Summer Sessions 2014 - Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions for the majority of the courses being offered during Summer Sessions 2014 are located in the online Undergraduate Catalog or Graduate Catalog.

Descriptions for special courses not included in the above catalogs are listed below:

ACC 410   Fraud Examination (20190)
This course is designed as an exploration into understanding the significance of fraud in the modern business world and to spark an interest in MBA, Accounting and Business Students to pursue careers in investigating and preventing such frauds. Enrolled students may also become more skeptical observers of business transactions or reports and make better investment and lending decisions.

ASL 301   Introduction to American Deaf Culture and Great Deaf Americans (20376)
Students will develop an understanding of the culture, community, and lives and contributions of Deaf in America. They will learn how Deaf people interact with one another and manage their lives in a hearing world.  In addition, students will explore how Deaf people are understood from a cultural perspective and have contributed to the cultural development of America.

BRC 222   New Media (20335)
This course explores how digital technologies are reshaping traditional media. Special emphasis is placed on the history and impact of the Internet, as well as legal and ethical issues as they relate to New Media. The course also provides some hands on experience in New Media production and distribution.  

BRC 450   Hip Hop in Cinema and TV (20372)
During this course, the student will explore the portrayal and/or participation of the minority Hip Hop artist in Cinema and Television.  Additionally, the course examines how American feature films and television have served as the primary means for communicating and incorporating the intrinsic features of the hip hop culture into American society.

COM 318   Event Planning (20332)
This course is designed to identify the components of special events, seminars, product launches, festivals and lectures and how they affect a company's corporate image as well as how they fit a company's strategic mission. The class will place special focus on strategic planning; budgeting; financial and risk management. This class includes developing and defining critical thinking and presentation skills, as they relate to events.  

COM 410   NYC POV (20377)
This course offers students first-hand experience to meet, interact, and learn from New York City-based professionals who work in the media or media related industries. Students will gain insights into the day-to-day operations of the organizations they meet with, become familiar with successful practices, and be exposed to future trends of the industry.  

CPS 595   Counseling Individuals with Disabilities (20076)
This course will examine strategies for working with clients with various disabilities including, visual, hearing, and mobility impairments as well as learning disabilities, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders.  Legal issues, disability awareness, and social/emotional impacts of disability will discussed.  

CPS 595   Crisis Counseling in Schools (20072)
Prepares students to address crisis counseling needs in a K-12 school setting.  Interventions at the individual, group, school, and school system will be explored as well as a focus on how to be part of a crisis team.  

CPS 595   Counseling Adolescents (20349)
Prepares students to address the specific needs of children and adolescents, with emphasis on developmental needs, specific therapeutic interventions, and common emotional issues.  

CPS 595   Psychology of Death and Dying (TBD)
This course will examine the psychological implications of the inevitability of death and the experience of death and dying from social, economic, transpersonal, and political perspectives.  Students will be introduced to various cross-cultural and historical interpretations of the meaning of death, and to the multifaceted function of the death system in contemporary society.  

CPS 604   School-Based Play Therapy (20027)
This course is intended to provide students with a rationale for using play therapy in the context of a school.  It is intended that students will acquire a theoretical and applied understanding of school-based play therapy along with the philosophy and skills necessary for counselors to include play therapy as a part of school based interventions.  

CRW 395   Specialized Studies:  Digital Storytelling (20128)
Have you always wanted to be a story master of the digital sphere? You'll learn how to write interactive digital experiences using simple platforms, while mastering the lessons of storytelling from Aristotle's Poetics to Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey and how to execute and subvert these principles in five key quests. A great class for fiction writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, and net artists who want to use narrative foundations of yesterday to create the stories of tomorrow. www.LiveinBinary.com

EDU 505   Science & Environmental Issues (20290)
This course emphasizes basic and applied sciences to engage learners.   How science relates to learners' everyday lives and current environmental issues will promote more meaningful learning of science and clarification of views about current issues.  A variety of subjects (art, math, social studies, english, etc.) will be examined for ways to think critically and creatively about teaching science across the curriculum. Strategies and techniques for planning, implementing and assessing instruction will be presented.  Activities and assignments are designed to showcase hands-on problem solving that emphasizes content, skills and attitudes.  

