Tentative Course List
The following is the tentative list of courses open to nonmatriculated and undergraduate students as of Dec. 15. Nonmatriculated and undergraduate students may not enroll in independent studies. The available courses are grouped in the following five general areas:
FIN-650607, International Finance, 3cr
The learning objective of this course is having students develop an understanding that with the world having become a global village, the essence of global corporate financial management is producing where it is most cost-effective, selling where it is most profitable and sourcing capital where it is cheapest, without having to worry about national boundaries. Toward achieving this, the framework for this course emphasizes learning about 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-651699, Financial Management: Practices and Strategies, 3cr
The learning objective of this course is to build on the foundations of the prerequisite accounting and finance course and to integrate the best practices and strategies in the world of corporate finance. Through the analytical use of financial case studies, this course seeks to develop a deeper understanding among students by engaging them with the application of financial models to real-world problems. The pertinent financial topics will include long-term investment and financing decisions, leveraged and optimal capital structure decisions, dividend policy and working capital management, as well as some advanced topics, such as initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, firm valuation and risk management and hedging. Students' grasp and learning will be enhanced through a structured financial analysis of business cases, involving problem identification, scanning the business environment and selection of a financially optimal solution among available options, inculcating vital skills towards professional performance and future career development. Prerequisites for this course are Accounting and Finance, Quantitative Methods in Finance and Investment Analysis.
FIN-651700, Investment Analysis, 3cr
The learning objective of this course is to develop investment and financial modeling skills through an analysis of financial data with the help of spreadsheets. The students will develop a better understanding of the investment environment and the functioning of different asset classes and financial instruments that include the money market, the bond market, the equity market and financial derivatives. The course will engage students with procedures and tools to evaluate financial assets and to analyze the risk and return characteristics of equity, fixed income securities and derivatives and to undertake portfolio analysis. The core contents of the course focus on analytics and portfolio optimization within the risk-return preferences. This course aims at developing a structured framework of investment analysis by requiring students to complete a set of assignments and to undertake a term project of tracking a selection of stocks and presenting a term paper in the context of firm analysis.
MGT-611010, Leadership for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 3cr
In this course, students will explore leadership in public and nonprofit organizations. The course begins with a consideration of the nature of leadership, the tasks of leaders and the traits of effective leadership. Next, students examine leadership theories, their particular application to the public and nonprofit sectors and the challenges facing these sectors. Finally, students will complete an independent research project dealing with leadership in public and nonprofit organizations.
MGT-650606, Strategic Corporate Communication, 3cr
This course covers communication systems required to help support the mission and goals of the organization. Broader topics covered are how managers communicate, communicating corporate culture, effective feedback systems and communicating change across the organization. Within these topics, specific issues such as how well the formal systems of communication work, directions of organizational communication, type and effectiveness of communication networks, assessment of and methods for overcoming communication breakdowns and ethical dilemmas in managing through communication are also covered. Students also learn to use audit tools and methods to improve management communication practices.
MGT-651557, Consumer Behavior, A Global Marketing Perspective, 3cr
This course will focus on the advanced study of the buying behavior of customers in the consumer market. Drawing on previous studies of the role of consumer behavior on marketing strategies, the student will identify the effect on strategy and policy based on the buying process of various market segments. Further in-depth analysis of both internal and external influences on the buying process will be applied to changes in strategy and outcomes in the global market environment. Emphasis will be placed on cultural variations in consumer behavior, changing demographics, the impact of reference groups and prior customer attitudes and learning on the buying process. Case Study Method will be used to apply these concepts to strategy development and subsequent marketing programs. Ethical and legal implications on strategy and policy will also be emphasized in these case studies.
MGT-651602, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, 3cr
The purpose of this course is to study theories in ethics to achieve an understanding of moral philosophy with regard to the social responsibility of business and specific problems and issues facing business today. These issues include, among others, the rights and obligations of employers and employees; hiring, firing and discrimination; gathering, concealing and gilding information;and issues in dealing with foreign cultures. Students will consider how organizations can be guided toward fulfilling their social responsibilities.
MGT-651603, Strategies for Marketing Research, 3cr
This course in marketing research will examine the research process as it relates to the specific problems faced in the marketing arena. The course will enable the student to understand and apply the basic concepts of marketing research as a component of business strategic decision making. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the logic and methodology of market research. By the end of this course, the student will be able to design a market research study and evaluate and assess other research studies. Topics include the research process, methods of gathering primary and secondary data from both internal and external sources, designing and testing survey instruments, sample method design, interviewing techniques and presentations of results from tabulating and analyzing data.
MGT-651607, Managing Health Care Systems, 3cr
This course is required for the Certificate in Health Care Management. This course examines the various aspects of managing the complicated modern health care environment. The roles of payers, consumers and suppliers of health care will be examined. Management and allocation of heath 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. This course, therefore, will cover the issues of ethics and social responsibility involving multinational corporations operating in global markets and LDCs. What responsibilities do MNEs have to operate with concerns for problems in the world environment, such as global warming, ocean contamination and air pollution? How far should MNEs go to protect human rights in a host country? This course also will explore the techniques of ethical reasoning needed to analyze issues in business and looks at the morality of economic systems in the world and the U.S. The course will analyze the current and pressing moral issues in business from corporate governance, to workers’ rights, to legitimate computer use. It also examines case studies of global businesses, as well as those in the U.S.
