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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SYA7939

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-07-08
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Approved by College 5/7/10; Approved by GC 5/17/10; SCNS liaison notified 6/21/10; SCNS approved. Changed number from 7933 to 7939. Posted in banner. Effecve 8/1/10

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2329 2010-04-01
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Sociology AS
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Sara Green and Doni Loseke 9742893

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SYA 7939 Selected Topics for Ph.D. Students

    Is the course title variable? Y
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Selected Topics - Ph.D.s
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    Admission to PhD program or instructor permission


    Course Description

    In this course, doctoral students will examine theoretical, methodological and/or substantive scholarship in a variety of areas related to identity, community and sustainability in global context.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Special topics courses will be offered to PhD students each semester so that they can fulfill requirements. This course is related to the new PhD program in Sociology which is part of USF's new Multi-disciplinary Doctoral Program in Sustainable Comunities in Global and Urban Environments. Over the next year or two we will be submitting a lot of new course proposals for core and elective courses related to the program. Our immediate need, however, is for a rotating topics course number at the 7000 level through which to offer the courses in the meantime. We currently have a course titled Special Topics with the number SYA6933. All of our core and elective PhD courses are currently being offered under this number. Because students need to take a minimum number of courses at the 7000 level, we need to create a new course with the number SYA7933. This number already exists in the SUS system at the University of Florida where the title is "Special Study in Sociology."

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    PhD in Sociology and an active record of scholarship related to the course content.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Because this is a rotating topics course, the specific course objectives will vary and will be specified in the syllabus. Each section of this course will, however, address at least some of the following program objectives:

    1. To assist students in developing skills to become productive faculty members, skilled researchers and/or teachers in graduate and undergraduate Sociology and Community/Urban studies programs;

    2. To assist students in developing skills to engage in scholarly and community-based research and policy making to enhance quality of life and promote cultural diversity;

    3. To assist students in developing the skills to develop and promote community policies that will encourage social, economic and environmental wellbeing; and

    4. To assist students to develop the skills to assume leadership positions to strengthen the relationship between the university and the local, regional and global communities.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Because this is a rotating topics course, the student learning outcomes will vary and will be specified in the syllabus. Regardless of content, however, students who complete this course will be able to:

    1. Critically evaluate the usefulness of a variety of theories and conceptual frames in understanding real world issues related to the course topic;

    2. Discuss the current body of scholarship and empirical research related to the course topic;

    3. Critically evaluate this body of research and identify gaps in our understanding of real world issues related to the course topic;

    4. Design a research project, community policy and/or undergraduate or graduate course related to the course topic.

    C. Major Topics

    Because this is a rotating topics course, the specific topic addressed in the course will vary and will be specified in the syllabus. All sections of the course will, however, address at least one of the major themes of the doctoral program in sociology: 1. Urban development and culture; 2. Social inequalities; 3. Identities and communities; 4. Social problems and social movements;

    5. Globalization, power, and politics; 6. Immigration and migration; 7. Community, networks and wellbeing.

    D. Textbooks

    Because this is a rotating topics course, course textbooks and readings will vary and will be specified in the syllabus.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Because this is a rotating topics course, course readings and online resources will vary and will be specified in the syllabus.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Because this is a rotating topics course, student expectations/requirements and grading policies will vary and will be specified in the syllabus.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Because this is a rotating topics course, course assignments and projects will vary and will be specified in the syllabus.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Attendance policy will be specified in the syllabus and will be consistent with University Policies including:

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Policy on Make-up Work be specified in the syllabus and will be consistent with University Policy on Academic Integrity

    J. Program This Course Supports

    PhD Program in Sociolgy

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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