Tentative Nonmatriculated Course List
The following is the tentative listing of courses open to nonmatriculated students as of Nov. 26, 2013. These courses are grouped in the following five general areas:
ECO-650616, International Economic Development for Managers, 3cr
This course covers a broad range of cultural, economic, political, and social issues confronting the globalized world related to the economics of developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. It considers the meaning and measurement of economic development, theories of development and underdevelopment, and policies to alleviate poverty and promote development in the low-and middle-income countries of the world. Particular attention is paid to the rationale for and the effectiveness of different macroeconomic policies in a developing country setting and the roles of national and regional governments; non-profit, non-governmental organizations; the private sector; and ethnic, cultural, and religious groups around world.
FIN-650608, Quantitative Methods in Finance, 3cr
The purpose of this course is to expose students to modern data analysis with an emphasis on a specific domain of application: Finance. Students are expected to have an understanding of basic statistics, since concepts such as random variables, expectation, correlation, and statistical inference (estimation, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals) are fundamental to the analysis addressed in the course. It is also expected that students have a basic understanding of linear algebra. The course relies on real financial data and uses spreadsheets and statistical softwares to cover a range of topics from exploratory data analysis techniques, simulations, to regression analysis methods, with a strong emphasis on their application.
FIN-651700, Investment Analysis, 3cr
The learning objective of this course is to develop investment and financial modeling skills through an analysis of financial data with the help of spreadsheets. The students will develop a better understanding of the investment environment, and the functioning of different asset classes and financial instruments, that include the money market, the bond market, the equity market, and financial derivatives. The course will engage students with procedures and tools to evaluate financial assets and to analyze the risk and return characteristics of equity, fixed income securities, and derivatives, and to undertake portfolio analysis. The core contents of the course focus on analytics and portfolio optimization within the risk-return preferences. This course aims at developing a structured framework of investment analysis by requiring students to complete a set of assignments and to undertake a term project of tracking a selection of stocks and presenting a term paper in the context of firm analysis.
MGT-650613, Healthcare Operations Management, 3cr
The U.S. healthcare system is immensely complex, and there is mounting industry-wide pressure to address the challenges of and opportunities for instituting significant operational improvements. Within the healthcare sector, operations management has several goals, including reducing costs, improving patient throughput, strengthening efficacy of workflow and task management, contributing to quality improvement initiatives, enhancing customer service, and increasing profitability. This course is designed to focus on the approaches and strategies for achieving these operational goals to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare systems. The course will help students to become familiar with the concepts, tools, and techniques for improving operational processes, such as lean processes, six sigma, flowcharting, and statistical tools, and provide them the necessary knowledge and skills to run efficient and effective healthcare systems.
MGT-651602, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, 3cr
The purpose of this course is to study theories in ethics and apply them to achieve an understanding of moral philosophy with regard to the social responsibility of business and specific problems and issues facing business today. These issues include, among others, the rights and obligations of employers and employees; hiring, firing and discrimination; gathering, concealing and gilding information; and issues in dealing with foreign cultures. Students will consider how organizations can be guided toward fulfilling their social responsibilities.
MGT-651603, Strategies for Marketing Research, 3cr
This course in marketing research will examine the research process as it relates to the specific problems faced in the marketing arena. The course will enable the student to understand and apply the basic concepts of marketing research as a component of business strategic decision-making. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the logic and methodology of market research. By the end of this course, the student will be able to design a market research study, and evaluate and assess other research studies. Topics include the research process, methods of gathering primary and secondary data from both internal and external sources, designing and testing survey instruments, sample method design, interviewing techniques and presentations of results, from tabulating and analyzing data.
MGT-651607, Managing Health Care Systems, 3cr
This course is required for the certificate in health care management and examines the various aspects of managing the complicated modern health care environment. The roles of payers, consumers and suppliers of health care will be examined. Management and allocation of heath care resources and the impact of outcomes assessment on care delivery will be discussed. Additional topics for study will include communication in the health care environment, team building and conflict resolution.
MGT-651620, Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 3cr
This course is required for the certificate in nonprofit management. In this course, students will explore leadership in public and nonprofit organizations. The course begins with a consideration of the nature of leadership, the tasks of leaders and the traits of effective leadership. Next, students examine leadership theories, their particular application to the public and nonprofit sectors and the challenges facing these sectors. Finally, students will complete an independent research project dealing with leadership in public and nonprofit organizations.
MGT-651622, Ethics in Global Environments, 3cr
The goal of this course is to present different perspectives on understanding basic concepts and concerns of business ethics and to generate insights about their effects on executive decision processes in global environments. What ethical responsibilities should a multinational corporation assume in foreign countries? What obligation does a manufacturer have to the consumer with respect to product defects and safety? Developing codes of conduct and acting ethically are extremely important for executives managing MNEs. This course, therefore, will also cover the issues of ethics and social responsibility involving multinational corporations operating in global markets and LDCs. What responsibilities do MNEs have to operate with concerns for problems in the world environment, such as global warming, ocean contamination, and air pollution? How far should MNEs go to protect human rights in a host country? This course will also explore the techniques of ethical reasoning that are needed to analyze issues in business and looks at the morality of economic systems in the world and the US. The course will analyze the current and pressing moral issues in business from corporate governance to workers’ rights to legitimate computer use. It also examines case studies of global businesses as well as those in the US.
MGT-651627, Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship, 3cr
This course will examine the legal environment within which the entrepreneur must operate and evolve. Consequently and more specifically, this study will survey the legal field and the parameters the entrepreneur must be mindful of in order to effectively initiate and develop a new venture, including business ethics and social responsibility as reflected through rules and regulations; statutory versus common law and its impact on the entrepreneur; dispute resolution; torts, crime and international law and its effects on the entrepreneurial scene; and constitutional law and how it permeates essentially every aspect of American commerce and enterprise. This course will look at contract law and the UCC [Uniform Commercial Code], sales and product liability, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, bankruptcy, agency law, employment and labor law, antitrust law and securities regulations, consumer law, intellectual law and the prominent role they play for the entrepreneur. Lastly, this course will explore the legalities revolving around starting a business, the benefits of incorporating versus limited liability partnerships and/or sole proprietorship, as well as the emerging areas of cyberlaw and environmental law.
