2010 - 2011 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 608 Special Topics (1-3)
A changing topics course.
MACL 608A Internship (1-4)
Prerequisites: Completion of the Career Resource Center Internship Workshop and consent of MACL Program Director and Career Center Internship Coordinator.
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 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.