Department of Sociology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Proseminar (professional seminar) helps students to develop doctoral-level academic skills. It includes skill-building in scholarly writing, orientation to academic technologies, professional development in the academic culture, and planning strategically for dissertation research from the outset of students’ program of study.
Focuses on several leadership theories related to administering social agencies, schools, business, and industry.
Builds on LDRS 801 and other ALS courses, synthesizing major ideas about leadership, organizations, resource constraints, organizational goals, and other germane topics. In addition, the course will emphasize the development of critical thinking skills and the ability to synthesize materials from various sources into coherent arguments. It also stresses the importance of applying concepts from political science, sociology, and economics to better understand how organizations function and how individuals within organizations function.
Examines the administration and management of nonprofit organizations, including concrete aspects of program creation and operations such as boards, bylaws, 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status, mission statements, program development, personnel policies, budgeting, marketing, strategic planning, volunteers, fundraising, public relations, lobbying, and program monitoring and evaluation.
Designed to introduce students to the study of public administration, the course focuses primarily on the administrative structures and practices of American national government and is structured around four broad topics: First, to provide students with a necessary theoretical perspective on public bureaucracy, several major schools of thought regarding organizational structure and behavior are examined. Second, the role of bureaucracy in a constitutional democracy is explored. Third, the institutional environment in which bureaucracy must function is specified, and relationships between bureaucracy and other government institutions are analyzed. Finally, the internal operation of a bureaucracy is discussed and specific functions and methods examined.
Designed to cover major theoretical, methodological, and practical issues in program evaluation. Emphasis is given to key elements for the study of evaluation, including the history and modern concepts of evaluation; theoretical notions aligned with evaluation; design elements in evaluation studies; the setting and implementation of intervention programs; and the development, presentation, and use of evaluation results. This course will draw on previous course work in social theory, leadership, and methods. Students will use their collective knowledge to develop a synthesis of applied research geared toward assessing program processes, outcomes, and impacts and formulating actions for intervention improvements.
Designed to provide the student with an opportunity to solve a practical problem associated with the leadership and administration of an organization. The student may elect to undertake a policy/problem analysis process that integrates prior substantive and analytically oriented course work. Students with full-time employment responsibilities will be permitted to focus on a problem related to their own organization, if it is compatible with the student’s area of concentration or interest. Alternatively, if the student wants to explore another area or organization, he/she may do so. This course may be taken only after the student receives candidacy.
Students critically examine research and theory relevant to their prospective dissertation research. Students search for and review literature related to their area of scholarship, identify and make contact with key scholars in their fields of interest, complete a synthesis of the literature, engage in peer review, and develop a major paper that may serve as a basis for the dissertation proposal. Students will advance their skills in the processes required for effective development of a significant research project and the presentation of a literature review centered on a specific research issue, problem, or question. Prerequisite: Limited to ALS Ph.D. students who have completed core and research comprehensive examinations.
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