Tentative Course List

Spring 2017

The following is the tentative list of courses open to nonmatriculated and undergraduate students as of Nov. 21. Nonmatriculated and undergraduate students may not enroll in independent studies. The available courses are grouped in the following five general areas:


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-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.

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-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-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-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 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-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-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.


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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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. 

Liberal Studies

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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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.

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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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.


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