Tentative Course List

Summer 2014

The following is the tentative listing of courses open to nonmatriculated and undergraduate students as of March 24. Nonmatriculated and undergraduate students may not enroll in independent studies. The available courses are grouped in the following five general areas:




Liberal Studies     



FIN-650608, Quantitative Methods in Finance, 3cr

The purpose of this course is to expose students to modern data analysis with an emphasis on a specific domain of application: finance. Students are expected to have an understanding of basic statistics, since concepts such as random variables, expectation, correlation and statistical inference (estimation, hypothesis testing and confidence intervals) are fundamental to the analysis addressed in the course. It is also expected that students have a basic understanding of linear algebra. The course relies on real financial data and uses spreadsheets and statistical softwares to cover a range of topics from exploratory data analysis techniques and simulations to regression analysis methods, with a strong emphasis on their application.

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 in the buying process. Case Study Method will be used to apply these concepts to strategy development and subsequent marketing programs. Ethical and legal implications of strategy and policy also will be emphasized in these case studies. This course is required for the Global Brand Marketing Certificate.

MGT-651607, Managing Health Care Systems, 3cr

This course is required for the Certificate in Health Care Management and examines the various aspects of managing the complicated modern health care environment. The roles of payers, consumers and suppliers of health care will be examined. Management and allocation of health care resources and the impact of outcomes assessment on care delivery will be discussed. Additional topics for study will include communication in the health care environment, team building and conflict resolution.

MGT-651615, Business Sustainability, 3cr

The overall purpose of this course is to examine issues of business sustainability - the long term, overall impact of a company’s actions on the environment. This course will explore the concept of business sustainability and how to evaluate how it is being proactively integrated into core business systems and strategies. The aim of this study is to better prepare managers to deal with this strategic issue. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate the state of environmental practice in their functional areas of expertise, e.g. marketing, finance, accounting, or operations, and examine the complex environmental issues facing leaders in today’s global marketplace.

MGT-651617, Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 3cr

Strategic planning and management are increasingly essential in a world of rapid change and complexity, relentless competition for funding and increasing demands for accountability. In Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, students explore the process by which organizations gain competitive advantage and optimal long-term performance in such an environment. This process is rooted in the organization's mission and values, is dynamic and changes with changing circumstances, integrates plans and actions and leverages strengths and resources to take advantage of the organization's opportunities.

MGT-651620, Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 3cr

This course is required for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. In this course, students will explore leadership in public and nonprofit organizations. The course begins with a consideration of the nature of leadership, the tasks of leaders and the traits of effective leadership. Next, students examine leadership theories, their particular application to the public and nonprofit sectors and the challenges facing these sectors. Finally, students will complete an independent research project dealing with leadership in public and nonprofit organizations.

MGT-651622, Ethics in Global Environments, 3cr

The goal of this course is to present different perspectives on understanding basic concepts and concerns of business ethics and to generate insights about their effects on executive-decision processes in global environments. What ethical responsibilities should a multinational corporation assume in foreign countries? What obligation does a manufacturer have to the consumer with respect to product defects and safety? Developing codes of conduct and acting ethically are extremely important for executives managing MNEs (multinational enterprises). This course, therefore, will cover the issues of ethics and social responsibility involving multinational corporations operating in global markets and LDCs (least developed countries). What responsibilities do MNEs have to operate with concerns for problems in the world environment, such as global warming, ocean contamination and air pollution? How far should MNEs go to protect human rights in a host country? This course will also explore the techniques of ethical reasoning needed to analyze issues in business and looks at the morality of economic systems in the U.S. and the world. The course will analyze the current and pressing moral issues in business from corporate governance to workers’ rights to legitimate computer use. It also examines case studies of  global businesses as well as those in the U.S.

MGT-651626, Change Management, 3cr

This course is designed to help students apply change management concepts and tools in global business environments. Students will investigate, analyze and evaluate case situations and practical applications using conceptual models and relevant theories. Also included are diagnostic tools and intervention models for individuals, groups and large systems. Focusing always on the most effective, pragmatic approaches to managing change, specific topics that will be addressed are transition management, downsizing and realignment of structures, strategic leadership, global structures and continuous learning.

MGT-651627, Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship, 3cr      

This course will examine the legal environment within which the entrepreneur must operate and evolve. Consequently and more specifically, this study will survey the legal field and the parameters the entrepreneur must be mindful of in order to effectively initiate and develop a new venture, including business ethics and social responsibility as reflected through rules and regulations; statutory versus common law and its impact on the entrepreneur; dispute resolution; torts, crime and international law and its effects on the entrepreneurial scene; and constitutional law and how it permeates essentially every aspect of American commerce and enterprise. This course will look at contract law and the UCC (Uniform Commercial Code), sales and product liability, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, bankruptcy, agency law, employment and labor law, antitrust law and securities regulations, consumer law, intellectual law and the prominent role they play for the entrepreneur. Lastly, this course will explore the legalities of starting a business, the benefits of incorporating versus limited liability partnerships and/or sole proprietorship, as well as the emerging areas of cyberlaw and environmental law.

