Graduate Course Descriptions
ICSE-411 Graduate Study in the Inner City, 3 cr. An introduction to graduate study of the conflict of cultures in the United States, especially between the dominant culture and African-Americans, American Indians, Southern Mountain Whites, Cubans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans. Special emphasis will be given to educational problems facing these groups. This course is required and should be taken early in the student’s program. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
ICSE-412 Behavior Patterns in the Inner City, 3 cr. The study of inner city behavior patterns which result in agency intervention. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
ICSE-413 The Idioms of African Communities, 3 cr. The oral communication characteristics and language patterns peculiar to African-Americans in urban areas. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
ICSE-414 History and Culture of Southern White Migrants, 3 cr. History of the Southern White Migrants, treated in conjunction with an examination of the cultural patterns of the people; major emphasis on the family, religion, education, and economic status, and their respective roles in the transition from a rural to an urban way of life. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
ICSE-415 History and Culture of Spanish Speaking Americans: Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban, 3 cr. Cultures of the Puerto Rican, Mexican, and Cuban, studied against their historical backgrounds; special attention given to an understanding of the individual’s problems in transition from peasant to urban societies. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
ICSE-416 History and Culture of African-Americans, 3 cr. Study of African derivation and the culture of American slavery; urban and rural existence; development of the emergent African-American middle-class. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
ICSE-417 History and Culture of American Indians, 3 cr. Treatment of the general history and distribution by cultural areas of the North American Indian; description and analysis of representative Indian values undertaken in order to understand the problems in the process of change from tribal to non-tribal systems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
ICSE-425A Comparative Religions & Philosophical Systems, 3 cr. This course is designed to discuss and analyze the nature of the conflict between the growth of early African Christianity and its rival in Europe. It will examine the various African and European thinkers whose discourses were instrumental in the earliest development of Christian philosophy, dogma and praxis. It will also explore the various ecumenical councils that were convened to discuss philosophical issues impacting the current worldview in Western theology. In addition the course will assess the content and context of the notion of "heresy" as a tool in Western theological and intellectual warfare against early African thought. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and ICSE-411.
ICSE-425B African Civilization, 3 cr. This course is designed to discuss and analyze various aspects of African Civilizations. It reviews the conflicts and historical development of various pre-colonial African kingdoms to the rise of Eurasian colonialism and the Slave Trade. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing the relationships and values of the world African community of the past and the impact it had on circumstances today. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and ICSE-411.
ICSE-425C The African World View, 3 cr. This course is designed to discuss and analyze aspects of the African World View. It also focuses on the conflicts and historical developments of various ideas surrounding the question of African Centeredness and Pan-Africanism as it relates to educational, psychological, sociological, and political thoughts which impact the African world community. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and ICSE-411.
ICSE-425E African and Caribbean Traditions and Religion, 3 cr. This course is a comparative analysis of the traditions and religious practices of Africans and Africans in the Caribbean. It is designed to assist graduate students in developing knowledge, skills, techniques, writing, and research skills. This course will explore the variety of religious institutions on the African continent and in the African Diaspora. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and ICSE-411.
ICSE-425F The African American Church as a Political Instrument, 3 cr. This course is designed to discuss and analyze various aspects of the African American church and its impact as a political instrument within the worldwide Black community. This course examines the indigenous spiritual experiences of African people in Africa, their impact on the growth and development of Christianity, Islam and Judaism in Africa, the Caribbean and Central, South, and North America. It will demonstrate that each development was a response to the conditions in which Africans found themselves in the Diaspora as well as means of liberation, theologically, psychologically, socially, politically, and economically. Prerequisite: ICSE-411.
ICSE-426 History and Philosophy of Black Education, 3 cr. Examination of the historical and social forces surrounding the issues of Black education in America, from 1800 to the present. It is within the scope of this course to help the student recount and reconstruct, as near as possible, the crucial social controversies, their advocates, and the century-old evolution of schools of thought on Black educational theory. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, ICSE-411, ICSE-427 and ICSE-442.
