Tentative Course List
The following is the tentative list of courses open to nonmatriculated and undergraduate students as of Oct. 18. Nonmatriculated and undergraduate students may not enroll in independent studies. The available courses are grouped in the following five general areas:
ECO-651601, Economics of Strategy, 3cr
This course builds on a basic understanding of microeconomics and managerial economics to investigate and analyze a number of important issues related to firms, markets and competition. The topics examined include the boundaries of the firm; market structure and how it affects competition among firms; strategic interaction among firms such as entry, pricing, investment and exit; and competitive advantage. Students will study and consider these topics using a combination of economic analysis, game theory and case study analysis. Through this course, students will gain a better understanding of competition in markets and how firm behavior and market structure interact to influence the economic performance of firms.
FIN-650607, International Finance, 3cr
The learning objective of this course aims at having students develop an understanding that, with the world having become a global village, the essence of global corporate financial management is producing where it is most cost-effective, selling where it is most profitable and sourcing capital where it is cheapest, without having to worry about national boundaries. Towards achieving this, the framework for this course emphasizes learning international financial management tools and techniques designed to maximize shareholder wealth over time. The course will help students analyze the foreign exchange market with respect to purchasing power and interest rate parity conditions, foreign currency derivatives, risk management and hedging involving operating, transaction, translation exposure management and multinational capital budgeting and portfolio diversification.
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 analyses 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 and simulations, to regression analysis methods, with a strong emphasis on their application.
FIN-651648, Financial Analysis and Control, 3cr
This course provides students the necessary management control tools to make far more persuasive business proposals, business cases and strategic recommendations. A particular focus is on learning to use financial information to support strategic decisions and improve operating results. This includes: how to use financial analysis concepts and methods to help prepare business cases or funds approval requests; how to use decision models for key issues such as adding or dropping business lines, make-or-buy decisions, accepting special orders, constrained resource utilization, sell or process further; capital planning and capital asset selection: how to make the right capital investment decisions; preparing financial plans and budgets; and principles that can be used to create accurate budgets.
FIN-651699, Financial Management: Practices and Strategies, 3cr
The learning objective of this course is to build on the foundations of the prerequisite Accounting and Finance course and to integrate the best practices and strategies in the world of corporate finance. Through the analytical use of financial case studies, this course seeks to develop a deeper understanding among students by engaging them with the application of financial models to real-world problems. The pertinent financial topics will include long-term investment and financing decisions, leveraged and optimal capital structure decisions, dividend policy and working capital management, as well as some advanced topics, such as initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, firm valuation and risk management and hedging. Students' grasp and learning will be enhanced through a structured financial analysis of business cases, involving problem identification, scanning the business environment and selection of a financially optimal solution among available options, inculcating vital skills towards professional performance and future career development. Prerequisites for this course are Accounting and Finance, Quantitative Methods in Finance and Investment Analysis.
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.
HCM-651659, Strategic Corporate Connunication and Inter-professional Collaboration, 3cr
This course integrates concepts from health care policy, management practice, leadership and organizational processes. Implications for inter-professional health care are examined and strategies for achieving cross-functional synergy and a collaborative health care environment through effective communication practice are emphasized. The broad landscape of stakeholders in the health care industry is defined and analyzed and concepts relating to effective management of change and communication with stakeholders are explored.
MGT-650601, Dynamics of International Business, 3cr
The main focus of this course is the investigation of the global environment and its impact on international strategy development and implementation. The course includes consideration of ethical issues, impact of technological innovation, forming alliances and the shrinking of world markets.
MGT-650606, Strategic Corporate Communication, 3cr
This course covers communication systems required to help support the mission and goals of the organization. Broader topics cover how managers communicate, communicating corporate culture, effective feedback systems and communicating change across the organization. Within these topics, specific issues, such as how well the formal systems of communication work, directions of organizational communication, type and effectiveness of communication networks, assessment of and methods for overcoming communication breakdowns and ethical dilemmas in managing through communication, are also covered. Students also learn to use audit tools and methods to improve management communication practices.
MGT-650611, Strategic Human Resource Management, 3cr
The role of human resources in organizations today is one of strategic business partner and change agent in which HR members participate in developing the strategic direction for the human capital of the organization. Emphasis is placed on the way in which the global economy, technology, and business activities, such as joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions, impact traditional human resource activity, such as recruitment and selection, employee training and development, performance management and career development. Topics covered in this course include developing HR strategy, measuring HR outcomes, applying Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS), exploring the role of HR in downsizing and mergers and acquisitions, examining the role of HR in the global environment and examining HR challenges associated with technology-intensive organizations.
MGT-650617, Global E-Commerce Strategies, 3cr
This course provides the conceptual foundation for e-commerce and e-business. The course focuses on analyzing e-commerce, digital markets and e-business firms using principles and theory from the fields of economics, marketing, finance, philosophy and information systems; multiple opportunities for application are provided. In addition to concepts from economics and marketing, the course examines transaction costs, network externalities, perfect digital markets, segmentation strategies, price dispersion, targeting and positioning. The course also addresses literature on ethics and society, focusing on concepts such as intellectual property, privacy, information rights and rights management, governance, public health and welfare.
MGT-650618, Strategic Cost Analysis, 3cr
This course focuses on the analysis and reporting of resources costs and resource consumption explicitly directed at strategic management. The key elements to be studied are cost structure, value chain analysis, strategic cost management and cost-driver analysis in support of strategic and operational decisions.
MGT-651557, Consumer Behavior, A Global Marketing Perspective, 3cr
This course will focus on the advanced study of the buying behavior of customers in the consumer market. Drawing on previous studies of the role of consumer behavior on marketing strategies, the student will identify the effect on strategy and policy based on the buying process of various market segments. Further in-depth analysis of both internal and external influences on the buying process will be applied to changes in strategy and outcomes in the global market environment. Emphasis will be placed on cultural variations in consumer behavior, changing demographics, the impact of reference groups and prior customer attitudes and learning on the buying process. Case Study Method will be used to apply these concepts to strategy development and subsequent marketing programs. Ethical and legal implications on strategy and policy will also be emphasized in these case studies.
MGT-651602, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, 3cr
The purpose of this course is to study theories in ethics 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. This course 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 health 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-651615, Business Sustainability, 3cr
The overall purpose of this course is to examine issues of business sustainability - the long-term, overall impact of a company’s actions on the environment. This course will explore the concept of business sustainability and how to evaluate how it is being pro-actively integrated into core business systems and strategies. The aim of this study is to better prepare managers to deal with this strategic issue. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate the state of environmental practice in their functional areas of expertise, e.g., marketing, finance, accounting and operations and examine the complex environmental issues facing leaders in today’s global marketplace.
MGT-651617, Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 3cr
Strategic planning and management are increasingly essential in a world of rapid change and complexity, relentless competition for funding and increasing demands for accountability. In Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, students explore the process by which organizations gain competitive advantage and optimal long-term performance in such an environment. This process is rooted in the organization's mission and values, is dynamic and changes with changing circumstances, integrates plans and actions and leverages strengths and resources to take advantage of the organization's opportunities.
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 needed to analyze issues in business and look at the morality of economic systems in the world and the U.S. 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-651626, Change Management, 3cr
This course is designed to help students apply change management concepts and tools in global business environments. Students will investigate, analyze and evaluate case situations and practical applications using conceptual models and relevant theories. Also included are diagnostic tools and intervention models for individuals, groups and large systems. Focusing always on the most effective pragmatic approaches to managing change, specific topics that will be addressed are: transition management, downsizing and realignment of structures, strategic leadership, global structures, and continuous learning.
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 also look at contract law and the UCC (Uniform Commercial Code0, 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 increasingly 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 Advanced Certificate in Health Care Management.
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 (general agreements on tariffs and trade) 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-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 Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management.
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-651641, Crisis Management and Communication, 3cr
This course is designed to teach graduate students how to save their brand when disaster strikes. Perhaps a plane crashes, an oil tanker runs aground, the local office burns, or the ground beef makes customers ill. Can you get a grip on the situation and perhaps turn it around amid a media firestorm, as Jet Blue did after stranding customers on parked planes for 9 hours? Students learn the necessary close interaction between management and communication project teams before, during and after a major disaster to identify key processes, best practices and stakeholder strategies that can reduce risk by anticipating and dealing with cataclysmic events in the marketplace. The timely expression of corporate values amid transparency to vital stakeholders can turn a life or death situation into a shining example of corporate leadership, or simply lead to deep failure.