MGT-651628, Health Policy and Management, 3cr

This course focuses on the analytical tools necessary to evaluate the economics of health care policy and implementation. Through readings, discussions and written assignments, students will develop a working understanding of federal and state health policy processes; examine critical health policy issues; use analytical models to explain health policy processes and apply those models to the analysis of health care formulation and implementation. This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Health Care Management.

MGT-651630, International Business Law, 3cr

This course probes the global legal environment for international business. This is an area that every global manager must be familiar with given the complexity and interdependence of global markets. The course reviews international law and organizations, the process for international dispute resolutions, sales contracts and terms of trade, liability of air and sea carriers in the transportation of goods across the globe, bank collections, trade finance and letters of credit. This course also compares, contrasts and analyzes global, international and U.S. trade law as impacted by GATT (general agreements on tariffs and trade) law, the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, E.U. trade rules and regulations, unfair trade and laws governing access to foreign markets and exports, as well as legal issues relating to global environmental, host-country tax, corporate, employment, privatization and currency risk.

MGT-651631, Failure and Crisis, 3cr

This course will examine evidence describing how and why even good and earnest decision makers fail to do well in the face of complex problems. The course is rooted in theory and evidence drawn from recent extensive simulations and examines a wide range of problems and cases involving both public- and private-sector judgments, ordinary managers, chief executives and political leaders and their staff. 

MGT-651636, Managing Human Capital , 3cr

Beginning with an overview of human resources’ roles in addressing the strategic needs of an organization, students explore topics that include, but are not limited to, workforce planning and talent management, thinking strategically about staffing and selection issues, developing internal talent through training and development, succession planning, employment testing, successful employment interviewing and organizational entry and socialization (on-boarding). This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management.

MGT-651637, Performance Management and Total Rewards, 3cr

This course is required for the Certificate in Human Resource Management. Performance management and total rewards systems provide a value proposition to both the organization and its employees by offering a package that should result in satisfied and productive employees who deliver organizational goals and objectives. This course examines how managing individual and organizational performance coupled with a total rewards system can play a strategic role in organizational effectiveness. The study includes an examination of performance-management systems, compensation structure and systems design, benefit programs and an examination of compensation and benefits legislation. The course will include examination of the contrast between employee and labor relations, employment law and challenges associated with managing a diverse workforce. Managing individual and organizational performance to maximize business results and risk minimization through occupational health and safety will be explored.

MGT-651643, Economics for Global Managers, 3cr

Economics for Global Managers examines forces that shape international trade and economic relations between countries in the age of technology and globalization. We will explore why countries trade, why they restrict trade through tariffs and regulations and whether trade policies can foster growth and development. We will discuss institutions governing trade and examine trends in regional economic integration, including NAFTA and EU. Our emphasis will be on applying the tools and theories of economics in the analysis of current economic issues and events.

MGT-651650, Managerial Perspectives of Project Management, 3cr

A true understanding of project management comes not only from knowing all project-management knowledge areas and all process groups, nor how to partner with contractors, stakeholders, or users, but from understanding how different elements of project-management systems interact to determine the outcome of the project. Project-management success is established upon mastering the technical, sociocultural and leadership dimensions of project management. The course learning activities are about the impact of project management on organizational strategy and decision-making practice, advancement in corporate operations and global competition and improvement of products and services. The course critically addresses these project-success issues and intertwines all nine project management knowledge areas: project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk and procurement management and all five process groups: initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing. The course exposes and addresses the major aspects and issues of the managerial project management process and provides a theoretical foundation and practical solutions to these increasing challenges. Prerequisite: Management Information Systems, or by permission of the instructor (POI). This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Project Management.

MGT-651653, Innovation and Global Commercialization, 3cr

This course focuses on opportunities to utilize technology transfer within a global business to meet the goals of the strategic plan. This course is an introduction to the multidisciplinary aspects (including legal issues such as intellectual property ownership and rights of discovery), involved in the process of bringing technical developments, particularly research emanating from universities and other nonprofit organizations, into commercial use. The course considers the challenges and regulations required for transitioning new developments into capital ventures created by the sale or lease of commercially viable processes and products.

