Tentative Course List
The following is the TENTATIVE list of courses open to nonmatriculated and undergraduate students as of November 20. Nonmatriculated and undergraduate students may not enroll in individualized studies. The available courses are grouped in the following five general areas:
FIN-650607, International Financial Management, 3cr
The learning objective of this course aims at having the 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 on learning international financial management tools and techniques that are 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, and 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-650620, Global Financial Strategy, 3cr
Global financial strategies enhance business finance to operate in a global platform, make optimal investment decisions, perform valuation under financial distress, and to make value-added strategic decisions for the enterprise. Applications include large-scale investment projects, brand launches, venture capital investments, IPOs, mergers, diversi?cation decisions, R&D, expansion or resource allocation, and international joint ventures. As a capstone, the course will integrate skills required to make coherent decisions about interrelated strategic issues while designing a global financial strategy of MNEs and assessing proposals such as overseas subsidiary investment.This course is required for the certificate in Global Finance and Investment.
FIN-651599, Financial Management: Practices and Strategies, 3cr
This capstone course builds on the foundations developed earlier in the pre-requisite Financial Management course. It seeks to integrate the best practices and strategies in the world of Corporate Finance. Through critical analysis of financial case studies in this course, the students are expected to develop deeper understanding of best practices in financial management by engaging them with the real world application of financial models. The pertinent financial topics include, long-term investment and financing decisions, cost of capital and optimal capital structure decisions, dividend policy, and working capital management, as well as some advanced topics, which include initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and hedging, and firm valuation. Through structured analysis of financial case studies, the student's will improve their skills set in financial management, vital towards professional performance and future career development.
FIN-652511, Financial Management, 3cr
The course addresses three main areas. First, it focuses on how firms assess their performance over time and against an industry benchmark. In addition, it reviews ways of how companies are organized and deal within the financial markets. It also looks at the time value of money and examines the ways of identifying, assessing risk & return, and valuing the bonds and securities. Second, it studies firm's cost of capital, basis of capital budgeting, effects of cash flows and associated risks. Furthermore, it discusses the capital structure formation, concepts and theories. The third area of the course addresses the diagnostics of working capital, financial planning and forecasting techniques, and finally the financial management of multinational corporations.
HCM-651632, Healthcare Financial Management, 3cr
Students taking this course will be able to make sound decisions that promote the financial well-being of a health care organization. The course covers essential concepts underlying the preparation and measurement of financial data, measurement of business operations, business valuation, financial reporting, forecasting, cost allocation and pricing, and service and product costing. It also includes examination of special reports for executive review and decisions including financial ratio management and financial condition analysis. It then progresses to the evaluation of principles governing the healthcare industry, rules and regulations in collecting, preparing and presenting financial data for healthcare providers. As students learn to use the accounting and financial reporting aspects of healthcare organizations, they also learn about the financial decisions relevant for operating budget, capital budget and working capital management. Issues involving long-term financing and investment as well as risk and return analysis and management, debt and equity financing, managing capital structure and cost of capital, cash flow analysis and capital projects appraisal are also covered in this course.
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-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-650613, Quantitative Methods and Healthcare Operations Management, 3cr
Healthcare organizations are immeasurably complex systems and there is mounting industry-wide pressure to address the challenges of and opportunities for instituting significant operational improvements. Within the healthcare sector, operations management has several goals including reducing costs, increasing patient safety, improving clinical outcomes and quality of patient care, and improving financial performance of the organization. This course is designed to focus on the approaches and strategies for achieving these operational goals to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare systems. It provides an integrated approach and set of contemporary tools that can be used to improve the management and delivery of healthcare services and the financial performance of a healthcare organization. Topics include evidence-based medicine and value-based purchasing, strategy and the balanced scorecard, project management, problem solving and decision making tools, statistical thinking and statistical problem solving, quality management tools with a focus on six sigma and lean thinking, process improvement and patient flow, scheduling and capacity management, supply chain management, and improving financial performance with operations management.
MGT-650617, Global E-Commerce Strategies, 3cr
This course provides the conceptual foundation for e-commerce and e-business at the global context. The course focuses on analyzing e-commerce, digital markets, and e-business firms using principles and theory from the fields of economics, marketing, finance, philosophy, and information systems; multiple opportunities for application are provided. In addition to concepts from economics and marketing, the course examines transaction costs, network externalities, perfect digital markets, segmentation strategies, price dispersion, targeting, and positioning. The course also addresses the literature on ethics and society, focusing on concepts such as intellectual property, privacy, information rights and rights management, governance, public health, and the welfare.