MGT-651642, International Accounting, 3cr
In this course, students learn to use tools that professionals need today for a better accommodation into the world in which they pursue their careers, a world essentially dominated by global business and cross-border investing. These tools should enable them to achieve a better understanding of internal and external financial communications. In order to achieve this purpose, the course introduces students to the international dimensions of accounting, financial reporting and financial control. More specifically, it discusses various comparative accounting systems and international accounting convergence, then expands to the notions related to corporate governance, international auditing and reporting and disclosure practices spanning both developed and emerging-market countries.
MGT-651643, Economics for Global Managers, 3cr
Economics for Global Managers examines forces that shape international trade and economic relations between countries in the age of technology and globalization. We will explore why countries trade, why they restrict trade through tariffs and regulations and whether trade policies can foster growth and development. We will discuss institutions governing trade and examine trends in regional economic integration, including NAFTA and EU. Our emphasis will be on applying the tools and theories of economics in the analysis of current economic issues and events.
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 set up of a project schedule, how to allocate resources using MS Project and communicate project information using electronic and e-collaborative tools.
Prerequisite or co-requisite: Management Information Systems or by permission of instructor (POI).
Course materials fee: Graduate Studies is pleased to be able to provide affordable, temporary licenses of the required software (MS Project) for this course for a $12 materials fee, which will be charged at the time of registration.
MGT-651650, Managerial Perspectives of Project Management, 3cr
A true understanding of project management comes not only from knowing all project management knowledge areas and all process groups, nor how to partner with contractors, stakeholders or users, but from understanding how different elements of project-management systems interact to determine the fortune of the project. Project management success is established upon mastering the technical, socio-cultural and leadership dimensions of project management. The course learning activities are about the impact of project management on organizational strategy and decision-making practice; advancement in corporate operations and global competition; and improvement of products and services. The course critically addresses these project success issues and intertwines all nine project management knowledge areas: project integration; scope; time; cost; quality; human resource; communications; risk and procurement management; and all five process groups: initiating; planning; executing; controlling; and closing. The course exposes and addresses the major aspects and issues of the managerial project management process and provides a theoretical foundation and practical solutions to these increasing challenges.
Prerequisite: Management Information Systems or by permission of instructor (POI). This course is required for the Project Management advanced certificate program.
Course materials fee: Graduate Studies is pleased to be able to provide affordable, temporary licenses of the required software (MS Project) for this course for a $12 fee, which will be charged at the time of registration.
MGT-651651, Strategy and Tactics in Project Management, 3cr
Although project managers can be successful as individuals, organizations will be much more successful in all their projects if they create a systemic, strategic approach to project management companywide. This course integrates the concepts and processes discussed in earlier courses by relating them to evaluating and implementing multiple projects within the framework of portfolio management, project management offices (PMOs), virtual project management and project monitoring and assessment (Lean and Six Sigma). Students will also learn more about the human side of project management, including team building, managing virtual teams and developing and implementing effective project communications. They will do this by completing a variety of individual assignments, class discussions and a final capstone project.
Prerequisites: Management Information Systems, Tools and Processes in Project Management and Managerial Perspectives of Project Management. This course is required for the Project Management advanced certificate program.
Course materials fee: Graduate Studies is pleased to be able to provide affordable, temporary licenses of the required software (MS Project) for this course for a $12 fee which will be charged at the time of registration.
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.
MGT-651701, Strategic Application of Innovation and Planning, 3cr
This course covers the critical skills for strategic leadership, strategy development, including environmental scanning, competitive assessment, entrepreneurial vision and communication and management of human capital. Essential management skills, such as leading innovation teams and building communication strategies from a stakeholder perspective to facilitate the process of technology transfer and strategic planning, will be examined. Assessment of learning outcomes will be through online discussions, an integrative group project that will include the development of a strategic plan for entrepreneurship and assignments identifying the characteristics of a learning organization.
MGT-653500, Healthcare Marketing Services, 3cr
Health care managers must have an understanding of various marketing concepts and tools to successfully accomplish organizational goals. Decisions involving marketing must be based on a manager’s ability to link marketing strategy to the organization's products, services and overall direction and work with managers throughout the organization in a highly coordinated manner. This course is designed to provide an understanding of the complex processes involved in marketing strategy. Through readings, lectures, discussions, projects and case analysis, students will learn fundamental principles of marketing planning and how to better utilize planning tools in their own organizations. We will review and analyze branding, consumer behavior, customer loyalty and marketing segmentation strategies involving the targeting of populations and aligning products and services to meet their needs. This course provides methods to evaluate marketing performance and productivity, analyze internal and external resources and perform a SWOT analysis; various models and methods for the promotion and positioning of health care services and products are presented. We will then focus on the importance of controlling and monitoring the strategic marketing process to ensure success. The course will also review the importance of marketing research and the analytical tools required to be successful. Students will also learn how to create a marketing plan.
MKT-650509, Governance and Trusteeship, 3cr
The governing board of a healthcare organization holds an extraordinary responsibility for establishing the organization’s strategic direction around stakeholder needs and organizing a management structure designed to execute the strategy and align it with the community’s healthcare needs. This course focuses on the purpose and key functions of a healthcare organization’s governing body, including: establish mission, purpose, vision, and core values; develop a management structure and selection of executive staff; authorize strategic goals and strategies; ensure functional effectiveness of clinical care and quality management systems; establish and implement systems to monitor and evaluate all facets of organizational performance; maintain fiduciary responsibility; evaluate and authorize financial and budget plans; ensure compliance with legal, ethical, and regulatory standards.
MKT-651635, International Marketing Strategies, 3cr
This course explores the different economic and social changes that have occurred during 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, in light of 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 Advanced Certificate in Global Brand Marketing.
MKT-651654, Strategic Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations, 3cr
This course examines marketing from the perspective of nonprofits and government agencies. It examines ethical issues, social responsibilities of marketing professionals and the impact of funding sources on program development, marketing strategies including pricing, legal and ethical issues, regulators, integrated marketing communications, multicultural research, sales and profiles of global managers. This course is required for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
ORG-651638, Women Leaders in Global Organizations, 3cr
Women Leaders in Global Organizations explores the fundamental issues about why women managers are not progressing to senior international management positions at the same rate as men. In the course, students examine the barriers that must be overcome in their organizations to be recruited, trained, selected and developed for consideration in international positions. Students explore the unique challenges and competencies needed by women managers in multinational corporations. The course will also focus on such issues as dual careers, cultural norms, home country management, expatriate development and standards for foreign assignments. Students will also be exposed to and investigate the career progression and success of women managers in various countries. This course will broaden students’ perspectives, emphasize management competencies in global organizations and validate student experiences.
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 socio-cultural 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. Students' 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-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 about 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-680107, Learning and Education in the Workplace, 3cr
The changing nature of work has created the need for lifelong learning in the workplace at all levels of the organization. Workforce development needs range across issues such as literacy, management development, the cultural diversity of the workplace, internationalism and the changes brought about by technological changes. Students explore learning at the workplace from several vantage points: human resource management, work satisfactions and personal development, and public policy, and economic competitiveness. The course also takes a critical historical view of the relationship between knowledge, power, and workplace organization. Following general readings and assignments in which a variety of perspectives are brought into dialogue, students have the opportunity to focus on the needs for education and training in their own workplace.
ADL-680108, The Experience of Adults in Higher Education, 3cr
The landscape of higher education is undergoing significant shifts, with adult students increasingly being hailed as the “new traditional” student demographic. Yet college administrators, faculty, and politicians often struggle to understand the unique needs of adult learners. In this course students will be introduced to the range of issues that adult learners face as they engage in higher education, including current theories and practice that support the success of adult learners. Students will also be asked to research a particular topic relevant to their own educational and/or professional interests.
