Chatham University

Political Science Curriculum

Law and Society Minor Requirements
COM 234
Persuasion
3 Credits
This course explores rhetorical and experimental studies of persuasion. It introduces the student to research in the field and critically examines some of the techniques developed in "selling" products, politics, and culture. It also examines the ethical considerations relevant to these techniques.
ENG 102
Expository Writing
3 Credits
A practical course for students who need to improve their grammar and usage skills, digesting and arranging ideas, marshalling suitable evidence, illustrating a point, composing distinct paragraphs, and commanding various appropriate means of reaching an intended audience. May be repreated up to three times with the permission of the English program.
POL 303
Constitutional Law I: US Govt Powers/Relationships
3 Credits
An examination of the role American courts have played in shaping governmental powers and relationships outlined in the Constitution. The course considers the doctrine and use of judicial review and the legal problems raised by separation of power between nation and state. Special attention is paid to the ways in which courts have affected Congressional power over taxation and commerce and presidential domestic and international powers. These issues are examined through an analysis of court decisions and application of legal principles to hypothetical-fact situations. Prerequisite(s): POL 101 or permission of the instructor.
POL 304
Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties
3 Credits
An examination of the role American courts have played in giving meaning and scope to rights and liberties protected by the Constitution. The course considers the rights of persons accused of crime; rights to free speech, press, and assembly; freedom of religious belief and practice; equal protection of the law; and the right of privacy. These issues are examined partly through consideration of the actual impact of such decisions on the political system. Examinations require the student to apply principles to hypothetical-fact situations. Prerequisite(s): POL 101 or permission of the instructor.
PHI 121
Introduction to Logic
3 Credits
An introduction to critical thinking, induction, deduction, and contemporary symbolic logic including argument symbolization, proof construction, and truth tables.
3 of the following:
BUS 257
Business Law and Business Ethics
3 Credits
This course will introduce women to the introductory concepts of business law including employment law, social and environmental responsibility of corporations, and international business law. It will also emphasize frameworks for conducting ethical analysis and the analysis of ethical dilemmas. Prerequisite(s): BUS 105
ECN 385
Industrial Organization and Public Policy
3 Credits
This course analyzes the structure, conduct, and performance of American industry, with an emphasis on the monopoly problem. It examines the ways in which industries become monopolized, the measurement of industrial concentration, and government policies to control monopolies (e.g., antitrust laws, regulatory commissions). Prerequisite(s): ECN 102
PHI 212
Business and Professional Ethics
3 Credits
An investigation of some of the ethical and value conflicts that arise in the pratice of business and the professions. Essays and case studies are used. Topics covered may include economic justice, corporate liability and social responsibility, worker rights, whistle blowing, advertising and truth telling, privacy, loyalty, confidentiality, and professional codes.
PHI 382
Rights, Justice, and the Law
3 Credits
An intensive critical investigation of the nature and role of rights in legal and political philosophy, especially in the theory of law, theory of distributive justice, propriety of legislating morality, and justification of punishment. Prerequisite(s): One course in philosophy.
POL 201
American Judicial Process
3 Credits
This course examines the politics, processes, and policies of the American legal system. The operations and characteristics of state and federal trial courts, court officials, and correctional institutions are examined both through literature and field observation. Court policy making is related to contemporary problems of political justice. Prerequisite(s): POL 101 or permission of the instructor.
POL 213
Sex Discrimination and the Law
3 Credits
An examination of past and present sources of discrimination experienced by men and women in the United States. Consideration of evolving patterns of equal protection and due process of law in recent local, state, and federal laws and court decisions. Employment, marriage, the right to privacy, and the possible impact of equal rights amendments. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.
POL 303
Constitutional Law I: US Govt Powers/Relationships
3 Credits
An examination of the role American courts have played in shaping governmental powers and relationships outlined in the Constitution. The course considers the doctrine and use of judicial review and the legal problems raised by separation of power between nation and state. Special attention is paid to the ways in which courts have affected Congressional power over taxation and commerce and presidential domestic and international powers. These issues are examined through an analysis of court decisions and application of legal principles to hypothetical-fact situations. Prerequisite(s): POL 101 or permission of the instructor.
POL 304
Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties
3 Credits
An examination of the role American courts have played in giving meaning and scope to rights and liberties protected by the Constitution. The course considers the rights of persons accused of crime; rights to free speech, press, and assembly; freedom of religious belief and practice; equal protection of the law; and the right of privacy. These issues are examined partly through consideration of the actual impact of such decisions on the political system. Examinations require the student to apply principles to hypothetical-fact situations. Prerequisite(s): POL 101 or permission of the instructor.
POL 407
Minority Groups and the Law
3 Credits
An examination of the past and present impact of law and law enforcement on minorities in the United States. Differential treatment based on characteristics such as health, age, language, and race are examined in statutory, administrative, and judicial settings, as well as in the context of issues such as employment and sentencing discrimination or the right of access to education and other public services. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing