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 introduces students to critical inquiry into our mass-mediated world. In our rapidly changing media environment, what do we need to know to be conscious consumers or ethical practitioners of the media? How do we cultivate media literacy in our lives? How have our media shaped who we are and whom does the media leave out in its representations? Through personal reflection papers, group projects, and a research paper, students will explore critical contemporary issues in media, from newspapers to video games to social media. This is a foundation class in the Communication Department.
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.
An examination of the complex concepts and issues associated with global terrorism, U.S. homeland security, and the role of law enforcement; the events leading to the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, and those events before and after that date leading to the developing concepts and principals commonly associated with homeland security. Topics include historical overviews of U.S. and internatational terrorism, international and domestic terrorism issues, a framework of how the U.S. government has chosen to deal with homeland security and terrorism, the nature of executive level decision-making regarding homeland security issues, legal considerations, natural disasters and homeland security, and the costs of securing America.
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.
Genocide- the murder of a people- has become a sad reality of the modern world. According to widely accepted estimates close to 200 million humans were the victims of political murder in the twentieth century. Through case studies of Armenians during World War One, the Holocaust during World War Two and the genocides in Yugoslavia and Rwanda in the 1990s this course explores teh reasons why so many humans have been the victims of genocidal violence in the modern world. Through a study of international responses it asks whether we, in the twenty-first century, can fulfill the promise of "Never Again".
UCOR 3430-01: Sex, God and Free Speech
Embassy burnings because of cartoons or You-Tube films…Russian laws to squash speech by sexual minorities…blasphemy prosecutions of punk-rockers…teens convicted for sexting…
This course focuses on global clashes about whether speech, literature, film, art, and cyber-assembly should be punished when they conflict with what others perceive to be the word of God or with a particular morality. Is free speech championed as an individual human right or is it just a cultural anomaly? The course examines international and U.S. free speech law, focusing on whether prosecutions for religious libel (blasphemy) and its offspring, moral libel (profanity, “indecency” and “obscenity”) are justified.