MGT-651656, Global Supply Chain Management, 3cr

Effective management of operations and supply chain is of great importance for organizations to survive and remain competitive in a global environment. This course focuses on understanding the principles related to managing operations and supply chains with an emphasis on key tradeoffs and risks. The course will introduce the basic concepts of logistics and supply chain management and the various logistic and supply chain strategies that companies employ in order to compete within an increasingly complex and dynamic global environment. It also will 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-651657, Leadership, Crisis and Coping Strategies, 3cr

What does it take to lead during and after a crisis? What strategies are most effective? What lessons can we glean from real-world crises and the leaders who faced them? This course explores these and other questions designed to prepare students to be effective leaders in the face of unexpected, disorienting and tragic events. Leadership theories, competencies, approaches, as well as decision-making processes will be analyzed and practical application stressed. Students will examine the vital role “straight talk” plays in bringing order to chaos, with special attention given to "emotional intelligence." In addition, the aftermath of a crisis is explored as a rich opportunity for learning and growth. The course culminates with students developing their own crisis leadership development plan.

MKT-651635, International Marketing Strategies, 3cr

This course explores the different economic and social changes that have occurred during the past decade and their impact on marketing. As global economic growth occurs, understanding marketing in all cultures is increasingly important. The course examines global issues and describes concepts relevant to all international marketers, despite the extent of international involvement. The course will analyze marketing strategies including pricing, legal and ethical issues, regulations, integrated marketing communications, multicultural research, sales and global brand management. This course is required for the global brand marketing advanced certificate program.


ADL-680111, Issues in Comtemporary Higher Education, 3cr

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

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

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

EDU-660512, Teaching Diverse Learners, 3cr

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

EDU-660529, Content Area Study, 3cr

An array of content area topics will be available to enable candidates to strengthen their content area background. While learning new content, students will develop lessons, teaching methods and materials for use with their own pupils. Students are encouraged to link their content across disciplines. The content areas of English and science are not available this summer. This course is fully online.

EDU-661200, Foundations of Literacy, 3cr

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

EDU-661201, US Schools in Social Context, 3cr

This course critically examines the philosophical, historic, social and legal foundations of education, as well as contemporary structures, functions and issues in educational systems in the United States. The course provides additional historical context for the course Understanding Diverse Learners. Topics include broad historical and social contexts within which American schools developed; present and historical relationships between schools and communities; diversity, equity, individuality and schooling; schooling and democracy/citizenship; social structures and cultures of schools; teachers as members of learning communities; computer use in schools; rights and responsibilities of education stakeholders; and contemporary debates and alternative visions of schooling.  The culminating project for this course is an analysis and evaluation of community assets for a school or school district of the student’s choice.

EDU-661203, Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching, 3cr

This course examines current policies that affect learning and instructional practices in educational environments across various settings. Problem-solving strategies are used to identify and develop best practices that respond to challenges arising from contemporary issues in society. This course also reviews changes in federal and state curriculum mandates and examines the theoretical underpinnings of current educational practices and societal dynamics.  Students complete a group paper and presentation on an issue of each group’s choice, addressing different perspectives, group members’ positions, and proposed strategies for action. They also complete an individual paper that researches the history, current developments and predictable future developments of a self-chosen issue while also reflecting on effective teaching and learning strategies in response to the issue. Students develop an understanding of contemporary issues and their effects on learning environments, create effective learning environments in various contexts and demonstrate the ability to act as change agents within communities.

EDU-661206, Literacy and Literature, 3cr

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

EDU-661207, Understanding Diverse Learners, 3cr

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

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

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

EDU-681102, Social and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era, 3cr

In this course, students will explore major issues related to knowledge production and learning in our digital age. Students will be introduced to pressing issues in the use of technology in various learning environments and reflect on the assumptions we make about knowledge, creativity and social dynamics based on our choices. Any one of the topics raised is suitable for more in-depth study as an elective. Topics will include privacy and security, intellectual property rights, the nature of creative commons, access and equity, ethics and legal challenges and digital democracy. Students will consider these concerns as they move into discussions on future trends by reading a variety of current reports, such as MIT’s Technology Review, Ray Kurzweill’s AI.net site, Jamais Casco’s "Open the Future" and the New Media Consortium/Educause’s annual Horizon Report and their Top Teaching and Learning Challenges Project. In the process, they will investigate various strategies for studying futures, including scenarios, predictions markets, the Delphi method, environmental scanning and crowdsourcing.

EDU-681103, Designing Online Learning Environments, 3cr

The collaborative potential of online tools requires instructors to consider shifts in their pedagogy to more mindfully plan, facilitate and guide. This represents a change in the roles and relationships between teachers and learners and requires more attention to the instructional design and interactive communicative strategies of virtual learning experiences. In this course, students are introduced to instructional and digital design principles in order to apply them in a project that can be used as a component for their advanced design portfolios, or final capstone projects. Consideration is given to effective visual communication in digital environments. The course explores stages of the instructional systems design (ISD) process and strategies for designing and developing multimedia instructional materials. An important aspect of online instructional design is understanding and responding to the context in which instructional materials will be delivered and the needs, expectations and capacities of the participants. Students will explain their thinking during the creation of a project and demonstrate their understanding of these expectations.

