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Special Topics Courses

The following are Special Topics Courses for Summer 2020…

COUN 653 41
Selected Topics in Counseling: Technology in Counseling – An online, asynchronous, hands-on course designed for students of all technological abilities interested in learning how to integrate technology into counseling practice. The focus is using technology with clients and families to enhance counseling. The course covers legal and ethical considerations, online counseling, using image generators, making gifs, evaluating and using apps, video editing software, and many other types of technology to enhance your clinical, school or higher education practice.
COUN 653 42
Selected Topics in Counseling: Counseling LGBTQ – This course will address issues related to LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) identity development, and will examine issues related to counseling LGBTQ individuals.  Issues to be addressed will include sexual identity development, sexual orientation, coming out, homophobia/heterosexism, intersections of multiple identities (i.e. age, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic status, spiritual), family/relationships, aging, health issues, substance use/abuse, counselor ethics/values, counselor biases, and affirmative counseling.
COUN 653 43
Selected Topics in Counseling: Play Therapy – A didactic and experiential course wherein students learn to become therapeutic agents in children’s lives by using structured play sessions. Students learn basic child-centered play therapy principles and skills, including reflective listening, recognizing and responding to children’s feelings, therapeutic limit setting, and building children’s self-esteem using selected toys and play-based materials to facilitate a broad range of verbal and non-verbal expression.
ELAD 670 41
Selected Topics in Administration and Supervision: Crisis Management  This course is intended to equip students with an understanding of the types of critical incidents they may encounter as higher education administrators, the theory underlying crisis management, and the various factors and challenges associated with the management of critical incidents that arise on a college campus. The course will explore the role and responsibilities of college and university administrators in managing critical events of a campus wide nature (e.g. active shooter, natural disasters, riots or protests, outbreaks) as well as individual student critical incidents (e.g. disturbed/disturbing/threatening students, suicidal students, sexual assaults, domestic violence). Students will consider the theories underlying crisis management as well as the pragmatic realities involved in the role of crisis manager on a college campus. A key component of the course will be case studies of actual events/incidents that have occurred on college and university campuses. Topics include defining and classifying types of crises, the development of written emergency response protocols, crisis intervention strategies, communication with external and internal audiences, psychological contagion, etc.
ELAD 670 42
Selected Topics in Administration and Supervision: Special Education Law – This course will identify the administrator’s role in ensuring students’, parents’, and teachers’ rights and responsibility with respect to the provision of special education and related services.   Emphasis will be placed on the legal roles and responsibilities required of school administrators in New Jersey public schools. Course Objectives: to understand the legal environment in the context of education law; to understand the special education statutes and regulations and the way in which they impact students, parents, and staff; and to provide a legal framework in which to analyze and apply relevant education law.
ELAD 670 43
Selected Topics in Administration and Supervision: Global Issues in Higher Education – An overview of international higher education and student affairs by global regions. The globalization and internationalization of higher education in the U.S. International students, student affairs, faculty, including study abroad.
HONP 301 41
Ancient Philosophy and the Art of Happiness Through the lens of Ancient Greek Philosophy – This course will grapple with the age-old questions, “What is happiness?” and “What makes us happy?” We will closely read ancient Greek texts from the Skeptical, Epicurean, and Stoic schools of thought. Although each of these schools had entirely different views on most philosophical issues, they all seem to agree that happiness and a life of tranquility ought to be one’s ultimate goal. In a contemporary world in which these questions of happiness still seem to be at the forefront of our minds, as evidenced by the number of self-help books flying off the shelves, it might be refreshing to return to some of our first answers to these questions, in the hope that they shed some much-needed new light.
HONP 301 42
Honors Seminar on Ways of Knowing: Women and Wisdom – This course is co-sat with RELG 386-41.
RELG 386 41
Study in Religious Issues: Women and Wisdom – This course explores how wisdom and its possession has been gendered from the Middle Ages to the present. With a thematic focus on the body, the course analyzes texts –including medical, poetic, religious, fictional, and theoretical–that transmit knowledge about the female body. By looking at aspects such as authorship, intended readership, rhetoric, illustration, circulation, community we address questions such as “How is wisdom defined—and by whom?” “Can anyone attain wisdom or are there institutional, social, traditional barriers that women face?” “To what extent do we see patterns throughout history regarding the perception of wise women?”
MUTH 525 41
Special Topics in Music Therapy: Digital Technology and Advanced Music Therapy Practice – This course will cover the theoretical and clinical application of digital music in music therapy, focusing on imaginative listening, mobile and tablet music applications, digital audio workstations, and theoretical approaches. Students will create digital compositions related to the course material and clinical practice.
SPAN 346 41
Selected Topics in the Spanish Language: Prose and Poetry of the Golden Age – This course is co-sat with SPAN 523-41.
SPAN 470 41
Senior Seminar: Prose and Poetry of the Golden Age – This course is co-sat with SPAN 523-41.
SPAN 523 41
Prose and Poetry of the Golden Age – This course examines the works of major poets of the Spanish Golden­ Age and concentrates on the subtextual dialogues established by these authors in reaction both against their time and space and themselves. Readings include canonical poetry of the period as well as peripheral writings. Literary texts of the period are analyzed in the context of different currents in literary theory and genre studies.
SPAN 444-41
Contemporary Spanish Theater: Lorca – This course is co-sat with SPAN 537-41.
SPAN 537-41
Lorca – This course examines the works of Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936) and his artistic collaborations with contemporary artists such as Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel. The course will pay attention to three of Lorca’s traditional plays and will explore the importance of adaptation in the performing arts as a vital tool to preserve the classics cross-culturally across the centuries. Students will be exposed to notions of classical rhetoric, staging and performance, as well as queer interpretations of Lorca’s writings.