MGT-651628, Health Policy and Management, 3cr
This course focuses on the analytical tools necessary to evaluate the economics of health care policy and implementation. Through readings, discussions and written assignments students will develop a working understanding of federal and state health policy processes; examine critical health policy issues; use analytical models to explain health policy processes and apply those models to the analysis of health care formulation and implementation. This course is required for the health care management advanced certificate program.
MGT-651630, International Business Law, 3cr
This course probes the global legal environment for international business. This is an area that every global manager must be familiar with given the complexity and interdependence of global markets. The course reviews international law and organizations, the process for international dispute resolutions, sales contracts and terms of trade, liability of air and sea carriers in the transportation of goods across the globe, bank collections, trade finance and letters of credit. This course also compares, contrasts and analyzes global, international and U.S. trade law as impacted by GATT law, the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, E.U. trade rules and regulations, unfair trade, and laws governing access to foreign markets and exports, as well as legal issues relating to global environmental, host-country tax, corporate, employment, privatization and currency risk.
MGT-651634, Global Leadership Competencies, 3cr
This course is designed to examine the contemporary styles of leadership to reveal their application to a more global vision of leadership. Students will explore and discuss how cultural factors influence the different facets of leadership, cultural differences in communication, global leadership in negotiation, how leaders manage diversity in global workplaces and how global leaders run their businesses internationally. Students will develop their cultural perspective and acquire global leadership skills through preparation of a scenario report on being a global leader and submission of an interview with an executive with international experience. Students will study multiple facets of the practice of global leadership and will acquire knowledge about effective performance in the global marketplace sustained through leadership.
MGT-651636, Managing Human Capital , 3cr
Beginning with an overview of human resources’ roles in addressing the strategic needs of an organization, students explore topics that include, but are not limited to, workforce planning and talent management, thinking strategically about staffing and selection issues, developing internal talent through training and development, succession planning, employment testing, successful employment interviewing and organizational entry and socialization (on-boarding). This course is required for the human resource management advanced certificate program.
MGT-651637, Performance Management and Total Rewards, 3cr
This course is required for the certificate in human resource management. Performance management and total rewards systems provide a value proposition to both the organization and its employees by offering a package that should result in satisfied and productive employees who deliver organizational goals and objectives. This course examines how managing individual and organizational performance coupled with a total rewards system can play a strategic role in organizational effectiveness. The study includes an examination of performance management systems, compensation structure and systems design, benefit programs, and an examination of compensation and benefits legislation. The course will include examination of the contrast between employee and labor relations, employment law and challenges associated with managing a diverse workforce. Managing individual and organizational performance to maximize business results and risk minimization through occupational health and safety will be explored.
MGT-651644, Tools and Processes in Project Management, 3cr
This MBA course introduces modern tools and techniques for planning, scheduling, reporting, controlling, and managing business related projects. The students will study and analyze the project life cycle and the core project management processes (scope, time and cost). The students will gain knowledge of the concept of Work-Breakdown Structure (WBS) and different approaches to project screening and selection, and will utilize those techniques in the project planning process. The students will learn financial analysis to evaluate and select a project using Excel, plan a project, estimate duration and setup project schedule and allocate resources using MS Project, and communicate project information using electronic and e-collaborative tools.
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite - Management Information Systems or by permission of instructor.
MGT-651653, Innovation and Global Commercialization, 3cr
This course focuses on opportunities to utilize technology transfer within a global business to meet the goals of the strategic plan. This course is an introduction to the multidisciplinary aspects (including legal issues such as intellectual property ownership and rights of discovery), involved in the process of bringing technical developments, particularly research emanating from universities and other nonprofit organizations, into commercial use. The course considers the challenges and regulations required for transitioning new developments into capital ventures created by the sale or lease of commercially viable processes and products.
MGT-651656, Global Supply Chain Management, 3cr
Effective management of operations and supply chain is of great importance for organizations to survive and remain competitive in a global environment. This course focuses on understanding the principles related to managing operations and supply chains with an emphasis on key tradeoffs and risks. The course will introduce the basic concepts of logistics and supply chain management and the various logistic and supply chain strategies that companies employ in order to compete within an increasingly complex and dynamic global environment. It will also discuss the tools and strategies used to design and manage operations and supply chains across an organization in the global context. A range of international case studies will be used to illustrate key concepts, reinforce the material’s application in practice and extend learning.
MKT-650614, Global Strategy, 3cr
Achieving sustainable competitive advantage in global markets depends on the ability of managers to analyze globalization trends and assess the impact of culture on international business dealings, international trade, investment and cross-cultural interactions. The course is based on three important parts: As a survey course, it covers tools for effective strategic management such as PESTEL analysis, Porter's five forces and industry analysis; VRIO, TOWS and generic strategies (cost leadership and differentiation); as a foundation course, it focuses on global strategy and introduces students to the management of global operations and the challenges associated with the selection of markets and the management of a global supply chain; as a strategic global management course, it covers international market strategies such as foreign direct investment, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint-ventures and corporate governance of multinational organizations.
MKT-651635, International Marketing Strategies, 3cr
This course explores the different economic, social changes that have occurred over the past decade and their impact on marketing. As global economic growth occurs, understanding marketing in all cultures is increasingly important. The course examines global issues and describes concepts relevant to all international marketers, despite the extent of international involvement. The course will analyze marketing strategies including pricing, legal and ethical issues, regulations, integrated marketing communications, multicultural research, sales, and global brand management. This course is required for the Global Brand Marketing advanced certificate program.