MGT-651627, Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship, 3cr
This course will examine the legal environment within which the entrepreneur must operate and evolve. Consequently and more specifically, this study will survey the legal field and the parameters the entrepreneur must be mindful of in order to effectively initiate and develop a new venture, including business ethics and social responsibility, as reflected through rules and regulations; statutory versus common law and its impact on the entrepreneur; dispute resolution; torts, crime and international law and its effects on the entrepreneurial scene; and constitutional law and how it permeates essentially every aspect of American commerce and enterprise. This course will also look at contract law and the UCC [Uniform Commercial Code], sales and product liability, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, bankruptcy, agency law, employment and labor law, antitrust law and securities regulations, consumer law, intellectual law and the prominent role they play for the entrepreneur. Lastly, this course will explore the legalities revolving around staring a business, the benefits of incorporating versus limited liability partnerships and/or sole proprietorship, as well as the increasingly emerging areas of cyberlaw and environmental law.
MGT-651628, Health Policy and Management, 3cr
This course focuses on the analytical tools necessary to evaluate the economics of health care policy and implementation. Through readings, discussions and written assignments, students will develop a working understanding of federal and state health policy processes; examine critical health policy issues; use analytical models to explain health policy processes and apply those models to the analysis of health care formulation and implementation. This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Health Care Management.
MGT-651630, International Business Law, 3cr
This course probes the global legal environment for international business. This is an area that every global manager must be familiar with, given the complexity and interdependence of global markets. The course reviews international law and organizations, the process for international dispute resolutions, sales contracts and terms of trade, liability of air and sea carriers in the transportation of goods across the globe, bank collections, trade finance and letters of credit. This course also compares, contrasts and analyzes global, international and U.S. trade law as impacted by GATT (general agreements on tariffs and trade) law, the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, E.U. trade rules and regulations, unfair trade and laws governing access to foreign markets and exports, as well as legal issues relating to global environmental, host-country tax, corporate, employment, privatization and currency risk.
MGT-651636, Managing Human Capital , 3cr
Beginning with an overview of human resources’ roles in addressing the strategic needs of an organization, students explore topics that include, but are not limited to, workforce planning and talent management, thinking strategically about staffing and selection issues, developing internal talent through training and development, succession planning, employment testing, successful employment interviewing and organizational entry and socialization (on-boarding). This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management.
MGT-651637, Performance Management and Total Rewards, 3cr
This course is required for the Certificate in Human Resource Management. Performance management and total rewards systems provide a value proposition to both the organization and its employees by offering a package that should result in satisfied and productive employees who deliver organizational goals and objectives. This course examines how managing individual and organizational performance coupled with a total rewards system can play a strategic role in organizational effectiveness. The study includes an examination of performance-management systems, compensation structure and systems design, benefit programs and an examination of compensation and benefits legislation. The course will include examination of the contrast between employee and labor relations, employment law and challenges associated with managing a diverse workforce. Managing individual and organizational performance to maximize business results and risk minimization through occupational health and safety will be explored.
MGT-651641, Crisis Management and Communication, 3cr
This course is designed to teach graduate students how to save their brand when disaster strikes. Perhaps a plane crashes, an oil tanker runs aground, the local office burns, or the ground beef makes customers ill. Can you get a grip on the situation and perhaps turn it around amid a media firestorm, as Jet Blue did after stranding customers on parked planes for nine hours? Students learn the necessary close interaction between management and communication project teams before, during and after a major disaster to identify key processes, best practices and stakeholder strategies that can reduce risk by anticipating and dealing with cataclysmic events in the marketplace. The timely expression of corporate values amid transparency to vital stakeholders can turn a life-or-death situation into a shining example of corporate leadership, or simply lead to deep failure.
MGT-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-651701, Strategic Application of Innovation and Planning, 3cr
This course covers the critical skills for strategic leadership, strategy development, including environmental scanning, competitive assessment, entrepreneurial vision and communication and management of human capital. Essential management skills such as leading innovation teams and building communication strategies from a stakeholder perspective to facilitate the process of technology transfer and strategic planning will be examined. Assessment of learning outcomes will be through online discussions, an integrative group project that will include the development of a strategic plan for entrepreneurship and assignments identifying the characteristics of a learning organization.
MKT-651635, International Marketing Strategies, 3cr
This course explores the different economic and social changes that have occurred during the past decade and their impact on marketing. As global economic growth occurs, understanding marketing in all cultures is increasingly important. The course examines global issues and describes concepts relevant to all international marketers, in light of the extent of international involvement. The course will analyze marketing strategies including pricing, legal and ethical issues, regulations, integrated marketing communications, multicultural research, sales and global brand management. This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Global Brand Marketing.
MKT-651654, Strategic Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations, 3cr
This course examines marketing from the perspective of nonprofits and government agencies. It examines ethical issues, social responsibilities of marketing professionals and the impact of funding sources on program development, marketing strategies including pricing, legal and ethical issues, regulators, integrated marketing communications, multicultural research, sales and profiles of global managers. This course is required for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
ORG-651638, Women Leaders in Global Organizations, 3cr
Women Leaders in Global Organizations explores fundamental issues about why women managers are not progressing to senior international management positions at the same rate as men. In the course, students examine the barriers that must be overcome in their organizations to be recruited, trained, selected and developed for consideration in international positions. Students explore the unique challenges and competencies needed by women managers in multinational corporations. The course will also focus on such issues as dual careers, cultural norms, home country management, expatriate development and standards for foreign assignments. Students will also be exposed to and investigate the career progression and success of women managers in various countries. This course will broaden students’ perspectives, emphasize management competencies in global organizations and validate student experiences.
