Tentative Nonmatriculated Course List
The following is the tentative listing of courses open to nonmatriculated students as of March 5, 2014. These courses are grouped in the following five general areas:
ECO-651601, Economics of Strategy, 3cr
This course builds on a basic understanding of microeconomics and managerial economics to investigate and analyze a number of important issues related to firms, markets, and competition. The topics examined include the boundaries of the firm; market structure and how it affects competition among firms; strategic interaction among firms such as entry, pricing, investment, and exit; and competitive advantage. Students will study and consider these topics using a combination of economic analysis, game theory, and case study analysis. Through this course, students will gain a better understanding of competition in markets and how firm behavior and market structure interact to influence the economic performance of firms.
ECO-651608, Analysis of Health Care Markets, 3cr
This course will investigate and evaluate the roles of markets, public policies, and organizations in the health care sector. Students will examine the functions and effects of private and public health insurance on access, cost and market efficiency, and quality of health care. Evolving organizational and contractual forms in health care will be considered and analyzed from different perspectives. Students will study the major public insurance programs, Medicare and Medicaid, and consider various proposals for reform of the health care system in the U.S. Students will investigate several topics in health care markets in some detail. These may include the pharmaceutical market and patents, financing long-term care, medical malpractice, and paying for care for the uninsured.
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, simulations, to regression analysis methods, with a strong emphasis on their application.
FIN-651645, Public Finance, 3cr
Public finance is the study of the theory and practice of how governments raise revenue and make expenditures. The goals of this course are to acquaint students with a range of issues and problems in public finance. This will include the theory and practice of taxation at the federal and state level and the theory and practice of public spending, primarily at the federal level. In investigating and analyzing issues in taxation and public expenditures students will consider both fairness/equity and efficiency criteria. On the taxation side, students will learn about the incidence of taxation, how taxes affect the efficiency of markets, and the structure of the federal tax system for individuals and corporations. On the expenditure side, students will learn about the theory of public goods and externalities as well as specific spending programs in health care and income security. In addition, students will investigate an area of taxation and an area of expenditure in detail.
FIN-651648, Financial Analysis and Control, 3cr
This course provides students the necessary management control tools to make far more persuasive business proposals, business cases and strategic recommendations. A particular focus is on learning to use financial information to support strategic decisions and improve operating results. This includes: How to use financial analysis concepts and methods to help prepare business cases or funds approval requests; How to use decision models for key issues such as: adding or dropping business lines, make or buy decisions, accepting special orders, constrained resource utilization, sell or process further; Capital planning and capital asset selection: How to make the right capital investment decisions; Preparing financial plans & budgets: Principles that can be used to create accurate budgets.
HCM-651632, Healthcare Financial Management, 3cr
Students taking this course will be able to make sound decisions that promote the financial well-being of a healthcare organization. The course starts by introducing the basic assumptions and concepts underlying the preparation and measurement of financial data, measurement of business operations, business valuation, financial reporting, budgeting, cost allocation, service and product costing, and special reports for managerial purposes. It then progresses to analyze the principles governing the health care industry, rules and regulations in collecting, preparing and presenting financial data for health care providers. As the students comprehend the accounting and financial reporting aspects of healthcare organization, they will move on to cover the financial decisions relevant to operating budget, capital budget and the right mix of cash flows and outflows to create values for the organization. Various learning activities may include readings, research, presentations, case studies, discussion, and financial market analysis.
HCM-651649, Human Resource Competencies in Healthcare, 3cr
This course focuses on the challenges and proficiencies related to the management of human resources in health care organizations. Employing a competency-based approach, students will study the complex demands associated with, and skills necessary for, the recruitment, management, and development of a workforce in an industry experiencing significant policy and economic change as well as substantial consumer base growth. A central theme of the course is how to align the Human Resources function with organizational mission and strategy and ensure that Human Resources functions and processes support organizational goals. We will examine how this can occur in an industry characterized by uncertainty and flux; a highly diverse labor market; realignment of organizational systems; technological advancements which influence the management of information, human capital, and clinical activity; shifts toward systemic integration; and the adoption of best practice models which place an increasing emphasis on quality of outcome. Students will explore and apply strategies related to critical HR functions and matters, including performance management systems, staffing, selection, incentive structures, employee and team development, policy and legal issues, and ethics.
