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ELECTIVE COURSES

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

BADM 220 (3-3-0) Ethics in a Contemporary World: A study of the major theories of ethics and civic engagement. A core course developed to address the problems, questions, and dilemmas arising in business. This course offers an introduction into the classical and contemporary theories of morality, ethics, and civil engagement. It places emphasis on the development of moral reasoning skills that allow for meaningful analysis. It will examine importance of ethical responsibility to decision making in business.   

BIOL 350 (3-2-2)  Ecology/Evolution: A study of mechanisms governing the process of organic evolution, evolutionary relationships among living and extinct organisms, and the interactions between organisms and their environment, with two (2) hours of lab consisting of an observational/experimental study of the concepts of evolution and ecology (Prerequisite BIOL 200 and ZOOL 310). It will explore tools to create sustainable future in ecological system.

CRJC 203 (3-3-0) Criminal Justice Ethics: A critical examination of the diverse ethical issues encountered in the American criminal justice system with a focus on comparing and contrasting the conduct critical thinking about ethics issues in American justice system principles of moral philosophy and ethical theory to the practices of criminal justice agencies. It will conduct critical thinking about ethics issues in American justice system.

CRJC 402 (3-3-0) Restorative Justice: Restorative justice, in some form or another, has been practiced most likely since the dawn of humanity. Harms create obligations, the fulfillment of which offers the possibility of healing for all. The purpose of this course is to expose students to the discourse on justice that prioritizes healing. It will apply restorative justice practices to analyze the approaches to be included in the Sustainable Justice course (along with Transformative Justice and Community Justice). 

ECON 212 (3-3-0)  Principles of Macroeconomics:  An introduction to the subject of economics, with emphasis on microeconomic principles and their application to business decision making and current domestic and global issues. It will address the principles of Microeconomics and the application to business decision making and domestic and global issues.

EDUC 310 (3-3-0) Foundations of Education:  A study of the origins, evolution, and interrelatedness of the principles and practices of disciplinary foundations of education and their influence on education. Field experience required. (Fall, spring, summer). It will apply the principles of disciplinary foundations to develop strategies for education to influence population growth, standard of living, and health.  

EDUC 330  (3-3-0)  Educational Psychology and Human Development: An exploration of psychological principles and their applications to the problems of teaching and learning, including characteristics of stages in human development, theories of motivation and learning, classroom management strategies, individual differences, exceptional children, and the measurement and evaluation of student achievement and teaching strategies. Field experience required (Fall, spring, summer). It will establish social influences in classrooms to develop desirable manners of teaching& learning environment.

ELEM 320 (3-3-0) Teaching Healthful Living in K-6: This course will provide 21st century K-6 teacher candidates with foundational knowledge and understanding of the need to develop and use healthful living choices. Teacher candidates will learn to make explicit connections to healthy choices that lead to the improvement of student learning, interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, and overall quality of life. It will make connections to healthy choices that lead to the improvement of student learning, interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, and overall quality of life.

ENGL 321 (3-3-0) American Literature I: A survey of the major writers of America from the earliest efforts at colonization through the Civil War. It will addresses American ideology about nature and culture.

ENGL 380 (3-3-0) Legal Studies Seminar: This course helps students to develop their skills in logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and analytical reasoning. Students in the seminar will focus on preparing for a career in law. Completion of this course requires successful participation in out of class workshops. It will examine and compare law schools and specializations within the legal field related to sustainable issues.

GEOG 270 (3-3-0) Human Beings and the Environment: An examination of the interaction between human beings and the environment on the surface of the earth, with attention to specific types of ecosystem degradation and to solutions of resulting problems. It will identify interaction between human beings and environments and solutions to environmental problems.

GEOG 320 (3-3-0) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: An introductory course covering the theory and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) This course includes an overview of general principles of GIS and practical experience in its use. It will use GIS as an important tool to map and interpret the spatial interrelations.

HIST 270 (3-3-0) Environmental History of the Modern World: This course will present a history, from the eighteenth century to the present, of the interactions between humankind and the environment. Through class lectures and discussions, readings, and a research project, students will explore changing conceptions of the environment over time. The course will emphasize the major historical events that both transformed perceptions of nature and gave rise to such historical phenomena as colonialism, imperialism, romanticism, industrialization, consumerism, conservation, and environmentalism. It will present the history of interrelations of human being and environments.

POLI 300 (3-3-0) Environmental Politics and Policy: A study of the complex dynamics of environmental policy making process at various levels, including the scopes of environmental problems, the perspectives on the severity and policy implications, the approaches to environmental policy formulation, the strategies and the political influences of environmental community and its opponents, the scientific, economic, social, political and institutional forces that shape policymaking and implementation, as well the challenges of decision making towards sustainability. It will demonstrate complex dynamics of environmental policy making process at various levels.

POLI 353 (3-3-0) Middle East Politics: This course introduces to the domestic and external factors that shape the politics of the Middle East region.  It also explores the structure and processes of governments of the states that make up the Middle East; including the current politics of those countries and their impacts on the global economy.  As a course aligned with comparative politics/regional politics and area studies, it provides a prism through which to examine the types of regimes operated in the Middle East.  They include, but not limited to monarchies, theocracies, military rule, plutocracies and the role of religion in the political life of the Middle East countries. It will address the impacts of natural resource in Middle East and politics on global sustainable economy.    

SOCI 442  (3-3-0)  Urban Sociology: A study of urbanism as a way of life; the growth and development of urban areas; urban social organization; change and problems of contemporary urban life; ecological patterning; urban planning; and problems of control (Prerequisite SOCI 210). It will  apply ecological patterns to control urban problems.

SWRK 220 (3-3-0) Introduction to Human Services: This course introduces the theoretical concepts, policies, programs, roles, goals, and historical development of human services. The course examines issues, causes, and solutions to human service problems within the fields of social work, criminal justice, psychology, and sociology with emphasis on human relationship skills fundamental to social work.  It will examine human relationship skills and solutions to human service problems.  

SWRK 230 (3-3-0) Introduction to Social Work: This course focuses on the historical development of social welfare, social work and various social services. The course focuses on the nature, causes, and extent of major social problems, and provides examples of how people are affected by such problems. Emphasis is placed on various roles of social workers, the generalist method, cultural competence, ecological and systems theory, the strengths perspective, and responses to the needs of the poor, families, and populations at risk such as the elderly, children, sexual minorities, and people of color. Also addressed are changing trends in society and how they affect social work practice. It will apply ecological and systems theory to develop the responses to the needs of the poor, families, and populations at risk.

SWRK 330 (3-3-0) Human Behavior in the Social Work Environment I (Infancy to Adolescence): This course provides an understanding of the developmental stages of the individual from infancy to adolescence, and the relationship between human growth, human development, and the environment. Knowledge and understanding of biological, psychological, and social systems relationships; cultural norms; and the significance of interaction with the family, group, and the community are stressed (Prerequisite Junior standing And SWRK 230 And a declared social work major). It will address social sustainability issues.   



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