EDU-681104, Evaluating Learning in Participatory Digital Environments, 3cr

Designing, developing and learning within digital environments presents new challenges to our understanding of knowledge and skills; the assessment of learning; and understanding what constitutes effective participation in such environments. Using both collaborative and independent work, within this course, students will study the nascent 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 work in these environment and the many emerging and readily available feedback tools (such as, polling, analytics, monitoring, interaction-capturing device, video and audio tape archives), 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. Students will examine the ways that present systems (schools, game companies, internet-based organizations, and the like) are monitoring and tracking learning, training, and progress within their organizations, gathering insight into their own instructional development and assessment needs from these studies. Emphasis will be on students studying, designing and evaluating the emerging landscape of digital assessment and applying these understandings to their own instructional needs.


LAB-630520, Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector, 3cr

This course is designed to provide an overview of bargaining in the public sector. It deals with major policy issues related to public-sector bargaining, environmental factors influencing public-sector bargaining, bargaining techniques and dispute resolution in the public sector. This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Public Sector Labor and Employment Policy.

LAB-630521, Current Developments in Collective Bargaining, 3cr

This course is designed to help students explore current trends in collective bargaining. Students will be encouraged to explore such issues as concession bargaining, changes in bargaining structure, new bargaining strategies and tactics and such new bargaining issues as two-tier wage systems, changes in work rules, job security, quality of work, technological change, women's concerns and safety and health.

LAB-630526, Readings in Labor and Policy, 3cr

This course will examine recent studies on labor and industrial relations and labor and policy. The student may choose his or her own readings in consultation with the mentor. Strongly recommended are Steven Fraser and Joshua Freeman, eds. "Audacious Democracy", John Sweeney, "America Needs a Raise," Ruth Milkman, "Farewell to the Factory," Kate Bronfenbrenner, "Organizing to Win," Michael Goldfield, "The Color of Politics," Kim Moody, "Workers in a Lean World" and Lester Thurow, "The Future of Capitalism."

LAB-630531, Staffing the Organization, 3cr

This course examines the nature, role and strategic implications of the recruiting and selection process within an organization. Emphasis is placed on the role of the human resource function in obtaining, developing and retaining a qualified work force. Current related theory and research is analyzed and used as the basis for recommended practices. Topics include legal issues, strategic human resource planning, recruitment, selection, orientation and socialization and performance assessment. Though not required, prior experience/coursework in human resource management is helpful.

LAB-630532, Occupational Health and Safety in the Modern Workplace, 3cr

The purpose of this course is to understand the place of occupational health and safety in the modern workplace. The student will gain insight into the economic, political and social forces that impact worker health and safety. Through directed readings and a major research project, the student will develop an in-depth knowledge of the health and safety issue of his or her choice. Some possibilities for this project are ergonomics, indoor air quality, or violence.   Contact the mentor for a list of materials.

LAB-630544, Public Sector Labor Law, 3cr

This course considers the history and principles of federal labor relations law and its relevance to both private and public sector labor relations. The text is prepared by the labor law section of the American Bar Association and is the standard authority in the field. We will gain an overview of labor law and the parameters of decision making, as established legislatively, and by the National Labor Relations Board and the courts, which have guided the course of labor law in the United States.This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Public Sector Labor and Employment Policy.

LAB-630546, Urban Inequality in a Global Context (Labor Studies Residency), 3cr

This special Labor Studies Residency seminar will consider issues of urban inequality within a global context. It will focus on the experience of working and living in these five major cities; New York City, Sao Paolo, London, Delhi and Singapore. Students will examine broad trends in inequality in these cities, while also discussing possible policy solutions. This course will require students to complete one long paper in advance of the residency and to attend one residency session in mid July. Residency information is available through Jason.Russell@esc.edu. Undergraduate students wishing to enroll in this course for graduate credit need to review the information and complete the form available at www.esc.edu/UndergradEnrollGrad.

LAB-630568, Compensation, Motivation and Performance, 3cr

 Compensation is one of the most important elements of the workplace. In this course, the subject of compensation is examined across a broad spectrum. The student will study new and innovative approaches linking compensation to organizational strategy and performance. Current theories, models, and concepts are presented and analyzed in an effort to provide the basis for the development of an equitable and effective pay system. Key topics included are motivation theory, job analysis and job evaluation, performance appraisal, legal bases for pay and internal and external pay equity.

