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Diversity & Community Studies - SRSC Courses

master of arts in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities

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SPRING 2015 Electives


AMS 630— Legal & Ethical Issues Tech               

With Dr. Daniel Jackson

A study of ethics and social responsibility, international and contemporary legal issues in business and industry, and e-commerce.

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.

COMM 528 —Communication in Nonprofit                     

With Dr. Jennifer Smith

Survey of organizational communication issues and the ways in which they are uniquely situated in and applied to nonprofit organizations and philanthropy.

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 503— Policy Found Aging Services                      

With Dr. Dana Bradley

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                               

With Louise Murray

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

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.

GWS 575— Justice, Gender, and Sustainability  

With Dr. Molly Kerby             

A multidisciplinary examination of political and economic implications of global sustainability, with particular attention to gender and justice.

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 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.

SOCL 546 —Gender, Crime and Justice              

With Dr. Holli Drummond

Examines crime, criminal justice, and gender. Explores how constructions of masculinity, femininity, and features of sexuality affect victims, offenders, and professionals in the criminal justice system.

SRSC 530—Social Justice & Social Policy                      

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. Judy Rohrer

Direct participation and research in a topic related to sustainable community-building.

SRSC 590—Sustainability Symposium                

With Dr. Jane Olmsted          

Prerequisites: SRSC 510, SRSC 520, SRSC 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.


AMS 630—Legal & Ethical Issues Tech                

With Dr. Daniel Jackson

A study of ethics and social responsibility, international and contemporary legal issues in business and industry, and e-commerce.

GEOG 474G—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.

HIST 553 —Gender & Women US History            

With Dorothea Browder

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

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.

SWRK 530— Foundations Social Welfare Policy            

With S. McClain

Prerequisite: 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.

SWRK 630 —Advanced Rural Welfare Policy                  

With Laura Bain-Selbo, Laura Bain-Selbo  (Elizabethtown), Dr. Rose Korang-Okrah  (Owensboro)

Prerequisite: Completion of all required 500 level MSW courses or admission to the Advanced Standing MSW program. Corequisite: 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.

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