Senate Document Number     7809S


 Date of Senate Approval      04/09/09

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:


APC Document 63:                                                       Delete POLS 334 and 335;       

                                                                                    Add new course, POLS 235


Effective Date: Fall 2009


1a.  Delete:  On page 238, the course number, title, and description for POLS 334:


            334       Political Foundations of Law (3)

A critical and comparative examination of law and legal institutions in their political

contexts. Students are introduced to normative debates surrounding lega l theory and

practice. See department chair.


1b.  Delete:  On page 238 the course number, title, and description for POLS 335:


            335       Law, Ethics and Public Policy (3)

Examines topics such as the “right to privacy” in the context of drug testing and

“Meghan’s Law,” corporate spying, and economic and property rights as they are

affected by consumer protection, exclusionary zoning and workers’ rights. Emphasis is placed on the role of the judiciary in mediating such disputes, the relationship between duties and obligations, and the rights of the individual in the context of the whole. See department chair.



Removing these courses frees a faculty member to teach higher demand courses that are more integral to the department’s program.



Demand for other law related classes – Constitutional, Civil Liberties, International, Immigration -- has been so extensive that the department cannot offer these classes and still satisfy that demand. None of the courses are required for the major and students have ample opportunities to fulfill the department’s elective requirement from other offerings.


2.  Add:  On page 236, after the entry for POLS 220:


            235       Introduction to Law (3)

An introduction to the American legal system. Readings and discussions center on representative legal opinions in a various areas including constitutional, criminal, contract, and property law, materials examining how cases are brought to court and the factors that shape judicial decisions. See department chair.



      The course replaces the deleted courses, POLS 334 and 335, and fits into the routine course rotation

       for the faculty member responsible for the course.



      POLS 235 will serve as a needed introduction to upper level law classes.