Some Ideas

Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.AARON SWARTZ

 

Work. Write. Read. Write some more. Read some more. Keep putting words on the page or screen, because that’s the only way you’ll get better.S.J. WATSON

 

The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.WILLIAM GIBSON

 

Everything that can be digitized will be digitized.KARA SWISHER

 

This is the 21st century. It’s not OK for politicians not to understand the internet anymore.AARON SWARTZ

 

Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.ERNEST HEMINGWAY

 

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries … and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI

 

We only have one chance to get AI right… we are in real trouble if we miss.JEVON MITCHELL-HAYWOOD

 

When you invent the ship, you also invent the shipwreck; when you invent the plane you also invent the plane crash; and when you invent electricity, you invent electrocution… Every technology carries its own negativity, which is invented at the same time as technical progress.PAUL VIRILIO

 

We are surrounded by the wondrous effects of machines and are encouraged to ignore the ideas embedded in them. Once a technology is admitted it plays out its hand; it does what it is designed to do. Our task is to understand what that design is—that is to say, when we admit a new technology to the culture, we must do so with our eyes wide open.NEIL POSTMANTECHNOPOLY

 

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.ROBIN WILLIAMS

 

Creativity is relational. Its practice is most about casting widely and connecting disparate dots of existing knowledge in new, meaningful ways. To be creative, you’ve got to mine knowledge. You have to know your dots.BRUCE NUSSBAUM

 

Those not ready to change will wake up one day to find themselves wonderfully prepared to live in a world that doesn’t exist.ZIG ZIGLAR

 

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.CHARLES DARWIN

 

Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.EDWARD SNOWDEN

 

Privacy is not something that I’m merely entitled to, it’s an absolute prerequisite.MARLON BRANDO

 

You invade my privacy, it’s nothing. I try to get it back, it’s a crime. You’ll never understand… it’s not that I have nothing to hide… I have nothing I want you to see. – THE GIRL, ANON

 

Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.ABRAHAM LINCOLN

 

Be a nuisance where it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics… but never give up.MARJORIE STONEMAN DOUGLAS

 

First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win.MAHATMA GANDHI

 

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.ALICE WATERS

 

Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it.JONATHAN SWIFT

 

The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves—in their separate, and individual capacities.ABRAHAM LINCOLN

 

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.THEODORE ROOSEVELT

 

The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.HUGO BLACK

 

Just because you have no interest in politics doesn’t mean politics may not be interested in you.PERICLES

 

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.STEVEN HAWKING

 

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.ALBERT EINSTEIN (perhaps)

AT: Review This First

You invade my privacy; it’s nothing. I try to get it back; it’s a crime. You’ll never understand… it’s not that I have nothing to hide… I have nothing I want you to see. – THE GIRL, ANON

Stillman’s Mission

… is to enrich each student’s life through an ethics-centered education focusing on transforming concepts into business practice.

Welcome To The Course

Welcome to Advanced Topics. This is part of your course syllabus. We will meet for the first time on Wednesday, January 17th at 330p in JH111. I will update this syllabus if I add something to the course or if something unexpected intervenes … like a hurricane or blizzard. You’ll need to keep current on course assignments and materials by reviewing this syllabus regularly for updates.

You should carefully review the entire course syllabus, calendar, deliverables, schedule, and any other materials included in this course site. You will find answers to any questions when you review the rest of the information contained on this site. If you have any questions after you’ve reviewed this syllabus and the rest of the course site, you can DM me in Teams to contact me.

Before We Meet

Before we meet, please click Before We Begin to complete some housekeeping items that include introducing yourself, agreeing to the learning contract, and completing your O365 profile by adding a headshot as your profile picture. Please bring a mask to every class meeting since we will be wearing masks during class.

Visit our Teams workspace. It would be best if you visited right away since all of our course communication will be via Teams, and I won’t be using email for our course communication in the future.

Introduction

Managers face various legal challenges that can both help and hinder success. This course examines several advanced topics in the legal environment that will provide a foundation that will equip students to recognize the legal challenges they will encounter as managers. We will focus on issues related to information privacy law during this semester. While we will not turn students into lawyers, we will develop the legal knowledge and analytical skills that guide entrepreneurs in a complicated legal environment.

What Should You Expect?