ADL-680100, Rethinking Experience and Learning in Adulthood, 3cr
Course readings and assignments bring students' experiential learning and professional practice into dialogue with academic and scholarly approaches to adult learning. Students engage with theories of experiential learning, explore the multiple social locations within which adult education is practiced and analyze debates concerning the relationship between experiential and formal learning. Students read broadly in the field, hone graduate-level skills of academic and digital literacy and work via cohort learning and e-portfolios.
ADL-680101, Learning and Development in Contemporary Adulthood, 3cr
Through this course, students develop an understanding of adult life in multiple personal, social, historical and cultural contexts and examine and critique a variety of theoretical schools concerning adult development, learning and identity in young, middle and late adulthood. Biological, psychological and sociocultural perspectives on adulthood are explored.
ADL-680103, Approaches to Critical Inquiry and Research, 3cr
Students explore the variety of analytical and research modalities that characterize research in adult learning -- including social science research methods, critical theory, problem-based learning, social networking analysis and participant research -- and draw connections between these modalities to their own sites of practice and learning goals, as well as use them for programmatic assessment. Through a series of structured activities, they identify topics for research, conduct literature reviews and identify the research methods relevant to their topics, apply a variety of critical lenses to their area of interest and produce a research paper. They then draw on the insights thus gained and the three previous courses to articulate the focus for their degree. Viewing the various group and individualized offerings available, they draft a degree program and program rationale that identify their elective studies, explore those choices in terms of their personal, social and professional goals and point toward the final project.
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-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.
ADL-680113, Human Resource Development, 3cr
Human Resource Development (HRD) is comprised of planned, structured, institutionally sponsored initiatives designed to facilitate individual, group and organizational learning and growth. These initiatives include skills training, career development, leadership development and organizational development. Students will learn about each one of these aspects of HRD and how these aspects interrelate to form an HRD strategy. This course takes both a practical stance, as well as a critical stance. This means that students will come away from the course with the ability to articulate the meaning, purpose and activities of HRD. Additionally, students will acquire a multifaceted understanding of HRD’s evolution, which has not been without ambiguity and debate. Students learn about the history of the field, key theorists and debates in the field and will be able to identify HRD initiatives within their own professional experiences in order to connect theory with application.
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 teacher to explore the relevancy of what they are studying to a classroom setting. Observation assignments will integrate theoretical- and research-based concepts with classroom practice. Students will present at least one lesson. This course is fully online.
EDU-660523, Eductional Evaluation, 3cr
This course develops skills in evaluating both student learning and teaching effectiveness. The course emphasizes using research-based inquiry into one’s own practice as a teacher to improve curricula, teaching and learning. Topics include principles and forms of assessment of student learning, especially in relation to the certification area; uses of technology in the assessment of student learning; national, state and local instruments for assessing student learning and their use in enhancing student learning and teaching effectiveness; and principles and forms of classroom research. In order to complete the assessment plan, students must have access to a classroom to assess student learning.
EDU-660533, Literacy Across the Curriculum, 3cr
This course examines the role of reading, writing and language within the curriculum and the impact of literacy on specific content areas. Students develop strategies and skills in exploring relevant content literature and using technology to acquire and manage information. Students gain experience in designing and implementing literacy lessons within the content area. This course is fully online.
EDU-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 made possible by synergy across research methodologies. Students will research sociocultural-historical perspectives on literacy in order to understand the dominant role that cultural belief systems, social rules and conventions and professional opportunities have in the interconnected process of literacy learning.
EDU-661201, US Schools in Social Context, 3cr
This course critically examines the philosophical, historic, social and legal foundations of education, as well as contemporary structures, functions and issues in educational systems in the United States. The course provides additional historical context for the course Understanding Diverse Learners. Topics include broad historical and social contexts within which American schools developed; present and historical relationships between schools and communities; diversity, equity, individuality and schooling; schooling and democracy/citizenship; social structures and cultures of schools; teachers as members of learning communities; computer use in schools; rights and responsibilities of education stakeholders; and contemporary debates and alternative visions of schooling. The culminating project for this course is an analysis and evaluation of community assets for a school or school district of the student’s choice.
EDU-661203, Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching, 3cr
This course examines current policies that affect learning and instructional practices in educational environments across various settings. Problem-solving strategies are used to identify and develop best practices that respond to challenges arising from contemporary issues in society. This course also reviews changes in federal and state curriculum mandates and examines the theoretical underpinnings of current educational practices and societal dynamics. Students complete a group paper and presentation on an issue of each group’s choice, addressing different perspectives, group members’ positions and proposed strategies for action. They also complete an individual paper that researches the history, current developments and predictable future developments of a self-chosen issue, while also reflecting on effective teaching and learning strategies in response to the issue. Students develop an understanding of contemporary issues and their effects on learning environments, create effective learning environments in various contexts and demonstrate the ability to act as change agents within communities.
