Community Service

Community Service, COMS = 0445

4100. Social Evolution of Contemporary Volunteerism. 3 hours. Analysis and review of the social evolution of contemporary volunteerism from revolutionary times to the present. Study of the current issues, definitions, and trends in the field of professional management. Introduction to social systems supporting or limiting volunteerism and volunteerism resources on the Internet. May not be repeated at the graduate level as COMS 5100.

4200. Leadership Theory and Practice for Volunteer Managers. 3 hours. Overview of organizational leadership theory and practice for volunteer managers and community leaders. Students examine and develop a range of skills in a number of interpersonal areas: group dynamics, decision-making, managing differences, and leadership and influence as they pertain to primarily non-profit organizations and their ability to lead a volunteer workforce. May not be repeated if credit has been received for it at the graduate level.

4400. Volunteer Management Concepts and Applications. 3 hours. Analysis and review of day-to-day applications of management principles to the administrative and operating practices of contemporary volunteer programs in the public, not-for-profit, and for-profit sectors. Focuses on volunteer program management and organization, including targeting, recruiting, training, supervising, motivating, counseling, retaining and recognizing volunteer workforces. May not be repeated if credit has been received for it at the graduate level.

4500. Community Resource Mapping and Collaboration. 3 hours. Analyzes systems that measure community assets and resources. Explores the means of identifying and approaching potential collaborative community partners, and focuses on the development of joint proposals and/or business plans. Provides an overview of the role of volunteer managers and agency leadership of community organizations that provide resources in the development of a collaborative, capacity building community. An ecological approach is used to analyze the full range of human service agency services: health, social, educational, diagnostic, enrichment, religious, civic and legal. Students have an opportunity to do field work with agency staff on assigned community projects.

4600. Volunteer Program Planning and Evaluation. 3 hours. Seminar designed to provide students with the basic skills necessary to systematically design and plan volunteer programs, and evaluate their effectiveness. Special emphasis is given to measuring program outcomes. May not be repeated if credit has been received for it at the graduate level.

4610. Topics in Community Service. 3 hours. Study of various topics in community service. Possible topics include service-learning, volunteer management, and others. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

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