PS201 American Government
Examines United States government and politics in theory and practice through a study of such topics as the constitution, civil rights, elections, interest groups, congress, the presidency and the courts. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115; or completion of WR090 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor.
PS203 State and Local Government
Introduces U.S. state and local governments with emphasis on comparative political behavior in states and communities. Covers the political and institutional processes by which state and local governments make policy as well as the policy outputs themselves. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115 (or higher), or completion of WR090 (or higher) with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor.
PS205 International Relations
Introduces world politics and international relations. Deals with the nature of global conflict, nationalism, U.S. foreign policy, the role of multinational corporations in international decision making, North-South relations, and the mechanisms of conflict resolution between nations. Examines current global issues facing nation-states and helps students think critically about the challenges faced by the United States in an era of globalization. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115 (or higher), or completion of WR090 (or higher) with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor.
PS207 Trial Advocacy 1
Introduces the components of a trial in the American judicial system, and the role that the advocate plays. Examines basic trial advocacy techniques: direct and cross examination, opening and closing statements, and objections. Also provides an analysis of the proper use of evidence and exhibits in trial. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115 (or higher), or completion of WR090 (or higher); and completion of PS201; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better.)
PS208 Trial Advocacy 2
Provides an advanced examination of trial advocacy techniques. Affords students the opportunity to develop and refine trial advocacy skills through drafting of documents, creation of exhibits, and participation in demonstrations and simulations. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115 (or higher), or completion of WR090 (or higher); and completion of PS207; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.)
PS250 Introduction to Law 1
Introduces the concept of law and lawmaking in the context of the American legal system. Focuses on the process of settling disputes through alternative dispute resolution and the court system. Examines the role of lawyers in the legal process. Provides an overview of criminal law, criminal procedure, and juvenile justice.
PS251 Introduction to Law 2
Introduces the concept of civil law and examines each of the major branches of civil law, including: Torts, Consumer law, Family Law and Individual Rights and Liberties. Explores contemporary issues in law.