ADL-680100, Rethinking Experience and Learning in Adulthood, 3cr
Course readings and assignments bring students' experiential learning and professional practice into dialogue with academic and scholarly approaches to adult learning. Students engage with theories of experiential learning, explore the multiple social locations within which adult education is practiced and analyze debates concerning the relationship between experiential and formal learning. Students read broadly in the field, hone graduate-level skills of academic and digital literacy and work via cohort learning and e-portfolios.
ADL-680101, Learning and Development in Contemporary Adulthood, 3cr
Through this course, students develop an understanding of adult life in multiple personal, social, historical and cultural contexts and examine and critique a variety of theoretical schools concerning adult development, learning and identity in young, middle and late adulthood. Biological, psychological and sociocultural perspectives on adulthood are explored.
ADL-680102, Strategies for Effective Adult Learning, 3cr
Grounded in theoretical underpinnings of learning and development, students acquire an understanding of the principles and theories of effective design, pedagogy and curriculum for face-to-face, technology-mediated and blended-learning environments. Student’s projects within the course are based on individual goals and will focus on various pedagogical approaches and learning design methodologies, with multiple opportunities to investigate a range of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
ADL-680103, Approaches to Critical Inquiry and Research, 3cr
Students explore the variety of analytical and research modalities that characterize research in adult learning, including social science research methods, critical theory, problem-based learning, social networking analysis and participant research, and draw connections between these modalities to their own sites of practice and learning goals, as well as use them for programmatic assessment. Through a series of structured activities, they identify topics for research, conduct literature reviews and identity the research methods relevant to their topics, apply a variety of critical lenses to their area of interest and produce a research paper. They then draw on the insights gained and the three previous courses to articulate the focus for their degree. Viewing the various group and individualized offerings available, they draft a degree program and program rationale that identify their elective studies, explores those choices in terms of their personal, social and professional goals and points toward the final project.
ADL-680104, Organizational Development and Change, 3cr
This course examines the specific body of knowledge that relates to organization development and change such as an historical perspective, theoretical foundations, models and areas of practice (application), its purpose and specific issues or challenges related to the function of those practicing in the field, with an emphasis on the role of adult learning. Specifically, students will study an overview of organization development and change; process of organization development; human process, techno-structural and human resource management interventions; and the future direction of organization development.
ADL-680105, Adult Literacy and Social Change, 3cr
In this course, students will be introduced to the field of adult literacy and explore some of the current themes and issues within the field. We will read, discuss and write about the adult student, our own and society's assumptions about literacy, educational theory and strategies and philosophies of teaching practice. Students will be encouraged to volunteer in a community-based program site as a way to gain some experience in the field. The focus of the course may move between broader issues of literacy, power, privilege and education theory and more specific questions and issues that students are encountering in their sites of practice. This course is intended to be a collaborative project where we will share, question and explore based on the work and teaching we have each done that week.
ADL-680110, Learning Styles and Adults, 3cr
How do we learn? How do those around us take in information? Application of knowledge about learning styles can make a significant difference in motivation, effectiveness, speed and depth of learning. This course exposes students to many established theories about learning styles, defined broadly as distinct modes of learning, with accompanying exercises where possible. After an introduction to both the history and potential future directions of theories of learning styles, including Kolb's experiential learning, Gregorc's cognitive learning styles, the Myers-Brigs Type Indicator, The Enneagram, reflective learning styles, and others. A second focus of the course is on Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences and its implications for adult learning, both for students' own learning and with respect to those whom they teach.
ADL-680112, Adult Learners in the Community College, 3cr
This course explores the unique role of the community college in serving adult learners. Students examine these complex institutions, their role and contributions in the community and in serving adult learners. Students consider the resources required to serve the wide range of students who enroll in community college. The course will consider issues of administration, faculty, instruction and student services, including information technology support.
EDU-660514, Exceptionalities: Individualizing Learning, 3cr
This course provides an overview of theories and research about students with special needs and a range of exceptionalities, as well as issues and strategies in developing educational programs and adapting instruction to meet the needs of all students. Students develop awareness of and sensitivity to individual differences and learn how to individualize instruction in the context of their certification areas. Topics include physical, emotional and learning disabilities; gifted and talented students; gifted and talented students and computers; individualizing instruction for all students; uses of assistive and adaptive technologies and computers to meet special needs; inclusion; and assessing behavior problems and planning, implementing and evaluating interventions. Students complete at least 12.5 hours in an urban classroom (appropriate to the certification area) working with a certified teacher to explore the relevance of what they are studying to a classroom setting. Observation assignments will integrate theoretical and research-based concepts with classroom practice. Students will present at least one lesson. Nonmatriculated students do not participate in the field experience.
EDU-660523, Educational Evaluation, 3cr
This course develops skills in evaluating both student learning and teaching effectiveness. The course emphasizes integrating research-based inquiry into one’s own practice as a teacher to improve curricula, teaching and learning. Topics include principles and forms of assessment of student learning, especially in relation to the certification area; uses of technology in the assessment of student learning; national, state, and local instruments for assessing student learning and their use in enhancing student learning and teaching effectiveness; and principles and forms of classroom research.
EDU-660533, Literacy Across the Curriculum, 3cr
This course examines the role of reading, writing and language within the curriculum and the impact of literacy on specific content areas. Students develop strategies and skills in exploring relevant content literature and using technology to acquire and manage information. Students gain experience in designing and implementing literacy lessons within the content area.
EDU-661203, Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching, 3cr
This course examines current policies that affect learning and instructional practices in educational environments across various settings. Problem-solving strategies are used to identify and develop best practices that respond to challenges arising from contemporary issues in society. This course also reviews changes in federal and state curriculum mandates and examines the theoretical underpinnings of current educational practices and societal dynamics. Students complete a group paper and presentation on an issue of each group’s choice, addressing different perspectives, group members’ positions and proposed strategies for action. They also complete an individual paper that researches the history, current developments and predictable future developments of a self-chosen issue, while reflecting on effective teaching and learning strategies in response to the issue. Students develop an understanding of contemporary issues and their effects on learning environments, create effective learning environments in various contexts and demonstrate the ability to act as change agents within communities.