The course’s subject matter is interesting, challenging, and timely. We will cover some very interesting topics that are particularly important in the 21st-century economy. We will use various digital platforms to interact with each other and the course materials.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to use a fundamentally different set of delivery modalities, e.g., in-person, HyFlex, hybrid, remote, synchronous, or not, or some combination of approaches to teaching and learning. We have met remotely, when necessary, to accomplish our work over these last several years. The use of remote modalities demands that we adjust our understanding of acceptable protocols for attendance and participation, whether a meeting or course attendance, engagement, and participation.

While working together using a digital platform, e.g., Teams, Zoom, Slack, etc., you must join the session with a live camera and muted mic. A live camera helps to create a sense of community and will help all of us to engage effectively during our discussions. If you only unmute your mic when speaking, we can avoid feedback, unsolicited input from family, pets, and others, and random noise. If your classmates cannot see or hear you, actively engaging in course meetings will be difficult. That will have negative implications for your grade results. Please look at the Protocols for Online Meetings and Classes for more information.

I will actively engage you using the Socratic Method in class and during our discussions outside class. You will better understand my class sessions after you read my perspective on Teaching and Learning.

Learning Objectives

This course is an elective required for those students who have decided to pursue the Minor in Legal Studies. The course will help prepare students to meet the legal and regulatory challenges and opportunities they can expect to encounter as managers of private and public businesses. The course provides a conceptual framework for understanding the various legal tools available to managers who evaluate and pursue opportunities. This course will not make you a lawyer. It will, however, help you develop insights into the law and help you handle the legal aspects of management.  This includes developing legal literacy, learning what to look for when selecting an attorney, and knowing when to call one.

Required Casebook

Information Privacy Law, 8 Ed., Solove, Daniel J. and Schwartz, Paul M., Aspen Publishing 2024 ISBN 979-8-8861-4335-5 (print) ISBN 979-8-8890-6572-2 (eBook). The print edition of the text may be available in the SHU bookstore. If it is unavailable there, you can purchase the print or eBook version of the text here.

Additional Materials

All of the course materials are available as links that you will find at ShannonWeb. I may assign additional materials for use in our course. I will post links to those materials in advance in the Course Schedule. Please check the syllabus regularly for updates.

Technology

Since you have reviewed my Course Policies, you already know my expectations about using technology in my courses. Participating in this course will require you to engage with several digital platforms. Be sure to carefully review the materials included in Writing on a Digital Platform and Writing and Research. Our communication and collaboration platform will be Teams. If you need to reach me or have questions, please DM in Teams. We use Teams video for our virtual office hours. You will prepare your writing assignments using digital platforms that will allow you to incorporate multimedia to enhance your text-based content. You will use resources as varied as a search engine (ChatGPT, Perplexity, GoogleDuckDuckGo, or Bing) and the resources available from our Walsh Library.

You are responsible for “figuring it out” regarding a project’s “how to” aspects. If you don’t know how to do something … “search for it”!

Many students have told me that “figuring it out” was an unexpected and beneficial experience and a critical learning outcome.

Course Policies

You are responsible for becoming familiar with my Course Policies, including in-class performance, attendance, preparation & participation, assignments, course communication, assessment, and plagiarism. Please review them carefully.

As in the law … ignorance (of the Course Policies) is not an excuse.

Contact Me

Professor John H. Shannon

  • Office: 651 Jubilee Hall or Teams
  • Communications: Teams DM (preferred)
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed, 10a – 1130a (click the link in your Teams Calendar to join Office Hours); also by appt, all office hours and other meetings will be held via Teams

We can schedule an alternative meeting time if you are unavailable during my office hours. As you know, our course communications platform is Teams. Please DM me in Teams with some days/times when you are available, and we can schedule a video conference in Teams.

I can be reached via any number of platforms … Teams (preferred), email, voice, or video. As a general rule, I am available if I am online. You can DM me in Teams or post a question to the Course Questions channel in our  Teams workspace. I will try to reply to any communications as soon as possible, but certainly no more than 24 hours after receipt. If you prefer a video conference (and who doesn’t?), please DM me with some convenient days/times, and we’ll set it up.

My office hours are subject to change every semester, so please check your course syllabus for my current office hours (see above). In the past, I have generally scheduled at least one hour a week using Teams video to accommodate those who have a conflict with my scheduled office hours. Since we are conducting all office hours and other meetings via Teams, and if you are unavailable to meet during my office hours, you can schedule an appointment for a video conference via Teams. I prefer video conferences because they give me more options when answering your questions.

