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Upcoming Courses

Spring 2018

Service-Learning Courses

EDUC 302: Improving Reading and Writing Skills in the Middle/Secondary School

The overall course objective is to learn strategies for improving literacy among middle and secondary school youth. Students will demonstrate mastery of these strategies through their field experiences. Students will volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club and are also required to create content literacy lessons and complete one-on-one tutoring sessions using these lesson plans. Students must integrate at least one content area literacy strategy, which has been covered in the class material, into each lesson plan, reflecting an understanding of culturally responsive pedagogy.

For more information, contact Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D., at

MGMT 465: Leading Organizational Change and Development

Students serve as a consulting team to an organization under the direct mentorship of the professor. The students go through the primary five stages of organizational development and apply in-class learning on organizational development and change management to their consulting project efforts. Students work as “consultants” to their target organization by helping the organization to define managerial, leadership of human relations matters, issues and problems that need to be improved. They study relevant organizational dynamics, using appropriate methods, so as to make recommendations to the client organization regarding ways and means to best address the identified issues or problems within the given organization. Students produce a consulting research report and present their findings and the report to the client organization at the end of the semester.

For more information, contact Joy A. McGuirl-Hadley, Ed.D., at

SPAN 313L: Spanish in Communities: Latinos in the U.S.

In their work with the Spanish community, students will work with children or adults who speak Spanish and are learning to speak English. The course content focuses on how Hispanic communities developed in the United States, starting from the U.S. involvement in Latin American countries and the initial pushes to migrate to the U.S. The course content zeroes in on the issues faced in America by Hispanic communities. Students will volunteer with the ESOL Program of either Starke Elementary or La Casita Cultural.

*This course meets either the theory or the service-learning course requirement.

For more information, contact Pamela Cappas-Toro, Ph.D., at

Community Engagement Theory Courses

BADM 209V: The Legal, Social and Ethical Environment of Business

This course is designed to investigate the broad range of ethical issues that contemporary managers face. From false advertising by local companies to environmental calamities caused by global corporations, students will examine ethical issues in business with the goal of developing an analytical framework for thinking about ethical problems in business. One of the primary learning outcomes for this course is for students to utilize critical thinking skills in confronting ethical issues in the context of business management. Students will be required to complete a Case Analysis, in which they choose a case study included in the course texts and complete a written analysis of their chosen case, where they will identify the ethical issues at stake in the course, describe who is affected by the issue, and propose ways in which the issue can be resolved.

For more information, contact Jim Beasley, Ph.D., at

COMM 336V/HLSC 336V: Food and Nutrition in the Media

Through critical analysis of the media and cultural performance (gender, race, class, sexuality, age), this seminar is designed to explore possible influences on the perceptions of food and nutrition, and how, in turn, this may affect individuals’ well-being. In this class, students will design a workshop that could be presented to the community to increase media literacy about food/nutrition. Students will also identify problems with current media artifacts and present better approaches to constructing these artifacts.

For more information, contact Tara Schuwerk, Ph.D., at

EDUC 245H: Social Foundations of Education

This course examines the historical, philosophical and social forces affecting education today. Students will analyze current issues in education such as access to education, religion in education, student’s rights, curriculum and ethics. The main focus of community engagement in this course, however, is on bullying and how it impacts the community. Students in this course will work to propose solutions to stop bullying and analyze different preventative and responsive initiatives currently undertaken by schools.

For more information, contact Christopher Colwell, Ed.D., at

EDUC 305V: Cultural Diversity Education

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills that will enable them to sensitively relate in culturally appropriate ways to individuals with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. In this course, students will develop perspectives on cultural diversity that enhance their abilities to analyze contemporary cultural issues and respond to the issues impacting culturally diverse populations. Students will view the film Shadow of Hate and recommend two practical strategies to combat racism, sexism, economic discrimination, prejudices and racial discrimination. They will also discuss the potential benefits for creating a more harmonious and inclusive culture and discuss personal prejudices.

For more information, contact Patrick Coggins, Ph.D., at

PHIL 309V: Feminist Philosophy

This course focuses primarily on gender discrimination, although it also highlights how differences of race, sexuality and culture may intersect with gender experiences. In addition, the course focuses on the proposed solutions of how women can achieve equality and empowerment in a world that seems to challenge their equality. Students will devise a thesis based on class readings that address feminist issues. In this thesis, they will propose solutions to a variety of different feminist issues covered in class.

For more information, contact Melinda Hall, Ph.D., at

PUBH 140V: Introduction to Public Health (formerly PUBH 240V)

This course focuses on the many different aspects of public health, such as epidemiology, public policy, environmental issues and safety procedures. In addition, this course highlights the intersection of these various aspects of public health with social inequities, such as the role that race, gender, and socioeconomic status have in regards to one's health. Students will complete the Stetson Public Health Challenge, where they identify a public health issue on campus and demonstrate how to better that issue.

*This course meets either the theory or the service-learning course requirement.

For more information, contact Nicole Porther, Ph.D., at