Master Level Courses

Leadership and Administration (LA)

LA 500 Personal and Professional Growth Plan

1 Credit

The Personal and Professional Growth Plan (PPGP) is addressed in detail in a separate publication. The PPGP is an initial assessment assisting the learner in the development of an individualized study program. It provides the learner with a unique perspective of past experience, present goals, and future professional growth potential, as well as a first draft of a realistic study program and time line leading to degree completion. 

LA501 Leadership and Management

4 Credits

A presentation of the future roles and relationships between leaders, managers, and workers in both the public and private sectors, nationally and globally; examination of the relationships between authentic leadership and creative management including the challenge of followership and what leadership is about; tools of the leader; servant-leadership.

LA502 Organizational Structure and Behavior

4 Credits

An examination of the major international agencies, their structural configurations, and their roles in promoting international stability and national integrity; discussion of the likely evolution of organizations in the future and the impact of multinational organizations, international organizations and trends in organizational development and behavior.

LA503 Research Methodologies

4 Credits

An examination of numerous research methodologies and their uses. An exploration of the principal forecasting and trending instruments used to establish the parameters and simulations of future events and behaviors, the use of risk analysis and risk assessment to estimate impacts, and the capacity of Delphi and scenarios to simulate and evaluate events.

LA511 The Challenges of Globality

4 Credits

An examination of the historical development of current globalization; a description and analysis of demographics, economics, and diversity of the global economy and competition; the commitment of multinationals to world quality standards such as ISO 9000; and the prospects in the future for international trade, global integration, and joint venture.

LA512 The Challenges of Technology

4 Credits

An examination of the role of technology as a driving force of social change, and the major technological breakthroughs that are likely to occur in the next 25 years; the phenomenon of social change; an estimate of the various orders of impacts such technologies will have on world commerce and productivity; the use of technology assessment as a form of technology risk analysis.

LA513 Managing Change

4 Credits

An analysis of the management of change; the use of strategic planning as a way of disciplining and monitoring change; the development of communication strategies to insure that the innovations are known, valued and shared; an appreciation of the role of the change agent. Case studies will be cited to demonstrate how different structures and organizations manage change.

LA514 Systems Thinking: Theory & Practice

4 Credits

An examination of the basic theories of systems thinking and the uses of systems theory in practice, particularly in multi-disciplinary studies and complex situations and problems.

LA515 Communications & Information Systems

4 Credits

An examination of the revolution in contemporary communications; an analysis of the art and science of knowledge management, the current and future state of information systems, the use of distance learning and training via internet and satellite; and the long range projections of the future of the World Wide Web.

LA516 Sustainable Development: Illusion or Reality

4 Credits

An examination of the global environment and of environmental organizations and groups; the linkage between environmental, protection, and sustainable economic development; the limits to growth; global simulation; the prospect for environmental stability in the 21st century.

LA550 Major Paper/Project Research

5 Credits

The selection of a topic; working to complete the research and to write up an acceptable purpose methodology, results and conclusions; producing a satisfactory paper or project report.

 


Future Studies (FS)

FS 500 Personal and Professional Growth Plan

1 Credit

The Personal and Professional Growth Plan (PPGP) is addressed in detail in a separate publication. The PPGP is an initial assessment assisting the learner in the development of an individualized study program. It provides the learner with a unique perspective of past experience, present goals, and future professional growth potential, as well as a first draft of a realistic study program and time line leading to degree completion. 

 

FS501 Leadership and Management

4 Credits

A presentation of the future roles and relationships between leaders, managers, and workers in both the public and private sectors, nationally and globally; examination of the relationships between authentic leadership and creative management including the challenge of followership and what leadership is about; tools of the leader; servant-leadership.

FS502 The Literature of Futurology

4 Credits

A discussion of the "history of the future" and the rich heritage of literature dealing with the future, prior to the creation of modern futurology; the origins of futurology, its evolution, and current issues.

FS503 Futures Research Methodologies

4 Credits

An examination of the numerous futures research methodologies, and their uses. An exploration of the principal forecasting and trending instruments used to establish the parameters and simulations of future events and behaviors, the use of risk analysis and risk assessment to estimate impacts, and the capacity of Delphi and scenarios to simulate and evaluate future events.


FS511 The Challenges of Globality

4 Credits

An examination of the historical development of current globalization; a description and analysis of demographics, economics, and diversity of the global economy and competition; the commitment of multinationals to world quality standards such as ISO 9000; and the prospects in the future for international trade, global integration, and joint venture.

FS512 The Challenges of Technology

4 Credits

An examination of the role of technology as a driving force of social change, and the major technological breakthroughs that are likely to occur in the next 25 years; the phenomenon of social change; an estimate of the various orders of impacts such technologies will have on world commerce and productivity; the use of technology assessment as a form of technology risk analysis.

FS513 The Future of Organizations

4 Credits

An examination of the major international agencies, their structural configurations, and their roles in promoting international stability and national integrity; discussion of the likely evolution of organizations in the future and the impact of multinational organizations, international organizations and trends in organizational development and behavior.

 

FS514 The Future of Social Systems

4 Credits

A discussion of the nature of classic, current, and future theories of systems and their capacity to explain and to some extent predict the behaviors of large scale organizations; the possible scenarios for social evolution beyond the decline of the welfare state and the changes in the nation-state; the emergence of the "third sector;" the decline of government power; the increasing obsolescence of politics and future of capitalism.

FS515 Systems Thinking: Theory & Practice

4 Credits

An examination of the basic theories of systems thinking and the uses of systems theory in practice, particularly in multi-disciplinary studies and complex situations and problems.

FS516 Communications & Information Systems

4 Credits

An examination of the revolution in contemporary communications; an analysis of the art and science of knowledge management, the current and future state of information systems, the use of distance learning and training via internet and satellite; and the long range projections of the future of the World Wide Web.

FS517 Sustainable Development: Illusion or Reality

4 Credits

An examination of the global environment and of environmental organizations and groups; the linkage between environmental, protection, and sustainable economic development; the limits to growth; global simulation; the prospect for environmental stability in the 21st century.

FS550 Major Paper/Project Research

5 Credits

The selection of a topic; working to complete the research and to write up an acceptable purpose methodology, results and conclusions; producing a satisfactory paper or project report