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Undergrad@Oregon Law 2013 Spring Classes

Students in classroomThe University of Oregon School of Law has announced its undergraduate course offerings for the spring 2013 academic term. Class registration begins Monday, February 25. Whether students are planning on attending law school or not, taking legal and conflict resolution studies as a part of your degree can improve job performance and career opportunities.

The spring term 2013 course offerings are:

Public International Law 
LAW199. 4 Credits. CRN 38097. Instructor: Kristie Gibson. Class size:  30 
Monday/Wednesday 2-3:50 pm, EARL Room 2

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of public international law and the international legal process. International law plays an ever-evolving role in shaping global policy and relationships between and among nation states and influences domestic laws and policies of individual nations. The course will explore the sources of international law; the relationship between international law and municipal law; the role of international tribunals and international organizations; and general principles of international law. 

Environmental Law Policy
LAW 199. 4 credits. CRN 34194. Instructor: Kay Crider. Class size: 90
Tuesday/Thursday 9-10:50 am, Knight Law Center, Room 175

This course provides undergraduate students with an introduction to environmental policy and law, with an overview of the majorthemes and regulatory framework. Concepts covered include the history of environmental protection and where we are today, scientific, market and societal concerns, the citizen toolkit, government regulation, and an overview of federal laws applicable to habitat and species protection, air and waterquality, toxic substances, waste management and energy production. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have the skills to analyze current environmental issues and identify options for resolution.

Introduction to Conflict Resolution
CRES 199. 4 credits. CRN 36739. Instructor: Carly Brynelson. Class size: 68
Tuesday/Thursday, 12:00-1:20 pm, Lillis 112
Introduction to conflict and its resolution, including practical approaches to prevent and manage conflict. This highly interactive and experiential course explores conflict management theories and practical steps to communicating in tricky situations.

Working Abroad
CRES 410/510. 4 credits. CRN 32488/32495. Instructor: Diane Baxter. Class size: 30
Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00-4:20 pm, Peterson Hall 103
For students who plan/hope to do internships, field research, or work abroad. Topics include how to prepare for the experience, issues of safety, housing, & other pragmatics; culture shock; historical, economic & political contexts, including the legacy of colonialism & post-colonialism; issues of identity, self and other. Students work on individual projects.

Global Conflict and Historical Flashpoints: Why Longtime Crises Remain Unresolved and the Impact on Democratic and Economic Development
CRES 410/510. 4 credits. CRN 32490/32496. Instructor: Mark Croatti. Class size: 33
Monday/Wednesday, 10:00-11:50 am, Global Scholars Hall 130
Focus on persistent conflicts that have been in existence for 10 or more years, including 7 case studies: Cordillera del Condor, Western Sahara, Kashmir, Palestine, the Falkland Islands, the Kuril Islands, and the Spratly Islands.

Global Conflict and the U.S.–Mexico Border: How Illegal Immigration, the Drug Trade, Weapons Trafficking and Cartel Violence Became a War
CRES 410/510. 4 credits. CRN 37339/37341. Instructor: Mark Croatti. Class size: 40
Tuesday/Thursday, 10:00-11:50 am, Knight Law Center 241
Focus on persistent issues that have plagued the U.S. Mexico Border region for over thirty years. We will cover a variety of crises as the course critically analyzes and try to negotiate a solution to 4 selected case studies: the problem of illegal immigration; the failed “war on drugs”; the issue of gun trafficking; and drug cartel violence.

International Conflict: Prevention, Management, and Resolution
CRES 410/510. 4 credits. CRN 37345/37343. Instructor: Keith Eddins. Class size: 50
Tuesday/Thursday, 12:00-1:50 pm, Global Scholars Hall 117
Take a practical, 'real world' approach in considering how states seek to avoid, handle, and ultimately settle significant conflicts and disputes. Examine the causes of war and conflict in both theoretical and historical terms, review competing methods of maintaining peace and restoring order, and explore the relevance of the so-called ‘liberal (or democratic) peace’ and the notion of preventive (or preemptive) war.

Global Conflict and Terrorism: State and Non-State Actors, Engagement Tactics and Outcomes
CRES 410/510. 4 credits. CRN 32491/32497. Instructor: Mark Croatti. Class size: 50
Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00-3:50 pm, Global Scholars Hall 117
Define terrorism, according to internationally recognized sources, and apply that definition to a roster of state and non-state actors. This course will intensely analyze 7 selected case studies: Al Qaeda, ETA, FARC, Hamas, Hezbollah, the IRA and the PKK.

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