That said, I carve out space for thoughtful consideration of life. The practical impact of that desire is to keep evenings and weekends clear for family, friends, and other forms of social interaction. If you are going to ping me late on a Friday, then I will get back to you on Monday unless it is an emergency … a REAL emergency.

When communicating with me, please include the following information: your name, the question or issue to be resolved, your course/section, and any other necessary information.

Assessment

This information is related to my undergraduate courses. I suggest you review it carefully before your course begins.

Performance

I describe my expectations for your performance in my classes in the Deliverables and Engagement pages of this section. If you have not reviewed them yet, please take a moment and review them before proceeding with this section.

I have very high expectations for performance for my students. I expect that you will bring your best efforts to all of your interactions with your classmates, our course and with me. I presume that you are attending college, and our course, because you are interested in your future success.

You are constructing the platform on which you will build your professional, and personal, lives. That should be sufficient incentive to encourage you to invest in the learning environment we are developing, and those involved in that learning environment, to the fullest extent possible.

Please approach this experience accordingly.

Deliverables

All of my deliverables have hard deadlines. If you miss a deadline you will receive no credit for that assignment. The excuse of “my dog ate my homework” or its 21st century equivalent “my computer crashed” are not acceptable. “I forgot” or “I didn’t calendar the deliverable” or “I didn’t set a reminder” or “I had other assignments due” do not work for me … nor will they work for you.

It is important that you provide your analysis of the issues presented by any deliverable … whether that is a discussion board, journal post, blog comment or POV. Simply regurgitating the content of the question or article is not acceptable … think back to your first book report in elementary school … since I already know what happened in the book you do not really need to tell me again. It is infinitely more important that you demonstrate your understanding of the issues presented and their relevance in context.

My assessment of your submissions will also be based upon the extent to which you meet the minimum requirements of the deliverable. Most deliverables will be described with minimum word and source counts. Page counts are irrelevant when working in digital platforms so the minimum word and source counts will provide you with an expectation framework. You can improve your prospects for a strong outcome by exceeding the minimum requirements of the assignment. And remember that simply meeting the minimum requirements will result in an average grade.

OMG … Technophobia!!!

PLEASE do not tell me that you “are not a technology person” … we are clearly past the point where a lack of familiarity with technology is a good idea or at all acceptable. Since Fear of Technology
we rely on these devices and platforms you should be certain that your mobile device is connected to your SHU email and calendar accounts as well as Teams.

This site and Blackboard are not optimized to play well with Internet Explorer. I suggest that you use either Firefox or Safari as your browser.

That said, mine are not IT courses … they are courses that examine different areas of law. It happens that we will use a variety of different technology platforms to support our work … much the same as you will in your personal and professional lives.

I may be able to assist you with a hardware or software issue. However, it is your responsibility to be sure that both are in good working order. Be certain that your computer’s operating system, browser(s) and the variety of installed software is up-to-date,  If something isn’t working … get it fixed  … in a timely manner. That’s why we have PC Support Services and a Help Desk.

You are responsible for “figuring it out” when it comes to the “how to” aspects of a project. If you don’t know how to do something … “Google it!” … or, of you don’t want to be tracked use Duck Duck Go for search.

In fact, many of my past students have told me that mastering the art of “figuring it out” was both an unexpected and beneficial experience and a critical learning outcome in my courses.

Grading

Remember, as I noted above, that I have very high expectations for performance for my students. I expect that you will bring your best efforts to all of your interactions with your classmates, our course and with me. That will require you to do your best work in our course.

Engagement, i.e., attendance and participation during our course meetings is required. If you do not engage in the course it will have a negative impact on your grade results.

As I note in the Deliverables page, my assessment of your submissions will be based upon the extent to which you meet the deliverable’s minimum requirements as to content and form. You can improve your prospects for a strong outcome by exceeding the minimum requirements for that deliverable, i.e., expanding the scope of your content and analysis, including addressing potential ethics issues, of the question posed,  broadening the scope of the sources used to support that content and analysis, and meeting the form requirements outlined above.

It is important to remember, though, that if you simply meet the minimum requirements the result will be an average grade.

If you fail to participate at all, or do not meet the deliverable’s deadline, you will receive zero points and a grade of “F” for that deliverable. If you only partially meet the deliverable’s requirements you will earn a maximum grade of “D”. If you meet the deliverable’s requirements your submission will be evaluated and assigned a grade subject to the Grade Ranges described below.

