Courses with the SCED designation are offered with the approval of the Wittenberg faculty through the School of Community Education. They appear in the Evening and Weekend schedule exclusively. Although designed primarily for adult/non-traditional students in the Organizational Leadership and Health Care Leadership programs, most of them are also open to traditional students who meet stated prerequisites. Where appropriate, the Dean allocates a fixed number of places for traditional students in these and other SCE-sponsored courses, and registration for these places is through the regular procedure. In cases where the Dean's allocation has been filled, traditional students need his signature on a Course Change (ADD) form in order to register. Adult students enroll through the normal SCE process. (Descriptions of other SCE-sponsored courses appear among the listings for the various academic departments.)
Also listed here are Foreign Language courses open only to adult /non-traditional students.
GERM 106F German for Professionals II. Dr. Tim Bennett, Associate Professor of Languages
Taking this course could be essential to your keeping up with the challenges and opportunities of working in a global economy. GERM 106F is the second of a two-course series designed for adult learners and allowing them to incorporate their interests into their language learning. Class size is small and enrollment is limited to adult/non-traditional students. Completion of GERM 106F with a grade of C- or higher satisfies the Wittenberg Foreign Language Competency requirement. (Limited to six students.)
RUSS 105 Russian for Professionals. Dr. Lila Zaharkov, Associate Professor of Languages
Why not study the language of a country that covers one sixth of the world's land mass? This course introduces students to Russia's language and culture. Specifically created for the adult learner, it meets once a week for 2 hours using the most up-to-date methodology, which includes the use of video, multimedia language laboratory and web-accessed exercises that allow students to work with classroom material at their own pace, taking into account the particular demands of adult students. The textbook is accompanied by a manual written by the instructor to enable students to work on assignments between class sessions. (Limited to six students.)
SCE 200L Liberal Studies Colloquium: Individualism and Commitment in American Public Life. Dr Warren Copeland, Professor of Religion
The foundation of the adult degree program and an intellectual orientation to Wittenberg for adults. The Colloquium (Latin for "speaking together") introduces students to a mature level of critical thinking, research processes, and both written and oral expression. We'll pursue this development through the study of the topic: Individualism and Commitment in American Public Life.
Over 150 years ago, the French traveler Alexis de Tocqueville marveled that Americans had certain "habits of the heart" that allowed us to successfully create and sustain the American republic. He emphasized the American approach to family life, public life, and religion as elements in our successful experiment in democracy. Today, some claim that individualism has become so rampant in America that it is destroying our public life. It is feared that Americans are so divided that we no longer have enough in common to sustain a vision of the good society.
This course will ask some of the following questions:
What does it mean to be a good citizen?
What must we have in common to sustain a society?
What differences represent a threat to social cohesion?
Is our society making moral progress? What does that mean?
Does material progress make moral progress more or less difficult?
To what extent is society responsible for the problems faced by individuals?
Has popular culture corrupted American manners and morals?
We will use Robert Bellah's book, Habits of the Heart as a unifying text, as well as other readings selected by the professor.
SCED 300 Issues: Managing in a Diverse Workplace. Dr. Forrest Wortham, Director of Multicultural Student Programs
Once upon a time in America, the typical office organization consisted of white male managers-typified by the IBM "uniform" of white shirt and dark tie-white female secretaries, and perhaps some black housekeeping staff. Major changes have taken place in the last three decades-demographic, cultural, and political. The workplace changes coming in their wake involve gender, ethnicity, age, cultural expectations, and socio-economic level. We will study the history of this development, the legal and regulatory elements guiding it, and some of the social and economic impacts on individuals, organizations, and social groups. We will also consider the managerial implications, including challenges to be addressed and illustrations of successful efforts among business organizations. Students will consider their own individual perspectives and a realistic corporate perspective, and will work these into an optimum diversity plan for an organization of their own choosing. This course uses the new @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive activities. Students will be notified of any advance assignment after the semester has officially begun. (This two-credit course begins November 9.)
SCED 300 Issues: Team Leadership. Mr. Charles Mallue
An in-depth look at internal team processes and procedures as well as the interaction of various work groups within contemporary organizations. Goals are: to understand the benefits and problems of teamwork and a team-based structure, to practice team leadership and participation skills, and to explore current management thinking about the role and dynamics of team structure within the larger organizational structure. Students will engage in a variety of activities that include small group exercises, case studies, learning games, and reading analyses. (This two-credit course meets through November 2.)
SCED 320 The Legal Environment of Health Care Practice. Staff
A requirement in the Health Care Leadership Program, this course is a critical examination of the laws and regulations governing health care delivery in the United States. Topics include the foundations, development, and application of tort law, licensing and accreditation, liability of providers and institutions, regulatory control, and bioethics. Students are to develop not only an understanding of "legal content" but of the philosophical and policy-level principles that give rise to the body of laws and regulations; they are to demonstrate their understanding by making properly grounded and legally defensible applications to particular cases throughout the course.
SCED 390 Topic: Readings in Leadership. Dr. Elma Lee Moore, Director of Adult Leadership Programs
We will read full texts and excerpts from a "selected Top Ten" authors on leadership and management. Included are Plato, Niccolo Machiavelli, Peter Drucker, T. Edwards Deming, and Tom Peters. We will examine principal theories of leadership, particularly those relating to business organizations, and the effects of historical, political, and economic context in shaping them. The goal is to develop a historically grounded and nuanced understanding of the ways organizations take shape and change and the ways in which leaders operate within them. Accordingly, a major student project of the course will be the application of a mature set of insights to one's own work organization or to some other organization of the student's choice. This course uses the @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive activities.