EDU-661204, Leading in a Learning Environment, 3cr
This course is designed to examine leadership roles and leadership needs in 21st-century education. Students will explore various leadership designs and styles alone and in relationship to curricular planning, professional development and community outreach. Students will examine learning environments to develop strategies and programs around leadership that coincide with the needs of contemporary learners. Additionally, students will read and become well versed on leadership strategies and initiatives, current and historical educational policy and leadership outreach initiatives that affect learners and the community. They will share some common readings while selecting others to satisfy individual and group inquiries.
EDU-663100, Introduction to Special Education Law, 3cr
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the history of education law and the history of education of students with disabilities, advocacy, and disability laws from the mid-20th century. Students will be introduced to the role and responsibilities of the special education teacher in his or her legal obligation to the exceptional student, parents and school. Particular emphasis will be placed on federal and New York State Education Department Law- Part 200 mandates and current special education laws and core issues that developed from the disability movement: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – IDEA (PL 94-142), No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Individualized Education Programs (IEP), Parental Rights and Procedural Safeguards, Due Process, introduction to initiatives such as PBIS, FBA and RTI and future litigation as it comes into effect.
EDU-681100, Learning with Emerging Technologies: Theory and Practice, 3cr
As innovative technologies continue to emerge, new ways of improving the teaching and learning process are possible. George Veletsianos claims in his book, "Emerging Technologies in Distance Education," that emerging technologies may or may not be new, are evolving entities, experience “hype cycles” and can be disruptive. He describes a need for more research and understanding to reveal the untapped potential of these emerging technologies in ways that transform instruction and deepen understanding. In this course, we explore a variety of learning theories, best practices and instructional design frameworks that can help guide educators through a process of researching and vetting emerging technologies. We examine how it is essential that educators design instruction and evaluation through a lens that includes learning theory, best practices and instructional design frameworks to discover and exploit emerging technologies in ways that promote the acquisition and refinement of 21st-century skills in both formal and informal learning environments. Some consideration will be given to assistive technologies that address the needs of students with disabilities and the scope of both the American Disabilities Act and recommendations of professional organizations including the National Council of Online Learning.
EDU-681101, New Media and New Literacies, 3cr
This course is designed to explore the implications of new media and new literacies in social, political, economic and personal spheres. Students will investigate theories and research related to "meaning making" in and around the contexts of contemporary social media. In addition, students will work collaboratively and collectively to build their knowledge about how these media are created, used, interpreted and re-used by themselves and others. They will explore how affinities for these media enable us to think differently about what it means to read, write, listen, speak, view and participate in often overlapping and at times juxtaposed communities of practice. Rather than focus on producing new media, this course will explore the impact new media and the resulting new literacies have on membership in existing and emerging communities of practice.
EDU-681102, Social and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era, 3cr
In this course, students will explore major issues related to knowledge production and learning in our digital age. Students will be introduced to pressing issues in the use of technology in various learning environments and reflect on the assumptions we make about knowledge, creativity and social dynamics based on our choices. Any one of the topics raised is suitable for more in-depth study as an elective. Topics will include privacy and security, intellectual property rights, the nature of creative commons, access and equity, ethics and legal challenges and digital democracy. Students will consider these concerns as they move into discussions on future trends by reading a variety of current reports, such as MIT’s Technology Review, Ray Kurzweill’s AI.net site, Jamais Casco’s "Open the Future" and the New Media Consortium/Educause’s annual Horizon Report and their Top Teaching and Learning Challenges Project. In the process, they will investigate various strategies for studying futures, including scenarios, predictions markets, the Delphi method, environmental scanning and crowd-sourcing.
EDU-681103, Designing Online Learning Environments, 3cr
The collaborative potential of online tools requires instructors to consider shifts in their pedagogy to more mindfully plan, facilitate and guide. This represents a change in the roles and relationships between teachers and learners and requires more attention to the instructional design and interactive communicative strategies of virtual learning experiences. In this course, students are introduced to instructional and digital design principles in order to apply them in a project that can be used as a component for their advanced design portfolios, or final capstone projects. Consideration is given to effective visual communication in digital environments. The course explores stages of the instructional systems design (ISD) process and strategies for designing and developing multimedia instructional materials. An important aspect of online instructional design is understanding and responding to the context in which instructional materials will be delivered and the needs, expectations and capacities of the participants. Students will explain their thinking during the creation of a project and demonstrate their understanding of these expectations.
EDU-681108, Practicum: Virtual Worlds, 3cr
Practicums allow students to team up with faculty in designing, launching and/or evaluating a project connected with either Empire State College or the student's professional context. This learning opportunity mixes experiential and academic learning and provides practical, hands-on experience that students can transfer to their own professional needs. The practicum "virtual worlds" is intended to provide participants with an opportunity to study virtual worlds as they are used in a variety of applications and to explore and begin developing virtual experiences to support different achievements and objectives. The rapidly emerging and complex nature of developing, supporting, using, integrating and expanding virtual worlds and systems requires an understanding of the larger institutional “envelope” and need within which the virtual experiences will function.
EDU-681109, Game-based Learning, 3cr
This course is designed to explore games and simulations in an educational context — the learning processes, practices, and events associated with integrating/developing educational game-based learning in the program and/or professional practice. What are games and simulations? How do learners/students in the program feel and think about games and simulations? How do games and simulations inform their development as learners and/or professional practitioners in their field of expertise? Do they see games and simulations as potentially beneficial in the program and/or professional endeavors? This course will challenge students to investigate the learning processes, practices and events associated with integrating and developing games and simulations.