MGT-650619, International Financial Law and Regulation, 3cr
The aim of this course is to cover and address topics such as flow of capital in international financial markets, regulatory characteristics of international banking and securities markets, types of financial market transactions, techniques and instruments, banking and securities transactions, securitization and derivatives.
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-651622, Ethics in the Global Environment, 3cr
This course in ethics treats a range of ethical topics, including the self-serving notion of Corporate Social Responsibility that multinational managers face on an ongoing basis in their work, building on the tools of ethical reasoning that allow managers to get beyond opinion and ideology and instead evaluate and deduce the correct ethical course of action. As much of ethical reasoning is contextual, a wide variety of situations are treated, often with competing ethical interests at stake. Students are expected to employ formal and informal methods of reasoning to evaluate ethical problems and actions of executives and others in a variety of case studies, often having to show how one balances competing tensions on the ethical conduct of managers of such firms. Examples include assessments of the conduct of a pharmaceutical firm that gives away AIDS drugs in desperately poor parts of the world, of a firm that illegally pays ransom money to save the lives of kidnapped employees, an energy company whose financial manipulations end up costing thousands of people their retirement savings, the employment of "faith" as both a guide and a constraint (on oneself and on others) in business, as well as public relations scandals and how to conduct oneself ethically in the midst of them.
MGT-651627, Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship, 3cr
This course 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 of course constitutional law and how it permeates essentially every aspect of American commerce and enterprise. The increasingly emerging areas of Cyberlaw and Environmental Law will also be studied.
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-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
The purpose of this course is to engage students with the challenges of international economics in the modern age of technology and globalization. The course seeks to provide procedures and tools to evaluate impact of these forces on markets, prices and the operations for global managers. Topics include comparative advantage, terms of trade, macroeconomic indicators, theories of trade, gains from trade, tariffs and trade regulation, industrial policies, policies for economic development, regional integration, multinational corporations, capital and labor mobility, balance of payments, exchange rate systems, and current events. This course is required for the certificate in Global Finance and Investment.
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 small fee, which will be charged at the time of registration. Please note, this software is designed to run on Microsoft Operating systems.
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 small fee, which will be charged at the time of registration. Please note, this software is designed to run on Microsoft Operating systems.
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 small fee, which will be charged at the time of registration. Please note, this software is designed to run on Microsoft Operating systems.
MGT-651653, Innovation and Global Commercialization, 3cr
This course focuses on opportunities to utilize technology transfer within a global business to meet the goals of the strategic plan. This course is an introduction to the multidisciplinary aspects (including legal issues such as intellectual property ownership and rights of discovery), involved in the process of bringing technical developments, particularly research emanating from partner organizations, into commercial use. The course considers the challenges and regulations required for transitioning new developments into capital ventures created by the sale or lease of commercially viable processes and products. Finally the course looks at the complexity of new product development and commercialization, and the role of marketing programs on the successful commercialization of new products.
MGT-651656, Global Supply Chain Management, 3cr
Effective management of operations and supply chain is of great importance for organizations to survive and remain competitive in a global environment. This course focuses on understanding the principles related to managing operations and supply chains with an emphasis on key tradeoffs and risks. The course will introduce the basic concepts of logistics and supply chain management and the various logistic and supply chain strategies that companies employ in order to compete within an increasingly complex and dynamic global environment. It will also discuss the tools and strategies used to design and manage operations and supply chains across an organization in the global context. A range of international case studies will be used to illustrate key concepts, reinforce the material’s application in practice and extend learning.
MGT-651661, System Design and Information Management, 3cr
This course covers the foundations, concepts, tools, and techniques involved in system analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance of enterprise computer applications. Topics include systems’ life cycle concepts; tools and techniques to manage information systems projects; introduction to the management of system investigation and analysis; determining system requirements using process, logic, and data modeling; conceptual and detailed design of system key components; criteria for optimum hardware selection; systems implementation and maintenance. Further, the course addresses information management, data warehouse and data mart utilization, information security and data quality concepts, and how to leverage data and modern business intelligence to deliver RIO for a business.