ADL-680109, Philosophical Foundations of Adult Learning, 3cr
This course will reflect ways in which practitioners think about their practice as being part of a larger philosophy. Students will look at the six schools of philosophy and place them in a context of their own site of practice and reflect upon the origins and reasons behind the way they do things, meant to bring some clarity and purpose to their everyday activities. The six schools of philosophy are liberal, progressive, humanist, behaviorist, radical and analytical. Students will identify which aspects of their practice are situated in which schools and the implications and worldviews undergirding these schools. Philosophic issues in the field include the definition of adult education, the place of the needs and interests of adults, contrasting views of method and content, the concept and relevance of adult development, programs and objectives, the teaching learning process and education for social change.
ADL-680110, Learning Theory and Practice in Adult Education, 3cr
This course explores established and emergent theories about learning in greater depth. This will include analysis of learning theories and critiques and also applications of theory to practices in teaching or learner support services. This course will examine learning theory as applied in face to face or technology mediated environments.
ADL-680115, Activist Learning and Social Movements in Adult Education, 3cr
This course will explore the field's roots and relationship to social and emancipatory movements. The course will also examine the history and context that connects adult education to social justice movements. Finally, the course will unpack contemporary social movements and the important influences of popular education within those movements.
ADL-680120, Racialized Narrative and Adult Education, 3cr
This course will support students in exploring the relationship between critical race theory and adult education. The course will explore the historical development of CRT from Critical Legal Studies and move through to ways it is used in adult education. A key focus of this course is to understand CRT as a theoretical framework, to examine its utility and limitations (particularly in and for adult education) and consider its potential for student research and practice. In addition, we will examine the ways race and education have been constructed in the United States and interrogate questions of color-blindness. The course will examine educational inequalities as framed through this theory in the interest of building more just frameworks that uncover oppressive educational practices and philosophies.
EDU-660504, EdTPA Support, 1cr
This one-credit course is designed to provide students with review of edTPA expectations and procedures. Students of all content areas will study the language and terms of the assessment, the overall structure of it, gather and review helpful resources, and become familiarized with the specific focus priorities for their own content areas as well as the role of academic language as it pertains to each content area. Following preliminary information and discussion, there will be detailed study of the three task areas (Planning, Instruction, Assessment), including task expectations, process, and scoring rubrics. To be included will be focus on ways to be successful with the student commentaries required for each task. Although there will not be written assignments, the Pass/Fail course will have a checklist of participation requirements, including 2-3 required phone discussions throughout the semester.
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 15 hours in a middle or high school classroom (appropriate to the certification area) working with a certified special education teacher to explore the application of what they are studying to a classroom setting. Observation assignments integrate theoretical and research based concepts with classroom practice. Students present at least one lesson. This course is fully online.
EDU-660523, Educational Evaluation, 3cr
This course develops skills in evaluating both student learning and teaching effectiveness. The course emphasizes using 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. In order to complete the Assessment Plan, students must have access to a classroom to assess student learning.
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. This course is fully online.
EDU-661201, US Schools in Social Context, 3cr
This course critically examines the philosophical, historic, social and legal foundations of education, as well as contemporary structures, functions and issues in educational systems in the United States. The course provides additional historical context for the course "Understanding Diverse Learners." Topics include broad historical and social contexts within which American schools developed; present and historical relationships between schools and communities; diversity, equity, individuality and schooling; schooling and democracy/citizenship; social structures and cultures of schools; teachers as members of learning communities; computer use in schools; rights and responsibilities of education stakeholders; and contemporary debates and alternative visions of schooling. The culminating project for this course is an analysis and evaluation of community assets for a school or school district of the student’s choice.
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 also 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-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 using a lens that includes learning theory, best practices and instructional design frameworks to discover and exploit affordances of 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. This is a required course for the STEM Education and Emerging Technologies advanced certificate and the Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies advanced certificate.
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 in 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 Top Teaching and Learning Challenges Project. In the process, they will investigate various strategies for studying futures, including scenarios, prediction markets, the Delphi method, environmental scanning and crowdsourcing.
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-681104, Assessing Learning in Digital Environments, 3cr
Designing, developing and learning within digital environments presents new challenges to our understanding of knowledge and skills; to the assessment of learning; and to understanding what constitutes effective participation in such environments. Using both collaborative and independent work, within this course students will study the literature on digital environment evaluation and will seek to explore and define models of interactions and their assessment that can provide direction, support and insight to designers and instructors of digital environments. Upon studying the rich, diverse and novel ways in which humans can learn in these environments and the many emerging tools to assess learning, students will consider ways to value, document, capture, analyze and evaluate the complex formal and informal ways that learners are making meaning within technology-mediated learning and communications environments. This will include defining learning goals and objectives, designing plans to document and measure learning and describing alternative assessment methodologies to increase student access. Students will examine the ways that present systems (schools, game companies, Internet-based organizations, etc.) are monitoring and assessing learning, training and progress within their organizations, gathering insight into their own instructional development and assessment needs from these studies. Emphasis will be placed on students studying, designing and evaluating the emerging landscape of digital assessment and applying these understandings to their own instructional needs.
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? In summary, this course will challenge students to investigate the learning processes, practices and events associated with integrating and developing games and simulations.
EDU-681110, Evaluation, Assessment, and Data Driven Learning Design, 3cr
Due to shifting and emerging professional standards, educators and administrators will need to use tools that will better allow them to gauge the effectiveness of instruction at the student, course, program and institutional level. This often requires the use of data collection or mathematical models and measures to assess effectiveness and educational activities. This course will address the tools instructors and educational assessment professionals use to assess learning, processes for evaluating educational programs and resources to help make data-driven educational decisions with particular emphasis on technology-mediated learning environments and tools. This course will also provide an overview of the “big data”-driven field of learning analytics and how this may shape the field of educational assessment.
EDU-681112, Emerging Media and the Arts: Theory and Practice, 3cr
This course builds on experience in digital media, human interaction, interface design, learning design, performance theory and practice, or any creative process or expression medium. The course explores ways in which digital media alter the potential of human interaction, learning and performance, from virtual immersion, gaming, to stage design and collaborative improvisation. It draws on theories of communication and mutual engagement from performance studies, some psychology, educational theories and applies them to the analysis of interaction in varying contexts. A core intellectual concern is the nature of human engagement – in all its forms – and the use of technology as a means of enriching or enhancing it. The course has multiple strands. One is for arts students who wish to gain additional skills in computer mediated communication, interaction design, media and electronic arts and associated technologies. The other is for technically literate students who wish to be trained in performance theory and practice. The other is for the educator exploring the potential of learning in digital immersive technologies. The course draws upon multimedia systems and interaction design, performance theory and performance practice, learning theory and technology. Group and collaborative projects will use various software applications, with a focus on ISADORA programming and will typically involve the construction of a performance/learning environment. This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Emerging Media and Technology for the Arts.
EDU-681113, Assistive Technologies and Learning, 3cr
This course is an introduction to the study of assistive technology. Students will examine the use of assistive technology as it relates to education, communication, vocation, recreation and mobility for individuals with disabilities. Students will investigate types of assistive technologies, functional assessments, resources, ADA compliance, legal issues and school and workplace responsibilities. Students will discover the latest technologies to help individuals who struggle with communication, literacy and learning. The course will feature tools that improve and compensate for challenges relating to speaking, understanding, reading, writing and thinking and remembering, as well as an examination of strategies to help individuals become more organized and efficient. It will present an overview of the uses of technologies to help students explore specific resources they can use to enhance success in the classroom or workplace. The use of tablets and cloud-based products will be highlighted. Online resources and social networking tools are presented to enable students to learn about innovative products, as they become available. Students will culminate their learning by completing a research project demonstrating their understanding of assistive technology.
EDU-681114, Performance Theory, 3cr
This course begins from the premise that theory is practice and practice is theory. During the term students will critically think about performance, and make performance in their own contexts. This course engages performance as an object of study, a method of research, and a theoretical paradigm in a range of interdisciplinary contexts with a focus that returns to theatre and media studies. This course is structured in a way that allows students and faculty to connect with each other and the material through readings, discussions, and performance attendance/viewings and critique. We will examine an array of performance theorists, artists, artist/theorists, and theorist/artists in order to practice performance as a way of thinking about the complexities of the world(s) we live in.