LAB-630520, Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector, 3cr
This course is designed to provide an overview of bargaining in the public sector. It deals with major policy issues related to public sector bargaining, with the environmental factors influencing public sector bargaining, with bargaining techniques and with dispute resolution in the public sector. This course is required for the public sector labor and employment policy advanced certificate program.
LAB-630522, Globalization, 3cr
This is an elective course which examines the place of labor within the international economy and the history, development,and formation of that economy since 1945. We will examine the historical development and then look at the consequences for labor of economic development, especially as this involves the place of manufacturing in national economics and global investing, particularly the current expansion of foreign investment within the United States.
LAB-630544, Public Sector Labor Law, 3cr
This course considers the history and principles of federal labor relations law and its relevance to both private and public sector labor relations. The text is prepared by the labor law section of the American Bar Association and is the standard authority in the field. We will gain an overview of labor law and the parameters of decision making, as established legislatively, and by the National Labor Relations Board and the Courts, which have guided the course of labor law in the United States. This course is required for the public sector labor and employment policy advanced certificate program.
LAB-630545, Labor-Management Relations, 3cr
This course explores the development and context of collective bargaining and labor-management relations in the United States. This includes the historical development of the labor relations process, the participants in the process, the legal framework for collective bargaining and dispute resolution. This course also focuses on the social and economic impact of labor-management relations.
LIB-640512, Performance History: The Twentieth Century, 3cr
This course investigates key figures and movements in 20th-century performance, aesthetics and culture. The course develops chronologically beginning in the late 19th century, addressing alternative strategies to Realism including Symbolism, Expressionism, Futurism, Surrealism and Constructivism. Our exploration of modernist and postmodernist performance through the 20th century includes topics such as the evolution of avant-garde theater, Happenings, Fluxus, body art and performance art. Throughout, we will consider contested definitions and theories of performance.
LIB-640540, Psychology of Art, 3cr
We will examine the human endeavor of art and the human experience of creativity through a psychological lens. We will study the psychological explanations for the processes and urge of creative artistic expression. The course is designed to begin with a common experience of learning from readings and discussion/written assignment, followed by extended individual inquiry. Students can choose their own path of inquiry or participate in an inquiry directed by the instructor. These individual paths may be structured as further exploration of a type of artistic endeavor or a particular inquiry – a question to be answered by this course.
LIB-640541, Culture and Disease, 3cr
What is the role of culture in human beings’ understandings of themselves and their worlds of illness and health? How do cultural/subcultural understandings affect how individuals view their own illnesses and the ways others view them? Where do these converge and diverge? In this course, students will become oriented to the differences that culture can make in both self and other’s understandings of disease. Students will read texts and engage in discussion, write essay responses, or keep a learning journal.
LIB-640543, Things of Value: Topics in Material Culture, 3cr
This course allows you to become acquainted with perspectives on material culture and a theoretical and methodological repertoire to realize new learning through investigation of particular subjects and issues related to your program. We begin with common readings and media, followed by choices among focus areas such as museum studies, consumption theories and patterns, the concept of cultural property, or a closer focus on a specialty topic, such as a particular type of material or artifact and its history, use and interpretation. Two substantial reading and writing projects (perhaps also with some observing or making) comprise the scholarly activities, requiring at least one revision each, and at least two informal discussions take place, whether by email with the course instructor or on the supporting website with class members.
LIB-640577, History and Culture of Ancient Egypt and/or Mesopotamia, 3cr
While each interested student should consult with the course instructor on this course, its basic concerns will examine the history and culture of pharaonic Egypt and/or Ancient Mesopotamia to gain greater knowledge of one, or the other, or both of these ancient civilizations with the goal of strengthening the approach and appreciation of the histories involved. Beginning with an overview of the ebb and flow of the culture's history, the student will examine selected themes within the culture, some of which might include its religion and mythology, the foundations of functions of its leadership, its social values and its relationships with contemporaneous civilizations or cultures. The student will consult with the course instructor about exactly what he or she wishes to cover, why and how.
LIB-640578, Ancient Literature: Egyptian and/or Mesopotamian, 3cr
While each interested student should consult with the course instructor on this course, its basic concerns will address the literature of ancient Egypt and/or that of Ancient Mesopotamia, looking at various types present, their use, their historical position and their relationship to other aspects of the culture. Texts will be read in translation and, where available, commentaries will be used. The student will consult with the mentor about exactly what he or she wishes to cover, why and how.
LIB-640579, Ancient Egyptian Religion and/or Mythology, 3cr
While each interested student should consult with the course instructor on this course, its basic concerns will cover the major myths and religious practices of pharaonic Egypt, including creation, gods and goddesses and their activities, kingship and queens, basic beliefs of the people and mortuary beliefs and practices. Special attention will be paid to women. As a whole, this course will permit the student to gain a significant knowledge of beliefs and practices of a culture from a different time and place from their own as well as learning appropriate approaches to take in such encounters. The student will consult with the mentor about exactly what he or she wishes to cover, why and how.
LIB-640607, Psychology of Consumption, 3cr
Our consumer lifestyle is part of our sense of self, our social identity and our satisfaction with life. In this course, we will examine the meanings of money and possessions, the process of shopping and spending, different populations of consumers, advertising, the relevance of consumption for self-definition and the role of consuming in the search for well-being and happiness.
LIB-640608, Positive Psychology, 3cr
What is happiness, who is happy and can we become happier? Along with analyzing the readings, we will examine the assumptions behind measures of well-being and values, learn about theories and research on happiness, about money and materialism in relation to happiness and how the themes of the course apply to our lives.
LIB-640628, Museums and Public History: Theory and Practices, 3cr
Historical societies and museums historically emerged as entities with particular authority and expertise to preserve, educate and display. However, new modes of making, telling and rereading public history have emerged that deserve attention and a literature of theory of museums and exhibitions as powerful social forms raises previously unexamined questions about the sources, uses and impacts of this authority. This Web-supported course, one of four MALS courses that focus on public history, takes up historical and cultural theory to examine how people, organizations and institutions co-create history and public memory with communities. This course is required for the public history advanced certificate program.
