
limitations of several contemporary schools of thought.
Foreign lands and faraway places have captured the minds of
readers and writers for centuries. In the long and varied history of travel
writing, authors have written narratives in order to report on newly discovered
places, transmit information, document self-discovery, and tantalize readers to
travel to certain places themselves. Recent travel writing stand-outs include
publishers like the Lonely Planet series
of guidebooks and Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling story of self-discovery, Eat,
Pray, Love. Alongside these commercial successes, other people are using
public writing such as blogging and social media to spur social movements like
the Arab Spring and political critique in Cuba. In this class, we will explore
the histories, methods, styles, and ethical dimensions of writing about people
and places around the world. For instance, cultural critics caution
writers—particularly those from countries with relatively more economic and
political power—about the potential dangers of typecasting or misrepresenting
the people and practices that they encounter abroad. This critique remains
significant, as access to public discourse—whether for political or material
reasons—remains uneven throughout the world. How, then, can those of us who do have reliable access to education,
travel, technology, and public discourse communicate thoughtfully and
responsibly about our own experiences and our observations of others? And how
might we use our resources to highlight the needs and conditions of other
people who are less able to speak publicly for themselves? In response, we
will consider related ethical questions from fields as diverse as literature,
journalism, and anthropology, and we will practice our own writing about places
near and far. Your work in this class will combine analytic responses to
scholarly criticism and sample travel narratives with writing assignment
designed to help you reflect on your own experiences with and previous learning
about diverse communities. The final course project will get you involved in a
field work project that will introduce you to both the methods, ethics, and
craft of reporting about other people and places.
'Global law' is an ambiguous phrase that is used to refer to different things, such as: (1) law in the era of globalization; (2) putative forms of law, such as the
lex digitalis and lex sportiva
; or (3) an ideal for international governance. This class will focus on each of these areas with a primary focus on international public law, generally understood as the set of rules binding the international conduct of states and nonstate actors. Until the twentieth century, international law was largely the law of nations, but today it also encompasses the rights and duties of transnational organizations and individuals. The goal of this course is to give students an understanding of the sources, effects, functions, compliance with, and evolution of 'global law'.
As the world's two most powerful and important players, the U.S. and the People's Republic of China hold the key to collectively solving many of the global challenges we face in the 21st century. Indeed, understanding and managing well U.S.-China relations is one of the greatest global challenges today. Against the backdrop of dramatic transformations in both countries and in the international system, this course explores this most important and complex strategic relationship through the complex interactions between the U.S. and China from their initial encounter to the present, an examination of the basic dynamics of strategic thinking and policy making in the U.S. and China, and a theory-informed analysis of key contemporary issues in the bilateral relations, including security, arms control, trade, human rights, energy, and the environment, from a variety of perspectives of International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis.
Natural hazards are global in scope and cross political borders. In this class students will learn the science behind the most common natural hazards (earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, flooding, and coastal erosion). We will discuss why areas are prone to different types of hazards based on geography (the effects of ocean currents on coastal erosion), geologic setting (plate boundary or rock type), or land management (human-induced landslides or floods). By the end of the course students will be able to 1) articulate how human impacts affect environmental issues 2) make educated decisions about natural and human impacts on the environment and 3) assess hazard mitigation strategies.