EDU-681117, Innovation: Meeting the Challenges of Organization or Systems Integration, 3cr
The effective adoption and integration of technology innovations can be essential to the survival of organizations today, with the rise of global audiences and markets and with education and communication networks that extend well beyond the physical reach of an organization. However, the integration of technology innovations can be a challenge for both those who create the innovations and the organization or systems that could possibly benefit from the adoption of the innovation. In this course, students will study the general organizational and institutional considerations and constraints that may confront individuals who seek to bring innovation and change into a variety of organizations or systems. Then students explore the organizations or systems of their particular interest, reviewing relevant sociology, business and educational literature and conducting web-based and possibly interview-based investigations of how innovation has been integrated in these organizations. Insights gained will help students begin to plan ways to organize, disseminate, and present their project idea to organizations or system they have chosen.
EDU-681118, STEM Tools, Devices and Simulations: Measuring, Representing and Understanding the World, 3cr
From mercury thermometers, hospital clipboards, and slide rules to graphing calculators, spreadsheets, simulations, GPS devices, and beyond, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), healthcare professionals and educators have depended on these devices for application and problem-solving. The STEM professional must often use these devices to instruct or inform others. During this course, participants will explore and develop educationally sound ways to engage their learners or clients in applications relevant to their tools and devices. Participants will learn how to assess and evaluate whether their intended learners are understanding the concepts and phenomena represented by these devices. Basic and emerging technologies will be used throughout as a way to develop and deliver instruction and assessment to the participant’s intended audience. Participants will share their ongoing learning with other course members, enriching their learning through these relationships. Participants will be expected to have personal access to the tools, devices, or simulations that they will choose to study during this course. This is a required course of the STEM Education and Emerging Technologies advanced certificate.
EDU-681120, Digital Tools for Education and Training, 3cr
Educators and training professionals have access to an overwhelming number of technologies that offer powerful capabilities for creating high-quality digital learning tools. This course will examine and identify effective digital tools to impact participant engagement, meaning-making and improve learner outcomes for individuals with different backgrounds, learning styles, abilities and disabilities in widely varied learning contexts. The experience will be hands-on and might include areas such as improving presentations and instructional materials, simplifying record-keeping, performing data analysis and graphic presentation, creating digital stories, use of communications and presentation technology in the classroom or training environment. In addition, digital tools and strategies selected will be assessed in relation to their alignment with standards for teachers and trainers. The students will research, evaluate and analyze digital tools, Internet based applications, social media, mobile applications and other technologies that may be adopted for teaching and learning with diverse groups of learners in face-to-face, blended or online learning environments. In addition, students develop a theoretical framework for the adoption of digital tools for teaching and learning, establish a learning design framework for the development of learning activities using digital tools, consider accessibility and ethical issues in relation to the adoption of digital tools for teaching and develop learning content with digital tools that apply strategies of UDL (consideration of physical, cognitive, intellectual, and organizational barriers to learning) to create a learning environment effective for all learners. Students prepare independent projects and share research.
EDU-681122, Digital Identity and Virtual Communities, 3cr
We are increasingly engaged as actors within digital spaces governing critical aspects of our “physical” lives: our learning, labor, finances, legal transactions, confidential health records, social spheres and the locus of our participation in civil society. We interact within virtual communities, both local and global, many of which are regulated by private corporations rather than through democratic processes. These phenomena raise questions of agency, autonomy, ethical considerations, privacy, security and data protection. Students will examine what constitutes digital identity and virtual communities, and how they blur boundaries between private, public, and personal spheres. They will analyze issues related to digital identity management, such as engaging multiple representations of the self, the ethics and implications of being active in digital social media, and the establishment of telepresence. Readings and research for the course will include historical and current developments in regulatory environments, legislation and policies related to digital identity and virtual communities. Learning activities will include a phenomenological analysis of identity development in virtual worlds, immersive role play, a comparative analysis of two personal digital identities, participant/observation in a virtual community, “live” roundtable discussions in virtual worlds, and final project that may be creative, a case study, analytical, or research focused. Students will be expected to meet in real-time in virtual worlds such as Second Life.
LAB-630507, Sociology of Work: Human Resources, 3cr
The course will provide the student with an overview of some of the main topics associated with the social organization of work. We will begin by exploring the historical foundations of the contemporary workplace and draw on the theories of Karl Marx, Max Weber, Frederick Taylor and Harry Braverman, who will provide a conceptual understanding of workplace relations. In the second part of the study, we will look at the question of social class and how this structures one's opportunities in the workplace and outside it. We will also explore the question of the global economy, types of work and the routinization of work. In the third part of the course, we will then turn our attention to exploring contemporary research on the workplace as it affects family life, and think about the ways in which inequality is perpetuated through contemporary arrangements of paid and unpaid labor, as well as more generally, the question of balancing work and family life. A guiding question throughout the course will be to ask what is the impact of work on human relationships, and in particular, how forms of social inequality are produced and perpetuated in the workplace and how human relations are structured in these workplace settings.
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, environmental factors influencing public-sector bargaining, bargaining techniques and dispute resolution in the public sector. This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Public Sector Labor and Employment Policy.
LAB-630521, Current Developments in Collective Bargaining, 3cr
This course is designed to help students explore current trends in collective bargaining. Students will be encouraged to explore such issues as concession bargaining, changes in bargaining structure, new bargaining strategies and tactics and such new bargaining issues as two-tier wage systems, changes in work rules, job security, quality of work, technological change, women's concerns and safety and health.
LAB-630522, Globalization, 3cr
This is an elective course which studies 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, especially the current expansion of foreign investment within the United States.
LAB-630526, Readings in Labor and Policy, 3cr
This course will examine recent studies on labor and industrial relations and labor and policy. The student may choose his or her own readings in consultation with the mentor. Strongly recommended are Steven Fraser and Joshua Freeman, eds. "Audacious Democracy;" John Sweeney, "America Needs a Raise;" Ruth Milkman, "Farewell to the Factory;" Kate Bronfenbrenner, "Organizing to Win;" Michael Goldfield, "The Color of Politics;" Kim Moody, "Workers in a Lean World;" and Lester Thurow, "The Future of Capitalism."
LAB-630534, 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 the 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.
LAB-630536, Environment, Labor and the Community, 3cr
This course will explore the economic, political and social forces that influence the environmental policies of labor unions and community organizations. The student will study worker and community struggles for environmental quality, as well as corporate threats that make coalitions difficult. In a major research paper the student will develop an in-depth understanding of the environmental issue of his or her choice. Some possibilities for this project are environmental justice, toxic waste or lead contamination.
LAB-630539, Theories of the Labor Movement, 3cr
In this course we will examine a wide variety of theories that attempt to explain why labor unions have arisen, why they take the form they do, why they behave the way they do and what role they have under capitalism. We will consider such theorists as Karl Marx, V.I. Lenin, John Dunlop, Selig Perlman, Thorstein Veblen and Pope Leo XIII.
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 Advanced Certificate in Public Sector Labor and Employment Policy.
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.
LAB-630548, High Performance Workplace, 3cr
In this course we will first examine the form, structure, and connections of the high performance workplace and the roles of information technologies in and beyond the workplace. We will examine the possibilities and challenges which creates for workplace arrangements, communication, and labor-management participation. We will consider the importance of quality, value, core competencies and strategic planning with regard to a service-based economy. We will then consider the impact of these developments for employment relations by comparing and contrasting labor-management relations in different countries.
LAB-630568, Compensation, Motivation and Performance, 3cr
Compensation is one of the most important elements of the workplace. In this course, the subject of compensation is examined across a broad spectrum. The student will study new and innovative approaches linking compensation to organizational strategy and performance. Current theories, models and concepts are presented and analyzed in an effort to provide the basis for the development of an equitable and effective pay system. Key topics include motivation theory, job analysis and job evaluation, performance appraisal, legal bases for pay and internal and external pay equity.
LIB-640511, Community Performance, 3cr
To engage in this individualized graduate study, the learner should enter having identified a social, cultural, or community topic, issue, or stakeholder constituency’s point of view that she will explore through an embodied performance genre. Learners may enter with the intention of furthering their development and background in the literature from the perspective of organizers, writers/designers, or leaders/performers, whether in the performance disciplines of theater, dance, parades, demonstrations, live installations, or other genres. Each learner will first complete a combination of directed and self-directed reading selections and participate in discussions or written short commentaries on theory, concepts, and previous work in this area, building to two short essays and then developing a final study project. The project could be a proposal and method design, a realization, or a reflective or comparative commentary as a spectator, participant, or witness. The nature of a second essay and final project depends upon the particular interests, choices, and the competencies that the learner brings to the study. The course cannot be taken as a studio practicum only; critical writing is a required part of the learning activities.