EDU 505   Web 2.0 for Educators (20263)
The Internet, especially interactive Web tools/applications (Web 2.0), has been changing and growing very rapidly. This course provides an introduction and guide to pre-service and in-service teachers to current and emerging Web 2.0 technologies. It is intended to help Pre K-12 educators not only use interactive Web resources and tools in their own education but also to integrate them into their work as teachers. The course has objectives are to understand the trends, and introductory knowledge, skills and facts related to Web 2.0 tools; to explore Web 2.0 tools for research, teaching and organizational needs; and to design and develop educational projects via Web 2.0 tools.  

EDU 511   WWW and Multimedia in Education (20371)
The rapid technological change and proliferation of information resources are lineaments of our contemporary society. World Wide Web and multimedia are radically redefining the way we obtain information and the way we teach and learn. Guided by the International Society for Technology Education's National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS for Teachers), this course is for pre-service and in-service teachers who want to learn how to share online educational resources and multimedia web applications in an interactive and engaging way. It will serve as an elective in the education graduate programs.

EDU 517   Improving Student Achievement (20395) 
Synthesizing several decades of research and applying the findings to practice, the content is based on the award winning Generating Expectations and Student Achievement (GESA) professional development program. This course is designed on experiences and findings drawn from hundreds of studies, observations and interviews with those working in instructional settings, especially with diverse populations and with non-traditional students. Participants will review essential classroom instructional elements that have resulted in improving student achievement, productivity and retention. They will examine the correlation between perceptions, expectations, behaviors and achievement and the implications for specific populations of students. They will explore updated information on research-based areas of disparity in the learning environment and they will consider the use of positive, supportive, motivational instructional strategies, designed to counter the areas of disparity and be used as data sources for decision making in the classroom setting.

EDU 582   Teaching Literacy in Early Childhood (20370)
This course will develop candidates' knowledge of early and emergent literacy development and effective instructional practices to be utilized with young children, Pre-K-Grade 2.   Topics will include oral language and vocabulary development, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, writing, and listening/reading comprehension, as well as instructional practices such as interactive read aloud, shared reading with a focus on concepts of print, and guided reading with a focus on close reading.  In addition, methods of assessment, including universal screening and progress monitoring will be explored.  

ENG 195   Specialized Studies:  Native North America - Land and Culture (20089)
This course presents Native American perspectives on land ownership via review and analysis of literature on this topic.  

ENG 585   Young Adult Literature (20484)
This course will involve the study of current issues in the field of young adult literature, as well as major authors, themes, genres, award winning books, and pedagogical concerns.  It will provide a rational for teaching with adolescent literature to meet content standards and to further social justice in schools; it will provide strategies for selecting and sharing appropriate literature with teens.   

FIN 425   Special Topics in Finance:  Public Schools and Municipalities in Risk Management (20279)
Introduces the concepts of risk management, insurance, risk identification, risk evaluation, and risk treatment methods in the public sector. Consideration is given to both municipalities and public school district's, with an emphasis on insurance as a risk management tool. The course covers the following topics:  Principals of risk management, Public sector risk management administration,Unique liability exposures and identification for public entities, Public entity risk control, Risk financing source for both municipalities and public school district's, and Insurance contracts and various kinds of insurance.

HCI 531   Data Visualization (20338)
This course is designed as an introduction to data visualization which has become ubiquitous regularly appearing in newspapers, television and online media.   

HDV 432   Canine Companions (Includes Lab.) (20366)
This course will be a review of basic principles of learning with an emphasis on the application of those principles to real world situations.  Specific techniques will be covered for the purpose of working with canines.  Students will spend several hours of direct contact each week working with various dogs housed in an animal shelter.  

