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Diversity & Community Studies - SRSC Courses

master of arts in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities

Next Semester's Courses

Spring 2016 Electives



SRSC 525 – Place & the Problem of Healing, with Dr. Jane Olmsted

This course draws on memoir, non-fiction, fiction, and cultural criticism to examine the ways in which selves and communities are fragmented and how they go about rebuilding themselves—reconstructing new identities and ways of living in the world. What are the inter-relationships among healing and individual human or animal suffering, community, and place? Of particular interest are the processes of healing, as well as the negotiations between violence and peace, silence and voice, language and expression, and ritual and sharing.

SRSC 530 – Social Policy & Social Justice, with Dr. Judy Rohrer

A study of the convergences and discontinuities between social justice and social policy using critical interdisciplinary theories

SRSC 540 – Community-Building for Sustainability, with Dr. Tiara Na’puti

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

BA 546 – Sustainable Business Operation, with Dr. Ismail Civelek

Prerequisite: Graduate Student standing with the University. Exploration and development of definitions of sustainability and sustainable operations. The value chain perspective is taken to implement sustainability measures and different motivations for companies to engage in sustainable efforts.

GERO 501 – Perspectives in Aging, with TBA

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 Findings of Aging Services, with TBA

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.

GWS 555 – Global & Multicultural Perspectives on Women, with Dr. Kristi Branham

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.

LEAD 525 – Leadership Ethics, with David Kerr or Greg Cobb

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

*Some courses offered as a hybrid class: most instruction is online with four face-to-face meetings.

LEAD 500 – Effective Leadership Studies, offered with various instructors

Prerequisite(s): 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.

*Some courses offered as a hybrid class: most instruction is online with four face-to-face meetings.

RSA 565 – Non-Profit Grant Writing & Fundraising, with TBA

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

SOCL 525 – Survey of Criminal Justice, with Dr. Carrie Trojan

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.

SUST 518 – Organizational Change for Sustainability, with C. Ryan

An examination of approaches to organizational change for comprehensive sustainable performance, including analysis of institutional barriers and examples of successful change strategies.

SWRK 530 – Foundations Social Welfare Policy, with A. Murphy

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSW program or permission of the instructor. Foundations to social policy, social welfare, and the American society. Introduction to analytical and critical thinking about social welfare policy and processes

*This course has 3 face-to-face meetings at South Campus

SWRK 630 Advanced Rural Welfare Policy, with M. Green and TBA

Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required 500 level MSW courses or admission to the Advanced Standing MSW program. Corequisite(s): SWRK 660. Focuses on policy analysis with emphasis on skills in legislative advocacy and decision making related to social policy and services for rural areas. Includes local and state government decision-making.

*This course has 3 face-to-face meetings at South Campus



HIST 630 – Native Peoples of North America, with A. Olson

Graduate seminar in such diverse areas as Colonial America, the Federalist era, the Slavery Controversy, the U.S. since 1945.

SOCL 545 – Rural Poverty, with TBA

Explores the nature and scope of poverty in contemporary rural America. Current theories of and policy solutions to poverty will be critically examined. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation for optional field trips.

SOCL 571 - Gender & Families, with TBA

PH 584 – Principles of Environmental Health, with Dr. Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe

Prerequisite(s): 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.

PS 540 – Seminar in Public Sector Organization, with D. Boden

Analysis of behavior and problems of public organizations in democratic environments. Links societal values to administrative structure and behavior.

(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.

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