Western Kentucky University

Diversity & Community Studies

master of arts in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities

Next Semester's Courses

 

Summer 2014 Electives

 Please consult Dr. Olmsted before registering for any courses not on this elective list.

ONLINE

ICSR 540—COMMUNITY BUILDING SUSTAINABILITY

Prerequisites: ICSR 510, ICSR 520. Direct participation and research in a topic related to sustainable community-building.

ICSR 590—SUSTAINABILITY SYMPOSIUM

Prerequisites: ICSR 510, ICSR 520, ICSR 540, ECON 530, and LEAD 500. Culminating residency requirement for students seeking the Master's in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities. Includes group site evaluations and concluding symposium.

BA 510 — ADVANCED ORGANIZED BEHAVIOR

Prerequisite: BA 500 or the equivalent. Contemporary theory and research on organizational structure and design that has relevance for practical problems of designing and managing organizations.

GERO 501—PERSPECTIVES IN AGING

Overview of the fundamental theories, issues and concepts in gerontology. Includes individual and societal aging; and disciplinary perspectives of adaptations and changes to aging.

GERO 503—POLICY FOUND AGING SERVICES

Provides students with knowledge of the policy process and the politics of aging. Focuses on aging policy development and analysis by offering insight into relevant aging issues.

GERO 510—CURRENT ISSUES IN AGING

Addresses selected topics in aging presented at an advanced level considered key for gerontology professionals.

GWS 625 - WOMEN & LEADERSHIP

With Dawn Bolton (July term)

Cross-disciplinary study of women leaders, issues of gender, race, class and power in relationship to women leaders and contemporary issues facing women leaders.

ICSR 525—PLACE & THE PROBLEM OF HEALING (Click here for flyer)

A study of place as it relates to environmental and human/animal suffering and healing.

GWS 555—GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES WOMEN

Examination of a range of scholarship done in various disciplines on women's political practices around the world and a comparison of women's experiences cross-culturally.

HIST 530 - HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN AMERICA

With Patricia Minter (May-June term)

Equivalent: HIST 430G. Introduction to graduate-level survey of the struggle for civil rights and social justice in 20th century America.

LEAD 500 - EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP STUDIES
With John Baker (June term)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or graduate application and completion of the admission process for Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies. An in-depth investigation of the basics of effective leadership including current and historical leadership theories. Assessment of leadership styles will be a key component.

LEAD 525—LEADERSHIP ETHICS

Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Study of contemporary ethical issues facing leaders with an emphasis on examining and analyzing ethical issues for sound solutions.

SOCL 525—SURVEY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES

Survey of the development and implementation of the criminal justice system and the societal responses that emerged to deal with the social problem of crime.

 

FACE TO FACE

ENVE 560 — INVESTIGATING AND EVALUATING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES - held on Feb. 8, March 1, and April 26, 2014

GEOG 474G — ENVIROMENTAL PLANNING

PH 584— PRICIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

SWRK 530—FOUNDATIONS SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY

SWRK 630—RURAL WELFARE POLICY

 

FAll 2014 Electives

 

ONLINE

BA 510—Advanced Organizational Behavior

Prerequisite: BA 500 or the equivalent. Contemporary theory and research on organizational structure and design that has relevance for practical problems of designing and managing organizations.

COMM 561—Multinational Org Com

With K Ishii

This course provides an in-depth study of internal and external communication behaviors in business organizations operating in multinational environments. 

GERO 501—Perspectives in Aging

Overview of the fundamental theories, issues and concepts in gerontology. Includes individual and societal aging; and disciplinary perspectives of adaptations and changes to aging.

GERO 505—Development & Change Aging Pro

Prepares students to develop gerontology programs and services for diverse aging populations. Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and/or administer services in the field of aging.

GWS 545—Feminist Knowledge and Social Change

Examination of both feminist knowledge and research as political practices that have the goal of improving the lives of women and challenging rigid configurations of race, class, gender, and other elements of difference.

GWS 535—Roots of Feminism

Survey of key historical feminist writings with emphasis on intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality in feminist theory.

ICSR 515—UTOPIAS, DYSTOPIAS, INT COMM

A study of fictional and historical utopias, dystopias, and intentional communities, with particular attention to environmental concerns.

RSA 565—NP Grant Writing & Fundraising

Principles, practices, techniques, and ethics of nonprofit grant writing and fundraising. Philanthropy, relationship building, and comprehensive fund development processes. Special emphasis placed on writing grants and developing fundraising strategies

RSA 560—Issues in Nonprofit Administration

Historical, philosophical, and theoretical examination of the nonprofit sector, voluntary action, and philanthropy. Including the comparative perspectives, scope, and significance of the sector. Critical issues related to nonprofit governance, leadership, and board/committee development.

SWRK 510—HUMAN BEHAVIOR SOCIAL ENVIRON

Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW Program or permission of the instructor. Examines behavior within the context of families, groups, organizations, communities, and cultures. Topics include developmental stages of the individual within multiple systems with a particular focus on issues of diversity.

SWRK 510—HUMAN BEHAVIOR SOCIAL ENVIRON

Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW Program or permission of the instructor. Examines behavior within the context of families, groups, organizations, communities, and cultures. Topics include developmental stages of the individual within multiple systems with a particular focus on issues of diversity.

 

FACE TO FACE

COMM 577—CULTURAL TERRORISM COMM

With Cecile Garmon

This course deals with the communication behaviors of terrorist groups, particularly as culture impacts and influences those behaviors.

ECON 434G—ECON OF POVERTY & DISCRIMINATION

Study of the economic nature, origins, and public policy aimed at addressing poverty and discrimination in the economy. Topics include social security, food stamps, and equal employment opportunity.

HIS 490G—History of Genocide           

With M Duancic

HIST 553—American Women's History

Equivalent: HIST 453G. Social, cultural, and political history of American women from pre-colonial times to the present.

PH 548—COMMUNITY HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Prerequisites: Graduate standing, Public Health Education or Environmental Health concentration, or permission of instructor. Social, political and economic forces that exacerbate health inequities in different communities; various organizational strategies for effective solution. Review and analysis of community organization and mobilization processes, legislative advocacy, cultural competency, and the role of mass media in conceptualization of public health issues. Transportation requirements for field trips will be provided.

PH 584—PRIN OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Prerequisite: Admission to the MPH program or permission of instructor. A study of the traditional, emerging and controversial issues associated with environmental health. Biological, chemical and physical threats to human health are included.

SOCL 470G—ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY

Prerequisites: ENG 300 and three credit hours of sociology, or consent of instructor. Explores environmental thought within the sciences and the general public, including shifting worldviews, social movements, and social structural change associated with sustainability, environmental justice, and the rights of nature. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation for optional field trips.

SOCL 571 GENDER & POVERTY: SHIVER REPORT

With Ann Onyekwuluje


(Note: Always check TopNet for actual course offerings. Other courses may be considered with prior advisor approval required.)

*This is a preliminary list. Please check back for updates.

 Last Modified 4/14/14