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-640514, Gender, Race and Nation, 3cr
This course, which examines intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and the state, emphasizes a paradigm shift away from the hegemony of western liberal feminism to an exploration of indigenous transnational feminism. Students will read the work of such theorists as Anne McClintock, Jacqui Alexander and Chandra Talpade Mohanty to gain an understanding of the relationship between feminist theory and praxis, while engaging topics that include a critical assessment of the concept of “universal sisterhood” and the affects of globalization on women’s organizing.
LIB-640515, Cold War Culture, 3cr
In this course students will examine the period that brought America the utopian vision of Disneyland and the anxiety of the “duck and cover” campaign, the chaos of rock’n'roll and the conformity of Levittown. Exploring such paradoxes in the films, music, and literature of the late 1940s -the early 1960s allows students to gain an understanding of how such events as the nuclear arms race, the black freedom movement, and the development of a distinct youth culture shaped the lives of Cold War Americans and left a legacy still felt today.
LIB-640540, Psychology of Art, 3cr
In this course, 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 such focus areas 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-640548, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking: Graduate Understanding, 1cr
This course will assist students in strengthening their skills in reading critically and honing the critical thinking skills needed for effective graduate study in the recognition that virtually no formal training in reading occurs in a student's career after elementary school. Thus, the overall goal for this course involves the development of a systematic plan for reading and evaluating what is read and includes the following objectives: improve critical reading through improvement in analysis; improve understanding of the point of view; gain knowledge and comprehension of the language and concepts of critical thinking; and develop a systematic plan for analyzing a piece of writing at multiple levels of analysis (concept, article, book, discipline).
LIB-640554, Modern Gender and Sexuality Through Science Fiction Literature, 3cr
This course will examine current issues of gender and sexuality in the humanities (literature, philosophy, history, etc.) through the lens of science fiction and fantastic literature (SFF). By focusing on specific key issues and texts in feminist SFF literature, and using additional readings from history and philosophy to put the main texts in an appropriate context, the student will gain an understanding of the complexities of gender and sexuality in U.S. culture and society, achieve a deeper appreciation of the issues of representation in literature and develop the skills of analysis and interpretation.
LIB-640572, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3cr
Creative Nonfiction: Like journalism it traffics in reality, reporting, and facts; unlike journalism, it values honesty over objectivity. Another essential difference is that creative nonfiction writers may not find themselves directed by the requirements of argument, but struggling with metaphor, dialogue, point of view, and other elements of composition associated with poetry, fiction and drama to create and explore their experience. Where standard nonfiction likes explanation or exposition that focuses on concepts, ideas and facts, creative nonfiction uses story, imagery, quotations, descriptions and the personal voice of the engaged author to bring experience to the reader. The assignments are designed to help students learn to function like working writers: that is, as they compose their works, they are also studying other writers and specific sub-genres as well as familiarizing themselves with specific elements of nonfiction (literal vs. invented truth, voice, memory, composing processes, relationship to other genres).
LIB-640573, Studies in American Literature and Culture, 3cr
Individualized topics possible (within this topic area) include Modern American Literature, Women Writers, American Renaissance, Literature of New York, Literature and the American Dream, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Hawthorne and James, Self and Society, Love and Death in the Novel.
LIB-640574, Fiction Writing, 3cr
The goal of this course is to help students develop and expand their abilities as writers by looking at some of the essential elements of fiction in greater depth. This course is intended to provide advanced students of fiction with the opportunity to diversify, extend and deepen their work. Students in this study will focus on both the craft and process of creating a compelling story, using intuition, attention to detail and fiction writing techniques. Experimentation with language and writing techniques is encouraged.
LIB-640576, Women and Humor, 3cr
What is women’s humor? Why has humor by women been largely resisted or overlooked? This course will examine women’s use of humor as a form of social protest. In particular, we will look at the movement away from domestic humor of 19th-century writers like Fanny Fern and Francis Miriam Whitcher toward the use of satire by such 20th-century women of wit as Dorothy Parker, Mary McCarthy, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Alice Childress, Betty MacDonald, Jean Kerr and Erma Bombeck. Students will gain knowledge of theories of humor and satire, as well as an understanding of the changing role of women in America from the 1850s to the 1960s. This course satisfies one 3-credit elective requirement of the American Studies and the Women and Gender Studies advanced certificates.
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 with the goal of both gaining 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 then 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/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/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 study 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/she wishes to cover, why and how.
LIB-640582, British Women Writers, 3cr
This course will look at 19th and 20th-century British novels by and about women. How do women reconcile traditional social roles of wife and mother with their personal desires as women, as intellectuals, and as individuals? How do issues of class and gender affect women’s sense of identity and self-realization? We will explore themes of identity and difference, resistance and transformation, silence and voice, self-definition and social identity in works by Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, George Eliot, Mary Shelley, and Virginia Woolf. We will also consider the critical context of such theorists as Elaine Showalter, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Nina Baym, Annette Kolodny, Judith Butler, Nina Auerbach and Nancy Miller among others.
LIB-640583, American Women Writers, 3cr
This course will look at the emergence of women writers in late 19th- and 20th-century American literature and the conflicts confronting the figure of women in literature. How do women reconcile traditional social roles of wife and mother with their personal desires as women, as intellectuals and as individuals? How do women resolve issues of class, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity in the formation of identity? We will explore themes of identity and difference, resistance and transformation, silence and voice, self-definition and social identity in works by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Zora Neale Hurston, Maxine Hong Kingston, Sandra Cisneros, Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison. We will also consider the critical context of such theorists as Elaine Showalter, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Nina Baym, Annette Kolodny, Judith Butler, Nancy Miller, Hazel Carby and Barbara Smith, among others.
LIB-640584, Literature of New York, 3cr
This course will consider the literature of New York City and the Hudson River Valley in its historical, cultural, and sociological context. We will look at themes of regionalism, nature, industrialism, social class, race, gender, immigration, and identity in relation to the historical and cultural context of New York and to theories of urban studies, gender studies, and multiculturalism. Possible writers include Washington Irving, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Edith Wharton, Henry James, Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, Anzia Yezierska, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Audre Lorde, Diane di Prima, Don DeLillo, and Jay McInerney. Students are encouraged to visit related sights such as Irving’s Sunnyside estate in Tarrytown, Sugar Hill in Harlem, the garment district of the lower East side of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Museum of the City of New York, the Tenement Museum, or Ellis Island.
LIB-640590, American History, Culture and the Arts, 3cr
This course will examine US history since the Civil War through an investigation of US arts and culture. Students will read books and essays that link US history to specific aspects of US art and culture, as a way to examine the construction of American society. This course will explore the critical developments of urbanization, technology, political reform, and the expanding role of the United States internationally. Special attention will be given to issues of US identity and aspects of race, gender, and ethnicity, as Americans have embraced or reacted against the currents of modernism and modern social transformation. In addition to reading a selection of books and critical essays, students will watch films, listen to music, and view art, which will be available during meetings, online, or at local libraries and video stores. Learning Outcomes: demonstrate close/critical reading of the assigned academic literature analyze primary resources in the context of secondary sources make and support an argument related to the intersections of culture, art, and society in US history.
LIB-640591, Race and Gender in US History since the Civil War, 3cr
The intent of this course is to investigate the complex ways in which gender, race and national identity are articulated in U.S. culture and society and to examine how that has historically shaped the social movements that challenged the prevailing order. By focusing on the interaction of race and gender in American history since the Civil War and engaging a broad variety of primary and secondary sources, the student will achieve an understanding of the complexities of U.S. culture and social change and develop the skills of a practicing historian. Learning Outcomes: demonstrate close/critical reading of the assigned academic literature analyze primary resources in the context of secondary sources make and support an argument related to the intersections of race and gender in US history.
LIB-640592, American Modernism, 3cr
This course will examine the rise of modernism in American history with particular attention to issues of art and culture. The student will explore the critical developments of urbanization, technology, political reform, and the expanding role of the United States internationally. Special attention will be given to issues of American identity and aspects of race, gender, and ethnicity, as Americans embraced or reacted against the currents of modernism and modern social transformation. By focusing on specific key issues in American history in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and engaging a broad variety of primary and secondary sources, the student will gain an understanding of the complexities of US culture and society, achieve a deeper appreciation of art and culture, and develop the skills of a practicing historian. This course satisfies one 3-credit elective requirement of the American Studies advanced certificate.
