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PPA 101 FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT 3 credits / 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will examine the basic concepts and processes of organization, leadership, decision-making, and information flow as they are applied in the public sector.
PPA 123 ADMINISTRATION OF PERSONNEL RESOURCES 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: PPA 101 (Recommended)
Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts about human resource administration, including personnel management and various supervisory techniques. Through case studies and realistic treatment of actual personnel problems, the student will learn about recruitment, selection, motivation, and placement of employees. Group and individual approaches will be used.
PPA 253 BUREAUCRACY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: PPA 101 (Recommended)
The student will assess the administrative processes as they relate to the behavior of complex organizations. The student will discuss attitudes and how they affect and/or control behavior, the principles of motivation and how to use them, and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships.
ADM 2508 FIELD PRACTICUM/ORGANIZATION THEORY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PPA 101 (Recommended); eighteen (18) more ADM credits
Co-requisites: none
The student will observe and participate in an area of special interest and ADM concentration. The student will be placed in governmental departments or agencies where he/she will engage in specific research projects/administrative assignments at policy or administrative levels. The students will also meet in the classroom to explore the fundamentals of organization theory and to discuss where theory and practice of the practicum assignment fuse, are in conflict, or are not related.
PPA 110 STATE AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will explore, through case histories and selected readings, current problems arising from the relationships between American state, county, city, and local governments. Special emphasis will be paid to the influence of the media, laws, politicians, and pressure groups on organizing and managing public agencies and programs.
PPA 111 FEDERAL ADMINISTRATION 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: PPA 101 (Recommended)
The student will study the nature, structure, and management of the federal bureaucracy and civil service; the types of roles of the public administrator, and employment in the public sector, particularly in the federal government. In addition, the student will analyze the role of the public administrator, as well as employment in the public sector.
PPA 251 WOMEN IN MANAGEMENT 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The course will analyze the role of women in managerial positions, particularly in public sector organizations. Case examples will be utilized to provide students with a practical understanding of the obstacles encountered and strategies used to successfully achieve the objectives.
PPA 120 UNIONS 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
This course is intended to study the development, growth, and trends of unionism and to acquaint the student with the history of collective bargaining in America. Attention will be paid to definitions and concepts of arbitration, grievances, complaints, negotiation, and mediation. The impact of strikes, legislation, and government regulation on employer-employee relationships, employee organizations, and the civil service system will also be examined and evaluated. Unionism as a phenomenon in both the public and private sector will be traced and analyzed.
PPA 256 CAREERS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will explore career opportunities in the criminal justice system at state and local levels, including the courts, correctional institutions, police agencies, and parole and probation departments. The student will understand the human relations and technical skills associated with such careers.
CJ 101 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will examine the roles and functions of institutions within the criminal justice system at the federal, state, and local levels. Emphasis is placed on interactions between the police, the courts, the correctional institutions at the local level, and the influence of these institutions on the quality of life in the South Bronx community.
LAW 120 PENAL LAW OF NEW YORK STATE 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
he student will gain a general understanding of the Penal Law of the State of New York with its historical and legal underpinnings. The Criminal Procedure law and its effect on the residents of the State of New York will be examined.
LAW 150 THE ROLE OF THE POLICE IN THE COMMUNITY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: CJ 101 (Recommended)
The student will gain an understanding of the role and functions of the police department. The issues affecting the interactions between the police and the community will be examined from various points of view, including prejudice and discrimination.
LAW 101 LAW AND SOCIAL CHANGE 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
Through historical investigation and critical analysis, the student will gain an understanding of the relationship between law and social change. The student will examine historical movements, such as: the abolitionist movement, labor movement, women's rights movement, and civil rights movement.
LAW 125 IMMIGRATION LAW 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 121 for Spanish (Recommended)
Co-requisites: none
Fundamentals of current immigration and nationality law in the United States, its history, and proposals for change.
LAW 126 FAMILY LAW 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the basic topics of cultural anthropology, including the concept of culture, cultural development, sex and marriage patterns, family and kinship patterns, social control, religion-magic-arts, and physical anthropology including human evolution and race.
LAW 127 PUBLIC AND EMPLOYEE BENEFIT LAW 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will study the fundamentals of income maintenance and employee benefit law. The student will become acquainted with New York State and Federal eligibility requirements and procedures for public benefits, unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, and social security insurance.
CJ 201 ISSUES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
Students will examine major issues confronting modern American law enforcement agencies. Emphasis will be placed on recurring problems in today's society and their relevance to law enforcement.