HIS 370   Modern France: 1815-Present (20210)
This course will cover French history from the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars (1815) to the present.  The topics to be addressed will come from among the following:  the restoration of the Bourbon Dynasty and the Revolution of 1830; the Revolution of 1848 and the rise to power of Louis Napoleon; the end of the Second Republic and the Second Empire under Napoleon III, 1852 to 1871; Foreign adventurism - Africa, Southeast Asia and Mexico; the Franco-Prussian War, the collapse of the Second Empire and Paris Commune, 1870-1871; the Third Republic under siege - the Boulanger Movement of the 1880s and "the man on horseback"; the Dreyfus Affair and French anti-Semitism; World War One and the Versailles Treaty; Polarization between Left and Right during the interwar period, 1919 to 1939; World War Two - the collapse of the Third Republic, the Vichy collaborationist regime and the Free French Movement of Charles de Gaulle; France's attempt to retain its empire in Indochina and Algeria, 1946-1962; the collapse of the Fourth Republic in 1958 and the return of Charles de Gaulle to power; May 1968 - the Student Rebellion; France's controversy with NATO and its acquisition of nuclear weapons; the Age of Terrorism culminating in the Iraqi wars of 1991 and 2003; France's changing demographics in the postwar world - the increasing percentage of former colonials, especially Muslims, in its overall population; the ethnic riots - Fall 2005; the student protests - Spring 2006; the French economy and the challenge of globalization.   

HIS 569   The United States Since 1945 (20341)
The study of the history of the United States since 1945.  Focuses on political, diplomatic, economic, social and cultural change.  

HSC 232   Becoming a Personal Trainer (20310)
This course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare for Personal Trainer Certification. 

HSC 353   Wellness and Aging (20308)
An overview of healthy aging and wellness promotion for the older adult. Topics include conceptual framework of aging, an overview of the aging process and its effect on major body systems, and age-associated diseases and prevention strategies. Topics also address various health and wellness practices, including lifestyle changes and exercise/nutrition planning. Discussion of issues involving attitude and social interaction as well as social/emotional support and public health policy.   

HSC 363   Emotional Wellness (20309)
This course is an examination of emotional and mental wellness. 
Topics included but not limited to Self-Esteem, Self-Efficacy, Empowerment, Happiness, Anger and Anger Management. Relationships, Life Goals, and Self-Actualization.  

HSC 425   Sports Nutrition (20307)
To develop a comprehensive understanding of the role nutrients play in physical activity, exercise/recovery and performance. This class is designed to integrate current scientific knowledge of nutrition and sports with the physiology of exercise/training. Examined components will emphasize macronutrient, micronutrients and water as related to wellness, physical fitness and sports performance. Students learn optimum nutrition requirements for various sports. Exploration of current peer reviewed research will show sport specific improvement trends. Additionally, performance influencing ergogenic aids and their individual efficiency and effectiveness will be addressed.   

LIT 515   Teaching Young Adult Literature (20117)
This course will involve the study of current issues in the field of young adult literature, as well as major authors, themes, genres, award winning books, and pedagogical concerns.  It will provide a rational for teaching with adolescent literature to meet content standards and to further social justice in schools; it will provide strategies for selecting and sharing appropriate literature with teens.     

LIT 595   Advanced Content Area Literacy (20299)
Candidates will investigate the modes of learning in specific subject areas and the concept of disciplinary literacy, as well as the roles of technology, various types of texts, and assessment in content area literacy.  Candidates will further their knowledge of strategies for building comprehension; constructing meaning; acquiring content-specific vocabulary; using literature for interest and knowledge building; writing, speaking, viewing and listening in the content areas; promoting 21st century literacies; and supporting the disciplinary literacy of students with special needs.

MBA 590   Sales Strategy & Leadership (20003)
This course is designed to introduce the students to the relevant concepts and theories of sales management. The sales management course is an analysis of professional selling practices with emphasis on the selling process and sales management, including the development of territories, determining potentials and forecasts, and setting sales quotas. Students also learn how salespersons are recruited, trained, motivated and evaluated in a global economy  

MBA 590   Risk Management for Schools and Municipalities (20280)
Introduces the concepts of risk management, insurance, risk identification, risk evaluation, and risk treatment methods in the public sector. Consideration is given to both municipalities and public school district's, with an emphasis on insurance as a risk management tool.   

MGT 444   Management of Nonprofit Organizations (20106)
Examines the business challenges and opportunities associated with managing nonprofit organizations, based upon five basic principles that can be used to guide decision making and implementation within this arena:  mission, strategy, leadership and relationships, fundraising and advocacy efforts, and financial management.   

MKT 465   Social Media Marketing (20004)
This course is designed to introduce the students to the relevant concepts and theories of social media marketing. Topics covered include: foundations of social media marketing, strategic planning with social media, social community, social publishing, social entertainment, social commerce, social computing and location marketing, and social media monitoring.   