LIB-640597, Diagnosing Desire: Gender and Medicine in US History, 3cr
From the 19th century on in the US, the profession of medicine has played an increasingly important role in naturalizing the social constructions of gender and sexuality. From the development of mid-19th-century gynecological surgeries and treatments to curb female sexual drives, which were perceived as socially dangerous, through the forced sterilizations of the eugenics movement, to the involuntary treatment of intersex infants in the present, medicine has had an important role in regulating gender and reinforcing social gender roles. At the same time, medicine has had potentially liberatory effects on social sexual restraints and provided a public arena to contest repressive social practices. From the development of birth control to the women's health movement, medicine has been used to reframe social debates on acceptable sexual beliefs and practices.
LIB-640600, Narrative in Human Experience, 3cr
This course will explore narrative in human experience, in which the perspective of “story” serves as a metaphor to examine human experience and behavior. It is an interdisciplinary perspective concerned with the process of meaning-making, a framework for conceptualizing identity and lived experience. The concept of self as a narrative construct is a holistic one: a self story is an interactive narrative, an intricate interweaving of individual and context (arising from the way people interpret the role they play in the stories they live and the way those stories either nourish or diminish them). A "self narrative" is only relevant in the context of the larger stories within which it lives and breathes; we are all born into stories that began long before we arrived and we become self within their borders: stories of culture and religion, of family and workplace, of politics and ideology. Objectives of this study are to become knowledgeable about the perspective of narrative in human experience and to explore possible applications of this perspective in various contexts (personal, academic, professional). The study may focus on human development and identity, aging, illness, or other aspects of human experience, depending on the student’s needs and interests.
LIB-640601, Narrative Counseling, 3cr
This course will explore narrative approaches to counseling, which view the self as a narrative shaped by society and therapy as a space in which to “re-story” the self. The “facts” and events that compose a life do not change, but meanings and perspectives can and do. The narrative perspective frames human experience and even the innermost sense of self as an internalized story; thus, counseling may be viewed as a process of story revision. This study will encompass an overview of historical, philosophical and ideological aspects of narrative and social constructionist perspectives and a focus on counseling practices that use narrative techniques. Objectives of this study are to become knowledgeable about the perspective of narrative counseling and to explore possible applications of this perspective in various contexts (personal, academic, professional). This course will be individualized to meet the student’s needs and interests.
LIB-640602, Narrative Research, 3cr
Telling stories (to self and others) is one of the ways that human beings organize their experience and sense of self. Narrative research is a qualitative approach, where stories are the primary research methodology. In some cases, stories are collected and then analyzed to produce data; in other cases, data is collected and stories are produced (oral history, biography). Often, life stories are the primary focus, but narrative research has also been used in organizational studies and educational inquiry, as well as ethnographic studies. Objectives of this course are to become knowledgeable about the perspective and methodology of narrative research and to explore applications of this perspective in various research contexts. This course will be individualized to meet the student’s needs and interests.
LIB-640606, Literary Theory, 3cr
Literary Theory will provide an overview of the major schools of thought used in contemporary literary criticism: Formalism, Structuralism, Psychoanalysis, Marxism, Post-Structuralism, Feminism, Queer Theory, and Critical Race Theory. Students will work together to review and apply each school to specific works of literature. They will then work on their own on the major course assignment, either a literature review or a research paper.
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 study, 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 study apply to our lives.
LIB-640625, Oral History: Theory and Methods, 3cr
Oral history is the process of interviewing people to record their memories of events that occurred in the past and to analyze the meaning and value of those memories. In one sense, an oral history interview is a primary document much like newspapers, photographs, or diaries. As with all documents, the oral historian must take care to critique the interview and put it in context with other data and documents. In another sense, the oral history is very different in that the oral historian and the interviewee are creating an historical document that did not exist before. This course is required for the Public History advanced certificate program.
LIB-640627, The Psychology of Everyday Life, 3cr
What are the psychological experiences of everyday lives that go unnoted in our busy worlds? In this course students will deepen their understanding of who we are and what we like, by analyzing everyday activities that seem too commonplace to offer insight into ourselves and our worlds. The guides for this analysis will be scholarly writings from psychology, sociology and design, beginning with the classics, i.e., Freud’s The Psychopathology of Everyday Life and Goffman’s The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, but focusing on the contemporary work of Don Norman on the psychology of everyday objects such as Turn Signals are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles.
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.
LIB-640629, Culture of the Jazz Age, 3cr
This course will look at the culture of America in the 1920s known as the “Jazz Age.” We will look at the emergence of what Gertrude Stein termed the “lost generation” writers after World War I, such as Ernest Hemingway, F.Scott Fitzgerald and T.S. Eliot; the flowering of African-American literature and culture known as the “Harlem Renaissance,” with such writers as Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen; and the artistic contributions of such jazz legends as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie and blues singers Bessie Smith, Josephine Baker and Billie Holiday.
LIB-640633, Studies in Ancient and Traditional Epics, 3cr
Epics, long poetic or prose poems, have formed part of the traditions of cultures from very early times up into the modern era. This course will focus on the early and traditional examples ranging from the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh from the 18th century BCE up to the Greco-Roman era in the first centuries CE, along with the possibility of exploring traditional epics from the Celtic, Norse, Indian and/or African worlds. The content of the course will involve both reading the epics themselves (in translation), as well as exploring the structure, purpose, literary composition and cultural aspects of the epics chosen for study. Among the theoretical concerns will be the epics’ intertextuality, audience and their fictionality, as well as their function within the culture and other narrative issues, such as orality. The student and the course instructor will consult and determine the exact content of the course in accordance with the goals and objectives for engaging in it. Student demonstrations of learning will be determined by mutual agreement with the course instructor. The student needs to contact the course instructor as soon as possible after registering; or, preferably, prior to registration.
LIB-640634, Archival Theory and Practice, 3cr
This course is required for the Certificate in Public History. This course 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. However, online exhibitions will be possible. This course is required for the Public History advanced certificate program.
LIB-640636, Public History Internship, 3cr
In line with recommendations of the National Council on Public History, the mission of the internships is: “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. No doubt this is due in part to the recent publication of the Red Book, a compendium of his work heretofore unavailable. But in addition, 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 study, 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 study, 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-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 will then examine procedures to analyze their data such as hypothesis testing, analysis of data, techniques for generalizing from samples to populations and finally pursue strategies for reporting their results.
LIB-640642, Studies in Traditional Folktales, 3cr
In this course, students will examine the history, meaning, and function of folktales, looking at them as cultural artifacts, as educational tools, as entertainment, and as cultural markers. They will consider various approaches to understanding and interpreting such tales such as feminist, structuralist, psychoanalytical, and more. The tales to be considered can range from ancient exemplars to traditional from indigenous cultures to those of modern cultures in Europe, Asia, India, etc., the choices to be determined by each student in consultation with the mentor. The study will involve gaining an understanding of oral transmission, as well as how such tales have been used in other materials. Students may want to consider how numerous traditional tales have been presented in forms other than their original narrative form such as in film, television, plays, novellas, novels, poetry, etc. Students may also wish to look at variants of one or more tales across cultures, place and time as part of the course. This course is appropriate for those interested in traditional societies, folklore and folklife, communication, early childhood, psychology/sociology, history of cultures, literature, education, and more. To design an appropriate course, the student should contact the course instructor at his/her earliest convenience.
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 in Africa. We will also 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, issues of 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-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.
LIB-640658, Fan/Celebrity Attitudes, Behaviors and Interactions: An Interdisciplinary Study of Media Effects, 3cr
This course will include current readings on the psychology of celebrity, the psychology of fandom and the prevailing literature in communication study and psychology/sociology on the subject of fan/celebrity interaction.
LIB-640659, Grounded Theory Methods for Qualitative Analysis, 3cr
Using the original writings of Glaser and Strauss, originators of grounded theory methods, this course gives theoretical background, as well as practical experience in the area of grounded theory qualitative methodology in the social sciences.