CJ 250 CRIMINAL JUSTICE WORKSHOP 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: CJ 101 (Recommended)
Co-requisites: none
The course is designed for students who are interested in the potential for research in criminal justice management. Students will explore idealistic principles that have served to define, for both criminal justice practitioners and the public, social roles and expectations in the criminal justice field. Moreover, students will examine why these principles are often difficult to apply in the administration of justice.
PPA 121 SOCIAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: PPA 101 (Recommended)
Students will examine management of client-centered social and human services, i.e. the helping professions. Some of these areas of study will include: psychological and social services; assistance to the needy, aged and/or disabled; health counseling, therapeutic; and rehabilitative services for shut-ins, the mentally impaired, or incarcerated persons; welfare and other forms of aid in the areas and institutions of education, health, mental health, and correction.
PPA 122 HEALTH AND WELFARE ADMINISTRATION 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PPA 101
Co-requisites: none
This course will deal with all levels of management in the health and hospital field. Students who wish to administer programs in health or health-related areas will explore, develop, and train for the acquisition of requisite skills in dealing with staff, facilities, budget, and community.
ANTH 101 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the basic topics of cultural anthropology, including the concept of culture, cultural development, sex and marriage patterns, family and kinship patterns, social control, religion-magic-arts, and physical anthropology including human evolution and race.
ECO 4641 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL ECONOMY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
This course presents an examination of the relationship between political and economic structures. This is accomplished through a historical study from tribal society to the emergence of capitalism.
ECO 4642 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL ECONOMY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
This course examines the development of the political and economic structures of capitalism. Topics include commodity exchange, wage labor, profit monopolies, and economic and political crises.
ECO 4643 ECONOMICS: MICROECONOMICS 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
In this course we learn how individuals and other decision-makers, such as consumers, resource owners, business firms, and public institutions, maximize gains and/or minimize losses. The determination of prices, output through supply, and demand in different market organizations will be examined.
ECO 4645 ECONOMICS: MACROECONOMICS 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
This course studies the major components of the economy such as the household, business, and government. It deals with the aggregate (total) level of output and employment, the level of national income, and the general price index. Private and government investment expenditures as well as imports and exports of goods and services are examined in depth.
ECO 4647 POLITICAL ECONOMY OF LATIN AMERICA 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will study the history of colonialism and neo-colonialism in Latin America and analyze the present structure of economic and political dependence.
ECO 4649 POLITICAL ECONOMY OF AFRICA 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of an introductory course is recommended
Co-requisites: none
The student will study the response of African nations to the problems of Balkanization and economic development, the influence of multinationals, foreign aid, and planning for rapid economic change. The issues of the colonial heritage (including neo-colonialism) and the effects of dependence on foreign markets will be analyzed.
ECO 4653 THE ECONOMICS OF HUMAN RESOURCES 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of an introductory course is recommended
Co-requisites: none
The student will study the history of labor markets, including the role of technology, the development of primary and secondary markets, and the problems of women, minorities, and older workers. Contemporary issues, such as the private and social uses of labor, power in the labor market, reforms, and labor-leisure choices will also be studied. Emphasis will be placed on the impact of these issues on the African and Hispanic populations.
HIS 210 UNITED STATES HISTORY: THROUGH THE CIVIL WAR 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
Major currents in United States history from colonial times to the end of the Civil War are examined in this course. Emphasis is placed on the development of slavery and the abolition movement, the origins and character of the American Revolution, and the experiences of Native Americans, immigrants, and women.
HIS 211 UNITED STATES HISTORY: RECONSTRUCTION TO THE PRESENT 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
This course examines major issues in United States history from the Reconstruction Era (1866-76) to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the role of women, labor, immigrants, and racial and ethnic minorities in key developments such as urbanization, the Great Depression, and the Civil Rights Movement.
HIS 250 ANCIENT, MEDIEVAL, AND EARLY MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of an introductory course
Co-requisites: none
The student will attain an overview of the major currents in European society from the dawn of Greek Civilization to the outbreak of the French Revolution. Emphasis will be placed on mastering the factual material of this historical span with the object of providing the student with a solid background for more advanced liberal arts courses.
HIS 251 MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of an introductory course
Co-requisites: none
The student will attain an overview of the basic currents in European society from the French Revolution to the present day, including the development of imperialism and fascism. Emphasis will be placed on mastering the factual material of this historical span to provide the student with a solid background for more advanced liberal arts courses.
LEG 101 INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL SYSTEM 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: ENG 91 or 110
The student will study the legal system including; the organization of the courts, civil and criminal procedures and an overview of the law of contracts, torts, crimes, and the U.S. constitution. The three legal concentration areas of Family Law, Public and Employee Benefit Law, and Immigration Law will be introduced.