ICSE-427A The African American Community, 3 cr. This course is designed to create an understanding of the origin, travail, and future of the African American Community. It traces the historical foundations of African American life and culture through time from the slave regime to contemporary times by utilizing the concepts of family and community as the prism from which to review the passage of time and the structural changes over the past 500 years. Prerequisite: ICSE-411.
ICSE-427E The Multi-Ethnic Society, 3 cr. This course is designed to create a participatory learning community to explore the historical development, the structure, and the function of ethnic groups in the Global Community. It will explore the origin of major ethnic groups, the African ethos, cultural development in the major ethnic regions, and the impact these developments have had on the world as a whole. Prerequisite: Students must complete ICSE 411 & 442.
ICSE-428 The Urban World, 3 cr. This course is an examination of the urban communities in which peoples of African descent reside, the evolving urban patterns, and the changing nature of urban life in these areas of the world. It looks at the realities of "slum" existence, factors behind the creation of slums, the policies that govern urban communities, and the limitations of these policies in many developing countries. Many major cities were founded on "squatter-style" neighborhoods. We further explore the growing challenges and issues presented by these urban areas in an increasingly globalized world. Further we will conduct comparative analyses of some of these communities. Prerequisite: Students must complete ICSE 411 & 442.
ICSE-431 Seminar in Inner City School Problems, 3 cr. Problems of curriculum, counseling, instruction, facilities, school attendance, the gang, etc.; students to do research and present papers on special problem areas and their relationship to school and community. The student will complete a master’s report, emphasizing participation in some activity related to inner city education, with approval of instructor. The report may take the form of demonstrations, copies of interviews, a written report, etc.
ICSE-432 Curriculum Development in the Inner City, 3 cr. A consideration of the life needs, the assets and the disabilities of the inner city child, and the adjustment of the curriculum to improve the child’s learning experiences. Emphasis will be placed on the theory of curriculum construction and the needs of inner city children. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and ICSE-411.
ICSE-441 Cultures of the Inner City, 3 cr. Intensive comparative analysis of the way of life of America’s urban poor and their relationship to the larger society. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and ICSE-411.
ICSE-442 Research Methods in Inner City Studies, 3 cr. Research design and analysis of data; methods for collecting and interpreting data, observation, formulation of hypotheses, techniques of interviewing, questionnaire construction, and writing of reports; primary objective of the course is to train students to read research studies with understanding and to apply the findings to classroom instruction. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
ICSE-443 Research Writing, 3 cr. Advanced instruction in writing reports, proposals, papers, and thesis. Consideration of form and style. Methods of writing critiques of research studies. Prerequisite: graduate standing, ICSE-411 and ICSE-442.
ICSE-444 Methods of Teaching in the Inner City, 3 cr. Curriculum development and adjustment to meet needs of inner city pupils; new approaches to teaching the “hard to reach” pupil; students to develop units in their own major teaching areas, utilizing new materials and techniques. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
ICSE-445 Independent Study in Inner City Studies, 3 cr. Intensive study of topics related to student’s program. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
ICSE-451 Research and Thesis, 3 cr. Supervision and advisement in evolving thesis problems and in writing the thesis. Prerequisite: Master’s degree candidacy in inner city studies education.
ICSE-452 Field Internship, 3 cr. An opportunity to work with disadvantaged children in varied social agencies that serve these youngsters in their communities; the student to function as participant-observer by assuming an active work role in the various programs offered by the agencies, thereby allowing close, intimate contact with the children and their parents; agency staff supervision, as well as regular attendance at staff conferences, to enable the student to gain working insight and understanding of the philosophy of the agency program. To be taken concurrently with ICSE-453.
ICSE-453 Seminar in Field Internship, 3 cr. A companion course to field internship; formulation of operational principles of understanding and working through various problems that arise in the student’s interaction with disadvantaged youngsters in the field; clarification of the student’s attitudes and feelings as determinants in the relationships and learning processes. To be taken concurrently with ICSE-452.
ICSE-454 Masters Project Research, 3 cr. Supervision and advisement in evolving a research project and in writing research results.