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
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.
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 won 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 won writing about places near and far. Your work in this class will combine analytic responses to scholarly criticism and sample travel narratives with writing assignments 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.