LEG 102 LAW OFFICE SYSTEMS 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: ENG 91 or 110
The student will be familiarized with the concepts of law office organization and administration. The student will learn calendaring and filing systems and will learn to use modern office equipment including facsimile and dictation machines, computers, and telephone systems.
LEG 8525 ADVANCED IMMIGRATION LAW 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: LAW 125; LEG 101
Co-requisites: ENG 110
The student will engage in an in-depth study of advanced immigration law concepts, including grounds of exclusion, defenses to deportation, petition, visa application, and asylum. The student will prepare a visa petition involving a complex fact pattern, an application for asylum and a waiver application for an excludable alien and for a conditional resident (marriage case), all with supporting documents and letters of transmittal.
LEG 8526 ADVANCED FAMILY LAW 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: LAW 126; LEG 101
Co-requisites: ENG 110
The student will address practical problems in the Family Law field. The student will prepare a petition for a name change, a separation agreement, a summons and complaint in annulment, divorce, support, and paternity actions.
LEG 8527 ADVANCED PUBLIC AND EMPLOYEE BENEFIT LAW 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: LAW 127; LEG 101
Co-requisites: ENG 110
The student will engage in an in-depth study of the practice of Public and Employee Benefit Law with an emphasis on problem solving and administrative advocacy. The student will learn techniques for preparing successful applications for benefit and for advocacy and intervention with administrative agencies. The student will learn case preparation and representation for administrative hearings as well as procedures for appeals.
LEG 8530 ADVANCED FAMILY LAW 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 110; LEG 101
Co-requisites: none
The student will study basic and advanced research tools and become familiar with legal source materials including Reporters, Statutes, and Codes. The student also becomes acquainted with secondary source materials, including treatises and encyclopedias. Students will be introduced to manual and computer database research guides.
LEG 8532 LEGAL RESEARCH & WRITING II 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: LEG 8530
Co-requisites: none
The student will study and practice the techniques of good legal writing. The student will focus his/her efforts on learning to prepare letters of transmittal to courts and agencies, affidavits, factual summaries, and internal memoranda of law.
LEG 8540 LEGAL PRACTICUM I 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: LEG 101; LAW 101, LAW 125, or LAW 126, or 127
Co-requisites: none
The student will be exposed to the practice of Immigration, Family and/or Public Benefit Law in a legal service, community based organization, or governmental setting. The student will work under the supervision of an attorney or otherwise licensed legal practitioner. The student will perform basic paralegal tasks at various levels of complexity based on his/her interest and ability. The student will spend seven and one half hours per week on-site to be arranged between the student and on-site supervisor. The student will interview clients and prepare legal documents including forms, affidavits, letters of transmittal to governmental agencies, and memoranda of law. The students will meet as a group with an instructor one and one-half hours every third week. In Legal Practicum I, the students will discuss problems with cases they are working on and participate in interviewing and fact gathering exercises. The student's grade will be based on performance on the institution's placement evaluation, and on participation and attendance at the group meetings.
LEG 254 LEGAL PRACTICUM II 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: LEG 8540
Co-requisites: LEG 8530 or approval from department
The student will continue the activities as in Legal Practicum I at the same site as in Legal Practicum II unless special problems arise necessitating a change. As in Legal Practicum I, the students will meet as a group with their instructor to discuss cases they are working on at their placement. In addition, in Legal Practicum II, the student will participate in trial advocacy training. The student's grade will be based on his/her performance on the placement institution's evaluation, and his/her participation and attendance at the group meetings.
LEG 250 HEARING AND TRIAL ADVOCACY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: LEG 101
Co-requisites: LEG 8530
The student will study and practice trial and administrative hearing preparation and courtroom techniques. The student will learn to prepare clients and expert witnesses for direct examination, prepare for cross examination and learn to present documentary evidence. The student will learn how to assist an attorney in trial preparation and will participate in a mock administrative hearing.
SW 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK 3 credits / 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will develop a basic understanding of the principles and practice of social work through a historical perspective and through examining the sociological, political, economic, and psychological processes involved.
SW 150 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE 3 credits / 3 hours
Prerequisite: SW 101
Co-requisites: none
The course will expose the student to the field of social work from a practical perspective. The student will have an opportunity to work with professional social workers and begin to apply some of the introductory principles learned in the theoretical courses.
SOC 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3 credits / 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the basic topic of sociology, including social mobility, role status, race and prejudice, and factors leading to social change. Offered in English and Spanish.
SOC 105 SOCIOLOGY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS 3 credits / 3 hours
Prerequisite: Any social science introductory course (except PSY 101)
Co-requisites: none
The student will analyze American society and the dynamics of its major social problems, including the functional and dysfunctional effects of these problems upon society. The student will also show understanding of the major social problems affecting large cities and metropolitan areas. Offered in English and Spanish.