EDU-661204, Leading in a Learning Environment, 3cr
This course is designed to examine leadership roles and leadership needs in 21st-century education. Students will explore various leadership designs and styles alone and in relationship to curricular planning, professional development and community outreach. Students will examine learning environments to develop strategies and programs around leadership that coincide with the needs of contemporary learners. Additionally, students will read and become well versed on leadership strategies and initiatives, current and historical educational policy and leadership outreach initiatives that affect learners and the community. They will share some common readings while selecting others to satisfy individual and group inquiries.
EDU-661206, Literacy and Literature, 3cr
This course examines ways in which literature, as the written, digital and visual representation of human experience, enhances our ability to make meaning of the processes and products of human thought, feelings and behavior. Characteristics of various genres are explored throughout the course. Ways in which literature opens a dialogue between writer, reader and responder are analyzed. Learning activities serve to expand the understanding of written expression through a survey of literature that uses the K-12 Common Core Standards as a framework. Students will be able to understand the ways in which different genres influence the reading and writing experience and will comprehend how K-12 students make meaning from text. Evaluation will encompass online discussions, written reflections and projects designed to augment individual learning and professional objectives.
EDU-661207, Understanding Diverse Learners, 3cr
This course addresses diversity in contemporary schools, the ways children and families from various cultures are affected by and affect schools and the role of the teacher and the curriculum in creating an open and diversity-affirming environment conducive to learning. Students gain understandings of how to adapt instruction to the needs of diverse learners. Topics include immigration, global issues and education; cultural, ethnic, racial and socioeconomic diversity; related behaviors, attitudes, family structures and expectations; community contexts of local schools; teaching, curriculum and diversity in the student’s certification area; and equity and cultural issues in computer use.
EDU-663100, Introduction to Special Education Law, 3cr
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the history of education law and the history of education of students with disabilities, advocacy and disability laws from the mid-20th century. Students will be introduced to the role and responsibilities of the special education teacher in his or her legal obligation to the exceptional student, parents and school. Particular emphasis will be placed on federal and New York State Education Department Law- Part 200 mandates and current special education laws and core issues that developed from the disability movement: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – IDEA (PL 94-142), No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Individualized Education Programs (IEP), Parental Rights and Procedural Safeguards, Due Process, introduction to initiatives such as PBIS, FBA and RTI and future litigation as it comes into effect.
EDU-681100, Learning with Emerging Technologies: Theory and Practice, 3cr
As innovative technologies continue to emerge, new ways of improving the teaching and learning process are possible. George Veletsianos claims in his book, "Emerging Technologies in Distance Education," that emerging technologies may or may not be new, are evolving entities, experience “hype cycles” and can be disruptive. He describes a need for more research and understanding to reveal the untapped potential of these emerging technologies in ways that transform instruction and deepen understanding. In this course, we explore a variety of learning theories, best practices and instructional design frameworks that can help guide educators through a process of researching and vetting emerging technologies. We examine how it is essential that educators design instruction and evaluation using a lens that includes learning theory, best practices and instructional design frameworks to discover and exploit affordances of emerging technologies in ways that promote the acquisition and refinement of 21st-century skills in both formal and informal learning environments. Some consideration will be given to assistive technologies that address the needs of students with disabilities and the scope of both the American Disabilities Act and recommendations of professional organizations, including the National Council of Online Learning.
EDU-681101, New Media and New Literacies, 3cr
This course is designed to explore the implications of new media and new literacies in social, political, economic and personal spheres. Students will investigate theories and research related to meaning-making in and around the contexts of contemporary social media. In addition, students will work collaboratively and collectively to build their knowledge in how these media are created, used, interpreted and re-used by themselves and others. They will explore how affinities for these media enable us to think differently about what it means to read, write, listen, speak, view and participate in often overlapping, and at times juxtaposed, communities of practice. Rather than focus on producing new media, this course will explore the impact new media and the resulting new literacies have on membership in existing and emerging communities of practice.
EDU-681102, Social and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era, 3cr
In this course, students will explore major issues related to knowledge production and learning in our digital age. Students will be introduced to pressing issues in the use of technology in various learning environments and reflect on the assumptions we make about knowledge, creativity and social dynamics based on our choices. Any one of the topics raised is suitable for more in-depth study as an elective. Topics will include privacy and security, intellectual property rights, the nature of creative commons, access and equity, ethics and legal challenges and digital democracy. Students will consider these concerns as they move into discussions on future trends by reading a variety of current reports, such as MIT’s Technology Review, Ray Kurzweill’s AI.net site, Jamais Casco’s Open the Future and the New Media Consortium/Educause’s annual Horizon Report and Top Teaching and Learning Challenges Project. In the process, they will investigate various strategies for studying futures, including scenarios, prediction markets, the Delphi method, environmental scanning and crowdsourcing.
EDU-681103, Designing Online Learning Environments, 3cr
The collaborative potential of online tools requires instructors to consider shifts in their pedagogy to more mindfully plan, facilitate and guide. This represents a change in the roles and relationships between teachers and learners and requires more attention to the instructional design and interactive communicative strategies of virtual learning experiences. In this course, students are introduced to instructional and digital design principles in order to apply them in a project that can be used as a component for their advanced design portfolios, or final capstone projects. Consideration is given to effective visual communication in digital environments. The course explores stages of the instructional systems design (ISD) process and strategies for designing and developing multimedia instructional materials. An important aspect of online instructional design is understanding and responding to the context in which instructional materials will be delivered and the needs, expectations and capacities of the participants. Students will explain their thinking during the creation of a project and demonstrate their understanding of these expectations.