HCM-651652, Healthcare Quality Management and Compliance, 3cr
This course is an application of quality management theory and knowledge in healthcare practice. It also explores regulatory, managerial, organizational, and compliance issues relevant to quality control, maintenance, and improvement. The course covers various methods and tools currently utilized in measuring, assessing, and improving healthcare services with practical real-life applications and case studies. Among various topics to be covered are, but not limited to, managing the use of healthcare resources and quality management environments, performance improvement tools, quality project teams, measuring and improving patient safety, measuring and evaluating quality performance and continuous improvement utilizing various managerial and statistical techniques such as total quality management, balanced scorecard, six sigma, and applying the concepts of organizing for quality. In addition, the course will cover compliance laws, policies and procedures for various healthcare organizations.
MGT-650601, Dynamics of International Business, 3cr
The main focus of this course is the investigation of the global environment and its impact on international strategy development and implementation. The course includes consideration of ethical issues, impact of technological innovation, forming of alliances and the shrinking of world markets.
MGT-650606, Strategic Corporate Communication, 3cr
This course covers communication systems required to help support the mission and goals of the organization. Broader topics cover: a.) how managers communicate, b.) communicating corporate culture, c.) effective feedback systems, and d.) 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-650614, Global Strategy, 3cr
Achieving sustainable competitive advantage in global markets depends on the ability of managers to analyze globalization trends and assess the impact of culture on international business dealings, international trade, investment and cross-cultural interactions. The course is based on three important parts: As a survey course, it covers tools for effective strategic management such as PESTEL analysis, Porter's five forces and industry analysis; VRIO, TOWS, and generic strategies (cost leadership and differentiation); As a foundation course, it focuses on global strategy and introduces students to the management of global operations and the challenges associated with the selection of markets and the management of a global supply chain; As a strategic global management course, it covers international market strategies such as foreign direct investment, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint-ventures, and corporate governance of multinational organizations.
MGT-650617, Global E-CommerceStrategies, 3cr
This course provides the conceptual foundation for e-commerce and e-business. The course focuses on analyzing e-commerce, digital markets, and e-business firms using principles and theory from the fields of economics, marketing, finance, philosophy, and information systems; multiple opportunities for application are provided. In addition to concepts from economics and marketing the course examines transaction costs, network externalities, perfect digital markets, segmentation strategies, price dispersion, targeting, and positioning. The course also addresses literature on ethics and society, focusing on concepts such as intellectual property, privacy, information rights and rights management, governance, public health, and the welfare.
MGT-650618, Strategic Cost Analysis, 3cr
This course focuses on the analysis and reporting of resources costs and resource consumption explicitly directed at strategic management. The key elements to be studied are cost structure, value chain analysis, strategic cost management, and cost driver analysis in support of strategic and operational decisions.
MGT-651602, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, 3cr
The purpose of this course is to study theories in ethics and apply them 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-651557, Consumer Behavior, A Gloval Marketing Perspective, 3cr
This course will focus on the advance 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. This course is required for the Global Brand Marketing Certificate.
MGT-651596, Corporate Advertising and Branding, 3cr
This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of how corporations use advertising to create brand awareness and build brand image within their target markets. It will also introduce students to the techniques used to measure brand performance. Brand management is a key strategic marketing function and the methods used by marketing managers to communicate, internally and externally, about brands is very important to the success of their business. How do you create strong brands through advertising? How do you measure brand value? Why do great brands fail? How can a manager monitor and manage brands effectively? These are among the questions we will address in this course.
MGT-651602, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, 3cr
The purpose of this course is to study theories in ethics and apply them 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; 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 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 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 pro-actively 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, operations, and examine the complex environmental issues facing leaders in today’s global marketplace.
MGT-651616, Managerial Communication, 3cr
This course covers communication systems required to help support the mission and goals of the organization. Broader topics cover: how managers communicate; communicating corporate culture; effective feedback systems; and communicating change across the organization. Within these topics, specific issues such as how well the formal systems of communication work, directions of organizational communication, type and effectiveness of communication networks, assessment of and methods for overcoming communication breakdowns, and ethical dilemma in managing through communication, are also covered.
