This course examines how obvious and not-so-obvious cultural difference impacts resolution of inter-personal, inter-institutional and inter-state (international) disputes. Specifically, the course will bring an international perspective to understanding the impact of culture in the most commonly used international and domestic dispute resolution processes (negotiation, mediation and arbitration). It will follow a three-step approach to know and understand the influence of culture on decision-making, including: awareness and knowledge of one’s own culture; knowledge and understanding of another party’s culture; and knowledge and impact of either on the desired goal/ outcome of the dispute. This course will help students be more culturally aware and better equipped for effective participation in dispute resolution processes that increasingly involve different languages, customs, values, nationalities, and states of origin. (2 credits)
- Instructor: Nadja Alexander
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)
- Instructor: Ken Fox
Focusing on American businesses and their workplaces, this course examines the complex web of regulatory and constitutional authority within which business must navigate. Included is an examination of the powers and procedures of administrative agencies; basic principles of constitutional interpretation, including doctrines and competing philosophies; and the framework of state and federal government under the Constitution.
- Instructor: Roger C. Pao
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.
- Instructor: Derik T. Fettig