LGL 1301 - Legal Foundations
This course serves as an introductory course into the study of law and sustainability and is an interdisciplinary course designed, in part, to mirror the structure of the WSSU legal studies minor, currently under revision. As such, the course is divided into 3 modules:
Modules of Law & Sustainability:
1. Race, Law, & Public Policy (Human Rights and Social Justice)
2. Law, Economy, & Society (Business Sustainability)
3. Law, Health, & Society (Health Equity)
The course begins with a brief overview of the lawmaking process and elements of sustainability. This course will not create in-depth legal expertise, but students will learn to better understand and appreciate varying positions on contemporary legal controversies by examining historical origins and by engagement in activities, whereby each student must defend or oppose a position. The readings cover these topics in depth and provide opportunities for students to apply the principles to case examples and to demonstrate an insightful understanding of each topic. Students will research and debate relevant individual issues of law and sustainability and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of legal arguments. Students will also engage in activities, whereby they will utilize mechanisms of alternative dispute resolution (while endeavoring to seek mutually beneficial outcomes and to reach compromise with adversaries).
Student Learning Outcome: Critical Thinking