LIB-640660, Seminar in American Studies, 3cr
American Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that looks at the literature, history, art, religion, media, film, policy, face, and culture of the United States. Using critical and cultural theory, the field interrogates what it means to be an American and what it means to understand Americans and the Americas. In this course, we will consider the beginnings of the field of study known as American Studies, as well as several distinct literary and historical moments. Each unit will focus on a different vision of America (and American Studies). The course will also develop students graduate level reading, writing and analytic abilities and familiarize students with resources in the field. This is a required course of the American Studies advanced certificate.
LIB-640661, American Studies: Theories and Methods, 3cr
This course is designed to give the student an exposure to the history, theories, and methods of the changing and developing discipline of American Studies. American Studies has evolved to be a dynamic discipline engaging the multiplicity of American identities and the role of shifting global influences on American identity and national formation. In its theoretical approaches and methodological commitments, American Studies exists at the cutting edge of academic work. From its roots in the Myth-Symbol school, American Studies has gone on to embrace developments in literary and cultural theory and adapt them to it subject focus. Through a rich array of readings and engagement with primary sources, this course will help the student develop the skills and background of a practicing scholar in the field. This is a required course of the American Studies advanced certificate.
LIB-640663, Immigrant Literature, 3cr
This course will look at the development of immigrant literature in 20th-century America. We will consider themes of assimilation and identity, difference and otherness, ethnic, racial and gender identity and American national identity. We will consider various genres, including the novel, short story and memoir, and representative works from different ethnic groups, including Jewish, Irish, Italian, Asian, African, Latino and Dominican immigrants. Writers may include Anzia Yezierska, Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Frank McCourt and Toni Morrison.
LIB-640664, Women in Traditional Folktales, 3cr
While each interested student should consult with the mentor on this course, this study will allow students to explore the history, meaning and function of traditional folktales, from a variety of traditions, focusing particularly on the roles of females in these tales, an approach that necessarily also highlights the roles played by males. In addition to the feminist focus, students will also consider various approaches to understanding and interpreting these tales through anthropological, structuralist, psychoanalytical and other means. The tales to be considered can range from ancient exemplars to traditional from indigenous cultures to those of modern cultures in Europe, Asia, India, etc., the choices to be determined by each student in consultation with the mentor. The study will involve gaining an understanding of oral transmission, as well as how such tales have been used in other materials. Students may want to consider how numerous traditional tales have been presented in forms other than their original narrative form, such as in film, television, plays, novellas, novels, poetry, etc.. Students may also wish to look at variants of one or more tales across cultures, plac, and time as part of the study. This course is appropriate for those interested in traditional societies, folklore and folklife, communication, early childhood, psychology/sociology, history of cultures, literature, education and more. To design the course with the shape, form and content appropriate to the student’s interest, needs and program, the student is expected to contact the mentor at his/her earliest convenience.
LIB-640665, Women and Goddesses in the Traditions of the Ancient Middle East, 3cr
While each interested student should consult with the mentor on this course, essentially this study will allow the student to explore women and goddesses in the literature and mythology of the major ancient Middle Eastern civilizations: ancient Canaan, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt and ancient Israel. Where appropriate, certain Classical materials may be used. At the end of this study, the student will be able to discuss the essentials of the nature and function of mythology; understand how the different environments affect the content and shape of the myths from different cultures; and have gained an understanding of the differing roles of females, human and divine, in the narratives of these ancient cultures. To design the course with the shape, form and content appropriate to the student’s interest, needs and program, the student is expected to contact the mentor at his/her earliest convenience.
LIB-640666, Hebrew Bible in its Ancient Middle Eastern Context, 3cr
While each interested student should consult with the mentor on this course, essentially this study allow the student to explore the historical and cultural context of the Jewish Bible (the Christian Old Testament), looking at it in relation to literature from neighboring cultures. In addition, as desired, the student will have the option to pay special attention to the various women who are active (or not so active) in this rich set of texts. Readings will permit the student to gain a familiarity with the patriarchal narratives, the early history of the ancient Israelites within their context of the ancient Near East, the literature of the ancient Israelites such as the wisdom texts and various of the prophets in the context of similar materials from ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt, as well as other related ancient Middle Eastern cultures. At the conclusion of this study, the student will be able to discuss the Bible as part of a wider historical and cultural context; discuss some of the relationships of the biblical materials in relation to the literatures of neighboring cultures, notably ancient Egypt and ancient Mesopotamia; and will have gained an understanding of the influences of these contemporaneous cultures on the Israelite world. To design the course with the shape, form and content appropriate to the student’s interest, needs and program, the student is expected to contact the course instructor at his/her earliest convenience.
LIB-640667, Women in the Hebrew Bible, 3cr
While each interested student should consult with the mentor on this course, in essence this study will assist the student in gaining an in-depth understanding of the literature of the Jewish Bible (the Christian Old Testament), while paying particular attention to the various women who are active (or not so active) in this rich set of texts. Readings will permit the student to gain a familiarity with the patriarchal narratives, the early history of the ancient Israelites within their context of the ancient Near East and the literature of the ancient Israelites, such as the wisdom texts and various of the prophets. At the conclusion of this study, the student will be able to discuss the general overall purpose and history of the Hebrew Bible/Christian/Old Testament with an awareness of its diversity and various roles; the foundation narratives of the ancient Israelite people; at least three types of activities and roles women played in the Hebrew Bible; and at least one major narrative pattern present with women and its purpose within the Bible.
LIB-640671, American Art History, 3cr
In this course, we will consider the major works of American art, looking for common patterns and themes. Through examining paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and buildings, we will determine how artists of various time periods understood themselves as artists and as Americans.
LIB-640672, American Material Culture, 3cr
In this course, we will become acquainted with perspectives on material culture and with a theoretical and methodological repertoire. We will begin with common readings and media, followed by choices among such focus areas 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.
LIB-640675, Mesoamerica Culture: Aztec and Maya Civilizations, 3cr
This course will focus on the region known as Mesoamerica, a cultural zone that corresponds to the modern-day countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize. Drawing from ethnological, historical, and archaeological sources, the materials in this course will address the impacts of cultural exchange as seen through the eyes of both the colonizer and colonized. Specific emphasis will be placed on the material exchange(s), both archaeologically and historically, occurring between the inhabitants of Mesoamerica, pre- and post-European contact. Students will be introduced to the themes surrounding the development of all Mesoamerican cultures, but specific emphasis will be placed on Aztec and Maya civilizations and the issues that resulted from European contact and their conquest and settlement of native localities.
LIB-640678, African-American Literature, 3cr
This course looks at the growth of African-American literature from the slave narratives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe to the notion of "double consciousness" of W.E.B Du Bois to the "Harlem Renaissance" after Word War I with such figures as Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes to the development of African-American literature after World War II with the social protest fiction of Richard Wright and the aesthetic realism of Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin to the post-modern novel of Toni Morrison. We will consider themes of slavery, racial equality, gender identity, assimilation, otherness, class difference, silence and voice, and social protest.
LIB-640679, Native American and US Culture, 3cr
The course offers an examination of tribal sovereignty and environmental mores as seen through the divergent lens of Tribal and American cultures. Building on a post-colonial approach to Native American Studies, this course will address, define, and analyze the history of intergovernmental consultations, the complex interactions of non-Indian and Indian worldviews, and the various events and ongoing discussions shaping Indian Country today. As part of this course, students will examine Native American fiction, archaeological studies, ethnographies, documentary film, and other materials as a way to conceptualize American Indian and Native cultures.
LIB-640680, American Queer Sexualities: US History Since the Civil War, 3cr
This course is a historical and cultural examination of queer sexualities in US history and society. We will start in the late 19th century, when new patterns of industrial and urban life enabled new forms of community and sexual subcultures in the US, and continue through the 20th century and the rise of new organizations and sexual rights movements. This course will look at history, and approach literature and art as cultural artifacts and historical evidence in the model of scholars in the field of American Studies. This study is one of the possible electives in both the American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies certificates, and provides useful content for students interested in art, culture, or the history of the US in the 20th Century.
