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Course Descriptions

School of Community Education Course Listings - Spring 2013

The Evening schedule also includes courses offered in conjunction with academic departments.

Courses with the SCED designation are offered with the approval of the Wittenberg faculty through SCE. They appear in the Evening and Weekend schedule exclusively. Although designed primarily for adult students in the Organizational Leadership and Certificate programs, most of them are also open to other adult and traditional students who meet stated prerequisites. Where appropriate, the Dean of SCE allocates a fixed number of places for traditional students in these and other SCE-sponsored courses, and enrollment in these places is through the regular registration procedure. In cases where the allocation has been filled, traditional students need the Dean’s signature on a Course Change (ADD) form in order to register. Adult students enroll through the regular SCE procedure.

GEOL 110B Introduction to Geology
4 credits
Miller, David

Prerequisite: Level 22 math placement recommended
Intended for the non-science student. Emphasis on concepts and methodology of the science of geology and its application to problems of human concern about the earth. Note the required Saturday field trip. Dr. David Miller is on the faculty at Clark State Community College and has taught at Wittenberg for several years.

HIST 201H Topic: Race & Baseball in America
4 credits
Rosenberg, Scott

Prerequisite: None
The course will explore the experience of black baseball players both before and after the period of segregation in the United States. While it is essential that we come to grips with the broader political, social, and economic institutions that supported racial segregation, the main focus of this course is to expose the lives that black baseball players made for themselves. We will ask questions such as “why did baseball segregate when it did and what does that reveal about American society” and “how did black players respond to racial discrimination?” In exploring the lives of African-American baseball players, we will focus on an emerging culture and the evolution of race relations. Of particular interest will be the few successful Negro Leagues that operated from 1919 through the 1940s and the long process of breaking baseball’s color barrier from 1946 through the 1960s. The last section of the class will focus on why the number of African-Americans in the Major Leagues has steadily declined over the last thirty years. Assessment will focus on the student’s ability to express ideas in take-home essay exams and papers based on the reading.

MATH 112Q The Language of Mathematics
4 credits
Barhorst, Garry

Prerequisite: Math Placement Level 22 or higher
College-level experience with the logic, language and methods of mathematics through the study of topics from a variety of areas of mathematics. Not intended as or suitable for preparation for other mathematics courses.

MUSI 110A Understanding Music
4 credits
Schubert, David

Prerequisite: None
A basic introductory course emphasizing aural perceptual skills and designed to enable the student to appreciate some of the great works of musical art. Explores the materials of music, i.e., melody, harmony, rhythm, tone color, form and mediums of expression. Surveys the basic style periods of music. Required outside listening to a wide variety of music and attendance at selected, appropriate live performances. Assessment is by regular testing throughout the course, and a functional final exam. @witt@home format.

PHIL200A    Philosophy and the Modern Drama
4 credits
Bailey, Julius

Prerequisite:  None.
The primary aim of the course is to provide students with the abilities to recognize and evaluate ethical issues and perspectives as they relate to economic, social, cultural, political, and technological globalization.  More specifically, students will be working through plays and short stories that examine what it means to be human and wrestle with “social evils” of the day. By “evil” what we mean are enactments and experiences of unmerited suffering, undeserved harm, or unjustified pain that humans create amongst themselves and others.
Course Objectives:
• To understand the conventions of the modern drama, specifically Tragedies.
• Be engaged critically and delve into philosophical topics such as:  anxiety and alienation; freedom and responsibility; authenticity and bad faith; individuality and mass society; rationality and the absurd; values and nihilism; and God and meaninglessness.  
• Enhance awareness of globalization issues and perspectives, ranging from the growing rates of economic inequalities, poverty, housing, healthcare, and sexism and its effects on the human family.
Course Evaluation:  There will be 4 exams and 1 term paper (6-8 pages).  Attendance is also required and calculated.

RELI 176R Topic: Racism & Social Ethics
4 credits
Copeland, Warren

Prerequisite: None
This is not a course on African American Religion. It is rather a course on the racism practiced against African Americans in the United States. It assumes that racism is bad. It does not assume that we know either just what constitutes racism or what to do about it. We shall begin by confronting the reality of the issue in our society. We will then examine some approaches to the issue arising from the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. Next we will examine the nature of institutional racism in contemporary U.S. society.

RUSS 106F Russian for Professionals II
4 credits
Zaharkov, Lila

Prerequisite: 105 or placement
Second course of a two-course sequence (with RUSS 105) enabling adults to achieve language competency goals within the context of their professional and personal interests. This sequence introduces Russia’s language and culture. The course meets once a week, using the most up-to-date methodology, including video, multimedia language lab, and web-accessed exercises that allow students to work at their own pace. The textbook is accompanied by an instructor-developed manual that enables students to work on assignments between class meetings. Limited to adult/nontraditional students.

SCED 200L Liberal Studies Colloquium: In the Shadow of the Organization: Bureaucracy and Individual Autonomy
4 credits
Baker, Rob

Prerequisite: ENGL 101E
Organizations are elaborate plans of cooperation to achieve a goal. As such, inherent tensions between individual autonomy and bureaucratic structure exist that have the potential for undermining the goals of the organization. Taking the existence of these tensions as its initial premise, this course explores several of them in an effort to consider their implications not only for organizations, but also for the individuals who work in them. Questions surrounding this tension to be considered include: What is the nature of bureaucratic organization?  What about bureaucratic rules; what are their functions, and why don’t we like them?  What motivates workers more--extrinsic or intrinsic rewards-- and are private sector workers more productive than public sector workers, or do they at least work harder? Are internal or external controls better at controlling worker behavior?  Is simply doing as one is told a good excuse for avoiding responsibility for bad organizational outcomes?  How can managers and employees promote ethical behavior?  Are basic bureaucratic structures (e.g., hierarchy) and procedures ethically problematic or even evil?  The course objective is for the student to develop a critical understanding of the natural tension between the organization and the individual, and how it relates to, and affects our life, work, and sense of community. The course uses the @witt@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive work.