Liberal Studies

LIB-640512, Performance History: The Twentieth Century, 3cr

This course investigates key figures and movements in 20th-century performance, aesthetics and culture. The course develops chronologically beginning in the late 19th century, addressing alternative strategies to Realism including Symbolism, Expressionism, Futurism, Surrealism and Constructivism. Our exploration of modernist and postmodernist performance through the 20th century includes topics such as the evolution of avant-garde theater, Happenings, Fluxus, body art and performance art. Throughout, we will consider contested definitions and theories of performance.

LIB-640540, Psychology of Art, 3cr

We will examine the human endeavor of art and the human experience of creativity through a psychological lens. We will study the psychological explanations for the processes and urge of creative artistic expression. The course is designed to begin with a common experience of learning from readings and discussion/written assignment, followed by extended individual inquiry. Students can choose their own path of inquiry or participate in an inquiry directed by the instructor. These individual paths may be structured as further exploration of a type of artistic endeavor or a particular inquiry – a question to be answered by this course.

LIB-640543, Things of Value: Topics in Material Culture, 3cr

This course allows you to become acquainted with perspectives on material culture and a theoretical and methodological repertoire to realize new learning through investigation of particular subjects and issues related to your program. We begin with common readings and media, followed by choices among focus areas such as museum studies, consumption theories and patterns, the concept of cultural property, or a closer focus on a specialty topic, such as a particular type of material or artifact and its history, use and interpretation. Two substantial reading and writing projects (perhaps also with some observing or making) comprise the scholarly activities, requiring at least one revision each, and at least two informal discussions take place, whether by email with the course instructor or on the supporting website with class members.

LIB-640577, History and Culture of Ancient Egypt and/or Mesopotamia, 3cr

While each interested student should consult with the course instructor on this course, its basic concerns will examine the history and culture of pharaonic Egypt and/or Ancient Mesopotamia to gain greater knowledge of one, or the other, or both of these ancient civilizations with the goal of strengthening the approach and appreciation of the histories involved. Beginning with an overview of the ebb and flow of the culture's history, the student will examine selected themes within the culture, some of which might include its religion and mythology, the foundations of functions of its leadership, its social values and its relationships with contemporaneous civilizations or cultures. The student will consult with the course instructor about exactly what he or she wishes to cover, why and how.

LIB-640578, Ancient Literature: Egyptian and/or Mesopotamian, 3cr

While each interested student should consult with the course instructor on this course, its basic concerns will address the literature of ancient Egypt and/or that of Ancient Mesopotamia, looking at various types present, their use, their historical position and their relationship to other aspects of the culture. Texts will be read in translation and, where available, commentaries will be used. The student will consult with the mentor about exactly what he or she wishes to cover, why and how.

LIB-640579, Ancient Egyptian Religion and/or Mythology, 3cr

While each interested student should consult with the course instructor on this course, its basic concerns will cover the major myths and religious practices of pharaonic Egypt, including creation, gods and goddesses and their activities, kingship and queens, basic beliefs of the people and mortuary beliefs and practices. Special attention will be paid to women. As a whole, this course will permit the student to gain a significant knowledge of beliefs and practices of a culture from a different time and place from their own as well as learning appropriate approaches to take in such encounters. The student will consult with the mentor about exactly what he or she wishes to cover, why and how.

LIB-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-640633, Studies in Ancient and Traditional Epics, 3cr

Epics, long poetic or prose poems, have formed part of the traditions of cultures from very early times up into the modern era. This course will focus on the early and traditional examples ranging from the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh from the eighteenth century BCE up into the Greco-Roman era in the first centuries CE, along with the possibility of exploring traditional epics from the Celtic, Norse, Indian, and/or African worlds. The content of the course will involve both reading the epics themselves (in translation) as well as exploring the structure, purpose, literary composition, and cultural aspects of the epics chosen for study. Among the theoretical concerns will be the epics’ intertextuality, audience, and their fictionality as well as their function within the culture and other narrative issues such as orality.  The student and the course instructor will consult and determine the exact content of the course in accordance with the goals and objectives for engaging in it. Student demonstrations of learning will be determined by mutual agreement with the course instructor.  The student needs to contact the course instructor, as soon as possible after registering; even better, make such to contact prior to completing the registration.

LIB-640636, Public History Internship, 3cr

This course is required for the certificate in public history. In line with recommendations of the National Council on Public History, the mission of the internships are: “Internships are an important part of public history education that allow students to gain new insights into the nature of public history practice by engaging in meaningful work under the mentorship of experienced and knowledgeable public history professionals. Successful internships provide students with work experience combined with structured opportunities to reflect on their activities and connect their practical experience with the skills and knowledge gained in their public history training.” - NCPH Curriculum and Training Committee, May 2008. Students will participate in a one-semester internship of 150 hours with a public history institution such as a museum, historical society, archives, or library. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with an opportunity to observe and reflect on public history as practiced and apply skills learned in the certificate program. Students will work with the instructor to identify an appropriate institution, field supervisor and specific responsibilities for the internship. This course has prerequisites.