MGT-651662, E-Commerce and E-Business Technologies, 3cr
This course covers emerging online technologies and trends and their influence on the electronic commerce marketplace. The course emphasizes the three major driving forces behind e-commerce: business development and strategy, technological innovations, and social controversies and impacts. Students will learn an in-depth introduction to the field of e-commerce and various revenue model including cloud computing models and delivery methods, and how to market on the Web. Next, the course covers up-to-date coverage of the key topics in e-commerce today, from privacy and piracy, to government surveillance, cyberwar, social and ethical issues, local and mobile marketing, Internet sales taxes, intellectual property. Finally, students learn how to plan for electronic commerce.
MGT-651663, Strategic Information Technology Management, 3cr
This course provides knowledge and competency-based framework related to Information Technology (IT) strategic planning, implementation and management. The curriculum is designed for general and technology managers as well as business leaders involved in strategic planning, designing, and implementing IT projects. The focus of the course is on the role of Information Systems and, particularly, integrating Information Technology components in the modern organization, and how IT leaders design and implement IT-dependent strategic initiatives. The course learning activities focus on the impact of IT on operating business models and how IT strategy should be aligned with the business strategy and decision-making practices; the impact of IT architecture to the organizational Socio-Technical System, and the importance of designing and building reliable and secure operational enterprise systems; the significance of IT leadership and the importance of fostering key IT capability and linking IT to business metrics.
MGT-651664, Marketing Analytics and Brand Management, 3cr
This course was designed to provide an overview of the tools used to make strategic marketing decisions about the firm's brand and its customers. Graduate students with a background in basic research methods will find this course helpful for identifying ways to analyze data in order to make strategic marketing and resource allocation decisions. The course does not substitute for a basic course in marketing but focuses more on quantitative data analysis and its impact on the competitiveness of the firm. Students apply advanced statistics such as cluster analysis and conjoint analysis using big data for marketing decisions and brand management. Case study method and discussions will be used to evaluate competencies in these areas.
MGT-653500, Healthcare Marketing Services, 3cr
Healthcare managers must have an understanding of various marketing concepts and tools to successfully accomplish organizational goals. Decisions involving marketing must be based on a manager’s ability to link marketing strategy to the organization's products, services, and overall direction and work with managers throughout the organization in a highly coordinated manner. This course is designed to provide an understanding of the complex processes involved in marketing strategy. Through readings, lectures, discussions, projects and case analysis, students will learn fundamental principles of marketing planning and how to better utilize planning tools in their own organizations. We will review and analyze branding, consumer behavior, customer loyalty, and marketing segmentation strategies involving the targeting of populations and aligning products and services to meet their needs. This course provides methods to evaluate marketing performance and productivity, analyze internal and external resources, and perform a SWOT analysis; various models and methods for the promotion and positioning of health care services and products are presented. We will then focus on the importance of controlling and monitoring the strategic marketing process to ensure success. The course will also review the importance of marketing research and the analytical tools required to be successful. Students will also learn how to create a marketing plan.
MKT-651635, Global Marketing Strategies, 3cr
This course explores the different economic, social changes that have occurred over the past decade and their impact on marketing. As global economic growth occurs, understanding marketing in all cultures is increasingly important. The course examines global issues and describes concepts relevant to all international marketers, despite the extent of international involvement. The course will analyze marketing strategies including pricing, legal and ethical issues, regulations, integrated marketing communications, multicultural research, and global brand management.
MKT-651654, Strategic Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations, 3cr
The course examines marketing from the perspective of nonprofit and government agencies. The course examines ethical issues, social responsibilities of marketing professionals and the impact of funding sources on program development and marketing strategies including customer relationship marketing, The focus of the course looks at marketing plans for nonprofits and government agencies as it relates to the complexity of developing resources and funding to serve social issues in our society.
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
This course, taken in the first year in the Master of Arts in Adult Learning program, explores the role of adult development in adult learning. Students will consider questions about whether, and how, different stages of the adult life cycle affect learning and whether, and how, learning impacts development. They will also search the library and develop an empirical research proposal that, if implemented, tests a hypothesis about adult learning and development.
