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Woods College Graduate Summer Courses

Please note: Masters of Science courses are not offered on an open enrollment basis. You must be accepted into the Master's program prior to registration.

SUMMER 2015 Course Offerings

MS in Applied Economics

First Session

Data Analysis
Health Care Economics

Second Session

Urban and Regional Economics

Dates and times to be announced.

MS in Administrative Studies

ADGR 770001  Research: Methods and Data
Recommended as the first course, it examines the logic of research design and explores how data are approached, collected and analyzed in an interactive information age. Practical applications across disciplines introduce both the electronic and traditional tools and techniques necessary to interpret and utilize findings. Case studies and presentations prepare students to analyze, evaluate and challenge specific applications and to suggest alternative interpretations. Online databases and the WWW expand options.
NOTE: This course is required for all students who entered the MS Administrative Studies program prior to June 1st, 2014. Please see an academic advisor to ensure appropriate placement in course.
Second Session. Dates and times to be announced.

ADGR 770301  Research Methods and Data Analysis
This course introduces students to basic social science research methods.  The primary objective is for students to learn to read and evaluate research as well as create contributions to their chosen profession or field of research.  By the end of the course, students will be more knowledgeable of basic research design and statistical methods.  Additionally, students will better understand how to use research findings to improve and enhance their professional roles.  
NOTE: This course is required for all students who entered the MS Administrative Studies program AFTER June 1st, 2014. Please see an academic advisor to ensure appropriate placement in course.
First Session. Dates and times to be announced.

ADGR 7708  Project Management
This course introduces students to the basic tenets and components involved in project management. The primary objective is to provide frameworks that make it possible to track and measure project performance, overcome challenges, and adapt to changes in a variety of professional environments. Specific topics covered in the course include project scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk and stakeholder management and a variety of other operational issues that emerge during project planning, initiation, monitoring, and execution.
Second Session. Dates and times to be announced.

ADGR 771601  Managing Life’s Transitions: Facilitating Growth
Understanding and successfully managing life's inevitable transitions offers opportunities for professional and personal growth. Course examines transitions through the lifespan: graduations, career choices and changes, moving, marriage, raising children, caring for aging parents, economic disruptions. Examines specific behavioral, cognitive, and social factors influencing motivation, goal setting, self confidence, making decisions, and risk taking. Addresses practical skills for creating a life balance.
Second Session.  Dates and times to be announced.

ADGR 772801  Public Relations
Public Relations is a vital and versatile communication tool. This course explores the techniques and media used to influence special publics, including the news media. It reviews the principles and practices of on-line communications, how electronic media differ from traditional media, reaching new audiences, advantages and limitations. Students study examples of public relations campaigns and design their own. Focuses on non-profit public relations, corporate problems and the relationship between management strategies and promotional objectives.
Second Session. Dates and times to be announced.

ADGR 774301  Mastering the Media: Social and Psychological Effects of Mass Media
In depth knowledge of how mass media shapes and reshapes thoughts, attitudes and behavior brings desired expertise to professional responsibilities and personal opportunities. Course explores the theories and data documenting the impact of mass media and examines the positive and negative effects of different types of media content on different individuals to help tailor decision making and execute solutions. Discusses future innovations and global implications.
First Session. Dates and times to be announced.

ADGR 777501  American and Global Business

Global business has been shaken by anti-globalization movements, the new era of terror, climate change, and a deep economic crisis. This course explores the causes of the 2008 global crisis, the economic and political forces explaining the severity of our financial meltdown, and policy solutions. We examine US and global business and the meaning of globalization in the new climate. Focuses on how corporations can develop strategies that help to create new jobs, alleviate poverty, climate change, and bolster peace. We will look at how ideas of socially responsible business in the US may help in a global context and what their limit is.
Second Session. Dates and times to be announced.

ADGR 778201  Law and Society
Radical changes in the basic social fabric that dictate how people live, interact, communicate and work with one another create new demands for a legal system obligated to interpret and establish law. Examines emerging challenges to freedom of expression, public and private communication: cyberspace, bullying, the disparity of access to resources, family protection, national security and individual rights, and different ways of representing justice. It also explores how the balance of emotion and reason in our idea of justice “shifts” over time, corporate responsibility/irresponsibility, new definition of guilt and innocence, what is just/unjust social behavior, can citizens depend on the legal system, what holds society together.
First Session. Dates and times to be announced.

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