LIB-640634, Archival Theory and Practice, 3cr
This course is required for the certificate in public history and will introduce students to the history of archives and the basic theories and practices of administering archives and manuscript collections (appraisal, acquisition, arrangement and description, reference and preservation). As well, the course will draw on several academic disciplines to address the public dimension of archives and their use in research, outreach programs and historic editing and publishing. Finally, the course will cover ethical and legal issues and the ways new information technologies affect archival administration and use.
LIB-640635, Exhibition: Planning and Interpretation, 3cr
Building on the theory and practice learned in Museums and Public History, this course will ask students to work within a history museum, or equivalent collection, to produce an exhibition. Working within a museum setting will allow students to put their theoretical knowledge to practical use. Geographical considerations will determine the specific organizations with which students may work and online exhibitions will be possible. This course is required for the public history advanced certificate program.
LIB-640636, Public History Internship, 3cr
This course is required for the certificate in public history. In line with recommendations of the National Council on Public History, the mission of the internships are: “Internships are an important part of public history education that allow students to gain new insights into the nature of public history practice by engaging in meaningful work under the mentorship of experienced and knowledgeable public history professionals. Successful internships provide students with work experience combined with structured opportunities to reflect on their activities and connect their practical experience with the skills and knowledge gained in their public history training.” - NCPH Curriculum and Training Committee, May 2008. Students will participate in a one-semester internship of 150 hours with a public history institution such as a museum, historical society, archives, or library. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with an opportunity to observe and reflect on public history as practiced and apply skills learned in the certificate program. Students will work with the instructor to identify an appropriate institution, field supervisor and specific responsibilities for the internship. This course has prerequisites.
LIB-640637, Exploring Jung's Archetypes, 3cr
Carl Jung’s work, always of interest to scholars and practitioners of psychology, is currently enjoying a resurgence of wider interest, both popular and academic due in part to the recent publication of the "Red Book," a compendium of his work previously unavailable, and because his theory, particularly his theory of archetypes, seems to offer scholarly insight for those seeking to explain current popular experience, for writers from positions as diverse as historical scholarship and political punditry. In this course, we will be intrigued by Jung’s theory of archetypes, from original depiction to recent illustrations, beginning with examination of the theory and ending with application to contemporary representations. Jung’s work on archetypes often melds analytic thinking with visual depictions. This course, grounded in psychological theory, includes examination of visual images. Students might find this inquiry into Jung’s work of interest from intellectual and/or visual perspectives.
LIB-640639, History of Childhood in America, 3cr
This course assesses the often neglected histories of children and youth in the United States since the colonial era. Among other issues covered in the course, students will evaluate the ways that children have experienced the process of growing up in a variety of social, regional and demographic contexts; how cultural understandings of childhood have been shaped by science, religion, literary and visual arts; and how children have been incorporated as political subjects in a democracy managed by adults.
LIB-640641, Social Science Research Methodology, 3cr
This course will assist students in designing a research strategy appropriate for a variety of social science questions. The student will examine issues of social inquiry, operationalization of social theory, as well as procedures for gathering and organizing data including surveys, interviewing, focus groups and participant observation. The student then will examine procedures to analyze their data such as hypothesis testing, analysis of data and techniques for generalizing from samples to populations and, finally, pursue strategies for reporting their results.
LIB-640653, Global Feminist Movements, 3cr
This course aims to answer the question: How have women organized as women to challenge unequal gender power relations and to promote progressive social change in different global locations? This course explores contemporary global feminist movements from historical, sociological, political and cultural perspectives. We will examine global feminist movements as a particular type of global social movement in theory and practice, and in particular we’ll examine how global feminist movements addressed issues of religion and cultural tradition, human rights and the environment and sustainable development in global regions including the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. We will examine the role of the United Nations - its forums, special agencies, commissions and conferences from the 1970s onward - in defining and fostering global feminist movements.
LIB-640654, Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies, 3cr
This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender and identity from a cultural and sociohistorical perspective. We will look at women's and gender studies as an evolving field of study and explore the multiple voices that have shaped the conversation, past and present. Issues of gender equality, women’s suffrage, the women’s liberation movement, gender and work, concepts of family, gender and violence, health and reproductive rights, representations of the body, gender and sexuality, gender, race and ethnicity, global feminism and activism will be considered. Authors such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Margaret Fuller, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, Kate Millett, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, bell hooks, Angela Davis and Judith Butler will be examined. Attention will be paid to analysis of gender and sexuality in relation to race, ethnicity, class and national and transnational discourse. The student also will develop graduate-level research, writing and analytic abilities and become familiar with resources in the field of women’s and gender studies.
LIB-640655, Feminist Theory, 3cr
This course will provide an introduction to feminist theory by exploring the ways in which gender has served historically to legitimate or marginalize forms of knowledge in Western cultures. Through the close reading of primary and secondary texts, students will view the emergence of feminist thinking in terms of the view of women as subjects and objects of knowledge. Students will explore questions of how gender interacts with other social categories such as race, how such distinctions as mind/body and thought/emotion are used to delegitimize knowledge that is associated with women and how gendered views of knowledge and power are constructed in multiple cultures.
LIB-640656, Topics in Political Psychology, 3cr
Political psychology is about applying psychology to the understanding of political behavior. We can think of behavior as arising from both who the person is and what the circumstances are. One topic we will focus on is personality differences between liberals and conservatives. (Are the stereotypes true, that conservatives are rigid and liberals are wishy-washy, or that conservatives are tough-minded and liberals are tender-minded?) The other topic focuses on socioeconomic circumstances that matter for politics and policy: namely, money, power, social class and income inequality. What ties these two topics together? One issue that distinguishes liberals and conservatives is their attitude toward inequality.
