Thematic Sequences

A Thematic Sequence is a series of related courses (usually three) that focuses on a theme or subject in a developmental way. Each course builds or expands upon knowledge or perspective gained from preceding courses, and some sequences prepare students for Capstone experiences. The first course may be a Foundation course and may count as hours in both Foundation and Thematic Sequence requirements. To enroll in a sequence, contact the department.

Educational Leadership

EDL 2 Critical Youth Studies

Study how young people actively create subcultures that affirm diverse identities, resist social exclusion, negotiate their roles within educational institutions, and work for social change. The focus in youth studies is on adolescents and young adults, rather than children, and on the important role of youth subcultures in promoting social change consistent with values of social justice, equity, and inclusion. Youth studies seeks to help students better understand how young people can become more active agents in the development of their own identities and contribute to democratic organizations. This involves an analysis of the everyday, lived experiences of youth—in and out of educational institutions—and the representation of youth in popular culture (including film, art, literature, and music).

EDL/BWS 203—  Intro to Critical Youth Studies

Take two or more from the following:
EDL 204—  Intro to Socio-Cultural Studies in Education
EDL 205—  Hip Hop, Youth and Social Change
EDL 333—  Representations of Urban Youth in the Media
EDL 334—  Transnational Youth Cultures (cross-listed with AAA)
EDL 369—  Youth, Sexualities and Education (cross-listed with WGS)
EDL 382—  Service in Urban Communities
EDL 434/534—  Girlhoods and Globalization
DST 272—  Intro to Disability Studies
SJS 323—  Social Justice and Change
SJS 490—  Social/Political Activism
LAS 352—  Latin American Popular Culture
WGS 432—  Feminism and the Diaspora (cross-listed with BWS)
WGS 437—  Black Feminist Theory
HIS 400R A—  History of Modern Childhood

Fall 2016 offerings
EDL 204—  Multiple sections and times, see course schedule.
EDL 203— Intro to Critical Youth Studies - Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00-2:15 pm (Taught by Dr. Durrell Callier)
EDL/AAA 334— Transnational Youth Cultures - Mondays, 4:00-6:40 pm (Taught by Dr. Constancio Arnaldo)

Educational Psychology

DST1 Disability Studies

Gain knowledge about critical studies in disability.

DST 272— Introduction to Disability Studies (3)
EDP 489— Disability in Global and Local Contexts (3)

Choose One:
DST 278— Women and (Dis)ability: Fictions and Contaminations of Identity (3)
DST 375— (Dis)Ability Allies: To be or not to be? Developing Identity and Pride from Practice (3)
DST 378— Media Illusions: Creations of "The Disabled" Identity (3)
EDL 315— Disability History in America (3)

EDP 1 Cultural Patterns in Education and the Law Affecting Persons with Disability

Enhances critical understanding of issues surrounding individuals who fall outside the "norm." Issues include societal values and moral practices related to development, identification, socialization, education and treatment of these individuals. Explores exceptionality among individuals from the perspectives of psychological "disorder," developmental or educational "difference" and/or "deviance" from socially defined norms. Explores difference as a normally occurring phenomenon of the human condition.

EDP 101— Psychology of the Learner (3), or
PSY 111— Introduction to Psychology (4), or
EDP 201— Human Development and Learning (3)

EDP 256— Psychology of the Exceptional Learner (3)

Choose Two:
EDP 272— Introduction to Disability Studies (3)
EDP 478— Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education (3)
EDP 491— Teaching Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities (3)

EDP 2 Educational Technology and Instructional Design

Designed for students interested in the design, creation and integration of technology/media for teaching and learning in both K12 and non-K12 environments (e.g. business, higher education, government, military, health care, religious organizations, etc.). Students will learn the processes of designing, developing and evaluating the effectiveness of educational/instructional media for classroom and eLearning environments.

EDP 332— Instructional Design Theory and Models (3)

Choose One:
EDP 279— Technology + Media Literacy and Learning (3)
EDP 331— Introduction to Educational Technology (3)

Choose One:
EDP 333— Evaluation and Assessment for Instructional Design (3) 
EDP 336— Diversity, Learning & Technology (3)
EDP 445— Curriculum and Technology (3)
EDP 446— Educational Interactive Design (3)
EDP 483/EDP 583— Serious and Educational Game Design and Simulations (3)

EDP 3 Technology and Learning

This thematic sequence enhances students’ understanding of the relationship among current and emerging technologies and learning. Students will gain experience and skills in creating and using technology systems in unique learning contexts while developing a critical awareness of the affordances and constraints of various technologies for teaching and learning. Throughout the courses is a common theme of exploring the relationship between Technology and Learning. The courses in the sequence include introductory experiences in crafting media for educational purposes as well as experience in applying principles of technology integration in formal and informal learning environments.

Choose One:
EDP 279— Technology + Media Literacy and Learning (3)
EDP 331— Introduction to Educational Technology (3)

Choose Two:
IMS/EDP 225— Games and Learning (3)
EDP 443— Audiovisual Instruction: Methods, Media, and Technology (3)
EDP 446— Educational Interactive Design (3)
EDP 447— eLearning in K-12 Education (3)

Note: Majors in the Department of Interactive Media Studies must select a minimum of nine hours outside department of major.

Family Science and Social Work

FSW 3 Families and Sexuality Across the Life Course

The objectives for this thematic sequence are to establish basic concepts and theoretical understandings of individuals in families across the life course, to provide a sound background in human sexuality that may be used as a base to think about underlying issues related to human sexuality, and to explore issues related to familial/relationship contexts involving sexuality and sexual behaviors.

FSW 365— Family Life Sexuality Education Across Cultures (3)
FSW/WGS 361— Couple Relationships: Diversity and Change (3)

Choose One:
FSW 281— Child Development in Diverse Families (4)
FSW/GTY 466— Later Life Families (3)
FSW 481— Adolescent Development in Diverse Families (3)

FSW 4 Children in Families

GMP Competencies: Intercultural knowledge & competence, Inquiry & Analysis, Civic Knowledge and Engagement

FSW 261 Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle (3) or 
FSW 363 Sociology of Families (3) or 
FSW 225 Families, Schools and Communities (3)
FSW 245 Children In Families: Ages Conception-12 (3)
FSW 481 Adolescent Development in Diverse Families: Ages 13-25 (3)

Note: This thematic sequence is not open to majors in the Department of Family Science and Social Work

FSW 6 Social Inequality and Social Welfare for Diverse Families and Groups

In this thematic sequence the courses will reflect on social inequality and social welfare for diverse groups and families. This thematic sequence aims to deepen the students knowledge about social inequality in the use, the history, and development of the US welfare system, and to develop a better understanding of how social policies directly and indirectly influence the well-being of families.

Courses: select one of the following

FSW 201— Introduction to Social Work (3)
FSW 261
— Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle (3)
Mandatory FSW 206
— Social Welfare:Impact on Diverse Groups (4)
362— Family Poverty (3)

Teacher Education

EDT 1 Exploring STEM in Society

Designed to enhance students’ understanding of the integrated nature of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and the benefits of STEM education. Students will learn how the collaborative ways that STEM professionals work on real-life problems can be implemented in other settings and the role of STEM education in increased student achievement and motivation. All courses have a focus on how STEM disciplines are human endeavors that rely on creative thinking, subjectivity, cultural context, and producing information that is based on empirical evidence.

EDL 188 — Innovation in STEM (3)
EDT 288 —Ways of Thinking in STEM (3)
EDT 488 — Grand Challenges in STEM (3)