Undergraduate Courses

Legal Studies Course Schedules

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

Legal Studies (LAW) and Conflict Resolution (CRES) Courses

LAW 101Intro to American Law: Surveys United States legal system: presents structure and methods of the legal system and fundamentals of several substantive areas of law.
LAW 102Intro to Criminal Law: Explores criminal law and statutes using primary and secondary sources.
LAW 103Intro to Criminal Investigation: Examines the constitutional limitations on police officers’ authority to detain suspects, search them and their property, and interrogate them.
LAW 104Intro to Business Law: Examines the context of everyday commerce, shaped by contract, tort, business entity, and securities law, to uncover how the law both affects and is affected by business.
LAW 201Intro to Environmental Law and Policy: An introduction to environmental policy and law, with an overview of major themes and the regulatory framework. Focuses on community resilience.
LAW 202Intro to Public International Law: An introduction to the origins, application, and main actors in international law, international institutions, and international legal processes.
LAW 203Controversies in Constitutional Law: In-depth examination of five to seven landmark Supreme Court cases over the course of the term, spending three to four class sessions on each case.
LAW 204Immigration and Citizenship: Interdisciplinary study of the way in which the American legal order has constituted citizenship.
LAW 250Legal Research: Students investigate sources of law and sharpen analytical skills using issues arising in everyday life and scenarios requiring legal information to develop critical legal information literacy skills. *2 credits
LAW 301Youth and Social Change: Explore how adults act on youth through law, mass media, policy, and social science, while investigating youth as agents of change, acting on their own perspective of law and justice.
LAW 304American Law and Families: Examines the family through a legal lens: the rules that affect legal relationships among family members and laws related to family property.
LAW 305Contracts in Society: Examines business deals as tools that shape personal and social realities, including related power dynamics and the nuances and limits of language.
LAW 310Environmental Regulations: Provides students with an understanding of laws regulating activities that affect the environment as well as the skills to analyze and apply these laws to current issues.
LAW 416Transitional Justice: Historical and theoretical overview of the conflicts and international mechanisms, with a focus on cultural, historical, and legal forces that shape post-conflict peace-building efforts.
LAW 410Legal Secrets: Examines the different types of information that the law designates as “secret”. 
LAW 410Race and Law: This course explores the issue of race within American law and jurisprudence through historical and contemporary contexts. Students will gain an understanding of how claims about responsibility, community, rationality, equality, justice, and democracy have been used to justify or resist racial segregation, integration, access, and expulsion. 
LAW 415Human Rights, Law, and Culture: The history, theory, and practice of human rights from a global perspective.
CRES 101Intro to Conflict Resolution: Explores up-to-date conflict management theories and practical steps to communicate effectively in sensitive situations.
CRES 351Roles of a Diplomat: Students learn about diplomats and diplomatic practice in international conflict situations.
CRES 430Working Internationally: The theoretical, historical, socio-political, and practical contexts of working, volunteering, doing internships and field research internationally.
CRES 415Conflict and Gender: Focuses on the multiple relationships among conflict, violence, and gender in situations of warfare, militarization, and peacemaking.
CRES 420Restorative Justice: Provides a critical introduction to the principles and practices of restorative justice.
CRES 435Israel and Palestine: Examination of the Palestinian and Israeli conflict. Evolution of the political struggle with a broad look at the human side of conflict, and examination of critical negotiation issues.
CRES 440Dialogue Across Difference I: Introduction to processes and facilitation of discourse and dialogue, with special emphasis on participation. Sequence with CRES 441. *2 credits
CRES 441Dialogue Across Difference II: Advanced course in dialogic processes and facilitation, with special emphasis on context. Sequence with CRES 440. *2 credits
CRES 445Conflicts of Incarceration: Issues of crime, incarceration, and justice within the Western context.