SCED 290 Topics: Understanding Financial Statements and Budgeting
4 credits
Egloff, Mark

Prerequisite: None
An introduction to the primary information needed for understanding the business environment and the important role of financial statements and budgeting in that environment. The course will focus on what decision makers want to know about accounting information, rather than how the information is prepared. The emphasis will be on how to read and analyze financial information and make decisions based on that information in order to provide effective leadership for the organization. To gain a better understanding of how different companies, sometimes in the same industry, communicate their financial information in different ways and how analysis can assist in decision making, we will study the reports of selected companies. In addition, the budgeting process will focus on planning, control, and forecasting, using cost accounting elements. The course uses the @witt@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and interactive web-supported instruction. This course does not substitute for BUSN 225—Financial Accounting for those students seeking to continue into BUSN 226, nor can it be taken for credit by students with credit for BUSN 225.

SCED 300-1.1 Issues: Training and Development
2 credits
Bodenmiller, James

Prerequisite: Soph. standing or permission
We will strive for an understanding of the training and development function within an organization context—i.e., what T and D consists of and its strategic relationship to other functions and to the organization as a whole. Within a consideration of various methodologies and learning theories, we will examine the ways in which individuals systematically acquire the skills, concepts, and attitudes that result in improved performance. The course will also present the ways in which training systems are developed, evaluated, and modified and the personal and organizational development issues that professionals must consider in this process. The course uses the @witt@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive learning. Mr. Bodenmiller is City Manager for the City of Springfield.

SCED 300-1.2 Issues: MIS in Organizational Leadership
2 credits
Mason, Cheryl

Prerequisite: Soph. standing or permission
This course provides insights and knowledge to students so that they can to become leaders and active participants in information systems decisions within an organization. This course assists current and feature organizational leaders, as well as managers to begin to form a point of view of how information systems will help, hinder, and create opportunities for their organizations. This course is intended to provide a solid foundation of basic concepts relevant to using and managing information effectively and efficiently in strategic planning for today’s organizational climate and environment. @witt@home format.

SCED 360S Human Resource Management
4 credits
Balas, Cathy

Prerequisite: one S-course
Introduction to the fundamentals of the field, including HR philosophies and assumptions; legal concerns (EEO, OSHA, ADA, etc.); job analysis; personnel planning and recruitment; employee selection, testing, training and development; and compensation systems. “Personnel work” has evolved from primarily administrative functions such as hiring and payroll to a view of “human resources” as a critical partner in business strategy. We will explore this evolution and address issues that face businesses, HR professionals and other managers, and employees. HR issues are current events, so that this will be a dynamic course, using case studies, Web sites, on-line work, newspapers, and magazine articles to supplement the text. Mrs. Balas is Director of Education for AVEteC, a firm specializing in computer simulations of advanced engine processes.
@witt@home format.

SCED 400 Senior Leadership Seminar
4 credits
Ghavami, Fetneh

Prerequisite: None
Adult students synthesize their learning from previous study and experience and develop it into a major report. In this report, students typically identify a problem or process in an organizational setting, provide analysis, present options, and propose appropriate action. The inquiry process, developed in conjunction with the instructor and through activities with the group, addresses the dimensions of both management and leadership. Students present their report in writing to the instructor and orally to the seminar group. The report also serves as the basis for the oral senior assessment presentation for the Liberal Studies major—taking the form of an executive briefing before an invited audience. @witt@home format.

SOCI 110C/S Cultural Anthropology
4 credits
Rowell, Katherine

Prerequisite: None
This course is an introduction to the perspective of cultural anthropology. The course pays particular attention to the concept of culture and to the tremendous diversity of cultural patterns around the world. Topics include fieldwork as method and experience, institutions of society, and symbol and meaning. Students will read description of societies from several different ethnographic areas, including the United States. We will end the term with a consideration of the role of anthropology and anthropologists in the world today.

SOCI 301 Topic: War, Identity, and Justice
4 credits
Doubt, Keith

Prerequisite: None
What is the contemporary character of war and its destructive impact on societies? How does social violence confront and ultimately transform social identities at both the individual and the collective level? What is justice and its necessity to social order? Drawing upon sociology, documentaries, and political theory, this course studies war crimes, the construction of identity in multi-ethnic societies, the political character of nationalism, the social context of terrorism, and the idea of justice in our modern era. First, from the study of Bosnia, the course develops a sociology of war, a psychology of identity, and a philosophy of justice. Then, the course applies this set of concepts to the modern wars in Algeria, Chechnya, Iraq, and the Middle East. The objective is develop a perspective on social violence at the collective level that is comparative and historical, one that is objective as well as moral, humanistic as well as empirical.

SOCI 301S Topic: Women & Crime
4 credits
Wagner, Brooke

Prerequisite: None
This course considers historical and contemporary issues of girls and women involved in crime. We will examine such topics as the gender difference in offending, theoretical explanations for female offending, the social construction of offending women, the social construction of masculinities leading to violence against women, and the sexualization and criminalization of women’s bodies. @witt@home format.

SPAN 105 Spanish for Professionals I
4 credits
Garcia, Victor

Prerequisite: None
First course of a two-course sequence (with SPAN 106F) that follows a modified individualized instruction format, with students meeting to review grammar, to discuss, and to present assignments and projects. Assignments are keyed to students’ professional and/or personal interests, including such areas as business, health care, and law enforcement. Limited to adult/nontraditional students.

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