School for Graduate Studies

Tentative Course List

Summer 2015

The following is the tentative list of courses open to nonmatriculated and undergraduate students as of May 5. Nonmatriculated and undergraduate students may not enroll in independent studies. The available courses are grouped in the following five general areas:

Business

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-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.

MGT-611010, Leadership for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 3cr

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-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-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-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 Code], sales and product liability, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, bankruptcy, agency law, employment and labor law, antitrust law and securities regulations, consumer law, intellectual law and the prominent role they play for the entrepreneur. Lastly, this course will explore the legalities revolving around starting a business, the benefits of incorporating versus limited liability partnerships and/or sole proprietorship, as well as the 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-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-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 outcome of the project. Project management success is established upon mastering the technical, sociocultural 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 resources, 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 the instructor (POI). This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Project Management.

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.

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.

Education

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-680111, Issues in Comtemporary Higher Education, 3cr

This course explores the changing nature and function of higher-education institutions in a world where the majority of students are adult learners and, as high-school graduating classes shrink, where institutions will need to increasingly attract adult learners to maintain their enrollments. This course will also focus on critiques of contemporary higher education, as well as the changing demands on postsecondary graduates. The course will also explore the internal higher-education struggle between mission-driven versus market-driven.

ADL-680112, Adult Learners in the Community College, 3cr

This course explores the unique role of the community college in serving adult learners. Students examine these complex institutions, their role and contributions in the community and in serving adult learners. Students consider the resources required to serve the wide range of students who enroll in community college. The course will consider issues of administration, faculty, instruction and student services, including information technology support.

EDU-660512, Teaching Diverse Learners, 3cr

This course addresses diversity in contemporary schools, the ways children and families from various cultures are affected by and affect schools and the role of the teacher and the curriculum in creating an open and tolerant environment conducive to learning. Students understand how to adapt instruction to the needs of diverse learners. Topics include immigration, global issues and education; cultural, ethnic, racial and socioeconomic diversity; related behaviors, attitudes, family structures and expectations; community contexts of local schools; teaching, curriculum and diversity in the student’s certification area; and equity and cultural issues in computer use. Individuals registering for this course will do so by location. This course includes online work with some scheduled face-to-face meetings held at Empire State College  in western New York (Rochester or Buffalo), Syracuse, Latham, New York City (Manhattan) and the Hudson Valley (Hartsdale or Newburgh).

EDU-660529, Content Area Study, 3cr

A range of content area topics will be available to enable candidates to strengthen their content area background. While learning new content, students will develop lessons, teaching methods and materials for use with their own pupils. Students are encouraged to link their content across disciplines. This course is fully online.

EDU-661200, Foundations of Literacy, 3cr

This course will focus on psychological, sociological, linguistic, sociocultural and historical foundations of current literacy theory and practice. Theoretical perspectives include behavioral perspectives, semiotic and multiliteracies perspectives, cognitive perspectives, sociocultural perspectives and critical and feminist perspectives, among those that will inform the integration of literacy and technology as viewed in new literacy studies, as well as in the global marketplace. Policy related to issues of diversity and literacy, family literacy and poverty and its relation to development and literacy will be addressed as they relate to literacy and diversity. Quantitative and qualitative literacy research methodologies will be explored in order to conceptualize the power made possible by synergy across research methodologies. Students will research sociocultural-historical perspectives on literacy in order to understand the dominant role that cultural belief systems, social rules and conventions and professional opportunities have in the interconnected process of literacy learning.

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 an issue of their choice, 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-661206, Literacy and Literature, 3cr

This course examines ways in which literature, as the written, digital and visual representation of human experience, enhances our ability to make meaning of the processes and products of human thought, feelings and behavior. Characteristics of various genres are explored throughout the course. Ways in which literature opens a dialogue between writer, reader and responder are analyzed. Learning activities serve to expand the understanding of written expression through a survey of literature that uses the K-12 Common Core Standards as a framework. Students will be able to understand the ways in which different genres influence the reading and writing experience, and they will comprehend how K-12 students make meaning from text. Evaluation will encompass online discussions, written reflections, and projects designed to augment individual learning and professional objectives.

EDU-661206, Literacy and Literature, 3cr

This course examines ways in which literature, as the written, digital and visual representation of human experience, enhances our ability to make meaning of the processes and products of human thought, feelings and behavior. Characteristics of various genres are explored throughout the course. Ways in which literature opens a dialogue between writer, reader and responder are analyzed. Learning activities serve to expand the understanding of written expression through a survey of literature that uses the K-12 Common Core Standards as a framework. Students will be able to understand the ways in which different genres influence the reading and writing experience and will comprehend how K-12 students make meaning from text. Evaluation will encompass online discussions, written reflections and projects designed to augment individual learning and professional objectives.

EDU-661207, Understanding Diverse Learners, 3cr

This course addresses diversity in contemporary schools, the ways children and families from various cultures are affected by and affect schools and the role of the teacher and the curriculum in creating an open and diversity-affirming environment conducive to learning. Students gain understandings of how to adapt instruction to the needs of diverse learners. Topics include immigration, global issues and education; cultural, ethnic, racial and socioeconomic diversity; related behaviors, attitudes, family structures and expectations; community contexts of local schools; teaching, curriculum and diversity in the student’s certification area; and equity and cultural issues in computer use.

EDU-661511, Adolescent Development 7-12, 3cr

This course covers adolescent development as it relates to the 7-12 educational context. Topics that are covered include physical development, developmental learning theories, personal, social and emotional development, learner differences, social cognition, behaviorism, information processing, constructing and assessing understanding and creating positive classroom learning environments. Written assignments will integrate theoretical and research-based concepts with classroom practice.

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-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 an 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-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.

Labor

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-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-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-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.

Liberal Studies

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-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. This course is required for the Certificate in Public History

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-640654, Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies, 3cr

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender and identity from a cultural and sociohistorical perspective. We will look at women's and gender studies as an evolving field of study and explore the multiple voices that have shaped the conversation, past and present. Issues of gender equality, women’s suffrage, the women’s liberation movement, gender and work, concepts of family, gender and violence, health and reproductive rights, representations of the body, gender and sexuality, gender, race and ethnicity, global feminism and activism will be considered. Authors such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Margaret Fuller, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, Kate Millett, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, bell hooks, Angela Davis and Judith Butler will be examined. Attention will be paid to analysis of gender and sexuality in relation to race, ethnicity, class and national and transnational discourse. The student also will develop graduate-level research, writing and analytic abilities and become familiar with resources in the field of women’s and gender studies.

LIB-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.

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 patters, 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.

 

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. Prereq: Must complete POL-611009, Macroeconomics for Public 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 in 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.

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-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-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-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-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 service workers, which often includes membership in professional associations. These associations serve as interpreters of state-of-the-art practices and attitudes and lobby for their expression in social policy, law and regulation. By semester's end, students should be capable of effectively analyzing or deconstructing any human services agency or concept in current social policy.