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Diversity & Community Studies - SRSC Courses

master of arts in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities

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FALL 2015 Electives

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BA 510 —Advanced Organized Behavior, with Dr. Paula Potter
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.


BA 545 —Survey Bus Sustainability,
with Dr. Brian Sullivan

Prerequisite: Graduate Student standing with the University. Survey course exploring the definition of and key issues concerning business sustainability. Provides overview of regulations regarding issues of sustainability as applied to business organizations. Introduces international standards and other global issues of sustainability which affect businesses. Explores compliance approaches, important metrics and best practices businesses use in addressing sustainability issues. Discussion of political, environmental, other pressures surrounding these issues especially as related to current and future standards, regulations, and best business practices. Corporate social responsibility.

GERO 501— Perspectives in Aging, with Candace Brown

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.

GERO 581—Global Aging

Provides an understanding of international population aging and explores the problems and solutions encountered in different sociocultural contexts for dealing with challenges and opportunities of aging.    

GWS 545 —Feminist Knowledge & Social Change, with Dr. Jane Olmsted

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 630—Feminist Pedagogies, with Dr. Kristi Branham

Prerequisites/corequisites: Student must have completed a minimum of 9 credit hours toward the graduate certificate or permission of the instructor. Multidisciplinary seminar examining a range of approaches to feminist teaching including standard methodologies, issues of professionalism, academic hierarchies, ethics, and feminist communities of research.

LEAD 500—Effective Leadership Studies, with C. Ehresman

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, with Dr. John Baker  

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

RSA 560—Issues in Nonprofit Administration, with Dr. SueAnn Strom

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.

RSA 565—Nonprofit Grant Writing and Fundraising, with C. Barnette

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 538 —Victimology, with P. Vasiliev

Survey of the major theories and research in victimology. Topics include violent victimization, sexual assault, child abuse, and response of criminal justice system to victims.

SWRK 510—Human Behavior Social Environ, with Dr. W. Jay Gabbard

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. Repeatable 1 time for a maximum of 6 hours.

SRSC 510—Perspectives on Social Justice, with Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo

A consideration of major perspectives concerning social justice issues.

SRSC 520—Community Research Methods, with Dr. Molly Kerby

The study of and training in community-based participatory action research across different disciplines, focusing on shared perspectives that apply sustainable, community-based problem solving.

 

SRSC 570—Freedom Dreams, with Dr. Andrew Rosa

This course examines the global unfolding of the African Diaspora, the migrations and dispersals of people of Africa, from ancient to modern times. Their exploits, challenges, and struggles over a wide expanse of time are considered in ways that link as well as differentiate past and present social, economic, and political conditions. In addition to personalities of renown, emphasis is given to the everyday lives of working class people and their plights, struggles, and visions of freedom.   

      

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GEOS 555—Environmental Planning, with Dr. John All

Prerequisites: GEOG 100, GEOG 280, or instructor's permission. An advanced integrative course in environmental science and planning dealing with urban and rural areas. Emphasis on ecological planning strategies for improving climatic conditions, conserving water, and optimizing vegetative and aquatic habitats, while allowing for sustainable economic development at reduced cost.

LEAD 500—Effective Leadership Studies, with Dr. John Baker

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.

PH 584 —Principles of Environmental Health

A study of the traditional, emerging and controversial issues associated with environmental health. Biological, chemical and physical threats to human health are included.

GEOS 555—Environmental Planning                            

With Dr. John All

Prerequisites: GEOG 100, GEOG 280, or instructor's permission. An advanced integrative course in environmental science and planning dealing with urban and rural areas. Emphasis on ecological planning strategies for improving climatic conditions, conserving water, and optimizing vegetative and aquatic habitats, while allowing for sustainable economic development at reduced cost.

PH 584 —Principles of Environmental Health                 

With Dr. Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe

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.


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