EDU-681104, Assessing Learning in Digital Environments, 3cr
Designing, developing, and learning within digital environments presents new challenges to our understanding of knowledge and skills; to the assessment of learning; and to understanding what constitutes effective participation in such environments. Using both collaborative and independent work, within this course, students will study the literature on digital environment evaluation and will seek to explore and define models of interactions and their assessment that can provide direction, support and insight to designers and instructors of digital environments. Upon studying the rich, diverse and novel ways in which humans can learn in these environments and the many emerging tools to assess learning, students will consider ways to value, document, capture, analyze and evaluate the complex formal and informal ways that learners are making meaning within technology-mediated learning-and-communications environments. This will include defining learning goals and objectives, designing plans to document and measure learning and describing alternative assessment methodologies to increase student access. Students will examine the ways that present systems (schools, game companies, internet-based organizations, etc.) are monitoring and assessing learning, training and progress within their organizations, gathering insight into their own instructional development and assessment needs from these studies. Emphasis will be placed on students studying, designing and evaluating the emerging landscape of digital assessment and applying these understandings to their own instructional needs.
EDU-681109, Game-based Learning, 3cr
This course is designed to explore games and simulations in an educational context —the learning processes, practices, and events associated with integrating/developing educational game-based learning in the program and or professional practice. What are games and simulations? How do learners/students in the program feel and think about games and simulations? How do games and simulations inform their development as learners and/or professional practitioners in their field of expertise? Do they see games and simulations as potentially beneficial in the program and/or professional endeavors? In summary, this course will challenge students to investigate the learning processes, practices and events associated with integrating and developing games and simulations.
EDU-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 and 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. Another is for technically literate students who wish to be trained in performance theory and practice. Still another 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 will culminate their learning by completing a research project demonstrating their understanding of assistive technology.
EDU-681114, Performance Theory, 3cr
This course begins from the premise that theory is practice and practice is theory. During the term,students will critically think about performance and make performance in their own contexts. This course engages performance as an object of study, a method of research and a theoretical paradigm in a range of interdisciplinary contexts with a focus that returns to theatre and media studies. This course is structured in a way that allows students and faculty to connect with each other and the material through readings, discussions and performance attendance/viewings and critique. We will examine an array of performance theorists, artists, artist/theorists and theorist/artists in order to practice performance as a way of thinking about the complexities of the world(s) we live in.
LAB-630520, Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector, 3cr
This course is designed to provide an overview of bargaining in the public sector. It deals with major policy issues related to public-sector bargaining, environmental factors influencing public-sector bargaining, bargaining techniques and dispute resolution in the public sector. This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Public Sector Labor and Employment Policy.
LAB-630521, Current Developments in Collective Bargaining, 3cr
This course is designed to help students explore current trends in collective bargaining. Students will be encouraged to explore such issues as concession bargaining, changes in bargaining structure, new bargaining strategies and tactics and such new bargaining issues as two-tier wage systems, changes in work rules, job security, quality of work, technological change, women's concerns and safety and health.
LAB-630522, Globalization, 3cr
This is an elective course which examines the place of labor within the international economy and the history, development and formation of that economy since 1945. We will examine the historical development and then look at the consequences for labor of economic development, especially as this involves the place of manufacturing in national economics and global investing, especially the current expansion of foreign investment within the United States.
LAB-630526, Readings in Labor and Policy, 3cr
This course will examine recent studies on labor and industrial relations and labor and policy. The student may choose his or her own readings in consultation with the mentor. Strongly recommended are Steven Fraser and Joshua Freeman, eds. "Audacious Democracy," John Sweeney, "America Needs a Raise," Ruth Milkman, "Farewell to the Factory," Kate Bronfenbrenner, "Organizing to Win," Michael Goldfield, "The Color of Politics," Kim Moody, "Workers in a Lean World" and Lester Thurow, "The Future of Capitalism."
LAB-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-630533, Labor Arbitration, 3cr
This course is relevant to both the public and the private sector. We will consider the principles and parameters of arbitration and the guiding principles which govern arbitration decisions. We will examine both investigation for and preparation and presentation of arbitration cases. Students will develop a supplementary contract with the mentor, which will allow them to focus on a particular aspect of arbitration, such as the principles and practices governing discipline and discharge, or on a more general consideration, such as the values which underpin the arbitration process, or arbitration as a form of dispute resolution and its relation to other forms of dispute resolution, such as mediation. We will also consider arbitration as it relates to the resolution of disputes concerning matters of interest, as well as matters of right.
LAB-630534, Labor Law, 3cr
This course considers the history and principles of federal labor relations law and its relevance to both private and public sector labor relations. The text is prepared by the Labor Law Section of the American Bar Association and is the standard authority in the field. We will gain an overview of the labor law and the parameters of decision making, as established legislatively, and by the National Labor Relations Board and the courts, which have guided the course of labor law in the United States.
LAB-630536, Environment, Labor and the Community, 3cr
This course will explore the economic, political and social forces that influence the environmental policies of labor unions and community organizations. The student will study worker and community struggles for environmental quality, as well as corporate threats that make coalitions difficult. In a major research paper, the student will develop an in-depth understanding of the environmental issue of his or her choice. Some possibilities for this project are environmental justice, toxic waste, or lead contamination.