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-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 revolving around 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 health care management advanced certificate program.
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-651634, Global Leadership Competencies, 3cr
This course is designed to examine the contemporary styles of leadership to reveal their application to a more global vision of leadership. Students will explore and discuss how cultural factors influence the different facets of leadership, cultural differences in communication, global leadership in negotiation, how leaders manage diversity in global workplaces and how global leaders run their businesses internationally. Students will develop their cultural perspective and acquire global leadership skills through preparation of a scenario report on being a global leader and submission of an interview with an executive with international experience. Students will study multiple facets of the practice of global leadership and will acquire knowledge about effective performance in the global marketplace sustained through leadership.
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 human resource management advanced certificate program.
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-651642, International Accounting, 3cr
In this course students learn to use tools that professionals need today for a better accommodation into the world in which they pursue their careers, a world essentially dominated by global business and cross-border investing. These tools should enable them to achieve a better understanding of internal and external financial communications. In order to achieve this purpose, the course introduces students to the international dimensions of accounting, financial reporting and financial control. More specifically it discusses various comparative accounting systems, and international accounting convergence, then it expands to the notions related to corporate governance, international auditing, and reporting and disclosure practices spanning both developed and emerging market countries.
MGT-651644, Tools and Processes in Project Management, 3cr
This MBA course introduces modern tools and techniques for planning, scheduling, reporting, controlling, and managing business related projects. The students will study and analyze the project life cycle and the core project management processes (scope, time and cost). The students will gain knowledge of the concept of Work-Breakdown Structure (WBS) and different approaches to project screening and selection, and will utilize those techniques in the project planning process. The students will learn financial analysis to evaluate and select a project using Excel, plan a project, estimate duration and setup project schedule and allocate resources using MS Project, and communicate project information using electronic and e-collaborative tools. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite - Management Information Systems or by permission of instructor.
MGT-651650, Managerial Perspectives of Project Management, 3cr
A true understanding of project management comes not only from knowing all project management knowledge areas and all process groups, nor how to partner with contractors, stakeholders or users, but from understanding how different elements of project management systems interact to determine the fortune of the project. Project management success is established upon mastering the technical, socio-cultural and leadership dimensions of project management. The course learning activities are about the impact of project management on: organizational strategy and decision-making practice; advancement in corporate operations and global competition; and improvement of products and services. The course critically addresses these project success issues and intertwines all nine project management knowledge areas: project integration; scope; time; cost; quality; human resource; communications; risk and procurement management; and all five process groups: initiating; planning; executing; controlling; and closing. The course exposes and addresses the major aspects and issues of the managerial project management process and provides a theoretical foundation and practical solutions to these increasing challenges. Prerequisite: Management Information Systems or by Permission of Instructor (POI). This course is required for the Project Management advanced certificate program.
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.
MGT-651701, Leadership, 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. 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-650605, Strategies for Business-to-Business Marketing, 3cr
This course covers the process of marketing both physical goods and services to businesses providing industrial products such as durable goods, high-tech products, and pharmaceuticals; and businesses providing services such as travel, consulting, food service and financial resources (including banking and not-for-profits). Emphasis is placed on how to identify the diverse nature of global business marketing. Marketing to other businesses becomes complex because of the diverse buying processes in these areas and the existence of multiple buying influences, including influences from customers, shareholders, and the government. Students will develop the skills necessary to analyze both the internal and external business influences and envelop those strategies that maximize the firm's effectiveness when facing this complex business environment. Strategy formation includes the development of appropriate segmentation strategies, marketing and competitive strategies, and product line strategies.
MKT-651635, International Marketing Strategies, 3cr
This course explores the different economic, social changes that have occurred over the past decade and their impact on marketing. As global economic growth occurs, understanding marketing in all cultures is increasingly important. The course examines global issues and describes concepts relevant to all international marketers, despite the extent of international involvement. The course will analyze marketing strategies including pricing, legal and ethical issues, regulations, integrated marketing communications, multicultural research, sales, and global brand management. This course is required for the Global Brand Marketing advanced certificate program.
MKT-651654, Strategic Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations, 3cr
This course is required for the certificate in Nonprofit Management. This course, Strategic Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations, examines marketing from the perspective of Non-profits and government agencies. The course 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.