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-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
Students examine the range of issues adult learners face as they engage in higher education. Students will examine frameworks within which decisions about programming for student success must be made. Within the larger context of the national demographics and institutional constraints, students will gain experience in analysis and decision-making around cases designed to provoke thoughtful consideration of salient issues.
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.
EDU-660514, Exceptionalities: Individualizing Learning, 3cr
This course provides an overview of theories and research about students with special needs and a range of exceptionalities, as well as issues and strategies in developing educational programs and adapting instruction to meet the needs of all students. Students develop awareness of and sensitivity to individual differences and learn how to individualize instruction in the context of their certification areas. Topics include: physical, emotional and learning disabilities; gifted and talented students; gifted and talented students and computers; individualizing instruction for all students; uses of assistive and adaptive technologies and computers to meet special needs; inclusion; and assessing behavior problems and planning, implementing, and evaluating interventions. Students complete at least 12.5 hours in 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.
EDU-660523, Educational Evaluation, 3cr
This course focuses on developing skills and a clear understanding of research-based best practices for evaluating student learning and teaching effectiveness. The course emphasizes the use of research-based theories and practices for assessing student learning, developing assessment strategies and analytical skills in order to modify instruction and adapt instructional materials, utilizing best practices for documenting student learning, and using technology to enhance and improve assessment practices. Students who take this course will need to have access to a classroom where an assessment activity can be planned and implemented, and data can be collected and analyzed.
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. Students will design a community literacy project integrating content area and literacy strategies that addresses the needs of a variety of stakeholders.
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 will research 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.
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
This course examines and applies the research, theory and practice of using innovative technologies for improving teaching, learning, and communications. Educators and communicators from government and industry can explore education, sociology, and instructional-design literature related to technology-supported learning and 21st century skills, developing reports and papers that analyze and then apply this knowledge to their particular interests. Assistive technologies and instructional design considerations for learners with disabilities, as required by the American Disabilities Act, are addressed as well. Participants will also develop various emerging technologies (tutorials provided within the course), practicing and applying learning and design principles in nascent technology efforts geared towards their intended learners. Throughout the course, participants will share their works and ideas with colleagues in a professional, supportive environment; the course concludes with a collaborative project that previews the role of curriculum and assessment using the context of planning for a virtual environment. (Occasional synchronous meetings.)
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, digital democracy. Students will consider these concerns as they move into discussions on future trends by reading a variety of current reports, such as: MIT’s Technology Review, Ray Kurzweill’s AI.net site, Jamais Casco’s Open the Future, and the New Media Consortium/Educause’s annual Horizon Report, and their Top Teaching and Learning Challenges Project. In the process, they will investigate various strategies for studying futures, including: scenarios, prediction markets, the Delphi method, environmental scanning, and crowdsourcing.
EDU-681103, Instructional Design for 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.
EDU-681108, Practicum: Virtual Worlds I: Learn, Create, Plan, 3cr
This course provides participants with opportunities to understand the breath, depth, and applications now available for virtual environments, studying work being done by others and by organizations that are providing software and support to virtual developers. With explicit guidance by tutorials within the course, participants will also develop their own virtual environments using materials of their own creation and materials gathered from the work of other virtual developers (many now available at no cost). Participants will articulate a design framework for the work that they are creating and will consider the activities, curricula, and evaluations, that could suit the purposes for their intended audiences. At the conclusion of the course, participants will determine what they would need to create a pilot of their environment and will consider how they might continue and extend the development work that begun within this course. (Periodic synchronous meetings.)
EDU-681109, Digital Games, Simulations and Learning, 3cr
Games, simulations, game elements and playful learning provide different ways to think about how, when and what we learn. Students will explore the research and theory in game and simulation based learning as well as the related fields of game design, psychology, instructional design and education. This will include the analysis and evaluation of when games and simulations are most effective for learning and the associated recommended supportive practices. The theory and practice of game design will be introduced and applied in the development and creation of digital game and simulation prototypes for instruction and learning. Students will have the opportunity to pursue individual areas of interest in digital game or simulation development.
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 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.
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 complete a research project demonstrating their understanding of assistive technology.
