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.
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.
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.
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.
Are we on a path to destruction of the planet or are commonly encountered media pieces reporting hyperbolic claims influenced by hidden agenda? This course will examine "green" lifestyle choices from two perspectives: the more cerebral understanding facilitated by the online course format to discuss the science of sustainability and the more visceral understanding afforded by reaching out beyond the classroom to experience first-hand some of the sustainability issues that affect our day to day lives.