ORG-651638, Women Leaders in Global Oganizations, 3cr
Women Leaders in Global Organizations explores the 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-680104, Organizational Development and Change, 3cr
This course examines the specific body of knowledge that relates to organization development and change such as an historical perspective, theoretical foundations, models and areas of practice (application), its purpose and specific issues or challenges related to the function of those practicing in the field, with an emphasis on the role of adult learning. Specifically, students will study an overview of organization development and change; process of organization development; human process, techno-structural and human resource management interventions; and the future direction of organization development.
ADL-680105, Adult Literacy and Social Change, 3cr
In this course, students will be introduced to the field of adult literacy and explore some of the current themes and issues within the field. We will read, discuss and write about the adult student, our own and society's assumptions about literacy, educational theory and strategies and philosophies of teaching practice. Students will be encouraged to volunteer in a community-based program site as a way to gain some experience in the field. The focus of the course may move between broader issues of literacy, power, privilege and education theory and more specific questions and issues that students are encountering in their sites of practice. This course is intended to be a collaborative project where we will share, question and explore based on the work and teaching we have each done that week.
ADL-680110, Learning Styles and Adults, 3cr
How do we learn? How do those around us take in information? Application of knowledge about learning styles can make a significant difference in motivation, effectiveness, speed and depth of learning. This course exposes students to many established theories about learning styles, defined broadly as distinct modes of learning, with accompanying exercises where possible. After an introduction to both the history and potential future directions of theories of learning styles, including Kolb's experiential learning, Gregorc's cognitive learning styles, the Myers-Brigs Type Indicator, The Enneagram, reflective learning styles, and others. A second focus of the course is on Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences and its implications for adult learning, both for students' own learning and with respect to those whom they teach.
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, institutions will need to increasingly attract adult learners to maintain their enrollments. This course will also focus on critiques of contemporary high education as well as the changing demands on post-secondary graduates. The course will also explore the internal higher education struggle between mission driven versus market driven.
ADL-680112, Adult Learners in the Community College, 3cr
This course explores the unique role of the community college in serving adult learners. Students examine these complex institutions, their role and contributions in the community and in serving adult learners. Students consider the resources required to serve the wide range of students who enroll in community college. The course will consider issues of administration, faculty, instruction and student services, including information technology support.
EDU-660512, Teaching Diverse Learners, 3cr
This course addresses diversity in contemporary schools, the ways children and families from various cultures are affected by and affect schools, and the role of the teacher and the curriculum in creating an open and tolerant environment conducive to learning. Students understand how to adapt instruction to the needs of diverse learners. Topics include: immigration, global issues and education; cultural, ethnic, racial and socioeconomic diversity; related behaviors, attitudes, family structures and expectations; community contexts of local schools; teaching, curriculum and diversity in the student’s certification area; and equity and cultural issues in computer use. Individuals registering for this course will do so by location. Course includes online work with some scheduled face-to-face meetings held at Empire State College centers in Western NY (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 availale this summer. This course is fully online.
EDU-660536, Making Better Choices: edTPA, 1cr
This course is only open to current and former Empire State College Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students who have completed the edTPA portfolio. Students who want to retake one section of the edTPA portfolio, Task 1, Task 2 or Task 3 ,may register for this one credit course and select which task they want to focus on. An MAT faculty member will work with students to analyze the selected task deeply and critically using the "Making Good Choices” SCALE guide as well as the appropriate content area handbook.
EDU-661200, Foundations of Literacy, 3cr
This course will focus on psychological, sociological, linguistic, socio-cultural, and historical foundations of current literacy theory and practice. Theoretical perspectives including behavioral perspectives, semiotic and multiliteracies perspectives, cognitive perspectives, sociocultural perspectives, and critical and feminist perspectives are 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 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 in 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 crowd-sourcing.
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; 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 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 placed 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, with the environmental factors influencing public sector bargaining, with bargaining techniques and with dispute resolution in the public sector. This course is required for the public sector labor and employment policy advanced certificate program.
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/her own readings in consultation with the mentor. Strongly recommended are the following: Steven Fraser and Joshua Freeman, eds. Audacious Democracy, John Sweeney, America News 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 tutor 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 public sector labor and employment policy advanced certificate program.
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.
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.