Syllabus for CCR-610

CONFLICT, CHANGE & RESOLUTION


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This graduate level course examines change, conflict and resolution in both historic and contemporary contexts and invites students to apply these concepts to personal and professional lives while reflecting on their local, national and global significance.  Through assigned texts and readings and class discussions, and independent research in interdisciplinary subject areas, students will develop an understanding of change, conflict and resolution, as they relate to diverse cultures and eras, including the civil rights movement, women's rights, civil disobedience, working within the system and revolution. The course will provide students with practical insights culled from a deep understanding of global change and will empower them with tools to steer and manage change in their lives and communities.

COURSE TOPICS

  • Change, culture, and conflict
  • Levels of change
  • Cultural trend and social themes
  • Successful approaches
  • Impact of time and context
  • Families, communities, and other settings
  • Political and economic impact
  • Changes and transformations
  • Change and its components
  • Models of change
  • Explanation of change
  • Social situations
  • Definition of movement
  • Origins and development factors
  • Major reform movements
  • Major social changes
  • Revolution and reform movements
  • Theories of revolution and change
  • Revolution and violence
  • Revolution and permanent change
  • Human behavior issues
  • Social process theories
  • Change and group theory
  • Comparisons of theories
  • Nature of resolution process
  • Resolution models
  • Disciplines and setting
  • Research models and processes
  • Types of conflict
  • Resolution model in education
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Application to youth culture
  • Globalization, development, and modernization
  • Potential and real conflict
  • Global movements
  • Application on a global scale
  • Theories of change
  • Dependency theory
  • Patriarchy
  • New demographics
  • Societal issues
  • Environmentalism as a movement
  • Industrialization v. environmentalism
  • New issues and solutions

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:  

  1. Analyze the origin and emergence of social change, conflict, and conflict resolution throughout the world with emphasis on the United States.
  2. Compare and contrast the influence which social, historical, economic, cultural, and political forces have on change and conflict.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the various social movements and the forces which caused their growth, development, or demise.
  4. Assess the emergence of future change and conflict developing from technology, ecological concerns, and growing globalization.
  5. Formulate a practical approach to addressing conflict and realistic steps to resolve conflict at various levels of human relations.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbooks


COURSE STRUCTURE

Conflict, Change & Resolution is a three-credit online course, consisting of eleven (11) modules. Modules include topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

PART 1:  Introduction and Theoretical Orientation

PART 2:  Social Change and Social Conflict: Macro-level Concerns

PART 3:  Change, Conflict and Resolution: Micro-level Concerns

PART 4: Social Change and Conflict in the Information Age

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete a midterm assignment, and complete a final paper.  See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in eleven (11) graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules. The discussion forums will serve as an indication that students are keeping up with the class. A missed response will be the equivalent of an absence in the classroom. Students are expected not only to post responses to the discussion questions but also to comment on the responses of others.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.

For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Written Assignments

Short Papers

You are required to complete three (3) short papers. The short papers are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.  Each paper will be 5 to 7 pages in length.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site is the short paper rubric used to aid in the grading of all research exercises within this course.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Final Paper

Every student in the course should identify a topic relevant to the material covered in this course and if possible his/her individual occupation. This topic should be approved by  your mentor by the end of Week 6. The final paper should be 15-20 pages, not including bibliography. The paper will be graded on the correctness of your analysis of your selected topic; grammar and syntax; and overall seriousness and professionalism shown toward the work (see the final project rubric located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site).

Please go to the Final Paper area of the course Web site for more details.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

B–

=

80–82

A–

=

90–92

C+

=

78–79

B+

=

88–89

C

=

73–77

B

=

83–87

F

=

Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

 

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at www.tesc.edu.

 

 

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

 

Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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