LIB-640639, History of Childhood in America, 3cr

This course assesses the often neglected histories of children and youth in the United States since the colonial era. Among other issues covered in the course, students will evaluate the ways that children have experienced the process of growing up in a variety of social, regional and demographic contexts; how cultural understandings of childhood have been shaped by science, religion, literary and visual arts; and how children have been incorporated as political subjects in a democracy managed by adults.

LIB-640641, Social Science Research Methodology, 3cr

This course will assist students in designing a research strategy appropriate for a variety of social science questions. The student will examine issues of social inquiry, operationalization of social theory, as well as procedures for gathering and organizing data including surveys, interviewing, focus groups and participant observation. The student then will examine procedures to analyze their data such as hypothesis testing, analysis of data and techniques for generalizing from samples to populations and, finally, pursue strategies for reporting their results.

LIB-640642, Studies in Traditional Folktales, 3cr

In this course, students will examine the history, meaning, and function of folktales, looking at them as cultural artifacts, as educational tools, as entertainment, and as cultural markers. They will consider various approaches to understanding and interpreting such tales such as feminist, structuralist, psychoanalytical, and more. The tales to be considered can range from ancient exemplars to traditional from indigenous cultures to those of modern cultures in Europe, Asia, India, etc., the choices to be determined by each student in consultation with the mentor. The study will involve gaining an understanding of oral transmission as well as how such tales have been used in other materials. Students may want to consider how numerous traditional tales have been presented in forms other than their original narrative form such as in film, television, plays, novellas, novels, poetry, and such. Students may also wish to look at variants of one or more tales across cultures, place, and time as part of the course.  This course is an appropriate one to take for those interested in traditional societies, folklore and folklife, communication, early childhood, psychology/sociology, history of cultures, literature, education, and much more. To design an appropriate course, the student should contact the course instructor at his/her earliest convenience.

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

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

LIB-640657, The Socially Constructed Body, 3cr

This course explores our embodied experience and the ways that culture mediates the way we think about, represent, experience and use the human body.  Our bodies and how we experience them are shaped by cultural norms, but the body is also a vehicle for self-expression, which implies innovative use of the body to create individual meaning. Students will develop conceptual tools to analyze the shifting relationships between individual agency and cultural construction and the multiple meanings of bodies in culture.

LIB-640658, Fan/Celebrity Attitudes, Behaviors and Interactions, 3cr

This course will include current readings on the psychology of celebrity, the psychology of fandom, and the prevailing literature in communication study and psychology/sociology on the subject of fan/celebrity interaction.

LIB-640659, Grounded Theory Methods for Qualitative Analysis, 3cr

Using the original writings of Glaser and Strauss, originators of grounded theory methods, this course gives theoretical background as well as practical experience in the area of grounded theory qualitative methodology in the social sciences.



CAED-611003, Principles of Community and Economic Development, 3cr             

This course will incorporate the subjects of two distinct, yet related, bodies of literature. One addresses community development and the other, economic development. The course will highlight the importance of linking these two concepts in a model that integrates the economic development of a community with the development of social capital and community capacity and functioning. Students will examine theoretical concepts in these two domains, as well as real-world economic development models that attempt to move beyond the traditional factors of production and examine ways in which real communities have tried to produce positive economic outcomes through community development.

POL-611005, Workforce Development Policy, 3cr

Workforce development programs supported by federal and state funding have become an important resource in advancing community and economic development.  Workforce development programs, while most often associated with training for lower-skilled and disadvantaged workers, have served as both an incentive for prospective employers and as an alternative to public assistance.  The diverse purposes of workforce development policy offer insights into the complexities of public policy in the U.S. federal system and underscore 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 an historical perspective on veterans’ issues and public policy, as well as addressing the need for continued advocacy regarding new policies, benefits and technologies. This course is required for the veterans services advanced certificate program.

POL-623001, Veteran Outreach, Services and Advocacy, 3cr

This course provides grounding in the psychosocial landscape within which veteran services are offered and puts veteran services within the broad context of the experience of war and the challenge of coming home. It identifies the challenges facing returning veterans, including reintegrating into the community, reconnecting with family, reorienting to the less structured character of civilian life and, in some cases, adjusting to life with a disability. Special attention is also paid to the family system and the challenges facing the families of veterans, the effects of multiple and extended deployments, specific issues facing women veterans, generational differences among veterans and veterans as they age. Finally, the course identifies strategies for reaching out to veterans, explores existing models for such outreach and service delivery and addresses the question of how to advocate for veterans across multiple communities and multiple political and social perspectives. This course is required for the veterans services advanced certificate program.