LIB-640683, Queer Stories: Preserving and Presenting, 3cr
This course will focus on the collection, preservation and presentation of queer life stories. This course will cover a number of issues in oral history and museum studies including oral history theory and methods (including ethics and regulations), museum display strategies with regard to design and installation, as well as issues of audience, and community development, Students will be involved in museum events and work toward a public presentation of their final projects. Students will have the opportunity to assist in curating and mounting an exhibit of queer stories at the Capital Pride Center in Albany. They will also undertake an oral history project of their choice involving queer stories. There will be opportunities for students to meet physically in Albany, and there will also be activities for students to engage with the issues from a distance.
LIB-640685, Race and Representation in US History, 3cr
This course is a historical and cultural examination of race and how it came to be codified and organized through cultural representation in U.S. culture, politics, and society. We will start in the 19th century with issues of cultural representation of African Americans through minstrelsy. We will move on to investigate representations of Asian Americans and Native Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries. We will end with the movement of immigrant groups toward mainstream white identity. This course will look at history, and approach literature and art as cultural artifacts and historical evidence in the model of scholars in the field of American Studies.
LIB-640686, Queer Nation: Sexuality, Gender, and the US State, 3cr
The student will read and respond to works that engage particularly the roles of sexuality and gender in the building of US national identity and state production. The student will respond to a number of historical texts and examine queer historical issues and controversies. The student will be expected to apply these historical lessons to a current sociopolitical issue such as marriage, health, adoption, or bathroom access. By focusing on the specific key issues of sexuality and gender in the rise of the modern US state since the Civil War and engaging a broad variety of primary and secondary sources, the student will achieve an understanding of the complexities of US culture and society and develop the skills of a practicing historian. Additionally, by applying history and queer theory to issues in the present, the student will gain an appreciation for the roles of sexuality and gender in current politics and policy.
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. Pre-req: 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-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 a historical perspective of 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 veterans' 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 gain practice in 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
This course involves the study of quantitative and qualitative research methodology for the social sciences. The goals of this course are: · to provide students with the analytic tools to critically evaluate social science research and causal arguments found in everyday life, and · to improve students’ abilities to pose and answer research questions on their own.
RAM-620591, 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, the 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-611006, Ethics and Community Leadership, 3cr
This course focuses on the relationship between ethics, public policy and business enterprise. It covers topics in ethics relevant to workforce development, industrial development, public land use for businesses, and public funding for private organizations. Specific topics include but are not limited to conflicts of interest, financial disclosure, public integrity, affirmative action, social responsibility of business, truth in advertising, financial disclosure form requirements, commissions on integrity, fairness in hiring practices, supervision and intra-office relationships, harassment, financial transparency, salary disclosure, corporate and public loyalty, the appearance of impropriety, and local and state business relationships. We will use both classical texts in business ethics as well as a collection of articles on integrity in the workforce. In addition we will review existing and proposed legislation on business-government relationships. This will include the actual legislation creating quasi-government agencies, financial disclosure laws, corporate ethical and legal requirements, and the NY State Commission on Public Integrity. Lastly, we examine actual and fictional case studies on these topics and discuss possible approaches to resolving potential ethical dilemmas.
SOC-620505, Aging and Public Policy, 3cr
This course examines social policy and the aged. Students examine the policy implications of gerontological theory and research from various schools of thought. Among specific policies considered are those related to employment and retirement, income maintenance, health insurance, health care, institutionalization and family support systems. Cross-cultural/national and historical variations in social policy are also considered. The study also considers the connections between agism, sexism and racism.
SOC-620511, Higher Education and Social Policy, 3cr
This course considers the challenges of social, political and economic policy issues in higher education. Primarily, it compares American higher education to education in other countries and fundamental issues such as autonomy and accountability, academic freedom and an overview of the emerging issues facing higher education in the new century. It also considers the transformation in emphasis of the use of federal student aid, from equal access to middle class affordability, through loans and tax credits in the contexts of American higher education and the complexities of the funding of higher education, as more states are reducing support of public education resulting in the privatization of public universities.
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-620540, Ethical Issues in Social Policy, 3cr
This course is designed to introduce students to the ethical principles underlying our social policies and social institutions. Students will read both classical and contemporary works in ethics and social policy and examine how these theoretical models are applied to specific, real-life problems. Students are encouraged to select specific topics of interest related to their own careers or educational goals. Students will locate and read additional texts appropriate to their area of interest.
SOC-620554, Citizen and State: Contemporary American Ideologies and Politics , 3cr
Citizen and State explores the political ideas that have affected and continue to affect American society, politics and public policy from the end of World War II to the present. The emphasis will be on the fundamental changes that have occurred in the way key social groups have come to view their relations to the state and the role that the state should play in their private and public lives. Through an examination of historical events, movements and leaders, students will explore the development of the deep social, cultural and ideological cleavages that have come to divide American society and politics and affect domestic and foreign policies. The emphasis will be on the post WWII evolution of liberalism and conservatism. This course is required for the Public Sector Labor and Employment Policy advanced certificate program.
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 on 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 resources, environmental and regulatory policy.
SOC-620568, Media and Public Policy, 3cr
This course will explore the connections between media and public policy in contemporary American society. The guiding assumption of this study is that the media are an important vehicle by which most Americans make sense of public policies and the politicians who enact these policies. How does the media influence the public about public policy and the way in which policies are created? In order to answer this question, the student will explore theories of the media and society and then focus in on specific areas of public policy, to understand how the media has been able to influence public opinion.
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-620572, Contemporary Issues in Public Personnel Management, 3cr
This course explores current and emerging personnel management issues in the public sector. This includes issues like the public-sector budget process, generational change, differences within the public-sector workforce and training and workforce development issues.
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 criminal responsibility and the age of reason for juveniles and current trends and best practices in juvenile justice reform; issues and controversies in the provision of mental health services for youth, or international children's advocacy; and 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-620601, Policy Implementation, 3cr
This course deals with what happens between policy formulation (through legislation, executive action, or organizational governance) and policy outcomes. Consistent with the program goals in Social and Public Policy, we particularly focus on policy implementation in service delivery. Beyond examining case studies on how policy is put into action in agency bureaucracies, we examine public demands for accountability, efficiency and effectiveness in front-line service delivery mechanisms. We similarly examine the service provider’s role in policy creation and execution.
SOC-620602, Qualitative Methods, 3cr
Students will participate in an online course designed to introduce them to the methods and ethical issues involved in qualitative research in social research. Students employ material from previous courses in research methods and ethics, as well as text and online readings and exercises in this course. Students conduct methodological exercises employing qualitative methods and participate in discussions on ethical issues in social research. In addition, students report on and discuss readings from examples of qualitative studies in social science.
SOC-620603, Quantitative Methods, 3cr
The overwhelming majority of studies that test hypotheses, empirically fit models, produce predictions, or estimate policy impacts are based upon some form of quantitative or statistical analysis. The goal of this course is to prepare students to analyze public policy issues using statistics. The course will provide a solid foundation in descriptive and inferential statistics and computer analysis of data, with an emphasis on practical application of statistical methods and interpretation of statistical results. The goal is to enable students to become competent producers of basic statistical research in the public sector. Students will learn how to identify research problems, define research questions and hypotheses, identify data collection methods, select appropriate statistical methods, conduct quantitative analyses of survey and other data using SPSS, provide interpretation of results of statistical analysis, write a research report, and present results of quantitative research.
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 affecting 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 firsthand. 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-620638, Corruption, Civil Society and Social Trust in the Contemporary World, 3cr
Over the past 20 years, scholars, policymakers and academics have devoted increasing attention to the study of corruption as an obstacle to development. Corruption is now thought of as a serious social ill having detrimental effects on economic prosperity, people’s perceived satisfaction with life, social trust, political legitimacy and economic equality. In addition, low quality of government is also a causal factor behind violent political conflicts, both inter- as well as intra-state, and this has also led to an increased interest in the negative effects of corruption on rebuilding post-conflict societies and establishing representative democracy. Since corruption tends to be a politically sensitive issue, the coded language has been to stress the importance of good governance. This course is aimed at conveying basic knowledge about the contemporary research on corruption, including causes, consequences, different forms/levels of corruption and the basic methods of measuring and fighting corruption. We will discuss social capital theories of corruption and devote considerable time to the question of corruption as it is viewed in the sociological literature on civil society, more specifically the relationship between culture, civil society and social trust. We will focus on change and investigate strategies for building social capital and civic trust to reduce corruption and improve governance and the quality of government institutions.
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.
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 services 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.