EDU-681114, Performance Theory, 3cr
This course begins from the premise that theory is practice and practice is theory. During the course of the term students will critically think about performance, and make performance in their own contexts. This course engages performance as an object of study, a method of research, and a theoretical paradigm in a range of interdisciplinary contexts with a focus that returns to theatre and media studies. This study is structured in a way that allows students and faculty to connect with each other and the material through readings, discussions, and performance attendance/viewings and critique. We will examine an array of performance theorists, artists, artist/theorists, and theorist/artists in order to practice performance as a way of thinking about the complexities of the world(s) we live in.
EDU-681117, Innovation: Meeting the Challenges of Organization or Systems Integration, 3cr
Despite the need for the adoption of technology interventions in our expanding and global networks, 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. Within this course, students will begin with the study of large-scale, documented organizational and institutional responses to innovation and change and then they will research responses to change within the specific organization for which they have a professional interest. This study will lead to students’ designing and testing an approach to help them gain the entrance and acceptance of an innovation within the environment of their particular interest. (Occasional synchromous meetings.)
EDU-681118, STEM Tools, Devices and Simulations: Measuring, Representing and Understanding the World, 3cr
Within this course, participants will explore the ways to use digital tools, devices, applications, and simulations (called “devices” herein) to engage diverse learners in the varied applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Within a common course framework, participants will study the devices of their particular interest, considering the educational needs of the intended audience or learners, finding educational and psychological solutions for challenges learners may have with these devices, and constructing instructional supports and assessment approaches to help their learners work productively with these devices. Throughout the course, participants will share their emerging ideas about effective instructional approaches, gaining insights from these peer interactions. Synchronous meetings occur periodically within this online environment. Participants are welcome from all STEM and healthcare areas if they need to ensure their intended audience is understanding and using these devices appropriately. Participants must supply their own device.
EDU-681120, Digital Tools for Education and Training, 3cr
Educators and training Professionals have access to an overwhelming number of technologies that offer powerful capabilities for creating high-quality digital learning tools. This course will examine and identify effective digital tools to impact participant engagement, meaning-making and improve learner outcomes for individuals with different backgrounds, learning styles, abilities, and disabilities in widely varied learning context. The experience will be hands-on and might include areas such as improving presentations and instructional materials, simplifying record-keeping, performing data analysis and graphic presentation, creating digital stories, use of communications and presentation technology in the classroom or training environment. In addition, digital tools and strategies selected will be assessed in relation to their alignment with standards for teachers and trainers. The students will research, evaluate and analyze digital tools, internet based applications, social media, mobile applications and other technologies that may be adopted for teaching and learning with diverse groups of learners in face-to-face, blended or online learning environments. Students prepare independent projects and share research.
EDU-681124, Socially-networked Learning: Understanding, Designing and Evaluating, 3cr
The rapid advances in communication and learning technologies have opened new arenas for educators and communicators, however, a conceptual framework about the value and design of these new and rich type of interaction needs to be developed. Plus, for effective educational uses, one needs to assess what happens to the learners and learning and to evaluate the overall productivity of the socially networked environment itself. In this course, participants will study the research about various aspects of these emerging social networks, considering the sociology and the psychology of the individuals and interactions. Working then with their own needs, they will frame and design a social network to meet a learning or communication goal for their students or clientele, developing an implementation, assessment and evaluation plan and articulating a theoretical/conceptual framework to validate their design. (Participants can also choose to work on a project with the instructor.) Learning Outcomes: during this course participants will have an opportunity to: · examine the psychology, sociology, and assessment aspects of socially-networked learning as it is emerging in the world today; · locate social learning within scenarios relevant to their interest, researching ways these environments could be serving actual or emerging needs within these environments; · develop and conceptually-frame a socially-networked learning project for their own (or instructor) needs that determines ways to network, assess, and evaluate student or client learning.
EDU-681129, Media Literacies in Emerging Technologies, 3cr
This course is designed to explore emerging technologies and 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 over lapping, and at times juxtaposed, communities of practice using emerging technologies. This course will explore the impact new media and the resulting new literacies have on membership in emerging communities of practice.
LAB-630545, Labor Management Relations, 3cr
This course explores the development and context of collective bargaining and labor-management relations in the United States. This includes the historical development of the labor relations process, the participants in the process, the legal framework for collective bargaining, and dispute resolution. This course also focuses on the social and economic impact of Labor-management relations.