POL-623002, Veteran Programs and Benefits, 3cr

This course provides students with broad knowledge of specific veteran benefits and programs, including health care, education, employment, criminal justice and housing. Topics include needs assessment, the mesh of services and service providers and case- and claims- management, review and appeal. Students will practice identifying the benefits available to specific veterans and groups of veterans, explore issues concerning access and eligibility and consider both the functional and the challenging aspects of the system of benefits. Following a broad overview of these topics, students have the opportunity to do further work on a topic of particular interest. This course is required for the veterans services advanced certificate program.

POL-623004, Military and Veteran Culture: Developing Cultural Competency, 3cr

This course is highly recommended for students, such as social workers, with prior background and/or training in human services, but with no previous experience working with military or veteran populations. Topics include the reasons for enlisting in the military, the effects of military training, formal and informal military structures, military hierarchy, military terminology, active-duty military and veterans in work and educational environments and the effects of military service on later life. This course is required for the veterans services advanced certificate program.

SOC-611006, Ethics and Community Leadership, 3cr

This course focuses on the relationship between ethics, public policy and business enterprise.  It covers topics in ethics relevant to workforce development, industrial development, public land use for businesses, and public funding for private organizations.  Specific topics include but are not limited to conflicts of interest, financial disclosure, public integrity, affirmative action, social responsibility of business, truth in advertising, financial disclosure form requirements, commissions on integrity, fairness in hiring practices, supervision and intra-office relationships, harassment, financial transparency, salary disclosure, corporate and public loyalty, the appearance of impropriety, and local and state business relationships. We will use both classical texts in business ethics as well as a collection of articles on integrity in the workforce. In addition we will review existing and proposed legislation on business-government relationships. This will include the actual legislation creating quasi-government agencies, financial disclosure laws, corporate ethical and legal requirements, and the NY State Commission on Public Integrity.  Lastly, we examine actual and fictional case studies on these topics and discuss possible approaches to resolving potential ethical dilemmas.

SOC-620505, Aging and Public Policy, 3cr

This course examines social policy and the aged. Students examine the policy implications of gerontological theory and research from various schools of thought. Among specific policies considered are those related to employment and retirement, income maintenance, health insurance, health care, institutionalization and family support systems. Cross-cultural/national and historical variations in social policy are also considered. The study also considers the connections between agism, sexism, and racism.

SOC-620513, Race, Class and Gender in US Public Policy, 3cr

This course is designed to develop understanding of the implications of race, class and gender for U.S. public policy. We will consider both social structural and cultural dimensions of this question and examine a range of policy areas from domestic policy and civil rights to international affairs and foreign policy.

SOC-620515, Advocacy for Mentally Disabled, 3cr

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the theoretical and practical tools required for the provision of advocacy services for mentally disabled populations residing within mental health facilities in New York state, as well as for the provision of advocacy services for those mentally disabled populations residing in the community. Students will be introduced to general information regarding the legal rights and entitlements due mentally disabled persons in New York state. Students also will become familiar with information regarding advocacy groups that provide community-based support for this population. Students will read legal cases, statutes, regulations and mental health policy. Students will receive a packet of course readings, which will be sent to students by the instructor. There are also two required books for this course.

SOC-620518, Advocacy in State and Community-level Government, 3cr

The emphasis of this course is on knowledge and skills required for effective advocacy in state and community-level government. Students will focus on learning activities that promote efficiency in individual and organizational advocacy for social change and meeting the needs of marginalized populations. The course will consist of a mini-study in state and local community government; case studies in community advocacy and experience-based learning through participation as a volunteer or intern in a service learning project in a community organization. This is a required course in the community advocacy advanced certificate.

SOC-620532, Domestic Violence and Abuse, 3cr

While most people associate the term "domestic violence" with spouse abuse and battered women, this course will examine this disturbing social problem in all of its forms: spouse abuse, child abuse, elder abuse and the newly recognized area of human trafficking that may involve abuse of persons who work in domestic households. Readings and assignments will emphasize current research that examines various forms of violence and policies to address them. This course is appropriate for students interested in criminal justice, social services and health care.

SOC-620565, Public Policy Analysis, 3cr

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the methods and techniques of analyzing, developing and evaluating public policies and programs. Emphasis will be given to benefit-cost and cost-effectiveness analysis and concepts of economic efficiency, equity and distribution. Methods will include problem solving, decision making and case studies. Examples will come from human resource, environmental and regulatory policy.

SOC-620568, Media and Public Policy, 3cr

This course will explore the connections between media and public policy in contemporary American society.  The guiding assumption of this study is that the media are an important vehicle by which most Americans make sense of public policies and the politicians who enact these policies.  How does the media influence the public about public policy and the way in which policies are created?  In order to answer this question, the student will explore theories of the media and society and then focus in on specific areas of public policy, to understand how the media has been able to influence public opinion.

