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Politics

POLI 410 (Q) International Organizations. (Credit Hours: 3) (Pre-requisites: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course surveys the international organizations that are key players in global coordination and conflict in the areas of security, economics, development, human rights, and the environment. It includes an examination of intergovernmental organizations, such as the United Nations and the European Union, as well as nongovernmental organizations. This course is also a Pre-requisite for participation in the Model United Nations.

The skills and knowledge gained in the Model UN experience easily transfer to many private and public sector career options.  For example, one former student interned in the European Union after this experience and another interned in the United Nations in NYC. A third student took a position with Citibank Latin America in human resources. In each case, students were asked by interviewers about this activity and the skills they utilized including: research, writing, critical thinking, negotiation, group/team work, and oratory skills.  Finally, the Model UN experience is an excellent way to earn an internship or a position working for international organizations.

POLI 431 (Q) The Model United Nations. (Credit Hours: 1) (Pre-requisites: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) A brief study of the history, mission, policies, and procedures of the United Nations designed to prepare students for competitive participation in the annual Southern Regional Model United Nations conference in Atlanta. May be taken up to three times for credit.

The skills and knowledge gained in the Model UN experience easily transfer to many private and public sector career options.  For example, one former student interned in the European Union after this experience and another interned in the United Nations in NYC. A third student took a position with Citibank Latin America in human resources. In each case, students were asked by interviewers about this activity and the skills they utilized including: research, writing, critical thinking, negotiation, group/team work, and oratory skills.  Finally, the Model UN experience is an excellent way to earn an internship or a position working for international organizations.

POLI 440 (Q) South Carolina State Legislative Process. (Credit Hours: 1) (Pre-requisites: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) An introduction to the practice of state legislative procedures. Students are required to participate in the South Carolina Student Legislature activity. Students may take the course up to three times for elective credit only.

This experience is about identifying, solving, and advocating for a solution.  By simulating state government proceedures, students will gain experience in governing in a realistic setting.  The SCSL has been active since 1956, with previous SCSL participants including the former head of the Republican National Committee, Lee Atwater, and current State House member Joshua Putnam.

POLI 447 (Q) Trial Advocacy. (Credit Hours: 3) (Pre-requisites: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) The focus of this course is the art and science of trial advocacy and litigation, with concentration on basic evidence and trial procedure. This course will prepare the student for practice litigation with an emphasis on the art of trying a case from inception to conclusion. This course will also include mock trial practice.

Since most of the students enrolled in Trial Advocacy hope to become an attorney, this class, along with participation in national tournaments, will allow students to experience the ins and outs of a trial. This course will also prepare students for the rigors of law school and the eventual practice of law.

POLI 448 (Q) Mock Trial. (Credit hours: 1) Mock Trial is an activity in which students learn the principles of trial advocacy and then apply those principles as they try a fictitious case. Mock trial gives undergraduate students an opportunity to learn firsthand about the work or trial attorneys, understand the judicial system, develop critical thinking, increase self-confidence, and develop the ability to work well with others. May be taken up to three times for elective credit.

Becoming a successful trial attorney requires a great deal of study and determination. Although trial preparation is essential, so is the ability to think on one's feet and to maintain an aura of astute control of the courtroom. Court rules and procedures combine to form the basis for effective trial advocacy. It is the task of every trial attorney to represent his/her client with the utmost zeal and to convince the trier of fact that their client should prevail. The Mock Trial class lays the foundation necessary for future trial attorneys in their quest for justice.