LIB-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 twentieth-century performance, aesthetics, and culture. The course develops chronologically beginning in the late nineteenth-century, addressing alternative strategies to realism including Symbolism, Expressionism, Futurism, Surrealism, and Constructivism. Our exploration of modernist and postmodernist performance through the twentieth-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 will examine the interconnected nature of the ideology of the nation state and its reliance on systems of power based on naturalized hierarchies of gender and race. Students will read the work of such theorists and historians as Anne McClintock, Ann Laura Stoler, and Margo Canaday 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" in the context of colonial power, the politics of the nation-state, and globalization. This course satisfies one 3-credit elective requirement in the Women’s and Gender Studies advanced certificate.
LIB-640515, American Culture and the Cold War, 3cr
In this course, students will examine the period that brought America the utopian vision of Disneyland and the anxiety of the “duck and cover” campaign, the chaos of rock ’n roll and the conformity of Levittown. Exploring such paradoxes in the films, music and literature of the late 1940s-the early 1960s allows students to gain an understanding of how such events as the nuclear arms race, the black freedom movement and the development of a distinct youth culture shaped the lives of Cold War Americans and left a legacy still felt today. This course satisfies one 3-credit elective requirement in the American Studies advanced certificate.
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-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-640574, Fiction Writing, 3cr
The goal of this course is to help students develop and expand their abilities as writers by looking at some of the essential elements of fiction in greater depth. This course is intended to provide advanced students of fiction with the opportunity to diversify, extend and deepen their work. Students in this study will focus on both the craft and process of creating a compelling story, using intuition, attention to detail and fiction writing techniques. Experimentation with language and writing techniques is encouraged.
LIB-640576, Women and Humor, 3cr
What is women’s humor? Why has humor by women been largely resisted or overlooked? This course will examine women’s use of humor as a form of social protest. In particular, we will look at the movement away from domestic humor of 19th-century writers like Fanny Fern and Francis Miriam Whitcher toward the use of satire by such 20th-century women of wit as Dorothy Parker, Mary McCarthy, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Alice Childress, Betty MacDonald, Jean Kerr and Erma Bombeck. Students will gain knowledge of theories of humor and satire, as well as an understanding of the changing role of women in America from the 1850s to the 1960s. This course satisfies one 3-credit elective requirement of the American Studies and the Women and Gender Studies advanced certificates.
LIB-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-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 U.S., the profession of medicinehas 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. This course satisfies one 3-credit elective requirement of the American Studies or the Women’s and Gender Studies advanced certificates.
LIB-640600, Narrative in Human Experience, 3cr
This course will explore narrative in human experience, in which the perspective of “story” serves as a metaphor to examine human experience and behavior. It is an interdisciplinary perspective concerned with the process of meaning-making, a framework for conceptualizing identity and lived experience. The concept of self as a narrative construct is a holistic one: a self story is an interactive narrative, an intricate interweaving of individual and context (arising from the way people interpret the role they play in the stories they live and the way those stories either nourish or diminish them). A self narrative is only relevant in the context of the larger stories within which it lives and breathes; we are all born into stories that began long before we arrived, and we become self within their borders: stories of culture and religion, of family and workplace, of politics and ideology . Objectives of this study are to become knowledgeable about the perspective of narrative in human experience, and to explore possible applications of this perspective in various contexts (personal, academic, professional). The study may focus on human development and identity, aging, illness, or other aspects of human experience depending on the student’s needs and interests.
LIB-640622, Heritage Preservation: Contemporary Issues, 3cr
The goal of the course is to become acquainted with current cultural, policy, and philosophical aspects viewed across several types of museums and festivals, focusing on their role in society and the nature of decisions involved in selection, stakeholders, audiences and publics, and presentation. Students write two critical essays from directed readings and complete a project that involves visits or work with one or more museums on a focused theme.
LIB-640625, Oral History: Theory and Methods, 3cr
Oral history is the process of interviewing people to record their memories of events that occurred in the past and to analyze the meaning and value of those memories. In one sense, an oral history interview is a primary document much like newspapers, photographs, or diaries. As with all documents, the oral historian must take care to critique the interview and put it in context with other data and documents. In another sense, the oral history is very different in that the oral historian and the interviewee are creating an historical document that did not exist before.