SOC-620569, Advocacy for Children, 3cr

Over time, children have gained many legal rights in this country. This course will introduce the student to an overview of these various rights and of the many legal, sociological, psychological and political issues involved in their development. In addition to an overview of these fundamental legal rights, students will become familiar with the basics of the court system and the statutes and judicial decisions affecting children's rights today. Some specific topics to be explored in this course are neglect and abuse of children; the legal, ethical and sociological effects of prenatal maternal substance abuse; and children's right to the effective assistance of counsel. This is a required course in the child and family advocacy advanced certificate.

SOC-620572, Comtemporary Issues in Public Personnel Management, 3cr

This course explores current and emerging personnel management issues in the public sector. This includes issues like the public sector budget process, generational change, differences within the public sector workforce, and training and workforce development issues.

SOC-620573, Current Social Issues in Child Advocacy, 3cr

In this course, students will examine contemporary evolving issues that affect children and families. The purpose of this course will be to present students with an advanced examination of local, national and international challenges faced by youth and their families, and to further provide the tools for advocacy services. Topics to be explored include: 1. criminal responsibility and the age of reason for juveniles and current trends and best practices in juvenile justice reform, 2. a) issues and controversies in the provision of mental health services for youth or b) international children's advocacy, and 3. the challenges of poverty and other social stress factors on the functioning of the family domestically and internationally. These topical areas will further provide students with legal, political and general theoretical information to understand the most current challenges facing youth and families today. Topics in this course will change and develop to respond to evolving topics of the day for these populations.

SOC-620604, Family Policy, 3cr

In this elective, students examine the institution of family through the lens of cultural values and as an area for policy decisions. Topics raised in the course consider how the family unit has evolved over time; the cultural values that shape not only how family is viewed, but also how that view shapes policy decisions that affect the family; and the impact that these policy decisions have upon both families and the larger society. Students who previously enrolled in Cultural Values and Social Institutions should not take this course, as the content is essentially similar.

SOC-620625, Disability Issues, 3cr

This course will examine many of the issues related to disability. It will consider the historical perspective on the civil rights movement for people with disabilities with comparisons to the civil rights movement for racial equality and other movements for inclusion based on gender, sexual preference, religious tolerance and age. Social policy toward people with disabilities will be considered through both a historical perspective and a contemporary assessment of legislation related to people with disabilities. The students will consider what it is to be disabled in America and other contemporary societies. Trends to be discussed will include the impact of technology on people with disabilities and the future of people with disabilities and their role in the diversity movement.

SOC-620633, Community Organizing, 3cr

Effective civic engagement often challenges us to work with others at the grassroots level to meet a wide variety of human needs. This online course uses a simulation model to enable students to experience community organizing first hand. By the end of the course, students will be able to apply key political science and sociological theories to community organizing, use qualitative and quantitative research techniques to discern community needs, work with community volunteers to make important decisions and take the necessary steps to initiate community building. The class will work with real situations in real communities.

SOC-620636, Justice: Policy and Administration, 3cr

In this course students will explore the policies and practices of courts and the judicial branch of American federal and state government to ensure fairness and equality in the administration of justice and will consider methods used in court systems to deliver justice in an efficient, effective, neutral and accountable manner.

SOC-622510, Health Care Policy, 3cr

This course will explore issues related to three important components of health care policy: access to health services, cost and ensuring quality in health services. We will primarily examine public-sector initiatives in these areas, but also will consider activities within the private sector that impinge on these three components. State and federal level activities will be investigated and analyzed. We will examine U.S. policy within an international context. An important focus in the course will be the interrelatedness of these three components; policy initiatives aimed at any one of these three will likely impact the other two. We will consider the logic for government’s role in the health care marketplace. This will include examining a range of arguments in support of and against government’s involvement in the health sector including economic efficiency, distributional and fairness issues, and political.

SOC-622535, Human Services Policy, 3cr

In this course, students will examine how social policy influences, and is influenced by, how human service functions, service populations, outcomes and resources are publicly and privately defined, identified, secured and measured. Students will examine the interactional effects of social policy and human services at organizational and professional levels. For example, at the community level, local funding agencies such as United Way often act as gatekeepers controlling community resources. At the organizational level, this might be expressed as a conflict between the stated mission of an organization and actual practices necessitated by the requirements of its funding sources. An example at the professional level is the socialization of human service workers which often includes membership in professional associations. These associations serve as interpreters of state-of-the-art practices and attitudes and lobby for their expression in social policy, law and regulation. By semester's end, students should be capable of effectively analyzing or deconstructing any human services agency or concept in current social policy.