LAB-630539, Theories of the Labor Movement, 3cr
In this course we will examine a wide variety of theories that attempt to explain why labor unions have arisen, why they take the form they do, why they behave the way they do and what role they have under capitalism. We will consider such theorists as Karl Marx, V.I. Lenin, John Dunlop, Selig Perlman, Thorstein Veblen and Pope Leo XIII.
LAB-630544, Public Sector Labor Law, 3cr
This course considers the history and principles of federal labor relations law and its relevance to both private and public sector labor relations. The text is prepared by the labor law section of the American Bar Association and is the standard authority in the field. We will gain an overview of labor law and the parameters of decision making, as established legislatively and by the National Labor Relations Board and the courts, which have guided the course of labor law in the United States.This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Public Sector Labor and Employment Policy.
LAB-630545, Labor-Management Relations, 3cr
This course explores the development and context of collective bargaining and labor-management relations in the United States. This includes the historical development of the labor relations process, the participants in the process, the legal framework for collective bargaining and dispute resolution. This course also focuses on the social and economic impact of labor-management relations.
LAB-630548, High Performance Workplace, 3cr
In this course, we will first examine the form, structure and connections of the high-performance workplace and the roles of information technologies in and beyond the workplace. We will examine the possibilities and challenges created for workplace arrangements, communication and labor-management participation. We will consider the importance of quality, value, core competencies and strategic planning with regard to a service-based economy. We will then consider the impact of these developments for employment relations by comparing and contrasting labor-management relations in different countries.
LAB-630568, Compensation, Motivation and Performance, 3cr
Compensation is one of the most important elements of the workplace. In this course, the subject of compensation is examined across a broad spectrum. The student will study new and innovative approaches linking compensation to organizational strategy and performance. Current theories, models and concepts are presented and analyzed in an effort to provide the basis for the development of an equitable and effective pay system. Key topics include motivation theory, job analysis and job evaluation, performance appraisal, legal bases for pay and internal and external pay equity.
LIB-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 cultures' 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-640629, Culture of the Jazz Age, 3cr
This course will look at the culture of America in the 1920s known as the “Jazz Age.” We will look at the emergence of what Gertrude Stein termed the “lost generation” writers after World War I such as Ernest Hemingway, F.Scott Fitzgerald and T.S. Eliot; the flowering of African-American literature and culture known as the “Harlem Renaissance” with such writers as Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen; and the artistic contributions of such jazz legends as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie and blues singers Bessie Smith, Josephine Baker and Billie Holiday.
LIB-640633, Studies in Ancient and Traditional Epics, 3cr
Epics, long poetic or prose poems, have formed part of the traditions of cultures from very early times up into the modern era. This course will focus on the early and traditional examples ranging from the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh from the 18th century BCE up 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-640634, Archival Theory and Practice, 3cr
This course is required for the Certificate in Public History. This course will introduce students to the history of archives and the basic theories and practices of administering archives and manuscript collections (appraisal, acquisition, arrangement and description, reference, and preservation). As well, the course will draw on several academic disciplines to address the public dimension of archives and their use in research, outreach programs and historic editing and publishing. Finally, the course will cover ethical and legal issues and the ways new information technologies affect archival administration and use.
LIB-640635, Exhibition: Planning and Interpretation, 3cr
Building on the theory and practice learned in Museums and Public History, this course will ask students to work within a history museum (or equivalent collection) to produce an exhibition. Working within a museum setting will allow students to put their theoretical knowledge to practical use. Geographical considerations will determine the specific organizations with which students may work; however, online exhibitions will be possible. This course is required for the Public History advanced certificate program.
LIB-640636, Public History Internship, 3cr
In line with recommendations of the National Council on Public History, the mission of the internships is: “Internships are an important part of public history education that allow students to gain new insights into the nature of public history practice by engaging in meaningful work under the mentorship of experienced and knowledgeable public history professionals. Successful internships provide students with work experience combined with structured opportunities to reflect on their activities and connect their practical experience with the skills and knowledge gained in their public history training.” - NCPH Curriculum and Training Committee, May 2008. Students will participate in a one-semester internship of 150 hours with a public history institution such as a museum, historical society, archives, or library. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with an opportunity to observe and reflect on public history as practiced and apply skills learned in the certificate program. Students will work with the instructor to identify an appropriate institution, field supervisor and specific responsibilities for the internship. This course has prerequisites. This course is required for the Certificate in Public History
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, educational tools, entertainment and 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, or poetry. Students may also wish to look at variants of one or more tales across cultures, place and time as part of the course. This course is appropriate for those interested in traditional societies, folklore and folklife, communication, early childhood, psychology/sociology, history of cultures, literature, education, and much more. To design an appropriate course, the student should contact the course instructor at his or 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-640655, Feminist Theory, 3cr
This course will provide an introduction to feminist theory by exploring the ways in which gender has served historically to legitimate or marginalize forms of knowledge in Western cultures. Through the close reading of primary and secondary texts, students will view the emergence of feminist thinking in terms of the view of women as subjects and objects of knowledge. Students also will explore questions of how gender interacts with other social categories such as race, how such distinctions as mind/body and thought/emotion are used to delegitimize knowledge that is associated with women and how gendered views of knowledge and power are constructed in multiple cultures.
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-640664 Women in Traditional Folktales, 3cr
In this course, the student will explore traditional folktales from a variety of traditions, focusing particularly on the roles of females in these tales, an approach that necessarily also highlights the roles played by males. In addition, it will include the study of narrative theory related to traditional materials with an examination of how the tales develop and show variants over time and space. The student will contact the mentor for discussion of specifics and how the course should be focused relative to his/her interest and overall program.
