This course introduces you to the basic principles of the common law, including torts, contracts and property, and also provides an introduction to the functions of criminal law as a means of social control, focusing on the process of crime creation, the elements of criminal liability, and the major theories of punishment and sentencing. Finally, the course will briefly examine some basic constitutional law topics, including the fundamental civil rights and liberties protected by the First Amendment.

This interdisciplinary course introduces you to important theoretical perspectives on our understanding of conflict, which has a profound impact on how each of us responds to conflict. This class provides the necessary foundation and context for understanding and evaluating the dynamics of conflict behavior and interactions from multiple points of view, and the assumptions underlying specific approaches to intervention. (2 credits)