LIB-640657, The Socially Constructed Body, 3cr
This course explores our embodied experience and the ways that culture mediates the way we think about, represent, experience and use the human body. Our bodies and how we experience them are shaped by cultural norms, but the body is also a vehicle for self-expression, which implies innovative use of the body to create individual meaning. Students will develop conceptual tools to analyze the shifting relationships between individual agency and cultural construction and the multiple meanings of bodies in culture.
CAED-611003, Principles of Community and Economic Development, 3cr
This course will incorporate the subjects of two distinct, yet related, bodies of literature. One addresses community development and the other, economic development. The course will highlight the importance of linking these two concepts in a model that integrates the economic development of a community with the development of social capital and community capacity and functioning. Students will examine theoretical concepts in these two domains, as well as real-world economic development models that attempt to move beyond the traditional factors of production and examine ways in which real communities have tried to produce positive economic outcomes through community development.
PAF-611008, Population, Land Use and Municipal Finance, 3cr
In this course, students examine the dynamic relationships between the population in a particular community; the type and spatial distribution of individual, business and community activity; and the way that the community finances its activities. Any change in one of these elements will inevitably change the others and, from an economic planning perspective, each must be considered in contemplation of the other elements. Students will consider basic concepts related to each element (gathering and interpreting demographic information; the fiscal and social impact of land use and land use changes; municipal finance concepts such as the impact of taxation, equity in taxation and tax shifting). Finally, students will complete an integrative project dealing with the development of a comprehensive community plan. Prerequisite: Must complete POL-611009 Macroeconomics for Public Policy
POL-611001, Public Policy Analysis, 3cr
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the methods and techniques of analyzing, developing and evaluating public policies and programs. Emphasis will be given to benefit-cost and cost-effectiveness analysis and concepts of economic efficiency, equity and distribution. Methods will include problem solving, decision making and case studies. Examples will come from human resource, environmental and regulatory policy.
POL-611500, Policy Process: CAED, 3cr
This course provides students with an understanding of the process through which governments develop policies that attempt to address perceived social and economic problems, sometimes for the better, but sometimes for the worse. Students will first be introduced to the fundamental public policy concepts and models of governance within the constitutional framework of the U.S. The emphasis will be on the crucial role that federalism plays in the process. Students will then concentrate on the actors/institutions involved in the process at the state and local levels, especially the increasing role of the county in social services and economic development. Participants will be given an opportunity to develop a policy proposal designed to ameliorate the socio-economic conditions of their localities and a strategy to have the proposal implemented.
POL-623000, Veteran Services and Public Policy, 3cr
This course provides a holistic overview of the policy framework within which federal, state, community-based and other veteran services are offered. Following an exploration of the figure of the warrior in society and culture, students will examine the evolution of public policy concerning veterans, critique current gaps and problems in the system and develop an understanding of how policy frameworks and service-delivery interface. The course includes an historical perspective on veterans’ issues and public policy, as well as addressing the need for continued advocacy regarding new policies, benefits and technologies. This course is required for the veterans services advanced certificate program.
POL-623001, Veteran Outreach, Services and Advocacy, 3cr
This course provides grounding in the psychosocial landscape within which veteran services are offered and puts veteran services within the broad context of the experience of war and the challenge of coming home. It identifies the challenges facing returning veterans, including reintegrating into the community, reconnecting with family, reorienting to the less structured character of civilian life and, in some cases, adjusting to life with a disability. Special attention is also paid to the family system and the challenges facing the families of veterans, the effects of multiple and extended deployments, specific issues facing women veterans, generational differences among veterans and veterans as they age. Finally, the course identifies strategies for reaching out to veterans, explores existing models for such outreach and service delivery and addresses the question of how to advocate for veterans across multiple communities and multiple political and social perspectives. This course is required for the veterans services advanced certificate program.
POL-623002, Veteran Programs and Benefits, 3cr
This course provides students with broad knowledge of specific veteran benefits and programs, including health care, education, employment, criminal justice and housing. Topics include needs assessment, the mesh of services and service providers and case- and claims- management, review and appeal. Students will practice identifying the benefits available to specific veterans and groups of veterans, explore issues concerning access and eligibility and consider both the functional and the challenging aspects of the system of benefits. Following a broad overview of these topics, students have the opportunity to do further work on a topic of particular interest. This course is required for the veterans services advanced certificate program.
POL-623004, Military and Veteran Culture: Developing Cultural Competency, 3cr
This course is highly recommended for students, such as social workers, with prior background and/or training in human services, but with no previous experience working with military or veteran populations. Topics include the reasons for enlisting in the military, the effects of military training, formal and informal military structures, military hierarchy, military terminology, active-duty military and veterans in work and educational environments and the effects of military service on later life. This course is required for the veterans services advanced certificate program.
RAM-611002, Research Methods, 3cr
Research in the public sector serves to inform new policies and evaluate existing ones. Conducting meaningful research is truly a process. This course will provide a framework for initiating, developing and implementing research methodologies to answer context-appropriate policy questions. The course will focus on the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative analysis and the elements of research design necessary to conduct policy-relevant public sector research. Quantitative and qualitative research approaches will be examined through the lenses of formulating a research question, research design, identification of key variables, establishing appropriate measurement devices and carrying out appropriate methods of data collection. The course will also discuss research ethics and help students identify and comply with ethical concerns in conducting research with human subjects.
SOC-620513, Race, Class and Gender in US Public Policy, 3cr
This course is designed to develop understanding of the implications of race, class and gender for U.S. public policy. We will consider both social structural and cultural dimensions of this question and examine a range of policy areas from domestic policy and civil rights to international affairs and foreign policy.