LIB-640665 Women and Goddesses in the Traditions of the Ancient Middle East, 3cr
This course will allow the student to explore women and goddesses in the literature and mythology of the major ancient Middle Eastern civilizations: ancient Canaan, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt and ancient Israel. Where appropriate, certain Classical materials may be used. The student will contact the mentor for discussion of specifics and how the course should be focused relative to his/her interest and overall program.
LIB-640666 Hebrew Bible in its Ancient Middle Eastern Context, 3cr
This course will allow the student to take an in-depth look the context in which the Hebrew Bible (the Christian Old Testament) developed by looking at various texts along with some history of the other major ancient Near Eastern civilizations. The student will contact the mentor for discussion of specifics and how the course should be focused relative to his/her interest and overall program.
LIB-640667 Women in the Hebrew Bible, 3cr
This course will allow the student to explore the literature of the Jewish Bible (the Christian Old Testament) with a particular focus on the various women who are active (or not so active) in this rich set of texts. Readings will permit the student to gain a familiarity with the patriarchal narratives, the early history of the ancient Israelites, within their context of the ancient Near East, and the literature of the ancient Israelites, such as the wisdom texts and various others of the prophets. The student will consult with the mentor to determine the specifics of this course in relation to his or her program and overall goals.
CAED-611003, Principles of Community and Economic Development, 3cr
This course will incorporate the subjects of two distinct, yet related, bodies of literature. One addresses community development and the other, economic development. The course will highlight the importance of linking these two concepts in a model that integrates the economic development of a community with the development of social capital and community capacity and functioning. Students will examine theoretical concepts in these two domains, as well as real-world economic development models that attempt to move beyond the traditional factors of production and examine ways in which real communities have tried to produce positive economic outcomes through community development.
PAF-611008, Population, Land Use and Municipal Finance, 3cr
In this course, students examine the dynamic relationships between the population in a particular community; the type and spatial distribution of individual, business and community activity; and the way that the community finances its activities. Any change in one of these elements will inevitably change the others and, from an economic planning perspective, each must be considered in contemplation of the other elements. Students will consider basic concepts related to each element (gathering and interpreting demographic information; the fiscal and social impact of land use and land use changes; municipal finance concepts such as the impact of taxation, equity in taxation and tax shifting). Finally, students will complete an integrative project dealing with the development of a comprehensive community plan. Prereq: Must complete POL-611009, Macroeconomics for Public Policy.
POL-623000, Veteran Services and Public Policy, 3cr
This course provides a holistic overview of the policy framework within which federal, state, community-based and other veteran services are offered. Following an exploration of the figure of the warrior in society and culture, students will examine the evolution of public policy concerning veterans, critique current gaps and problems in the system and develop an understanding of how policy frameworks and service-delivery interface. The course includes a historical perspective of veterans’ issues and public policy, as well as addressing the need for continued advocacy regarding new policies, benefits and technologies. This course is required for the Veterans Services advanced certificate program.
POL-623001, Veteran Outreach, Services and Advocacy, 3cr
This course provides grounding in the psychosocial landscape within which veteran services are offered and puts veterans' services within the broad context of the experience of war and the challenge of coming home. It identifies the challenges facing returning veterans, including reintegrating into the community, reconnecting with family, reorienting to the less-structured character of civilian life and, in some cases, adjusting to life with a disability. Special attention is also paid to the family system and the challenges facing the families of veterans, the effects of multiple and extended deployments, specific issues facing women veterans, generational differences among veterans and veterans as they age. Finally, the course identifies strategies for reaching out to veterans, explores existing models for such outreach and service delivery and addresses the question of how to advocate for veterans across multiple communities and multiple political and social perspectives. This course is required for the Veterans Services advanced certificate program.
POL-623002, Veteran Programs and Benefits, 3cr
This course provides students with broad knowledge of specific veteran benefits and programs, including health care, education, employment, criminal justice and housing. Topics include needs assessment, the mesh of services and service providers and case- and claims- management, review and appeal. Students will gain practice in identifying the benefits available to specific veterans and groups of veterans, explore issues concerning access and eligibility and consider both the functional and the challenging aspects of the system of benefits. Following a broad overview of these topics, students have the opportunity to do further work in a topic of particular interest. This course is required for the Veterans' Services advanced certificate program.
POL-623004, Military and Veteran Culture: Developing Cultural Competency, 3cr
This course is highly recommended for students, such as social workers, with prior background and/or training in human services, but with no previous experience working with military or veteran populations. Topics include the reasons for enlisting in the military, the effects of military training, formal and informal military structures, military hierarchy, military terminology, active-duty military and veterans in work and educational environments and the effects of military service on later life. This course is required for the Veterans Services advanced certificate program.
SOC-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 spousal 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-620554, Citizen and State: Contemporary American Ideologies and Politics , 3cr
Citizen and State explores the political ideas that have affected and continue to affect American society, politics and public policy from the end of World War II to the present. The emphasis will be on the fundamental changes that have occurred in the way key social groups have come to view their relations to the state and the role that the state should play in their private and public lives. Through an examination of historical events, movements and leaders, students will explore the development of the deep social, cultural and ideological cleavages that have come to divide American society and politics and affect domestic and foreign policies. The emphasis will be on the post WWII evolution of liberalism and conservatism. This course is required for the Public Sector Labor and Employment Policy Advanced Certificate program.