SOC 140 RACE AND ETHNICITY 3 credits / 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will be exposed to an in-depth analysis of the diverse ethnic and racial structure of the urban community. The student will explore the different aspects of multi-pluralism, but also searching for common experiences, theories of assimilation, amalgamation, and prejudice and discrimination will be discussed.
SOC 1242 SOCIOLOGY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3 credits / 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will show an understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system, including the courts, correctional facilities, and rehabilitation. Demonstration of analytic ability and participation in field observation will be required. Offered in English and Spanish.
SSC 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCE 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
This interdisciplinary course examines the nature of the social sciences and the application of social science analysis to a number of contemporary social, political, and economic issues, such as poverty and income distribution, racism, political power, and social change. The student will learn different research methods.
POL 101 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
This course identifies the major institutions of local, state, and national government, their powers, and interrelationships. Emphasis is placed on this country's legal principles as established in the United States Constitution. American Government is designed to enable students to participate effectively in the political process.
POL 102 COMPARATIVE POLITICS 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of an introductory course
Co-requisites: none
The student will analyze and compare the history, concepts, and structure of liberal democracy, fascism, and socialism. Case studies will be used.
POL 107 POLITICAL SYSTEMS OF LATIN AMERICA 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
This course analyzes and compares the history and political structures of capitalism and socialism in Latin America. Case studies include Brazil and Cuba.
PSY 101 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisites: none
The student will demonstrate familiarity with the areas of psychology, including methods, learning and memory, sensation, perception, physiological processes, emotions, drives, personality, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, individual differences, social behavior, and growth and development. Offered in English and Spanish.
PSY 120 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY I (CHILDHOOD) 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
The student will demonstrate an understanding of personality development from infancy to adolescence with an emphasis on the genetic determinants of behavior as well as on social learning. The student will demonstrate knowledge of prenatal development, cognitive development, language development, socialization, identification, deprivation studies, development of aggression, dependency, fears and anxiety, sex typing, and other topics. Offered in English and Spanish.
PSY 110 LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT OF BEHAVIOR 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor Corequisite: Eng 110
Co-requisites: none
The student will learn the major psychological perspectives of human development from prenatal development and birth, infancy, early childhood, middle and late childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood to middle and late adulthood. Students will also become well acquainted with the behavioral, cognitive, emotional, environmental, genetic, physiological, and sociocultural aspects of development across the life-span.
PSY 121 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY II (ADOLESCENCE AND ADULTHOOD) 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
This course examines the behavior of the adolescent and adult through the perspective of development over the life-span. The student will demonstrate mastery of topics, theories, and research findings on adolescence, adulthood, and old age.
PSY 140 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 101 or ANTH 101 or by permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
An examination of the biological, social, and cultural factors in the psychological development and functioning of women. Special focus on women's changing roles and the influences that affect them in everyday life.
PSY 142 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the description and delineation of the various patterns which prevent the individual from functioning constructively in our society.
PSY 144 PERSONALITY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
The student will show an understanding of the structure of personality, origins of personality characteristics, defense mechanisms, the individual and the self, frustration and conflict, and the personality theories of Freud, Jung, and others. Offered in English and Spanish.
PSY 146 SMALL GROUP DYNAMICS 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
Students will review relevant theories and be exposed to practical demonstrations of group dynamics and small group interactions in order to understand the small group as a social system. It will emphasize such concepts as group cohesiveness, conformity, norms and standards, power and influence processes, communication, leadership and properties of group.
PSY 115 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
Students will display knowledge of applications of psychology to education, including individual and cultural variations, principles of learning, motivation, teaching, and evaluation.
PSY 180 PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent
Co-requisites: none
Students will learn about healthy aging and the nature and causes of psychological problems in the elderly. They will also learn principles of evaluation, treatment, and prevention of these problems.
PSY 182 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the development, maintenance, and change of regularities in behavior and interaction as affected by norms and norm formation, social roles, and interpersonal attraction. The student will also describe or identify the various processes that shape and influence a person's perceptual, cognitive, and affective responses toward aspects of his/her environment, attitude organization and change, personal and social perception, aggression, conflict, and intergroup conflict. Offered in English and Spanish.
PSY 190 INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent, any business course, or permission of instructor
Co-requisites: none
The student will show mastery of important concepts of industrial psychology, including personnel selection and evaluation, learning and training, motivation, morale as related to job performance, employee-management relations, working conditions, safety, and consumer psychology.