I generally do not accept late submissions for credit unless you have experienced a real emergency. I will consider your reasons for missing a deadline if you submit them for my consideration in a timely manner via a Teams DM. That said, a real emergency does not arise if you miss the assignment or deadline because you did not calendar it, or you experienced a conflict that was avoidable or you simply forgot the deadline.

Grade Ranges

This table describes the range of points assigned to a particular grade.

A 95% – 100% C+

77% – 79.9%

A-

90% – 94.9% C

73% – 76.9%

B+

87% – 89.9% C- 70% – 72.9%

B

83% – 86.9% D+

65% – 69.9%

B- 80% – 83.9% D

60% – 64.9%

F

< 59.9%

LFB: Review This First

Stillman’s Mission

… is to enrich each student’s life through an ethics-centered education focusing on transforming concepts into business practice.

Welcome To The Course

Welcome to the Legal Environment of Business. This is the first section of your course syllabus. We will meet F2F weekly both in class and, when necessary, remotely via Teams. I will update this syllabus if I add something to the course or if something unexpected intervenes … like a hurricane, blizzard, or returning to fully remote class meetings. You’ll need to keep current on course assignments and materials by reviewing this syllabus regularly for updates.

You should review the course syllabus beginning with Review This First and then the calendar, Deliverables, Schedule, and any other materials included in this course site. You will find answers to any questions after reviewing the rest of the information here. If you have any questions after you’ve reviewed this syllabus and the rest of the course site, you can DM me in Teams to contact me.

Before We Meet

We will meet for the first time on Wednesday, January 17th, at 2p in JH111. We will meet F2F unless notified otherwise. Our course will require masks in class. Please bring a mask to every class meeting since we will be wearing masks during class. Before we meet, please click Before We Begin to complete some housekeeping items, including introducing yourself, agreeing to the learning contract, and finishing your O365 profile by adding a headshot as your profile picture.

You will find your Teams workspace by clicking the Teams icon in the sidebar of the Teams app. Please complete your signup immediately since all of our course communication will be via Teams, and I won’t use email for our course communication in the future.

Introduction

This course’s subject matter will include an introduction to the American legal system, incorporating a survey of US court systems and types of jurisprudence, and an introduction to the US Constitution with an analysis of certain basic constitutional concepts, constitutional amendments, and illustrative cases. We will examine ethical and international legal perspectives related to contemporary business. Areas of study will also include contract law, the law of business organizations, and the regulatory environment. Students will examine the ethical challenges that arise between law and business.

What Should You Expect?

The course’s subject matter is interesting, challenging, and always timely. While we examine the basis and evolution of our legal system, we will always keep an eye on how that system impacts the business environment in real-time. We will use various digital platforms to interact with each other and the course materials. You will actively engage in the course using the Socratic Method in class and during our digital discussions outside class. You will better understand what to expect during a class session after you review my perspective on Teaching and Learning.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to use a fundamentally different set of delivery modalities, e.g., in-person, HyFlex, hybrid, remote, synchronous, or not, or some combination of approaches to teaching and learning. We have met remotely, when necessary, to accomplish our work over these last several years. The use of remote modalities demands that we adjust our understanding of acceptable protocols for attendance and participation, whether a meeting or course attendance, engagement, and participation.

While working together using a digital platform, e.g., Teams, Zoom, Slack, etc., it is essential that you join the session with a live camera and muted mic. A live camera helps to create a sense of community and will help all of us to engage effectively during our discussions. If you only unmute your mic when speaking, we can avoid feedback, unsolicited input from family, pets, and others, and random noise. If your classmates cannot see or hear you, it won’t be easy to engage in course meetings actively. That will have negative implications for your grade results. Please look at the Protocols for Online Meetings and Classes for more information.

I will actively engage you using the Socratic Method in class and during our discussions outside class. You will better understand my class sessions after you read my perspective on Teaching and Learning.

Learning Objectives

This is an introductory class in the legal environment intended to help students improve critical thinking, communication, oral presentation, technology, and ethics. This course will help prepare students to meet the legal and regulatory challenges and opportunities they can expect to encounter as managers of private and public businesses. The course provides a conceptual framework for understanding the various legal tools available to managers who evaluate and pursue opportunities. The objective is not to teach business students how to think like lawyers but to teach them how to become more legally astute so they can confidently handle the legal aspects of management.