SOC-620565, Public Policy Analysis, 3cr
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the methods and techniques of analyzing, developing and evaluating public policies and programs. Emphasis will be on benefit-cost and cost-effectiveness analysis and concepts of economic efficiency, equity and distribution. Methods will include problem solving, decision making and case studies. Examples will come from human resources, environmental and regulatory policy.
SOC-620568, Media and Public Policy, 3cr
This course will explore the connections between media and public policy in contemporary American society. The guiding assumption of this study is that the media are an important vehicle by which most Americans make sense of public policies and the politicians who enact these policies. How does the media influence the public about public policy and the way in which policies are created? In order to answer this question, the student will explore theories of the media and society and then focus on specific areas of public policy to understand how the media has been able to influence public opinion.
SOC-620569, Advocacy for Children, 3cr
Over time, children have gained many legal rights in this country. This course will introduce the student to an overview of these various rights and of the many legal, sociological, psychological and political issues involved in their development. In addition to an overview of these fundamental legal rights, students will become familiar with the basics of the court system and the statutes and judicial decisions affecting children's rights today. Some specific topics to be explored in this course are neglect and abuse of children; the legal, ethical and sociological effects of prenatal maternal substance abuse; and children's right to the effective assistance of counsel. This is a required course in the Child and Family Advocacy advanced certificate.
SOC-620572, Contemporary Issues in Public Personnel Management, 3cr
This course explores current and emerging personnel management issues in the public sector. This includes issues like the public-sector budget process, generational change, differences within the public-sector workforce and training and workforce development issues.
SOC-620573, Current Social Issues in Child Advocacy, 3cr
In this course, students will examine contemporary evolving issues that affect children and families. The purpose of this course will be to present students with an advanced examination of local, national and international challenges faced by youth and their families and to further provide the tools for advocacy services. Topics to be explored include criminal responsibility and the age of reason for juveniles and current trends and best practices in juvenile justice reform; issues and controversies in the provision of mental health services for youth, or international children's advocacy; and the challenges of poverty and other social stress factors on the functioning of the family domestically and internationally. These topical areas will further provide students with legal, political and general theoretical information to understand the most current challenges facing youth and families today. Topics in this course will change and develop to respond to evolving topics of the day for these populations.
SOC-620604, Family Policy, 3cr
In this elective, students examine the institution of family through the lens of cultural values and as an area for policy decisions. Topics raised in the course consider how the family unit has evolved over time; the cultural values that shape not only how family is viewed, but also how that view shapes policy decisions that affect the family; and the impact that these policy decisions have upon both families and the larger society. Students who previously enrolled in Cultural Values and Social Institutions should not take this course, as the content is essentially similar.
SOC-620625, Disability Issues, 3cr
This course will examine many of the issues related to disability. It will consider the historical perspective on the civil rights movement for people with disabilities with comparisons to the civil rights movement for racial equality and other movements for inclusion based on gender, sexual preference, religious tolerance and age. Social policy affecting people with disabilities will be considered through both a historical perspective and a contemporary assessment of legislation related to people with disabilities. The students will consider what it is to be disabled in America and other contemporary societies. Trends to be discussed will include the impact of technology on people with disabilities and the future of people with disabilities and their role in the diversity movement.
SOC-620630, Women, Crime and the Criminal Justice System, 3cr
This course will cover major issues of gender, crime and justice. There will be coverage of women as deviants/offenders, women as victims of crime and women as workers within the criminal justice system (lawyers, judges, police, prisons).
SOC-620633, Community Organizing, 3cr
Effective civic engagement often challenges us to work with others at the grassroots level to meet a wide variety of human needs. This online course uses a simulation model to enable students to experience community organizing firsthand. By the end of the course, students will be able to apply key political science and sociological theories to community organizing, use qualitative and quantitative research techniques to discern community needs, work with community volunteers to make important decisions and take the necessary steps to initiate community building. The class will work with real situations in real communities.
SOC-622510, Health Care Policy, 3cr
This course will explore issues related to three important components of health care policy: access to health services, cost and ensuring quality in health services. We will primarily examine public-sector initiatives in these areas, but also will consider activities within the private sector that impinge on these three components. State and federal level activities will be investigated and analyzed. We will examine U.S. policy within an international context. An important focus in the course will be the interrelatedness of these three components; policy initiatives aimed at any one of these three will likely impact the other two. We will consider the logic for government’s role in the health care marketplace. This will include examining a range of arguments in support of and against government’s involvement in the health sector including economic efficiency, distributional and fairness issues.
SOC-622535, Human Services Policy, 3cr
In this course, students will examine how social policy influences and is influenced by how human service functions, service populations, outcomes and resources are publicly and privately defined, identified, secured and measured. Students will examine the interactional effects of social policy and human services at organizational and professional levels. For example, at the community level, local funding agencies such as United Way often act as gatekeepers controlling community resources. At the organizational level, this might be expressed as a conflict between the stated mission of an organization and actual practices necessitated by the requirements of its funding sources. An example at the professional level is the socialization of human service workers, which often includes membership in professional associations. These associations serve as interpreters of state-of-the-art practices and attitudes and lobby for their expression in social policy, law and regulation. By semester's end, students should be capable of effectively analyzing or deconstructing any human services agency or concept in current social policy.