SOC-620515, Advocacy for Mentally Disabled, 3cr
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the theoretical and practical tools required for the provision of advocacy services for mentally disabled populations residing within mental health facilities in New York state, as well as for the provision of advocacy services for those mentally disabled populations residing in the community. Students will be introduced to general information regarding the legal rights and entitlements due mentally disabled persons in New York state. Students also will become familiar with information regarding advocacy groups that provide community-based support for this population. Students will read legal cases, statutes, regulations and mental health policy. Students will receive a packet of course readings, which will be sent to students by the instructor. There are also two required books for this course.
SOC-620518, Advocacy in State and Community-level Government, 3cr
The emphasis of this course is on knowledge and skills required for effective advocacy in state and community-level government. Students will focus on learning activities that promote efficiency in individual and organizational advocacy for social change and meeting the needs of marginalized populations. The course will consist of a mini-study in state and local community government; case studies in community advocacy and experience-based learning through participation as a volunteer or intern in a service learning project in a community organization. This is a required course in the community advocacy advanced certificate.
SOC-620532, Domestic Violence and Abuse, 3cr
While most people associate the term "domestic violence" with spouse abuse and battered women, this course will examine this disturbing social problem in all of its forms: spouse abuse, child abuse, elder abuse and the newly recognized area of human trafficking that may involve abuse of persons who work in domestic households. Readings and assignments will emphasize current research that examines various forms of violence and policies to address them. This course is appropriate for students interested in criminal justice, social services and health care.
SOC-620565, Public Policy Analysis, 3cr
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the methods and techniques of analyzing, developing and evaluating public policies and programs. Emphasis will be given to benefit-cost and cost-effectiveness analysis and concepts of economic efficiency, equity and distribution. Methods will include problem solving, decision making and case studies. Examples will come from human resource, environmental and regulatory policy.
SOC-620569, Advocacy for Children, 3cr
Over time, children have gained many legal rights in this country. This course will introduce the student to an overview of these various rights and of the many legal, sociological, psychological and political issues involved in their development. In addition to an overview of these fundamental legal rights, students will become familiar with the basics of the court system and the statutes and judicial decisions affecting children's rights today. Some specific topics to be explored in this course are neglect and abuse of children; the legal, ethical and sociological effects of prenatal maternal substance abuse; and children's right to the effective assistance of counsel. This is a required course in the child and family advocacy advanced certificate.
SOC-620573, Current Social Issues in Child Advocacy, 3cr
In this course, students will examine contemporary evolving issues that affect children and families. The purpose of this course will be to present students with an advanced examination of local, national and international challenges faced by youth and their families, and to further provide the tools for advocacy services. Topics to be explored include: 1. criminal responsibility and the age of reason for juveniles and current trends and best practices in juvenile justice reform, 2. a) issues and controversies in the provision of mental health services for youth or b) international children's advocacy, and 3. the challenges of poverty and other social stress factors on the functioning of the family domestically and internationally. These topical areas will further provide students with legal, political and general theoretical information to understand the most current challenges facing youth and families today. Topics in this course will change and develop to respond to evolving topics of the day for these populations.
SOC-620604, Family Policy, 3cr
In this elective, students examine the institution of family through the lens of cultural values and as an area for policy decisions. Topics raised in the course consider how the family unit has evolved over time; the cultural values that shape not only how family is viewed, but also how that view shapes policy decisions that affect the family; and the impact that these policy decisions have upon both families and the larger society. Students who previously enrolled in Cultural Values and Social Institutions should not take this course, as the content is essentially similar.
SOC-620625, Disability Issues, 3cr
This course will examine many of the issues related to disability. It will consider the historical perspective on the civil rights movement for people with disabilities with comparisons to the civil rights movement for racial equality and other movements for inclusion based on gender, sexual preference, religious tolerance and age. Social policy toward people with disabilities will be considered through both a historical perspective and a contemporary assessment of legislation related to people with disabilities. The students will consider what it is to be disabled in America and other contemporary societies. Trends to be discussed will include the impact of technology on people with disabilities and the future of people with disabilities and their role in the diversity movement.
SOC-620633, Community Organizing, 3cr
Effective civic engagement often challenges us to work with others at the grassroots level to meet a wide variety of human needs. This online course uses a simulation model to enable students to experience community organizing first hand. By the end of the course, students will be able to apply key political science and sociological theories to community organizing, use qualitative and quantitative research techniques to discern community needs, work with community volunteers to make important decisions and take the necessary steps to initiate community building. The class will work with real situations in real communities.
SOC-620636, Justice: Policy and Administration, 3cr
In this course students will explore the policies and practices of courts and the judicial branch of American federal and state government to ensure fairness and equality in the administration of justice and will consider methods used in court systems to deliver justice in an efficient, effective, neutral and accountable manner.
SOC-622510, Health Care Policy, 3cr
This course will explore issues related to three important components of health care policy: access to health services, cost and ensuring quality in health services. We will primarily examine public-sector initiatives in these areas, but also will consider activities within the private sector that impinge on these three components. State and federal level activities will be investigated and analyzed. We will examine U.S. policy within an international context. An important focus in the course will be the interrelatedness of these three components; policy initiatives aimed at any one of these three will likely impact the other two. We will consider the logic for government’s role in the health care marketplace. This will include examining a range of arguments in support of and against government’s involvement in the health sector including economic efficiency, distributional and fairness issues, and political.
SOC-622535, Human Services Policy, 3cr
In this course, students will examine how social policy influences, and is influenced by, how human service functions, service populations, outcomes and resources are publicly and privately defined, identified, secured and measured. Students will examine the interactional effects of social policy and human services at organizational and professional levels. For example, at the community level, local funding agencies such as United Way often act as gatekeepers controlling community resources. At the organizational level, this might be expressed as a conflict between the stated mission of an organization and actual practices necessitated by the requirements of its funding sources. An example at the professional level is the socialization of human service workers which often includes membership in professional associations. These associations serve as interpreters of state-of-the-art practices and attitudes and lobby for their expression in social policy, law and regulation. By semester's end, students should be capable of effectively analyzing or deconstructing any human services agency or concept in current social policy.