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.
This course offers students an interpretive survey of the important social, economic, political, and cultural developments of American history from the colonial era up through the end of the twentieth century. We will encounter the main events that defined the American experience from settlement, Revolution, Civil War and industrialization to Great Depression and the modern civil rights and liberation movements, among others. At the heart of our excursion through American history will be the idea of journey; explorations of the migration of natives, settlers, slaves, immigrants, old world peoples and new in their efforts to become American and in so doing remake the place they would call home. Finally, we will explore how the individual lives of everyday people confirmed, contested and reconfigured the always changing master-narrative of American history.
This course exposes students to a selection of influential and stimulating thinkers, movements, moments, trends, and artistic creations from the western tradition. It covers the beginnings of western identity to circa 400 CE by examining the Ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome. It considers such topics as: Greek philosophy, Greek tragedy, epic poetry, ancient empires, classical art, and the rise of monotheism. Thematically, it ponders questions on the nature of justice, empire, sex, and virtue.
Do we live in a posthuman (or transhuman) world? Virtual existences, scientific advancements, and philosophical investigations have pushed us to what some would consider the “limit” of a purely human existence. However, the category of the hybrid, the marvelous, the cybernetic has been a topic of literary investigation for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. This course reads some of those literary texts alongside the concepts of both humanism and posthumanism—interrogating the literary texts for the ways that they frame and respond to the category of the human.
This course will examine the European witch-hunts from the fifth to eighteenth centuries. We will seek to answer the following questions: Where did belief in magic come from? Why did religious institutions lead witch-hunts? How did they define “witches” and why were women the primary targets of the hunts? What can the hunts tell us about notions and processes of justice? This course will ultimately allow us to grapple with the intersection of gender, legal, and religious power structures in early modern Europe.
In this course, we will study the history of poverty in the United States from one Gilded Age at the end of the 19th century to another at the beginning of the 21st. We ask: What is poverty? What does it mean to be poor in such a wealthy nation? How have we—the government, poor people themselves, others—sought to alleviate poverty and the problems it causes? How have the answers to these questions changed over time?
Students will be introduced to historical sources and methods and will be required to apply their knowledge of the past as well as the present to contemporary urban problems. They will learn to construct sound and sophisticated arguments and begin to imagine new approaches to the challenges they study. Most of all, they will critically examine the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality in the United States and to understand how public policy has both created and perpetuated and tried to solve these problems.
This course provides an introduction to the Qur’an, considering the Qur’an as a basis for the theological and ethical teachings for Muslims, as well as a source of literary inspiration. We will study the Qur’an in terms of its main features and themes, covering classical interpretive traditions and contemporary academic approaches, as well as the relationship between the content of the Qur’an and many practical and existential elements of Muslim life.
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.
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 explorers the 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.”