Required Course Text

Hunter, Shannon, Amoroso & O’Sullivan-Gavin. Law, Business, and Regulation: A Managerial Perspective, CreateSpace (2017).

The required course text is available from several sources.

Professors Hunter, Amoroso, O’Sullivan-Gavin, and I have decided to provide a digital version of the text for your use at no cost to our students. You will find the digital version here. Access to a digital version of the text will facilitate your coursework.

If you prefer a print copy of the text, it is available from the SHU bookstore. Before our first class meeting, you will need the text to complete the assignments described in the Schedule.

N.B. Do not purchase, or use, The Legal Environment of Business: A Managerial and Regulatory Perspective, 3rd Ed. CreateSpace (2011).

Additional Materials

I may assign additional materials for use in our course. I will post links to those materials in advance in the Schedule. Please check the syllabus regularly for updates.

Technology

Since you have reviewed my Course Policies, you already know my expectations about using technology in my courses. Participating in this course will require you to engage with several digital platforms. Our communication and collaboration platform will be Teams. If you need to reach me or have questions, please DM in Teams. We use Teams video for our virtual office hours on Tuesday mornings. You will prepare your writing assignments using digital platforms that will allow you to incorporate multimedia to enhance your text-based content. You will use resources as varied as a search engine (GoogleDuckDuckGo, or Bing), the resources available from our Walsh Library, and various GenAI platforms.

You are responsible for “figuring it out” regarding a project’s “how to” aspects. If you don’t know how to do something … “Google” it!

Many students have told me that “figuring it out” was an unexpected and beneficial experience and a critical learning outcome.

Remote Learning

If circumstances (hurricane, COVID spike) demand it, we will be prepared to adapt and move to a remote, synchronous learning environment.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to move to a fundamentally different set of delivery modalities, e.g., HyFlex, hybrid, remote, synchronous, or not, or some combination of approaches to teaching and learning. We are increasingly working remotely to accomplish our work. That remote modality demands that we adjust our understanding of acceptable protocols for attendance and participation, whether a meeting or course attendance, engagement, and participation.

While working together using a digital platform, e.g., Teams, Zoom, Slack, etc., it is essential that you join the session with a live camera and muted mic. A live camera helps to create a sense of community and will help all of us to engage effectively during our discussions. If you only unmute your mic when speaking, we can avoid feedback, unsolicited input from family, pets, and others, and random noise. If your classmates can see or hear you, it will be easier to engage in course meetings actively. That will have negative implications for your grade results. Please review the Protocols for Online Meetings and Classes for more information.

Course Policies

Please know that you are responsible for becoming familiar with my Course Policies, including in-class performance, attendance, preparation & participation, assignments, course communication, assessment, and plagiarism. Please review them carefully.

As in the law … ignorance (of the Course Policies) is not an excuse.

Contact Me

Professor John H. Shannon

  • Office: 651 Jubilee Hall or Teams
  • Communications: Teams DM (preferred)
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed, 10a – 1130a (click the link in your Teams calendar to join Office Hours); also by appt, all office hours and other meetings will be held via Teams

We can schedule an alternative meeting time if you are unavailable during my office hours. As you know, our course communications platform is Teams. Please DM me in Teams with some days/times when you are available, and we can schedule a video conference in Teams.

I can be reached via any number of platforms … Teams (preferred), email, voice, or video. As a general rule, I am available if I am online. You can DM me in Teams or, if you are already enrolled in one of my courses, post a question to the #Course Questions channel in our course’s Teams workspace. I will try to reply to any communications as soon as possible, but certainly no more than 24 hours after receipt. If you prefer a video conference (and who doesn’t?), please DM me with some convenient days/times, and we’ll set it up.

My office hours are subject to change every semester, so please check your course syllabus for my current office hours (see above). In the past, I have generally scheduled at least one hour a week using Teams video to accommodate those conflicting with my scheduled office hours. Since we are conducting all office hours and other meetings via Teams, and if you are unavailable to meet during my office hours, you can schedule an appointment for a video conference via Teams. I prefer video conferences because they give me more options when answering your questions.

That said, I carve out space for thoughtful consideration of life. The practical impact of that desire is to keep evenings and weekends clear for family, friends, and other forms of social interaction. If you are going to ping me late on a Friday, then I will get back to you on Monday unless it is an emergency … a REAL emergency.

When communicating with me, please include the following information: your name, the question or issue to be resolved, your course/section, and any other necessary information.