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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Political Science

FALL 2014

Professors: James Menno, Judge Probate and Family Court, A.B., Ph.L., J.D. Boston College; Marie Natoli, A.B. Hunter, Ph.D. Tufts, M.B.A. J.D. Suffolk.


ADPO 144301  Protecting the Future
Questions and charges of who knew what when continue to haunt perceptions of the Christmas Day bomber, the Fort Hood extremist, the 9/11 investigations and its intelligence nightmare. American intelligence is at a crossroads. The 21st century demands an overhaul of domestic, international and counterintelligence operations. Course examines how terrorism and technology continue to change the rules of engagement. Explores intelligence failures at Pearl Harbor, the attack on the USS Cole, the East African embassies, the Mumbai massacre among others. Not limited to protecting the future against terrorism; explores pressing issues such as homelessness, poverty, the environment.
Fall, Wed 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Professor Natoli
STOKES HALL 111S


ADPL 354001  Law and Morality
What is the relationship between man-made law created by the courts and the legislature and religious values? Is there a religious and moral foundation to our civil law in the United States? What do we do when confronted by a "wrong" law such as segregation? How do we determine if a law is wrong? Should religious and moral codes be part of the fabric of decisional case law? This course will compare the classic moral thinking of such authors as Plato, Aquinas, Mill and Locke to actual Constitutional decisions on such issues as the war on terror, capital punishment, gay marriage, sexual privacy, immigration, freedom of religion, abortion and the right to refuse medical treatment.
Fall, Wed 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Professor Menno
STOKES HALL 209S