Graduate Catalog

2007-08 Academic Year

Public Affairs and Community Service

Community Service, COMS

5100. Social Evolution of Contemporary Volunteerism. 3 hours. An analysis and review of the social evolution of contemporary volunteerism from revolutionary times to the present. Study of the current issues, definitions and trends in the field of professional management. Introduction to social systems supporting or limiting volunteerism and volunteerism resources on the Internet. Students who have received credit for COMS 4100 may not take COMS 5100 for credit toward a degree.

5200. Leadership Theory and Practice for Public/Private Sector. 3 hours. Overview of organizational leadership theory and practice for volunteer managers. Students examine and develop a range of skills in a number of interpersonal areas: group dynamics, decision making, managing differences, and leadership and influence.

5300. Proposal Writing and Grant Administration. 3 hours. Basic steps of research funding ideas including how to use the Internet as a fundamental tool, and the detailed steps required for preparing funding applications. Focuses on the skills and tools needed to monitor funds once grants have been awarded. Students who have received credit for this course at the undergraduate level may not retake it for graduate credit.

5400. Volunteer Management Concepts and Applications. 3 hours. Analysis and review of day-to-day applications of management principles to the administrative and operating practices of contemporary volunteer programs in the public, not-for-profit sectors. Focus on volunteer program management and organization including targeting, recruiting, training, supervising, motivating, counseling, retaining and recognizing volunteer workforces. Students who have received credit for this course at the undergraduate level may not re-take it for graduate credit.

5500. Community Resource Mapping and Collaboration. 3 hours. Analysis of systems that measure community assets and resources; explore the means of identifying and approaching potential collaborative community partners; focus on the development of joint proposals and/or business plans. An ecological approach is used to analyze the full range of human service agencies: health, social, educational, diagnostic, enrichment, religious, civic and legal. Students have an opportunity to do field work with agency staff on assigned community projects.

5600. Volunteer Program Planning and Evaluation. 3 hours. A seminar designed to provide students with the basic skills necessary to systematically design and plan volunteer programs and to evaluate their effectiveness. Special emphasis will be given to measuring program outcomes. Students who have received credit for this course at the undergraduate level may not re-take it for graduate credit.

5610. Topics in Volunteer Management. 3 hours. A graduate seminar devoted to the investigation, analysis and discussion of issues in contemporary volunteerism.

5800. Community Service Internship. 3 hours. Supervised work in a community agency that is directly related to the student’s major, professional field or career objective. Duties, learning objectives, reporting and supervisory functions will be agreed on beforehand by the agency and the student. Prerequisite(s): student must meet the employer’s requirements and have consent of the program director.

5900. Special Problems. 1–3 hours. Open to graduate students who are capable of developing a problem independently. Problems are chosen by students and approved in advance by the instructor. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor.

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