2015-2016 Master of Arts in Community Leadership Courses

MACL 601 Exploring Communities (3)
This course explores concepts of community, learning about communities, and contemporary social issues. Through course resources, class discussions, and research in the community, students will broaden their understanding of the role of grassroots organizations and non-profit agencies, explore a particular social issue, use theoretical frameworks for understanding social issues, and make connections between contemporary issues. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
MACL 602 Public Policy and Advocacy (3)
In this course, students will gain the knowledge and skills to participate effectively in public policy making and advocacy. Through first-hand observation of political processes, study of historical social movements, and analysis of contemporary movements, students will deepen their understanding of how public policies are made and how citizens can be most effective in influencing those policies. Prerequisite: MACL 601.
MACL 603 Social Change and Community Organizing (3)
This course builds students’ understanding of social change processes and develops skills in working within communities and bringing groups together. Students will study and develop skills in community organizing strategies and apply those with a specific group. Students will build on their knowledge of a specific issue and the relevant actors from previous courses to develop a plan to bring together groups with competing interests and opposing views to facilitate dialogue and action. Prerequisites: MACL 602.
MACL 605 Economic Development and Foreign Policy (3)
This course explores the viability of various economic development approaches and the role of nonprofit organizations, international organizations, and U.S. foreign policy in the process of economic development. Students will explore the history and current situation of one issue or region/country and the ethical issues involved. They will gain the knowledge and skills to participate effectively in U.S. foreign policy-making and advocacy on international issues.
MACL 608 Special Topics (1–3)
A changing topics course.
MACL 610 Introduction to Development (1)
Introduces students to the basics of fund-raising, including making a case for funding and asking for a gift; several types of funding including annual funds, capital campaigns, planned giving, and special events; and working with a Board of Directors in fund-raising.
MACL 612 Corporate/Foundation Relations (1)
This course will teach students how to find possible corporate and foundation funding sources, how to write grants, and how to work with a board of directors in seeking funding from corporations and foundations.
MACL 614 Working with Volunteers (1)
This course will focus on how to develop and set up a volunteer program and how to work with volunteers. This includes identifying the need for volunteers, finding, recruiting, screening, retaining, developing and organizing volunteers.
MACL 620 Advanced Community Organizing (3)
This course enables students to develop their skills in community organizing through study and practice with a community group. Students will assess their current skills and knowledge, develop a learning contract for the semester, participate in an organizing role with an existing community group, evaluate their effectiveness, and share their findings with classmates. Prerequisite: MACL 603.
MACL 622 Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
This course teaches the processes of planning and evaluating development, social service, and educational programs. Students will develop their skills in the negotiation and design processes of planning, setting up data collection processes that enable data-driven decision making, and evaluating programs and using evaluation results for program improvement. The course helps students understand ethical and political issues in program planning and evaluation.
MACL 630 Community Leadership: International Contexts (2)
Students travel outside the U.S. to explore 1) the work of grassroots and nongovernmental organizations, 2) leadership and development models in other cultures, and 3) the connections between the U.S. and other countries on issues such as immigration and trade. Instructor permission required.
MACL 632 International NGO Management (2)
Develops students’ management skills specific to managing a nongovernmental organization in a country other than the U.S. Course covers negotiations, politics, host-country relations, fund-raising, and mechanics of managing an international nongovernmental organization. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MBA 651E Nonprofit Organization
MACL 640 Arts, Culture & Communities (2)
This course explores the vitality in communities and the unique role that culture plays. The course examines the dynamic relationships between artists, cultural organizations, and communities and ways that culture can be a catalyst, convener and/or forum for economic, social, environmental, civic and cultural development. Students will develop an understanding of how professionals, organizations, individuals, etc. are incorporating innovative culturally-based processes in diverse settings that can help inform their community work.
MACL 642 Arts Administration (3)
Administration of arts and cultural organizations is practicing the art of the possible. This course examines the dynamic relationships between artists, art forms, creative processes, those working in the humanities and cultural sector, programming, decision making and the organizational and management structures in arts and cultural organizations. This course explores content and skills unique to managing arts and cultural organizations, such as how to effect change within the organization or the community, best management practices, and national and international trends in these fields. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MBA 651E Nonprofit Organization.
MACL 665 Internship (1–4)
Internship in public service with weekly classroom discussion. Prerequisites: Completion of the Career Resource Center Internship Workshop and consent of the MACL Program Director and Career Center Internship Coordinator.
MACL 668 Directed Studies (1–3)
Consent of instructor required to pursue a special topic of interest. Prior to registration, a plan of study must be submitted for approval by the director of the program.
MACL 679 Capstone Project Development (3)
Students will design a final research project, creative project, or internship which integrates the knowledge and skills learned throughout the program and which benefits a community organization or effort. Students will plan the project in consultation with a faculty member and an outside professional. Prerequisite:
MACL 603.
MACL 680 Capstone Project (3)
Students complete the capstone project designed in MACL 679 and present final results. Completion of program portfolio required. Prerequisite: MACL 679.
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