LIB-640628, Museums and Public History: Theory and Practices, 3cr
This course takes up historical and cultural theory to examine how museums co-create history and public memory with communities. Through readings, research, discussion, and use of on-line resources, students explore institutional histories and current trends in the thinking and practices of academic and museum professionals, with a focus on identity, authority, and representation. They trace shifts in correspondent communities' and public expectations, with comparative views of venues and performance that represent history outside established institutions, including cross-cultural examples. They also consider how technology has changed certain museum practices and functions, in particular through the appraisal and comparison of on-line virtual museums and live visits to museums. This course is required for the Public History advanced certificate and the Heritage Preservation advanced certificate.
LIB-640629, Culture of the Jazz Age, 3cr
This course will look at the culture of America in the 1920s known as the “Jazz Age.” We will look at the emergence of what Gertrude Stein termed the “lost generation” writers after World War I such as Ernest Hemingway, F.Scott Fitzgerald, and T.S. Eliot; the flowering of African-American literature and culture known as the “Harlem Renaissance” with such writers as Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Countee Cullen; and the artistic contributions of such jazz legends as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Dizzy Gillespie and blues singers Bessie Smith, Josephine Baker, and Billie Holiday.
LIB-640630, Readings in Material and Visual Culture Studies, 3cr
What does a wooden bowl say about a particular society? How can a photograph be read? In this course, students will examine the manner in which objects and images are used as cultural creations and primary source materials. The theoretical and methodological underpinnings of Material and Visual Culture Studies will be considered, as will the traditions of Culture Studies more generally. Among the texts to be considered are those by John Berger, Arjun Appadurai, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Eugene Rochberg-Halton, Marianne Hirsch, Kristin Hass, Mike Wallace, and Jules Prown. Students will be expected to submit a paper reviewing the research and scholarship of the field midway through the term and a final paper analyzing a particular object or image.
LIB-640634, Archival Theory and Practice, 3cr
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 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
Exhibitions serve as vehicles for the interpretation and presentation of historic objects and images. Whether it is hosted by a traditional museum, an online collection, or a governmental office, an exhibition offers a material version of history that is often far more accessible than a scholarly article or monograph. That accessibility makes exhibitions especially valuable to public historians. Building on the theory and practice learned in Museums and Public History, this class will ask students to work within a history museum (or equivalent collection) to produce an exhibition.
LIB-640636, Public History Internship, 3cr
In line with recommendations of the National Council on Public History, the mission of the internships are as follows: “Internships are an important part of public history education that allow students to gain new insights into the nature of public history practice by engaging in meaningful work under the mentorship of experienced and knowledgeable public history professionals. Successful internships provide students with work experience combined with structured opportunities to reflect on their activities and connect their practical experience with the skills and knowledge gained in their public history training.” NCPH Curriculum and Training Committee, May 2008. Students will participate in a one-semester internship of 150 hours with a public history institution such as a museum, historical society, archives or library. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with an opportunity to observe and reflect on public history as practiced and apply skills learned in the certificate program. Students will work with the instructor to identify an appropriate institution, field supervisor, and specific responsibilities for the internship. This course has prerequisites.
LIB-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.
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.
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 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.
LIB-640678, African-American Literature, 3cr
This course looks at the growth of African-American literature from the slave narratives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe to the notion of "double consciousness" of W.E.B Du Bois to the "Harlem Renaissance" after Word War I with such figures as Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes to the development of African-American literature after World War II with the social protest fiction of Richard Wright and the aesthetic realism of Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin to the post-modern novel of Toni Morrison. We will consider themes of slavery, racial equality, gender identity, assimilation, otherness, class difference, silence and voice, and social protest.
LIB-640679, Native American and US Culture, 3cr
The course offers an examination of tribal sovereignty and environmental mores as seen through the divergent lens of Tribal and American cultures. Building on a post-colonial approach to Native American Studies, this course will address, define, and analyze the history of intergovernmental consultations, the complex interactions of non-Indian and Indian worldviews, and the various events and ongoing discussions shaping Indian Country today. As part of this course, students will examine Native American fiction, archaeological studies, ethnographies, documentary film, and other materials as a way to conceptualize American Indian and Native cultures.
LIB-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 study 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. Learning Outcomes: demonstrate close/critical reading of the assigned academic literature analyze primary resources in the context of secondary sources make and support an argument related to the intersections of race and the politics of representation in US history.
