GENERAL EDUCATION

GNED-140
General Education Area 4 Topic (1-3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Special topics offered periodically for General Education credit in Foundational Area 4.

GNED-140
001
GENERAL EDUCATION
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

General Education Area 4 Topic (1-3)

U.S. Law and Legal Systems

This course provides students with a general introduction to the study of the U.S. legal system and the practice of law. Students learn how the U.S. legal system operates, explore various areas of civil and criminal substantive law, and debate the pressing legal issues of our time. Additionally, the course offers the unique opportunity to explore the foundations of U.S. law by using Washington, D.C. as a laboratory; students engage in experiential learning activities by attending lectures and events at D.C. courts, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Open only to students in the AU Scholars Program.

GNED-140
003
GENERAL EDUCATION
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

General Education Area 4 Topic (1-3)

Sociology of the First Year College Student: Self and Societ

College is a microcosm of social structures, and a unique institution with its own rules to understand and skills to master. Most of the process of the first year students' socialization experience does not come from any written documents, but instead, from interacting with peers, faculty and staff. This introductory Sociology course recognizes college as a social process and subsequently examines student's identity formation from a sociological perspective. Topics in the course includes cross-cultural communication; conflict resolution; organization and planning; relationships and their complications; and methodological research skills. Contrary to popular opinion, the first year college experience is not about conformity. Instead, it is a process of learning what it means to be a member of a group and navigating one's sense of self as part of that process. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.