MUS 115   Global Tones - Introduction to World Music (20513)
This course explores the music of primarily non-western cultures through the development of their musical instruments and sounds. Students will explore the intrinsic connection between a culture - its religion, politics, economics, etc. - and the music it makes. Music listening and discussion are integral to this class. 

PBJ 335   Latinos in the Criminal Justice Systems (20203)
This course examines the interaction of Latinos within the criminal justice system. Emerging issues such as racial disparities in the arrest, conviction, and incarceration of Latinos, and their confidence in the criminal justice system will be critically analyzed. We will also address societal consequences and discuss the impact that current law enforcement practices have on individuals, families, and communities.  

PBJ 368   Violence in the Workplace (20362)
This course provides insights into the understanding and prevention of violence in the workplace.  It will examine the nature of violence, legal obligations, impacts, policies and procedures needed to prevent and react to workplace violence.  The course explores the multidimensional risk factors associated with various types of violence and the unique issues and challenges found in various work settings.   

PBJ 415   Policing Theory & Practice (20361)
This course will provide an overview of the nature and application of law enforcement theory.  Students will examine the theoretical foundations of a variety of law enforcement practices with emphasis on evolving trends.  This course will discuss bridging the gap between policing theory and policing practice  

POL 300   Topics:  Politics of Harry Potter (20085)
Since their debut in 1997, the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling have become a cultural phenomenon, selling hundreds of millions of books worldwide. The buzz about Harry Potter led to a series of film adaptations, video games, merchandizing, and even a Harry Potter theme park. Now, you too, can ride the Hogwarts Express! This class will examine a number of underlying themes, messages, and ideas that permeate through the entire seven-book series. Over the course of the semester, we will enter the world of J.K. Rowling in order to better understand the larger implications of these messages in a communication context.  

PSY 200   Lifespan Developmental Psychology (20108)
Survey of the current theories and research that describe and explain the changes in behavior that take place across the lifespan.  

PSY 451   Advanced Topics in Abnormal Psychology: Trauma and Loss (20258)
This course examines the study of the psychology of trauma and loss as it impacts human behavior. The nature of trauma and grief and the types of loss people experience when they encounter traumatic experiences, psychological theories of trauma and loss, cultural and historical issues relevant to traumatic loss experiences, as well as some of the methods used to study these reactions will be covered.     

PSY 456   Trauma and Children (20191)
This course provides a broad introduction to the impact of various traumas on children (ages 0-12) from an integrated model of psychology. Students will learn how trauma impacts all levels of a child's individual development, as well as how trauma influences the systems in which children live and function. A review of resilience literature and related psychological disorders will be included as well. Although the focus of this course is on foundational literature and current research in these topic areas, a brief introduction to assessment, treatment models, service delivery systems, and basic treatment strategies will also be provided. The material presented will focus on current scientific and practice literature, as well as case examples and clinical experiences of professionals.     

PSY 551   Advanced Topics in Abnormal Psychology: Trauma and Loss (20378)
This course examines the study of the psychology of trauma and loss as it impacts human behavior. The nature of trauma and grief and the types of loss people experience when they encounter traumatic experiences, psychological theories of trauma and loss, cultural and historical issues relevant to traumatic loss experiences, as well as some of the methods used to study these reactions will be covered.        

PSY 556   Trauma and Children (20192)
This course provides a broad introduction to the impact of various traumas on children (ages 0-12) from an integrated model of psychology. Students will learn how trauma impacts all levels of a child's individual development, as well as how trauma influences the systems in which children live and function. A review of resilience literature and related psychological disorders will be included as well. Although the focus of this course is on foundational literature and current research in these topic areas, a brief introduction to assessment, treatment models, service delivery systems, and basic treatment strategies will also be provided. The material presented will focus on current scientific and practice literature, as well as case examples and clinical experiences of professionals.  

SPA 395   Seminar: The Culture of Spain Through Its Printed Media (Taught in Spanish) (20080)
This course will emphasize advanced conversational Spanish.  It is based on current newspaper and magazine articles on diverse topics and interests.  The readings will reflect the culture, the current expectations and preoccupations, political or otherwise, of the people in Spain.  Students will be expected to give oral presentations on assigned articles daily and to generate questions and/or discussions.  It is a very vocabulary-rich course, which in turn will prompt a written daily quiz.