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. Learning Outcomes: demonstrate close/critical reading of the assigned academic literature analyze primary resources in the context of secondary sources make and support an argument related to the intersections of gender, sexuality, and state formation in US society and culture.
LIB-640687, Language and Culture, 3cr
Language and Culture is a course designed to help students become familiar with the theory and research related to issues such as the ways in which language behavior reflects diverse cultural patterns; the role of language in the processes through which children and adolescents become members of particular groups in society; and the relationship between class, race, gender. It is offered in collaboration with Krakow Pedagogical University (Poland) to enhance cross-cultural perspective. Learning outcomes: 1. Demonstrated understanding of the history of ideas which grapple with the complex relationship between language and culture. 2. Gained new insights into processes of social reproduction and cultural/linguistic change. 3. Demonstrated ability to draw cross-cultural comparisons and analysis.
POL-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 study will highlight the importance of linking these two concepts in a model that integrates the development of social capital and community capacity and functioning with the economic development of that community. Students will examine theoretical concepts in these two domains as well as real-world economic development models that attempt to move beyond the traditional approaches and examine ways in which real communities have tried to produce positive economic outcomes through community development.
POL-611500, Policy Process: CAED, 3cr
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how government can influence the progress toward improving social conditions. Students will examine the processes and tensions that characterize the formulation, adoption, and implementation of government policies and programs and how they are affected by a diverse range of values and priorities in a democratic context. Students will examine their own values and explore how they affect their views of social problems and proposed policy solutions.
POL-611005, Workforce Development Policy, 3cr
The course considers the diverse purposes of workforce development policy, offers insights into the complexities of public policy in the U.S. federal system and underscores the important role of state and local governments in responding to the demands of a changing economy and workforce. This course will review the evolution of workforce development policy in the United States with particular attention to key federal legislation, the programs and services that create and deliver workforce programs, and the challenges and opportunities that continue to shape workforce development policy and programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RAM-620591, Research Methods, 3cr
Research in the public sector serves to inform new policies and evaluate existing ones. Conducting meaningful research is truly a process. This course will provide a framework for initiating, developing, and implementing research methodologies to answer context-appropriate policy questions. The course will focus on the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative analysis and the elements of research design necessary to conduct policy-relevant public sector research. Quantitative and qualitative research approaches will be examined through the lenses of formulating a research question, research design, the identification of key variables, establishing appropriate measurement devices, and carrying out appropriate methods of data collection. The course will also discuss research ethics and help students identify and comply with ethical concerns in conducting research with human subjects.
SOC-611006, Ethics and Community Leadership, 3cr
This course focuses on the relationship between ethics, public policy and business enterprise. It covers topics in ethics relevant to workforce development, industrial development, public land use for businesses, and public funding for private organizations. We will use both classical texts in business ethics as well as a collection of articles on integrity in the workforce. In addition, we will review existing and proposed legislation on business-government relationships. This will include the actual legislation creating quasi-government agencies, financial disclosure laws, corporate ethical and legal requirements, and the NY State Commission on Public Integrity.
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
SOC-620601, Policy Implementation, 3cr
This study of policy implementation deals with what happens after policy is formulated through legislation, executive action, or organizational governance. Implementation is often bureaucracy-driven, especially in the United States where virtually any domestic policy implementation is dependent upon multiple layers of federal, state and local governments and their agencies and where other types of organizations are hierarchically structured. The course includes the analysis of theories and their application to case studies in an effort to understand the reasons for the success and failure of implementation.
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 course, students examine the institution of the family through the lens of cultural values and as an area for policy decisions. More generally, this course will explore the recriprocal linkages between family functioning and public and private policies in this country. 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.
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 on-line course uses a simulation model to enable students to experience community organizing first hand. By the end of the course students will be able to apply key political science and sociological theories to community organizing, use qualitative and quantitative research techniques to discern community needs, work with community volunteers to make important decisions, and take the necessary steps to initiate community building. The course 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, the way in which 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 the 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.
SOC-622536, Health, Aging and Disability Policy, 3cr
This course examines social policy regarding several groups in American society which are labelled by and which receive service from various health care systems. These include the aged, the “disabled” (deaf blind, mentally and emotionally disabled, and even addicted). Students examine the social construction of such labels and current policies applying to these groups at both the federal and local levels. 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 examines intersectionality—how belonging to two or more such labelled groups changes identity and service.